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The 40 best free software applications

Everything you could ever want... for free

There's a wealth of free software and applications available - we've taken a look at the best ones that won’t crash your system.

MediaCoder

For converting and transcoding all types of media files, the highly versatile and powerful MediaCoder is the right tool providing you with comprehensive feature sets for your various transcoding needs. It stands out among the rest because of its extensive collection of audio/video codecs and powerful tools.

It comes with a simple interface which will make anybody start converting media files in a jiffy. It supports almost all media file formats you can think of. It is not only confined to converting files but it can also be used to compress audio/video files. It can even let you extract audio from video files easily and quickly. Another impressive feature is that it can even repair corrupted or partially downloaded video files.

Download MediaCoder here.

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Entertainment

When boredom attacks...

So it's another slow day at the office and you have played Solitaire a gazillion times. Admit it, you're bored. Which is why the good people at www.bored.com have come to your rescue with a ton of goodies to help you while away down time.

The site has everything from online videos and games to pranks that you can mail to your friends. If your tastes run to the intellectual, there is a link for free e-books that you can browse through. Neatly classified, the categories include Literature (World, American and British), cooking, children's fiction, history, music and philosophy).

If you don't have the time for books and silly games, then sites such as emol.org/movies let you watch full movies online. These free movies are digital copies of original classic, full-length, motion pictures produced over the last century. All of the movies on the site are legal to download, and legal to transfer to a mobile device or PC and free to watch online from anywhere in the world. You don't even need to register to watch or download these movies.

The catalogue has nearly 200 classic films: comedies, cartoons, dramas, romance, westerns and dozens of video clips and movie trailers. New titles are added weekly. Other sites offering similar services are Movies Found Online and Peek Vid. Another video site that falls more in the category of infotainment isVideoJug. This is one of the most comprehensive DIY sites that exist on the internet.

VideoJug has instructional videos that cover the gamut of dancing, cooking, repair work. It even tells you how you can charge your iPod with Gatorade and an onion or impress your date with your social skills. The best part is that detailed step-by-step instructions are also printed near the video. Videos can be downloaded to iPods, PSP and other portable devices.

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