Ninite: A super-cool way to download common free programs

Oh, I love free stuff, and I love people who make it easier to download free stuff. Visit the Ninite site, and check off the free applications you want on your computer, such as Firefox, Chrome, iTunes, Audacity, Skype, AVG, Adobe Reader, Gimp… The list is fantastic! (And it reminds me of all the great tools I still need to …

Three free tools to calculate your carbon footprint

This year Blog Action Day is focusing on Climate Change. Thousands of bloggers around the globe are writing about the effect of our changing climate on every part of our lives and the environment. For my part here on the Cheapskate Freelancer, I offer three free tools that relate to climate change. Climate Wizard: The Nature Conservancy’s site that shares …

chartbeat: Real-time website analytics

I first discovered chartbeat when Ashton Kutcher and CNN were competing to be the first Twitter account with one million followers. Chartbeat showed the race live, and I was hooked. For about 10 bucks a month, you can monitor the traffic on up to 5 websites in real time. I mean really real. It shows how many people are visiting, …

SurveyMonkey.com: Cheap and easy web surveys

No less than three Cheapskate Freelancer readers recommended SurveyMonkey as “worth the money” in the June Giveaway (don’t miss this month’s giveaway — register now!). SurveyMonkey lets you design surveys easily using more than a dozen question types. I’ve created simple forms for feedback from my clients as well as elaborate surveys with custom skip logic, graphic and customized filters. …

Mozy.com: Free backup software

Two Cheapskate Freelancer readers recommend MozyHome Free, which gives you 2GB of storage online at absolutely no charge. You simply set up your account, download the software, and Mozy will backup your files when you’re online. I’m actually a former (but pleased) Mozy.com subscriber at the $4.95/month level, where you get unlimited storage. When I bought a new computer, I …

Identifont: Identify a mystery font online

This free tool is wonderful when you see a font you like but don’t know the name. Identifont has a step-by-step wizard that takes you through a series of questions about the font, such as where the squiggle goes on the capital “Q.” It’ll even help if you have only a few letters to work with (like a flier headline). Another …