Free Emulators / Virtual Machines
In this section of thefreecountry.com, you can find
emulators and virtual machines for a variety of platforms. Such software can emulate a different machine (for example,
a Macintosh emulator can emulate a Macintosh while running on Windows or Linux) from what you are currently using. They
are useful in many ways, for example, when you are developing software or websites and need to test under different
OSes or installations.
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14 May 2013
8 May 2013
26 April 2013
17 April 2013
Do you fancy creating an app (be it a game or some other application) for your Android smartphone or tablet, but
don't want to have to go through a lengthy computer programming course? Now you can, and you
can even do it (ie, create the program) on your smartphone itself. Or if that's too troublesome, you can also use
a computer (Windows, Mac OS X or Linux). Check out the latest graphical language to be added to the
Programming Languages page. (Don't be deceived by my listing it in the
It's actually a usable language. I listed it there because it can be used to teach programming to children as well.)
4 April 2013
19 March 2013
Another open source 3D game engine has been added to the
Free Games Programming Libraries and Source Code
page. This one lets you create both Windows and browser-based games, and comes with a suite of development tools
that you can use to design your game world (eg, terrain, forests, roads, rivers, materials, particles, etc), a
scripting language, networking support (so you can create multiplayer games), and so on.
13 March 2013
13 February 2013
9 January 2013
Are you looking for email software? A new program has been added to the
Free Email Clients page.
Email clients are programs that let you read and write email on your own computer without relying on a web-based
email service. Since your email is stored on your own computer, you will never run out of space (unless your
hard disk is full), nor do you have to worry about the online service being inaccessible or closing down.
19 December 2012
12 December 2012
Microsoft Expression Web 4 has now been added to the
Free HTML Editors and WYSIWYG Web Editors
page. Yes, you read the implication of my previous sentence correctly. This WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) web editor,
which you can use to create a website,
is now available free of charge. Get it while it's still obtainable.
22 November 2012
If you fancy installing your own web email facility on your own website, check out the newest addition to the
Free Web Mail PHP Scripts (Email Clients)
page. This one supports MIME, HTML email, unlimited users, multiple sender identities, an address book with
"find-as-you-type" facility, and so on. A web email facility for
your own website
can be used either to provide a convenient interface for you to access your email, or alternatively, if you're
bent on conquering the world, allows you to set up a competing service to overthrow Gmail.
31 October 2012
Added another console program to the
Free Command Line Shells
page. This one is not strictly a standalone shell but a wrapper that allows you to run other shells (like the Windows
command prompt, Powershell, etc) in tabbed windows. It also enables you to select text
the way you do in a text editor (instead of the normal awkward way of the default shell).
If you feel frustrated and crippled using the command prompt or console window on
your system, check out this page to find numerous
other more powerful alternatives.
18 October 2012
If you are looking for software to burn (ie, create) CDs or DVDs, check out the newest two computer programs to be added to the
Free CD and DVD Burners and Copying Software
page. One is for Mac OS X and the other for Windows. Both the programs can create data discs, audio discs as well as video discs.
(And if you don't like them, there are other free programs listed on the page as well.)
1 October 2012
If you are looking for an audio codec that handles speech and music, is open source and royalty free,
take a look at the newest entry on the
Free Lossless and
Lossy Audio Encoders / Compressors page. Loosely speaking, audio codecs are software that reduce the size
of audio files while attempting to preserve as much of the original audio quality as possible. They are also
able to decode the compressed file so that it can be played normally.
27 September 2012
Tofrodos 1.7.12 is now
available. Sorry for the quick succession of versions. With this release, all bugs known to me
have been fixed.
17 September 2012
Tofrodos 1.7.11 has
been released. Tofrodos is an open source computer program for Linux, Windows, Mac OS X (and other systems) for
converting text files between the DOS/Windows and the Unix/Linux/OS X formats. It is useful if you
have to work with files transferred from these systems.
12 September 2012
29 August 2012
The new free Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 Express, featuring the latest versions of their
Visual Basic compiler, and
has now been released. If you're thinking of writing computer programs in C++, Visual Basic or C# on
Windows, check it out.
3 August 2012
5 July 2012
28 June 2012
A new free and open source font from Adobe has been added to the
Free Fonts page. This is a
high quality sans-serif font that is designed for legibility and comfort in reading.
12 June 2012
If you want to create a web-based database application that can directly access your data via a browser (even from a mobile
phone using Android), check out the newest addition to the
Free / Open Source NoSQL (Non-SQL)
access the database.
31 May 2012
22 May 2012
Are you tired of the clumsy and inefficient way that you have to operate when you use the default Windows explorer
for doing things like copying files between 2 folders, comparing files/folders, or viewing the inside of archives? Check out
the newest addition to the Free File Managers
and Graphical Shells page. Those using other operating systems, like Mac OS X, Linux and FreeBSD, can also find
replacements for their default file managers.
14 May 2012
Are you looking for a way to create a PDF file? Or perhaps you are thinking of
publishing an ebook and
are considering the different document formats that you can use for the book. A new software for creating PDF documents has
been added to the Free
PDF Converters, Editors and Printer Drivers page. Like many of the other freeware listed there, this program also
lets you password-protect your PDF file, prevent copying/pasting, etc.
11 May 2012
19 April 2012
Do you like tinkering with operating systems ("OS") but find the major open source OSes to be too large and complicated
to figure out? A new tiny operating system for the x86 processors has been added to the
Free Alternative Operating Systems
page. It fits into less than 64KB of memory, can be used from a USB flash drive, a floppy or a CD, and is written
entirely in assembly language. Check it out.
11 April 2012
Have you accidentally deleted a file that you now want to use? Check out the newest software to be added
to the Free Data Recovery,
File and Partition Recovery, Undelete and Unformat Software page. This program can recover files removed
from hard disks, USB flash drives and memory sticks, which means that it can handle files deleted on
computers, digital cameras, smart phones, and other such devices.
30 March 2012
- New page:
Free PHP Compilers: compile PHP scripts to native code, .NET or Java bytecode.
Are you looking for a PHP native code compiler, one that can produce an executable file (eg, .exe or .dll for Windows),
that you can distribute without your revealing your source code? Or perhaps you're looking for some way to speed up
your PHP programs and figure that a script compiled to machine code may help. Check out the new
Free PHP Compilers page for
some free and/or open source solutions.
21 March 2012
- New page:
What Banks Need to Know Before Getting a New Domain Name.
I was interviewed by the American Bankers Association's Bank Marketing Magazine on the things
that banks need to be aware of when they get a new domain name. An edited version of that
interview is now available online.
New page: Free Embedded Web Video Player Scripts/Code.
Do you want to put up videos on your website but don't want to use a
free video sharing service
like YouTube? The free
video player scripts on this page let you embed a video player that your visitors can use to view movies and
video clips on your site. Besides the usual features, some of them can also handle playlists, useful if
you plan to put up a lot of clips. These scripts not only support modern browsers that handle HTML5,
but they also automatically fall back to using a Flash player should it be necessary, so that your videos will always