Microsoft is giving away a nifty piece of software.
It's the beta of Expressions 3 by Creature House, something I used to use back in my Mac days but hadn't heard anything about in a long time. Apparently MS bought Creature House last year. I downloaded it (after filling out a somewhat arduous survey/profile thingy) and think it a nice drawing program. Both Mac and Win versions are posted.
posted by bz
on Jun 9, 2004 -
Catch some waves...
for free! Wi-Fi Freespot will help. Via my roommate's co-workers, who keep sending this round e-mail circuits. I don't know why they include me. I hate technology.
posted by WolfDaddy
on Feb 5, 2004 -
A free place to dump pictures you want to hotlink from sites like eBay, Craigslist, or even your personal site. There is a 100MB limit, but even that isn't absolute
. This seems like a too good to be true service, how long can something like this last?
posted by jonah
on Jan 26, 2004 -
Psst! Wanna download some mp3s? Now you can do so without looking over your shoulder to see who is watching. Creative Commons
has compiled a selection
of tracks utilising their licensing system for free download. The ability to create derivative works and share them around has resulting in some interesting remixes
of one of the original tracks, also.
via A Whole Lotta Nothing
posted by dg
on Oct 22, 2003 -
and Clay Shirky
are trading ideas on Micropayemnts
user-pays schemes can't simply be restored through minor tinkering with payment systems, because they don't address the cause of that change -- a huge increase the power and reach of the individual creator..
micropayments, well, BitPass
are here to stay this time.
As a content producer
I like the idea, but as a content consumer
I'm just not sure yet.
If mefi went Micro, would you pay?
posted by Blake
on Sep 13, 2003 -
wants you, Mac users. The
game has been out for some time now, available only for Windows, but as of this week
Mac users can get in on the action. Broadband and robust Mac horsepower required, but for $6 somebody hands you an M-16 and tells to go shoot stuff. Why not?
posted by emelenjr
on Jul 17, 2003 -
Why is Maxim
offering a free
, no-catches 2 years subscription to anyone who can be bothered to give them one of their spamsucker e-mail addresses? Hey, I hate Maxim but I'd take one if I lived in the U.S, if only to keep the postal service busy and ingratiate myself with my nephews. Will all magazines - at least the shittiest ones - be free in the future? Subscription rates, sales and advertising revenues keep falling and it seems the only bargaining chip magazines have left (to solicit advertisements) is circulation. And still new mags, like Radar
, keep popping up. Good thing? Bad thing? You tell me.
posted by Carlos Quevedo
on Apr 25, 2003 -
Proof of Life After Copyright
: An overexcited e-mail from the Gutenbergers
April 10, 2002 was the day Project Gutenberg reached 5,000 eBooks. By Moore's Law, October 10, 2003 could be the day for number 10,000. We are just over half way — 7,661 as I write this — 2,339 to go! That will take over 300 eBooks per month; we need you to help us push our average up from 268 per month to get to 10,000 by December, 31st.
God help us if the entire universe fails to obey Moore's Law: the IPO of the singularity
could be delayed. So pitch in.
posted by hairyeyeball
on Apr 15, 2003 -
an established author is giving away his latest novel "The Tie and The Crest", for free on the internet, here
he explains why. It's all very noble and I applaud it.
While we are on the subject, has anyone mentioned the Big Read
posted by Fat Buddha
on Apr 13, 2003 -
Staggeringly weird MP3 collection
over at April Winchell's blog. Everything from Hindi ABBA covers to hideous celebrity sing alongs from the likes of Hulk Hogan and Catherine "Daisy Duke" Bach. My favorite so far is the german cover of the theme music from Bonanza.fromCKB's blog.
posted by jonson
on Apr 7, 2003 -
This saturday is the 2002 National Day of Action
Online communities have done a good job of covering stories about big corporations abusing their powers online to squelch the efforts of programmers, researchers, designers, music enthusiasts, etc. But what about their offline agenda? Masquerading beneath the guise of the Adventure Pass program
is an attempt to extend corporate control to our public lands.
From the press release:
"Among others, primary sponsors of the fee demo and Adventure Pass are Walt Disney Corp., KOA Campgrounds, and Coleman Co. If the fee demo becomes law, the legislation will allow these companies and other to develop
commercial enterprises on public forest lands in partnerships with the Forest Service."
posted by johnjreeve
on Jun 13, 2002 -
came first, a project of 2000 books stealthily placed in museums, libraries, and bookstores. Next, Sal Randolph spearheaded the Free Biennial
during the Whitney Biennial. This week, she spent 15K and Ebayed
her way into the contemporary art mega-exhibition Manifesta
to present: Free Manifesta
. Sal Randolph is single-handedly bringing free art "to the people, man."
posted by RJ Reynolds
on Apr 24, 2002 -
Cyber gripers arise!
In response to the trend of big corporations successfully taking 'sucks' domains away from the owners (vivendiuniversalsucks.com is an example in the article), the Free Speech Center
will be offering 'sucks' domains for free for the taking (and presumably first amendment/article 19 exercising).
posted by o2b
on Jan 21, 2002 -
Want free admission to a baseball game? Get a tattoo.
The Daytona Cubs, a minor league affiliate (high A-ball) of the Chicago Cubs, are running a promotion where "Any fan 18 or older who gets a Daytona Cubs tattoo from Willie's Tropical Tattoo in Ormond Beach, Fla., will receive a lifetime general admission ticket."
"I'm not squeamish about where someone wants to put it," said Charlie Subock of Tropical Tattoo. "It might be disrespectful to get it on your butt. But if you didn't like the Cubs, that may be the place to put it."
posted by moz
on Nov 30, 2001 -
For the last year or so, I've been messing around with a little app called Blender
. Blender is a piece of 3d rendering and animation software that does quite a bit of what high priced renderers like 3D Studio Max and Ray Dream do [samples
]. The difference is that Blender is free
posted by eyeballkid
on Nov 29, 2001 -
Just a bit ago, there was a crowd of about 2,000 in downtown Seattle chanting "AMD! AMD!" People will do anything for the chance at free processors
. It was seriously a spectacle, and a marketing department's wet dream. Who knew you could get 2,000 nerds to show up at 5-6am and stand around in the cold for two hours, and have them still be in good enough spirits to chant your brand name in response to the question "Who do you love?" (Of course, I might be less cynical about it if they'd just called number 4495.) Were any other MeFi peeps out there? Someone should post pictures. It was really kind of surreal.
posted by endquote
on Oct 12, 2001 -
The American Institute of Graphic Arts offer a selection of useful symbols in eps and gif formats for free download
. Are there any other sites offering similar symbols?
posted by ecvgi
on Sep 10, 2001 -
Manga Entertainment will stream their new release Blood: The Last Vampire
on the Web for 24 hours Tuesday, while simultaneously showing the film at theaters in Los Angeles and New York. They will then sell DVDs of the movie online and in retail stores. [More inside.]
posted by Dirjy
on Aug 27, 2001 -
Download stock photos without paying, don't go to jail.
Istockphotos.com seems to be offering free stock photography submitted by artists and photographers. And it's endorsed by Zeldman, even. But...what's to keep people from uploading Eyewire images and calling them their own, thereby illegally distributing them to thousands of people who'll use them on websites, magazines, etc. Istockphotos is legally covered, but what about the designer?
posted by Karl
on Jun 20, 2001 -
Apparently, the death of free ain't over yet. This site
is claiming that Xerox is giving away free color laser printers to qualifying businesses. Is it a hoax
meant to find new recipients of spam or is it another great giveaway
posted by mathowie
on Jun 7, 2001 -
A little while ago matt
posted a link about this traceroute app
. the link has expired, but the company is still there and, presumably, still sells the product
. yet, there is a free version
available. very cool visual packet/hop/latency program, lets you zoom in on the maps but i suspect they provide less detail than the neotrace pay version.
posted by donkeysuck
on May 29, 2001 -
Everyone knows Chank,
but there are literally thousands of indie font producers out there, many of whom offer amazing fonts for free. Any MeFi denizens care to share their favorites? The more obscure the better, but I'll start with a relatively well known house of Test Pilot Collective
posted by FPN
on May 11, 2001 -
Another innocent man
gets out of prison - after 15 years Jeffrey Pierce goes home. If he admitted committing the rape, he would have gone free by now, but he stood his ground, and lost 15 years. II
posted by tomplus2
on May 8, 2001 -
Yo quiero tacos libres.
Free tacos for everyone if the Mir lands on target. I really want to have something pithy and meaningful to say about this, and the over-marketing of everything, but I'm just too appalled.
posted by dnash
on Mar 20, 2001 -
Stumbled on this, it seems like a good idea the artists actually approve the download of their mp3s...
posted by jonpanky
on Feb 5, 2001 -
Feel like a zombie? - Suck.com's take on Tivo giveaway
Okay, so the link's not all that recent, and Dack
already made mention of it, but this is just for those who didn't see it before (Plus it's slow today.)
I was a winner, I got my Tivo last week, and love it. It was a 30-hour model, not the 14-hour one advertised. How do all you other winners feel about yours (now that you no longer have to kiss up to Tivo to get them)?
posted by kokogiak
on Oct 6, 2000 -
, the reason why Q Prime
came into existence, are offering a live mp3 for download on their official website. It's ironic, that their mangement Q Prime, are the same people who are helping their other clients like Metallica sue Napster
posted by riffola
on Aug 19, 2000 -