10 open source alternatives for paid onces

Using a windows computer has become costlier than is to buy a computer

Here are some of best open source alternative that make your lives easier. The best part of most of them is free upgrades to the latest version.

1. Operating System (OS)

I always suggest home users to go with LINUX based operating system. We can find drastic improvements to the LINUX based operating system. The best part of it is free upgrade to the latest version. I would suggest users to go with Ubuntu, famous LINUX based operating system.

2. Editing Tools

I would suggest users to go with Google Docs or Open Office. Both of the tools have proved to be a best counterpart of Office 2013 or Office 2014 MAC version. I see that both the tools almost have the same feature that are on Microsoft Office. I always recommend users to try Google Doc or Open Office. Open Office is suitable for users without internet and for those who have internet can go with Google Docs. Another advantage of Google Docs is storage, you can store the edited files in the cloud as safe as you can.

3. Compression Tools

I would prefer 7zip rather than Winzip or WinRar, which is found to be the most common among windows users. The best part of 7zip is that 7zip is backward compatible. You can use it to open any older or newer version of the compressed files. The other advantage is 7zip supports opening and compression of almost all the formats available.

4. Mail

Microsoft has even given its free tool that most of us don’t know. The Windows Live setup include a Windows Mail, which is a free alternative of Outlook, that has almost all the functions on Outlook, that we use commonly. Those who have moved to Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 have been using Mail tool and missing the “Archive function”, here is a small information for you. You can open the folder location  C:\Users\User\AppData\Local\Packages\microsoft.windowscommunicationsapps_XXX \LocalState\Indexed\LiveComm\XXX\XXX That folder must enclose a Mail folder. Inside the Mail folder you must have number folder 1, 2, 3, etc, the 1st folder has your windows mail’s and the rest in the other folders. You can search for older mails in that folder


Blowfish12@2014 blowfish12.tk Author: Sudharsun. P. R.

Wish to have Android apps On Windows or Mac

“Android is not just for Android devices any more. Thanks to the BlueStacks App Player, you can run your favorite Android apps on PCs running Windows XP, Vista or 7. You can run them on a PC or even a tablet running Windows 8. If you’ve got a Mac, BlueStacks will let you run Android apps on it as well. This nifty player won Best of CES last year — and it’s free.”

Have you got some favorite smartphone apps? Not convinced by Microsoft’s new Windows app selection? Itching to see some Android action on your MacBook Pro? Don’t worry, just install an Android emulator on your Windows or Mac machine and run all of the Android apps that you’ve grown to love.

A version is even available for Windows 8 Surface tablets. Load up to 750,000 Android apps, including games, SMS text messaging, and media apps.

The free product that lets you do this is BlueStacks App Player, and it claims more than 5 million downloads.

Here’s how to go about loading and running the BlueStacks emulator:

Installation and Use

Step 1: Browse to the BlueStacks Web page on a desktop computer or laptop and click on the download button for your operating system. Choose between XP, Vista and Windows 7; Windows 8; or Mac.

Follow the usual steps for installing software, opening the .exe file. Follow the prompts to allow installation and then accept the terms of the license agreement by clicking on the Welcome to BlueStacks’ Continue button.

Step 2: Verify that App Store Access and App Notification check boxes are enabled on the following screen and then click Install. Allow the BlueStacks application to load.

Step 3: Click on the My Apps tile and then on the App Search button.

Search for an app that you use regularly on your smartphone or tablet. For example, I searched for Falcon Pro, a robust, paid-for Twitter client I like. Allow the in-Bluestacks search to complete and then click on the Install button adjacent to the search result.

Tip: The app doesn’t install from this search. This search just tells you which store has the app you want.

Step 4: Choose an app store from the selection. I chose the Google native Play store, but there will be others listed, including Amazon.

Tip: Choose the store that you normally use on your device. It will be cheaper to migrate an app that you’ve already paid for.

Step 5: Add your account details if prompted. If you already have a Google account, add it here. Allow any sync to take place and then select Finish Setup. Click on any terms and conditions check boxes and then press Continue.

Step 6: Perform a second search for the app that you want to install. Allow the search to take place and then choose Accept and Download. Allow the app to install and then open the app. This search is from within the store that you may be familiar with, like Play.

Tip: Use the on-screen keyboard that pops up rather than the PC’s physical keyboard if you run into keyboard mapping issues when communicating with the app.


Blowfish12@2013 Blowfish12.tk Author: Sudharsun. P. R.

Windosify android

Windows apps on Android Wine makes it happen”

Twenty years later Wine is making an new leap on Android platform. The software makes it possible for us to run Windows software on Linux and other Linux Platforms.

While Microsoft making its new leap on metro design UI, Wine is planning it port to Android enabling us to port windows applications on Android, reports Phoronix.

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Blowfish12@2013 blowfish12.tk Author: Sudharsun. P. R. Photo Courtesy: phoronix