and low-cost software and
I suppose you think I have a fixation on money.
But I figure anyone likes a good deal--and there
are so many out there on the Internet. If you're
going to buy something, why not get it at a low
I've recently come across a site that offers
free software: Free-CDSoftware.Com.
They have a fair selection of CD-ROM titles divided
into these categories: Education, Games,
Home/Garden, Life Styles, and Productivity. These
are commercial software products being offered for
free. You do, however, pay a shipping and handling
charge of $7.50.
When I visited, one featured selection was the
American Heritage Talking Dictionary (which has a
retail price of $29.99)--a well-known and respected
dictionary. It contains 200,000 definitions and
90,000 spoken word links. If you want to know how
to pronounce a word, just click on a link. It also
has images, an integrated thesaurus, and a
dictionary of cultural literacy. Another featured
item was Body Works, a valuable reference guide to
human anatomy (which has a retail price of $49.99).
It offers rotatable 3-D models.
You might want to also check out Clearance
Crazy. They don't sell anything, but they scour
the Internet looking for clearance items. They
describe themselves as "Your Internet Sales Paper."
Rather than categorize their merchandise by product
type, they simply divide it according to cost, with
a link for items that range in price from free to
$5, items from $5 to $10, etc. They also have a
link for coupon codes.
© 2000 by Jim Karpen, Ph.D.