Ten Things Free for the Holidays
Freeware caution: always scan free downloads of anything for bugs and other threats before dumping the programs into your hard drive.
1. Four freeware screensaver downloads from Acez.com feature Frosty the Snowman skiing, a snowy winter wonderland, a 3D cube on which you can display your holiday photos, and one nutty Santa.
2. Celebrating Christmas magazine is offering their 2006 Holiday issue free for download in .pdf format.
3. Need a direct line to the man himself? Kids can talk to Santa online over at Chat With Santa.
4. Download some holiday music for free from FeelsLikeChristmas.com's MP3 collection.
5. Freegraphics.com has a decent link list to several collections of free Christmas graphics and clipart.
6. To help you cope with holiday depression, family-related stress, or those astronomical credit card bills, BillyGraham.org ministries is offering to send a free print copy of Why? by Anne Graham Lotz to residents in the U.S. and Canada (scroll down to the right side of the page and click on the cover image under Free This Month.)
7. Mac users can snag some Christmas freeware from MacMerc.com, courtesy of MacUpdate.com, which offers a bunch of other Mac freeware programs at their site.
8. For the kids (and us when the kids are busy) Skyline Software offers Prezzie Hunt, a Christmas game freeware.
9. Movavi's VideoMessage freeware allows you to create, e-mail and blog your own videos for the holidays.
10. Get all the Christmas-related shareware and freeware you need at XmasFun.com's free Xmas downloads page.
Finally, a freebie for readers: SF author Peter Watts has made his latest novel release, Blindsight, available for free download in zipped html or .pdf format, as he has with his backlist. If you'd like to discover a hard SF writer's take on vampires, go, download, and read. If you enjoy Peter's work, you can repay the author's generosity by spreading the word and/or buying a print copy of the novel.