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USEFUL WEBSITES ON THE NET

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On this page, you will find some links that our members have found useful.  We hope that you will too.  Just click on the link to take you to the Website you're interested in. 

Contact us if you would like to see other pages linked to this one.   Send an e-mail to Guenter at with Bits & Bytes Links in the subject line.   Please include the URL (Internet Address) of the Website you would like to see included.

Do you have a surplus computer? Computer Recycling in Kitchener and Eco-Tech Recycling in Waterloo will take you old computer for free:

Computer Recycling (Working Centre)
66 Queen St. S., Kitchener
(Entrance off Charles Street)
519-743-1151 ext. 225
Website
Email
Find it on Google Maps

Eco-Tech Recycling
505 Dotzert Ct. Unit 2, Waterloo
519-886-6801.
Website
E-mail
Find it on Google Maps

SPECIAL INTEREST FOR SENIORS
What's Happening at the Downtown Community Centre
Active Kitchener: The new City of Kitchener listing of activities and courses
KW Area Services for Adults 50+
Everything Zoomer
Senior Years
The Care Guide
Senior Net
Waterloo Region Police Services - tips on fraud prevention

MONEY SAVERS
Gas Buddy - Current Kitchener Gas Prices
Save.ca  select and get money saving coupons
Red Flag Deals - lots of coupons and money saving deals

FOR YOUR INFORMATION

COMPUTERS
Speccy Freeware provides information on every piece of hardware in your computer. Get a comprehensive report on your computer for stats like CPU, motherboard, RAM, graphics cards and more. Both a portable version and the install version are located on this page.
Speccy Video Tutorial

Office
LibreOffice - Complete open source (free) office suite comparable to Microsoft Office, but better.
LibreOffice Portable Download


Jarta - A free word processor based on Microsoft WordPad that expands well beyond the WordPad feature set. Fully compatible.
Jarta Video

Imaging
Paint.NET - A free image and photo editing software for Windows computers.
Paint.Net Video

IrfanView A very fast, small, compact and innovative free graphic viewer and editor.
IrfanView Video
IrfanView Tutorial

Picassa Free digital photo organizer and editor.
Picassa Video

Screen Capture An older free version of FastStone Capture saves, edits and prints any part of your screen. Much easier than Microsoft methods.
Screen Capture Video

PicPick Screen Capture Portable Free full-featured screen capture tool, intuitive image editor, color picker and more.

Network
Xirrius WiFi Inspector Free real-time monitoring of wireless network status to ensure high performance of your network.
Xirrius Video Watch this video first, the download requires you to provide personal information to get the software. Watching the video will help you decide.
 

E-Mail
Thunderbird - Much more flexible than Outlook Express. Designed to prevent viruses and stop junk mail. Many add-ons if you want them.
Thunderbird Video

Gmail - Free, advertising-supported web mail service provided by Google. Fast, safe with lots of online storage. Also lets you make free phone calls within North America.
Gmail Video 1 There are three additional videos at this location extending the information in part 1.

Browsers
Google Chrome - A browser combining minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the web faster, safer, and easier. Chrome also offers syncing of bookmarks and browser history among Chrome users on Android, iOS, and desktop. Does not support Flash designed websites.
Google Chrome Video

Firefox - Clean, fast, and more secure substitute for Internet Explorer. Well-tested browser used by experienced computer types. Many add-ons available.
Firefox Video

Opera An innovative free internet browser. Friendly, fast, clean, and safer than other browsers.
Opera Browser Tutorials

Adblock Plus - A content-filtering extension for Firefox and Google Chrome prevent page elements, such as advertisements, from being downloaded and displayed.
Adblock Plus for Firefox
Adblock Plus for Google

PDF
FoxIt Reader - Replace Adobe Reader with this smaller, faster, more flexible PDF viewer program.
FoxIt Reader Video

PDF-XChange Viewer A smaller, faster and more feature rich free PDF Reader/Viewer/Editor available.
PDF-XChange Viewer Video
PDF-XChange 'Lite' A free printer driver used to create Adobe compatible PDF files from most Windows applications. The Free Home/Academic version is located at Offer 2.

VOIP
Skype - Make free computer to computer voice and video calls world wide.
Skype Video

Google Hangouts - Free computer to computer video worldwide calls and free computer to North America landlines are available in Google Hangouts.

Appear.In Excellent free internet video conferencing with up to eight people. No software to install. Access to internet required. Hyperlink connects to article, website link is in the information.
Appear.In Video

Utilities
Glary Utilities PC Tune up, one click a day maintenance, keeps PC problems away.
Glary Utilities Video

CCleaner - Erases all those useless files that are slowing down your PC.
CCleaner Video

UltraDefrag - Use after running cleanup program like CCleaner and rebooting. Organizes hard drive by rearranging fragmented files. UltraDefrag is very fast. Select the version suitable for your computer.
UltraDefrag Video

FileHippo Update Manager Free software scans your computer for installed applications, checks the version and then sends this data to FileHippo.com to ascertain if newer releases are available.
FileHippo Update Manager Video

SpeedTest.Net Check the speed of your Internet connection.
SpeedTest.Net Video

What is My IP Address Find your IP Address and other Internet related applications

Special
Team Viewer An excellent remote control product allowing you to access any PC over the internet to support and manage it as if you were sitting in front of it. It is free for personal use.
Team Viewer Video Comprehensive tutorials

Install Classic Games in Windows 8 and 10 Video guide to getting classic Solitaire back.
 

Computer Information
Guide to securing your computer
How to block bad web sites.
Email tips, tricks and secrets.
List of Lists an amazing resources of computer programs, tools, security etc.
Basic Computing with Windows booklet from Wikibooks.
Microsoft Office - downloadable quick reference guides in PDF format.
Thurrott Tech News and Analysis of Microsoft products, including Windows updates

Genealogy
Government of Canada Genealogy Centre
The Ontario Genealogical Society
Waterloo Region Branch of The Ontario Genealogical Society
Waterloo Region Generations - A developing, comprehensive website about people and places in Waterloo Region.

Language and Travel Information
Currency Converter Converts amounts from one currency to another
Google Language Tool - another translation Website
Canada 411 find phone numbers and postal codes
Mapquest - maps and directions for the places you want ot find
Pearson International Flight Arrivals and Departures
Current KW Weather (University of Waterloo)
The Weather Network - Weather for Kitchener

General Information
E-Cookbooks.net
Kitchener Public Library
City of Kitchener
City of Waterloo
KW Record

JUST FOR FUN
Aha Jokes- Need a laugh or funny picture?  You'll get them here.

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