domenica 31 luglio 2016

Free Software Giveaway Sites Overview

So-called Software Giveaway Sites, or software freebies sites, offer one or more commercial programs for free each day to their visitors.
All you need to do to grab a free license is to grab the program on that specific day. These versions are often limited, for instance by not including update rights in the license. While that may be an issue for some programs, it does not really matter for others.
The following overview lists major software giveaway sites. We explain the process on each site to grab free programs, check privacy policies and terms of use, and provide you with a handy table in the end that lists major information for easy access.

Free Software Giveaway Sites

If a site that you would recommend is not on the list, let us know in the comments and we check it out.
Note: Some promo sites copy giveaways from other sites and post them on their own without citing sources. Sites known for that are Giveaway Archives, Topsoft, Topsoft Bargains and Windows Deal.


Bitsdujour lists free deals right on the site's start page. It highlights the name of the program there, target operating system, and a short one liner that describes the program.
A click on view deals opens a page filled with information. You get a longer description of the application, may read user comments, browse features, or check out the fine print. The latter lists the terms of use that describe what the license entails.
You need to sign in to an account before you can grab the free offer. If you don't have an account yet you may register one right away using Facebook or email. You may uncheck the newsletter signup at this stage if you are not interested.
Registration codes are sent by email, and the installer just delivers the program and does not use wrappers. offers two major types of giveaways: those that provide unlimited licenses, and those that provide limited licenses.
Unlimited license deals work by waiting 300 seconds on the site, or sharing the giveaway to gain access right away. The service displays registration information afterwards, and off you go.
The limited license deals require that you sign up for an account and add your name to the list of users who want to grab a license. If your name is drawn when the giveaway period expires, you get that license. The installer offered installs the software directly.
One issue with this site is that the deal terms are not listed all the time.

Giveaway Club

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Giveaway Club lists active deals on the site's frontpage. Information provided includes the name of the application, system requirements, and a description of the program.
The site does not list the terms of the deal however which means that you don't get information about restrictions or limitations.
It is not required to register an account before you grab a free software offer on the site. Some can be installed right away after the download, others require that you open the attached activation instruction PDF document and follow the instructions provided.

Giveaway of the Day

giveaway of the day
Giveaway of the Day highlights multiple deals on its web page including deals for mobiles.  The frontpage highlights the application name, a short description and the time left for that particular deal.
You need to share the deal on social media or supply an email address to get the download link. Installation is not as straightforward as on many of the other services.
Usually, it involves running the program's setup first, and then after the program is installed on the PC a file called activate.exe to activate the license on the computer.
Please note that the activation program may add Giveaway of the Day to the favorites in Internet Explorer if you just close the prompt without removing the checkmark from the option first. Also, closing the activation prompt will load the Giveaway of the Day website in the default system browser.

Shareware On Sale

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Shareware on Sale lists several deals on its website. While it highlights one deal specifically on it, you will find quite a free free deals listed on it as well.
Please note that the site mixes free deals and deals that discount software or products.
You are required to provide the site with your email address and basic information before the download is provided. The serial number, if required, is listed on the download page as well so that you can activate the program right away during installation.
Shareware on Sale lists terms and conditions on each deal page.

Top Soft Bargains

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Top Soft Bargains lists free and discounted offers on its startpage. New customers need to create an account to grab any of the free offers. You need to provide an email address during registration.
Installation and registration instructions for selected programs are listed on the checkout page. Please note that you are added to the newsletter automatically when you place an order on the site.
Licenses, if required, are provided on the download page most of the time. Sometimes, you need to click on an activation link during installation of the program to get it registered instead.

Topware Sale

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Topware Sale lists basic information about each deal on its website. It requires that you provide an email address before you can start grabbing free programs.
Each deal is listed with its expiration date and a short description. License terms are not provided apart from very basic information in the title (1 year free..). Licenses, if required, are listed after checkout.

Windows Deal

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Windows Deal lists several deals on its startpage. The service requires an email address before you can download any of the free software offers it provides.
Serial numbers and activation instructions are provided on the checkout page, as is the download of the actual program.
The site displays an overlay ad on any page you open on it

Other Sites

These sites offer regular giveaways as well (some only infrequently)
  1. Comss (Russian site)
  2. Softpedia giveaways
  3. Tiploot

Software Giveaway Sites Comparison

Name Daily Upcoming Notifications Deal Terms Registration Privacy Policy
Bitsdujour yes yes yes yes required yes yes no yes sometimes sometimes yes
Givaway Club no yes yes no no yes
Giveaway of the Day yes yes yes yes email yes
Shareware On Sale yes no yes yes yes yes
Top Soft Bargains yes no yes yes yes yes
Topware Sale no no yes no email yes
Windows Deal yes no yes no email yes

How these sites make money

Software giveaway sites are monetized in various ways. Some displays ads on their websites and earn revenue from that. Others may offer deals and discounts next to free offers, or offer to upgrade a program to a better version for a discounted price.
Now You: Do you use any of the services listed here? Did we miss your favorite service? Let us know in the comments.
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Free up Windows 10 Disk Space with Compact OS

Compact OS is a new command line tool that Microsoft introduced in the Windows 10 operating system in an effort to reduce the system's disk footprint.

Probably the biggest change to previous versions of Windows in this regard is that Windows 10 does not need recovery images anymore, as the operating system will use existing files for that instead.

Compact OS is a new compression mechanism which takes files of the operating system and puts them in a (hidden) compressed container.

There is a lot that you can do with Compact OS, especially when it comes to optimizing and deploying images.

What's probably most interesting from an end-user's perspective is that you may change from a non-compacted to a compacted OS on a running system.

Free up Windows 10 Disk Space with Compact OS

If you do that, you may free up several Gigabytes of storage on the hard drive because of it. Mileage may vary but I have yet to come upon a system where the Compact OS operation would not free up at least 2 Gigabytes of space.

2 Gigabytes may not be much depending on available hard drive space. Running the operation makes sense if Windows is installed on a partition with little hard drive space, or a Solid State Drive that is low on space.

All commands are run from an elevated command prompt.

  1. Tap on the Windows-key.
  2. Type cmd.exe
  3. Hold down Shift and CTRL.
  4. Select the Command Prompt result to open an elevated command prompt.

Determine the state of OS binaries

compact os query

Before you do any compacting, you may want to determine the current state of OS binaries to find out whether the OS is already compressed.

Run the following command to determine that:

  • compact.exe /q

The command line tool returns information about the state. This includes how many files are compressed or not compressed, the compression ratio, and how many bytes of data are stored in the compressed container.

If the compression ratio is 1,0 to 1 or close to that, then the OS is not compressed.

Compressing the OS binaries to save up disk space in Windows 10

compact os always

Compression may impact performance under certain circumstances but it should not be noticeable on most systems.

Please note that you can go back to an uncompressed state at any point in time if you notice issues after compressing the OS. Also, to be on the safe side, it is recommended to back up important data before you continue.

Run the following command to compress OS binaries:

  • compact.exe /CompactOS:always

The operation may take several minutes to complete (on some systems 20 or more minutes). The amount of space you save depends on a number of factors. A test on the latest Insider Build installation of Windows 10 saved more than 2 Gigabyte of disk space after the compression.

To revert the change later on, run the following command to uncompress the data:

  • compact.exe /CompactOS:never

The operation does not take as long as the compression usually. Windows will occupy more disk space afterwards though so keep that in mind.

Now Read: Run Disk Cleanup to free up lots of space on Windows 10

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mercoledì 20 luglio 2016

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The US women’s Olympic volleyball team is using a wearable by VERT to monitor jumps

The road to the Rio Olympics for the U.S. women’s volleyball team has included grueling, six-hour practice sessions, sparking the need for players to train smart — not just hard. After all, one critical injury could derail the team’s chances of a successful showing on the world stage. That’s where a tiny wearable by Vert comes into play.

While training for the Olympics, the squad used the Vert jump monitor, which fits around players’ waists and calculates their jump heights and counts. It then sends real-time data to an accompanying app. The team has also been using it as an injury-prevention tool.

“It gave the coaches something to monitor our workload,” USA Volleyball outside hitter Kelsey Robinson told us. “Now we can track how many times a certain position is jumping and if they’re jumping more, they will shut us down and we’ll do other things like pass or serve, so we don’t physically exhaust ourselves. It has really helped our older girls who do have knee injuries and back problems.”


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That especially goes for the team’s captain and middle blocker Christa Dietzen, who played on the 2012 Olympic squad and battled injuries to make it to Rio. Being more conscious about how many jumps she made during practices allowed the coaching staff to preserve Dietzen’s health and prolong her career on the court.

“They kind of learned, ‘Here’s how many times our players are jumping by position’ and in a very short period of time, they started to change their practices based on the data and that was probably the significant shift for them,” Vert president and founder Martin Matak told us. “All of the players were put on some kind of jump count.”

Matak says the NBA’s Miami Heat also use Vert.

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