Finding Alternative Software, Windows 10 Upgrade Expiration and Twitter Tips

John Vrooman | June 2016

John Vrooman
John Vrooman

Periodically, popular software programs, phone apps, and web apps are discontinued for some reason. When this happens you’ll typically find yourself in the position of having to find a suitable alternative to them. At other times, you may just want to find a free or less expensive software option to replace an expensive one you may be using. Regardless, I encourage you to familiarize yourself with the AlternativeTo.net website. If you take the time to do so, there’s a good chance that you will discover some interesting alternative software products to those you are currently using, or have been thinking about getting. Want to find alternatives to Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat, Dropbox, etc.? If so, just visit the AlternativeTo.net website, enter the name of the product that you want to find alternatives to into the search box (that’s on the site’s home page), and then click the “FIND APPS” button. That’s all there is to it! With a little luck, after clicking the “FIND APPS” button you’ll be presented with a list of alternative apps to check out. To start your search for some alternative apps, please visit…
www.alternativeto.net

Time Running Out On Windows 10 Upgrade

If your computer qualifies for the free Windows 10 upgrade, it’s time for you to start planning to make the upgrade. Why? Because the free upgrade offer is currently set to expire near the end of July of this year. If your computer qualifies for the Windows 10 upgrade, and you want to eventually upgrade, but you just don’t want to do it before the free upgrade period ends, a workaround is available! The workaround is that you can perform the Windows 10 upgrade (to secure your “digital entitlement” for the free upgrade) and then roll back your Windows 10 installation to your previous setup once again. By doing this, you can continue to run Windows 7 or Windows 8.x until you’re really ready to upgrade to Windows 10 at some point in the future. The following “askbobrankin.com” article covers the issue and process in more detail….
http://askbobrankin.com/tip_the_windows_10_secret_microsoft_wont_tell_you.html

Note: Please share this tip with others so that they don’t miss out on the opportunity to both obtain a free Windows 10 upgrade, and be able to continue to run their current/older Windows 7 or 8.x operating system past the current Windows 10 free upgrade deadline date.

Twitter.com’s Support Site

If you want to get up and running on Twitter, a great first step is to visit and explore Twitter’s support site. In particular, the “Using Twitter” area of the services support site is where you should focus your attention. The following are topics that I came across when I visited the “Using Twitter” area of Twitter’s support site: How do I get started? How do I find friends? Should I protect my Tweets? How do I reply to people or Tweets? What is a Direct Message? What is a Hashtag?

Like just about everything, it will take some time and practice to become a real Twitter expert. However, you really can learn the basics and get yourself up and running pretty quickly, if you really want to! To help get you started, here’s a courtesy link to Twitter’s support area…
https://support.twitter.com

Windows Repair Toolbox

Nerd alert! This tip is intended for those of you who are strong Windows computer users. If you are a strong Windows computer user, the free Window Repair Toolbox application will provide you with easy access to many different software tools and utilities. Cumulatively, the tools that the application contains and/or points you to will be able to help you work through many different types of Windows computer system related repairs and troubleshooting/maintenance tasks. If people come to you to help them with their Windows computer problem, that’s a sign that you might want to learn more about this product. To investigate the product in more detail, please visit…
www.windows-repair-toolbox.com

If you have comments, suggestions, tips, questions or just want to say “Hi”, you are invited to contact me at john@johnvrooman.com. I always enjoy hearing from you!

John Vrooman
John Vrooman is an experienced Realtor who enjoys staying on top of real estate, technology, gadgets, marketing, new media, and small business trends/developments. He gathers information from a diverse range of resources and enjoys sharing tips, thoughts, and discoveries with others – using a “something for everyone” approach. John has been authoring this column since August 2000 and enjoys receiving comments and suggestions from his readers.