Monday, February 12, 2007

Tips: Finding software and website alternatives with Wikipedia

Have you ever searched for a program, found it, only to find you have to pay $40 for the full version?

Have you ever found a website you like, but found you don't meet the requirements to use it?

A quick tip: look up the software or website in Wikipedia. People often list competing and related products on the same page.

  • I found an open source equivalent of the sampling program Fruity Loops (a PC based predecessor of GarageBand) that way.

If that doesn't work, try looking up the general thing you're trying to do.

  • I found a tool that can extract files within Windows from a FreeBSD UFS2 partition on the UFS2 page.

A request: if you can't find what you're looking for on wikipedia but do elsewhere, please put it on a related page to help future people in your position, and maybe even yourself, later.

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