Archive for the ‘Linux Entertainment’ Category

Miro HD Video Player

Friday, April 10th, 2009

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Can you ever get enough video? Whether you get your fix from TV, YouTube, or the latest video podcast, you just can't get enough of that stuff. Maybe it's time to check out a video player that takes it all as seriously as you do.

Miro is a free high-definition video player. It can play just about any video format you want to throw at it. It's even got a built-in BitTorrent client that will keep an eye on your favorite shows for you, downloading the newest episode for you so you'll always be ready to watch. In addition, it gives you access to tons of content—over 6,000 TV shows and podcasts at last count.

Rather than relying on streaming video, Miro actually downloads files to your local drive. That means that you can watch your shows even when you're offline, like on a plane or in that really boring meeting.

Miro is free, open source software. It's available for Windows (XP or later), Mac (OS X 10.4 and higher), and many Linux systems.

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Bonus: Free Easter Downloads

Monday, April 6th, 2009

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It's almost time to break out the springtime bonnets and hard-boiled eggs: Easter is right around the corner. While Easter doesn't seem to get the same attention that Christmas does, it's still a big deal. One way to help add some fun to your celebration of this special day is with free printable Easter goodies. To start with, you can grab a free letter from the Easter Bunny, with many for kids, and a special naughty one for the grown-ups. Send your own Easter greetings with a funny Easter card. Make your Easter baskets extra special with free Easter gift tags. Your holiday meal will be even tastier when your table's set with Easter place cards and your favorite old family recipes are written out on Easter recipe cards. You can even add a whimsical touch of Easter to your business correspondence with an Easter-themed fax cover sheet. You can grab all the free Easter coloring pages that your little ones can handle from here and here and here.

Have a Happy Easter!

Free playing cards

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

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Have you ever downloaded a deck of cards? Neither have we, but that's all about to change. With SVG-cards, you can do just that. Well, almost at least.

SVG-cards is a huge image that, when you print it out and chop it up, will give you a deck of cards. As the name suggests, this image is in SVG—scalable vector graphics—format. Unlike bitmapped image files, SVG are vector graphics. This means that you can resize them without making them all nasty looking, with jagged pixelation and all. It includes the faces of all the cards of a standard deck of 52 playing cards, as well as a couple of Jokers, and a design for the back as well.

You can choose to print them out as they come onto paper or card stock, or you might scale them down, or up, to make them into a size that works better for you. If you like the designs, you can also do more exotic things like put them on T-shirts as well.

SVG-cards are free to download.

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Free Easter Printables

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

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Holidays are a wonderful time: friends, family, celebration, and traditions. Often we associate these primarily with Christmas. But what about the other big days in the year? There's a certain Jolly Fat Man in a red suit who gets all the publicity, but what about that Large Springtime Rodent*, The Easter Bunny? Easter's a big deal too, and it deserves its fair share of attention.

Free Easter Printables can help you get off to a good start with your Easter celebration. They've got an "in" with the Easter Bunny, you know. You can even download a letter from The Easter Bunny from their site. There's a whole collection of letters, ranging from your garden variety letter, to special ones for Easter morning, letters addressed specifically to a boy or girl, and even one specially written for the grown-ups.

Along with those holiday letters, Free Easter Printables has a whole collection of Easter Coloring Pages. You can grab more pictures of Easter Eggs here than you can shake an Easter Basket at–a great way to keep the little ones entertained until the big day.

FreeEasterPrintables.com is a free service.

* Yes, we know that rabbits are members of the order Lagomorpha and not Rodentia, but work with us here, OK?

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Bonus: Free St. Patrick's Day Printables

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

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It's nearly St. Paddy's Day, the day when everybody's Irish. While some folks' first inclination is to head for all things green—green beer, green hair, green eggs and ham—we'd like to propose a slightly lower-key way to celebrate the day: Free St. Patrick's Day printables!

Send your holiday greetings with a free printable card, or fax them with a holiday-themed fax cover sheet. Decorate for your holiday get-together with a free holiday banner. And keep yourself and the kids busy with all the free St. Patrick's Day-themed coloring pages you can download—more leprechauns and shamrocks than you can shake a shillelagh at!

Have a Happy St. Patrick's Day. Erin Go Braugh!

Free Printable Place Cards

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

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Whether you're planning a fancy dinner party or just a casual get-together, it always adds a touch of elegance when you put out placecards on your table. Whether you're trying to enforce a more formal "boy-girl-boy-girl" seating scheme, or just trying to keep the conversation civil by keeping your conservative uncle away from your liberal cousin, placecards help you to direct traffic around the dining room.

Printable Placecards has dozens of different placecard designs to choose from. There are basic placecards for informal occasions, or fancy placecards for weddings and baby showers. Birthday placecards add to the festive feel of the occasion. There's even a Mardi Gras placecard—laissez les bon temps rouler!

Printable Placecards are available as a free download. You'll need Adobe Acrobat Reader, or another app that can print PDF files. Print them out, trim them—there are four placecards on each sheet—write your guests' names on them and it's time for dinner (or tea or whatever your occasion may be). There are also customizable versions of placecards available for just $5.

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Bonus: Free Valentine’s Day Printables

Monday, February 9th, 2009

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It's nearly Valentine's Day again: Cupid's sharpened-up his arrows and the candy stores and florists are working at warp speed. Time to check out some free Valentine's Day printables.

Grab a free Valentine's Day card for your sweetie, or maybe a romantic certificate for the world's best wife, husband, girlfriend, or boyfriend. Valentine's gift tags add something special to your tokens of affection–they go very nicely with a new ring, necklace, or even a fishing reel, you romantic! Planning a holiday get-together? Let everybody know they're in the right place with a Valentine's banner; set your table with Valentine's Day place cards; and save your favorite recipes on Valentine-themed recipe cards. You can even help everybody at work get into the spirit of the day with a Valentine-themed fax cover sheet. And to keep the little ones busy, there's always free Valentine's Day coloring pages.

All of these Valentine's Day printables are available for free, so download all you want. And have a Happy Valentine's Day!

Print Invitations for Free

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

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Planning a big party? Hosting the social event of the season? That's all well and good, but if you don't have any guests, it doesn't really mean too much. If you want guests, you need to invite them. One of the easiest—and cheapest—ways to invite anybody to your important event is to grab a free Printable Invitation.

You can grab Printable Invitations for all different kinds of events, from birthday parties, to holiday events, to milestone celebrations, like weddings and graduations. With over a hundred different designs to choose from, you're sure to find just the right invitation. You just download them and print them on plain paper, fold them up, write your message, and you're good to go. They're available in two different sizes, so you can send a little invitation (maybe for a little event) or a larger one to really grab everybody's attention.

Printable Invitations are available for free download in PDF format, so you'll need Adobe Acrobat Reader to print them out. If you don't mind spending a few bucks, all of the invitation designs are also available in Microsoft Word DOC format, so you can edit the cards—add the recipient's name or include directions to your event.

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Free Printable Greeting Cards

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

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Did you ever wake up at oh-dark-thirty and remember that you needed to get a card for your mom, dad, spouse, kid, or other important person in your life? Birthday, anniversary, Arbor Day—they're all important occasions and they all call for a card. And it's amazing how few Hallmark shops are open at that time of day.

Or suppose it's the middle of the day, and you remember this same thing. Now there's oodles of stores open, but who really wants to spend and arm and a leg for a greeting card? Either way, the perfect solution would be a card shop that's open 24 hours a day, and doesn't break the bank when you just need a card.

Free Printable Greeting Cards may be just the place you're looking for. They're always open, and their cards are always free. You can choose from dozens and dozens of greeting cards: cards for birthdays, anniversaries, graduation, and more. For a few dollars, you can even grab customizable versions, where you can add your own message. And Hallmark doesn't let you customize your card at any price.

Free Printable Greeting Cards are free to download. You'll need a copy of Adobe's Acrobat Reader to print them out.

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Bonus: Free Christmas Printables

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

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Make this holiday season extra special with Free Christmas Printables. Keep the kids entertained with printable Christmas coloring pages. Make your gifts even more festive with free printable gift tags. Grab a free printable recipe card or two for your favorite holiday dishes. Take your holiday correspondence up a notch with free Christmas letterhead. (Works great for letters to Santa, too!) Download some free Christmas– and Hanukkah theme fax cover sheets for your festive holiday faxes. And finally, you can download some free printable letters from Santa Claus. Great for the kids, grandkids, neighbor kids, or kids of any age–whether they've been naughty or nice.

All of these Christmas printables are available for free, so download all you want. And have a Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah, a Joyous Kwanzaa, and a Festive Solstice!