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'extra' post Check out some of the latest makeuseof discoveries. All listed websites are FREE (or come with a decent free account option). No trials or buy-to-use craplets. For even more app reviews subscribe to makeuseof directory.

(1) Bitnami – BitNami makes it easier to download and install Open Source software packages (i.e. WordPress, SugarCRM, Drupal, phpBB”¦) by bundling each package into preconfigured 1-click setup file. No need to deal with configuration settings or dependencies. Just download a package you need, run installation wizard, and that’s it. Read more: BitNami – Open Source Packages. Simplified..

(2) BureauOfCommunication – Fill-in-the-blank stationary forms for every day correspondence. Whether you need to communicate a problem, send a formal invitation or apology letter, these forms will help you to ensure that your message is clearly conveyed. Read more: BOC – Fill-in-the-blank Forms for Formal Correspondence.

(3) DeviceScape – Unique application that automatically connects your wireless devices (laptops, mobiles, “¦) to any Wi-Fi hotspot or network you or your friends have access to, without the need to go though setup/configuration steps. Read more (incl. video demo): DeviceScape – Connect All WiFi Devices to Any WiFi Hotspot.

(4) DisplayWars – Not sure about screen size? DisplayWars can definitely help you out: instantly visualize and compare different screen types and sizes. Read more: DisplayWars – Compare TV Screen Sizes.

(5) [NO LONGER WORKS] Dosize – Web-based multiple image resizer where you can resize up-to 10 images simultaneously.

(6) RipOffReport – Community where annoyed consumers can file ripoff reports against companies. Read more: RipOffReport – Report RipOff Companies.

(7) Spokeo – Really cool all-in-one online tracker that lets you follow-up on your friends’ online activities without any effort. Spokeo finds and keeps track of your friends’ profiles across all major social networks, blog networks and photo sharing websites. The only thing you need to do is to export your address book. Read more: Spokeo – Find and Track Your Friends.

(8) PedioPhon – Convert Wikipedia articles to MP3 recordings. Once converted, you can either stream audio recordings straight from a browser window or download to your PC or portable device (iPod, MP3 player or mobile phone). Read more: PedioPhon – Text-To-Speech Converter for Wikipedia.

(9) [NO LONGER WORKS] WatchMyCell (Windows only) – Tired of going over on your cellphone bill every month? Check out Watchmycell. This tiny application can periodically check your phone balance and alert you when you’re close to going over.

(10) Xpenser – Simple expense tracker that makes it easy to record expenses as soon as you incur them, via email, voice message, mobile SMS, IM, or Twitter. Read more: Xpenser – Mobile Expense Tracker.

NOTE: These are just half of the applications that were added to our Directory in the last 3-4 days. To keep up-to-date on all directory additions subscribe to MakeUseOf Directory here (via RSS or email).

  1. Ryan
    December 29, 2007 at 11:35 am

    I was looking at the 'RipoffReport' website, and I have to say that 90% of the 'scams' listed on that website are at no fault by the companies. People are complaining that by their own fault, they missed deadlines, missed requirements, had to pay a re-stocking fee or are 'getting sold service plans while waiting in line'.

    Um...the last time I checked, you are responsible for meeting posted deadlines, reading the requirements & if you don't like something & want to return it, well, not much you can do about it.

    I agree that some companies have better customer service than other places, and are willing to 'bend the rules' (re-stocking fees/deadlines, etc), but expecting companies is a little ridiculous.

    Yours truly,
    Customer Service Manager from Massachusetts

    • Aibek
      December 30, 2007 at 10:35 am

      I agree ... usually problem occurs from the consumer's side. However, it's not uncommon for companies to have misleading rules / regulations. Plus you get a complicated, 20 page long 'Terms and Conditions' documents.

      Once, I had a 2-year mobile contract with O2. Apparently the only way I could end it and stop it from automatically renewing itself is by sending a written cancellation letter at least 3 month before the contract end date. Obviously, I had no idea about this 3 month deadline and ended with another extra year plus a 200 EUR fine for complaining about automatic contract renewal and refusal to pay. :-)

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