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Ghacks looks at software giveaway sites
« on: July 27, 2016, 01:30:24 PM »
Ghacks has an interesting roundup of software free giveaway sites today, with a concise comparison chart:
http://www.ghacks.ne...away-sites-overview/

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Re: Ghacks looks at software giveaway sites
« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2016, 02:53:16 AM »
I have bookmarked it  :Thmbsup:

It would be good if we can automate search on all these links for deal of the day and present one page with it. DC snack, anyone ?

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Re: Ghacks looks at software giveaway sites
« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2016, 10:27:57 AM »
I have bookmarked it  :Thmbsup:

It would be good if we can automate search on all these links for deal of the day and present one page with it. DC snack, anyone ?

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Anand


Short of that there is a pretty good round-up updated several times a week on Giveaway Radar

One thing I like about it, if the "giveaway" on a particular site is set up so that it requires posting in a forum for a limited number of licenses or some other tactic that excludes non-regulars, Giveaway Radar notes it in large red letters.  That saves me from looking through the BS only to find all 50 slots were filled 15 seconds after the software giveaway was announced, as often happens on these "contests."


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Re: Ghacks looks at software giveaway sites
« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2016, 12:59:27 PM »
Short of that there is a pretty good round-up updated several times a week on Giveaway Radar

Wow MilesAhead, bookmarked it too  :Thmbsup: Also the Android page   :D

Now if I can get time enough each day to look through the pages  :)

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Re: Ghacks looks at software giveaway sites
« Reply #4 on: July 28, 2016, 01:55:03 PM »
Now if I can get time enough each day to look through the pages

I know there's quite a bit to read.  I wish too there was written some hints about which giveaway sites have better licensing set up with the software publishers.  For example I got Wise Care 365 Pro on one site.  A one year license.  But 2 months before the license was to expire I got a nag screen every time I ran it.  I took it off and got the same program from another giveaway site.  No nag screen.  I guess that's what user discussion is for.  Those on the supply side are not likely to note such differences.  ;)

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Re: Ghacks looks at software giveaway sites
« Reply #5 on: July 28, 2016, 02:11:21 PM »
This doesn't mention the reason that I quit looking at GAoTD - it wouldn't work on 64-bit Windows.

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Re: Ghacks looks at software giveaway sites
« Reply #6 on: July 28, 2016, 02:17:06 PM »

Short of that there is a pretty good round-up updated several times a week on Giveaway Radar

The only thing about Giveaway Radar, is that it qualifies each day with useful giveaways, without quantifying how it does so.  For example, on BDJ, there are 6 entries.  However, Giveaway Radar says No useful Bits today, too bad !

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Re: Ghacks looks at software giveaway sites
« Reply #7 on: July 28, 2016, 02:37:49 PM »
This doesn't mention the reason that I quit looking at GAoTD - it wouldn't work on 64-bit Windows.

You mean a particular program or a whole lot of them?  I have only installed maybe a dozen from GOTD so I didn't really notice.  Most that I installed I ended up removing after a day or so.

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Re: Ghacks looks at software giveaway sites
« Reply #8 on: July 28, 2016, 02:41:45 PM »
For example, on BDJ, there are 6 entries.  However, Giveaway Radar says No useful Bits today, too bad !

In all that text at the top it says something about the fact that they don't claim to check all the sites all the time.  I have the giveaway sites I follow in a bookmark folder along with Radar.  After I read the Radar page then I go glance at all them them in turn.  I don't do computer games so that side of it I just skip.

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Re: Ghacks looks at software giveaway sites
« Reply #9 on: July 28, 2016, 05:14:47 PM »
For example, on BDJ, there are 6 entries.  However, Giveaway Radar says No useful Bits today, too bad !

In all that text at the top it says something about the fact that they don't claim to check all the sites all the time.  I have the giveaway sites I follow in a bookmark folder along with Radar.  After I read the Radar page then I go glance at all them them in turn.  I don't do computer games so that side of it I just skip.


So not knowing their criteria, it makes it difficult to see if you need to visit the sites in question.  That's my concern.  Why use an aggregation site if it doesn't aggregate?

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Re: Ghacks looks at software giveaway sites
« Reply #10 on: July 28, 2016, 06:18:11 PM »
So not knowing their criteria, it makes it difficult to see if you need to visit the sites in question.  That's my concern.  Why use an aggregation site if it doesn't aggregate?
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Re: Ghacks looks at software giveaway sites
« Reply #11 on: July 29, 2016, 07:12:39 AM »
So not knowing their criteria, it makes it difficult to see if you need to visit the sites in question.  That's my concern.  Why use an aggregation site if it doesn't aggregate?


I dunno' why that happens.  Same thing today.  It shows a date for BDJ of today with no bits.  But I go to the site and they claim there are free downloads every day.  Oh well, it seems useful to me.  Especially since at times the same program is offered on more than one giveaway site but the license or version may vary.  It would be cool if they specified both.  But it at least gives some overview.

If they charged me for reading it needless to say I would remove the bookmark.  :)

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Re: Ghacks looks at software giveaway sites
« Reply #12 on: July 29, 2016, 02:47:59 PM »
I tend to look at Giveaway Radar first as an overview. Even though it is not always accurate about freebies on BitsDuJour. Previously I used to wait for BitsDuJour's daily email which was sometimes  delayed. The daily email gives the discounted or free prices at a glance. I'm not advertising it, as it could be considered spam by some :D.

Giveaway of the Day has definitely gone downhill - with some of the Giveaways being 3 to 6 month licenses only - after that "license" period the software expires. I prefer the old "no support, no expiry" freebies.