The 20 Best Free PC Games

The 20 Best Free PC Games

While the realm of free PC games used to be dominated by match-three Flash games or tiny indie testbeds, the free-to-play phenomenon has completely changed the landscape. These days, the full-priced games that once topped the charts are getting some real competition from titles that offer large swaths of the experience with zero upfront cost.

Companies big and small have deluged the market with free-to-play PC games, and with that comes both pros and cons. The huge variety means that there’s something to scratch nearly any itch, but the signal-to-noise ratio on storefronts like Steam is abysmal. Instead of trudging through dozens of generic clones and halfhearted cash grabs, let us separate the wheat from the chaff for you. In today’s post, we’re highlighting 20 of the best free games on the PC. But there’s a lot of ground to cover: Follow along, and something here is bound to tickle your fancy.

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Top 10 Myths About #Websites

Top 10 Myths of Business Websites
The company Side Wages (who ironically appear to be “offline”) put out a series of videos and image galleries giving advice to Webmasters a few years back.  While some of the information is a little dated, the majority of the information is still extremely pertinent and is often overlooked by inexperienced, and sometimes experienced,  website developers.

My official advise to aspiring Webmasters is to go into Graphics Design.

Yet if you want to learn how to build a website I suggest starting right here at wordpress.com.  WordPress sites are extremely popular, and it is a good place to get your feet wet if you have no experience whatsoever.  Furthermore in the professional realm of website development WordPress is used quite often and by starting with a free WordPress blog you will be somewhat familiar with the hosted version once you land your first client.

Top 10 Myths of Business Websites

In closing the advice given by Side Wages is good solid advice for newcomers looking to make money from website design and development.

All too often I  see companies create websites for all the wrong reasons ; that makes these images and videos from Side Wages (wherever they are now) extremely informative and important.

Their image albums are still available as well as their videos

Both images above by Side Wages.  License Information.

AMD needs a lifeboat, but they can’t afford one.

amd sucks

Article From #Forbes #StockWatch
Article by Aaron Tilley ,  Forbes Staff, 

Investors Turn Sour On AMD’s Turnaround And Its Stock Drops More Than 20%

Advanced Micro Devices CEO Lisa Su is still in the midst of setting the chipmaker straight. The first part of her strategy: providing real competition with Intel processors in the PC and server markets. It kicked things off well earlier this year with the launch of its Ryzen processors for desktop PCs. Its stock rose rapidly with this renewed focus. From its peak in late February, its stock boomed to more than $15 per share, up from less than $2 a share from the previous February.

But now Wall Street is starting to get impatient.

Read Entire Article On Forbes

#amdsucks but so does #wallstreet

Not from the horses mouth #software

Top 10 Software Testing Service Companies in USA – Software Testing Companies List
Top 10 Software Testing Service Companies in USA – Software Testing Companies List

Instead of taking the word of “The Corporate Internet” reviews, or reviews given by popular sites that are ill prepared to test a batch file why not go to the horses mouth, do a little reading, and decide for yourself when it comes to your online security and other software decisions.  I just happen to have a few such independent testing companies (outside of my own) that I would be glad to share.  If you are already familiar with them, then please ignore this.  However most people are not aware accurate, thorough, and ongoing testing software reports are out there to read at your whim.   Imagine consumers making an informed decision – Every Corporations Nightmare.


Security Focused Testing Companies

SE Labs

About SE Labs

SE Labs aims to improve information technology security by assessing products and services designed to detect attacks, protect against intrusions or both. We test a range of solutions including endpoint software, network appliances and cloud services. Our tests are technically accurate and relevant, and are conducted with the utmost integrity.

The company’s founder is Simon Edwards, ex-Technical Director of security testing organisation Dennis Technology Labs and Chairman of the Board of the Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organization (AMTSO). He has been testing anti-malware and other security products since 1995 and published results for the first ‘real-world’ anti-malware test, which involved full end-to-end threat testing using internet-connected endpoints, inclusion of web-based exploits and full execution of malware.

Simon wrote the IEEE paper ‘Four Fs of Anti-Malware Testing‘ and the Virus Bulletin paper ‘Effectively Testing APT Defences‘ , which he presented at the VB Conference 2015 in Prague.

Constantly innovating, SE Labs has developed next-generation testing to prove the abilities of ‘next-generation’ security products using a comprehensive, full-stack approach to security assessment powered by true and detailed threat intelligence. Our end-to-end, targeted attack detection, protection and response testing is world class and capable of evaluating endpoint, appliance and cloud-based products and services.

SE Labs is a member of the Microsoft Virus Information Alliance (VIA) and the Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organization (AMTSO).


AV Labs

About AV Comparatives

AV-Comparatives is an independent organization offering systematic testing that checks whether security software, such as PC/Mac-based antivirus products and mobile security solutions, lives up to its promises. Using one of the largest sample collections worldwide, it creates a real-world environment for truly accurate testing.  AV-Comparatives offers freely accessible results to individuals, news organizations and scientific institutions. Certification by AV-Comparatives provides an official seal of approval for software performance which is globally recognized.

Currently, AV-Comparatives’ Real-World Protection Test is the most comprehensive and complex test available when it comes to evaluating the real-life protection capabilities of antivirus software. Put simply, the test framework replicates the scenario of an everyday user in an everyday online environment – the typical situation that most of us experience when using a computer with an Internet connection.

AV-Comparatives works closely with several academic institutions, especially the University of Innsbruck’s Department of Computer Science, to provide scientific testing methods.

Volunteers

AV-Comparatives also relies on volunteers and interns, who support our work as part of their studies. We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to everyone who has supported us in this way.
Join AV-Comparatives volunteer Program!


AV Test Institute

About The AV-TEST Institute

Independent. For Certain!

A Strong Player in the Field of Antivirus Research for Over 15 Years

The AV-TEST Institute is a leading international and independent service provider in the fields of IT security and anti-virus research.

The aim of the research work carried out by AV-TEST is to directly detect the latest malware, to analyse it using state-of-the-art methods and to inform our customers of the top-quality results obtained.

At our German laboratories in Magdeburg our team of 30 IT specialists boasting many years of expertise take a practical approach to the development of innovative analysis mechanisms and the application of high-quality test procedures. In order to achieve these objectives, AV-TEST provides optimal working conditions and development opportunities. After all, IT security is one of the key factors in the modern business and corporate world!


There are many other companies that do this type of work, but the ones above really do shine.

For the most part stay away from the Corporate induced sites (PC Magazine, CNET’s download.com, Tom’s Hardware,  for example).  These sites have an agenda, and that agenda drives reviewers to give favorable reviews of software products in which many cases the reviewing company is affiliated and being paid to convince you that you need said product regardless of whether the software will enhance, protect, or in some cases I have seen, destroy your operating system or remove their competing products from your computer.

Unfortunately at this point the corporate sites are winning the software war.  Which is exactly what we would expect at this point.   The government has made some new provisions, which do not help  and which only apply to bloggers (The FTC Guidelines  – Complying with the guidelines) For my dollar, or rather my time, I would rather browse around Gizmo’s Freeware or Filehippo.

Military Photographers

Current technology tends to point to the end of professional photography.  It has been a long time since most any photographer, no matter how famous, was a household name.   Yet in this post I want to focus on those who serve in our military.  For they get even less credit most of the time; and yet looking at their photos has a way of putting our world in perspective.

The U.S. Army

Army Photo From Flickr
Eyes out and watch your sector 173rd Airborne Brigade paratroopers conduct a security halt during a foot patrol at the 7th Army Training Command’s Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, Jan. 28, 2017. The 173rd is the U.S. Army’s Contingency Response Force in Europe, providing rapidly deploying forces to the U.S. Army Europe, Africa and Central Command Areas of Responsibility within 18 hours. The Brigade routinely trains alongside NATO allies and partners to build stronger relationships and strengthen the alliance. U.S. Army photo by Visual Information Specialist Markus Rauchenberger

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The U.S. Navy

Official U.S. Navy Page Following▾
Seaman calls out the flag sequence aboard USS Wayne E. Meyer during a flag hoisting exercise. EAST CHINA SEA (March 8, 2017) Seaman Trevor Chastain calls out the flag sequence of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer JS Sazanami (DD 113) aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) during a flag hoisting exercise. Wayne E. Meyer is on a western Pacific deployment with the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group as part of the U.S. Pacific Fleet-led initiative to extend the command and control functions of U.S. 3rd Fleet into the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kelsey L. Adams/Released)170308-N-RM689-666

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The photo above had the following posted beneath the description.

Join the conversation:

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www.facebook.com/USNavy

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navylive.dodlive.mil

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US Air Force

US Air Force
A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer assigned to the 9th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, deployed from Dyess Air Force Base (AFB), Texas, takes off March 10, 2017, at Andersen AFB, Guam. The B-1B’s are deployed to Andersen as part of U.S. Pacific Command’s (USPACOM) Continuous Bomber Presence operations. This forward deployed presence demonstrates continuing U.S. commitment to stability and security in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. Most importantly, these bomber rotations provide Pacific Air Forces and USPACOM commanders an extended deterrence capability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jacob Skovo)

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Marines

Island in the Sun A Crew Chief assigned to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 167, observes the landing zone from a UH-1Y Huey during a training operation at Marine Corps Auxiliary Landing Field Bogue, North Carolina, March 9, 2017. MWSS-274 conducted casualty evacuation drills in order to improve unit readiness and maintain interoperability with HMLA-167. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Anthony J. Brosilow)

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U.S. Department of Defense

US Department of Defense
Nigerien soldiers receive a counter IED class as part of Exercise Flintlock 2017 in Diffa, Niger, Feb. 28, 2017. Niger is one of seven African nations to host Flintlock 17. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Kulani Lakanaria) http://www.dvidshub.net

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These are merely a tiny example of the literally thousands of great photos on Flickr from our military photographers.
There are many many more on Flickr and on various websites and blogs and I hope you will share them with me.

May peace favor us all – especially all those who have sacrificed and those who continue to do so.