Sunday, July 24, 2016

Best Freeware for 2016

NOTE: Approximately once a year I take time to update my list of favorite Freeware Programs for Windows. Here is my latest version...

Putting together a set of software tools to advance your productivity need not cost an arm and a leg. If you are 
PC based, here is a list of essential software that you can download and use for FREE.

First things first. Secure your system with a good anti-virus  software.  There are a number of good, freeware programs out there (including AVG) but you can’t go wrong protecting yourself with:

Avast Anti Virus Home Edition – Simply the best Anti-Virus & Anti-Spyware program that money can’t buy. Period. (or upgrade to PRO for even more protection).

While your at it, it never hurts to supplement your security with an anti-malware and internet security software package such as Malwarebytes. They offer a free and paid version. 

Of all the programs you’ll need, a good Calendar / Contact Manager / ToDo List may be the most important! Organize yourself by keeping the three things you need most, Contacting, Scheduling & Prioritizing on one single screen.

If you are willing to pay approx. $50 USDTime & Chaos  is about as good as it gets. They also offer a FREE VERSION ( with fewer features) that may be all you'll ever need. If you’d like something with a similar functionality for free, consider using Essential PIM.

Essential PIM 7.0 – is a professional Personal Information Manager  (PIM) that you can use to store and manage all your important data, including notes, contacts and schedules.
The intuitive program is configurable enough to allow you to display only the modules you use.

For “on the fly” post-it style notes on your desktop, there are a number of freeware options. I’ve tried several but always come back to Stickies.

Stickies 9.0b – Virtual “Post It” notes for your desk top with alarms. Personally I couldn’t live without them.

AZZ Cardfile  is a program that helps manage any personal information like addresses, phone numbers, references, notes,etc. I've used the program for almost 10 years and constantly find new uses for it!.
(AzzCardfile is not freeware, but they offer a couple innovative ways to get a free copy on their license page)

As you promote yourself via posters, websites and mailings, you’ll want the ability to work with graphics and photos. There are great professional packages out there if you’ve got the money such as Paintshop Pro and PhotoShop - if you are on a more meager budget (or just don't need all those bells & whistles), consider using Phoxo.

PhoXo 8.3 - is a free and powerful image editing software. It's tiny, fast, easy to use, can be treated as a “mini PhotoShop”. Its features include layers, undo, over 50 special effects, batch processing, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools for selecting, crop, painting, retouching, measuring and navigation. You can easily add text effects to image, such as shadow text, ripple text, gradient color text etc.
A good Office Suite (Word Processor, Spreadsheet, PowerPoint) is an absolute necessity. There are a number of good ones (even free) such as Open Office, personally I like...

WPS Office 2016 Free - is a versatile, light weight, free office suite, which includes a word processor, spreadsheet program and presentation maker. These three programs help you deal with office tasks with ease.

Support for most common file formats and it also has Office to PDF converter, automatic spell checking and word count features.

Other Software you’ll find useful....

Freemake Video Converter 4.1.9. - is a video conversion and editing software to convert between popular video formats, create image slideshows, music visualizations, and more.
In addition to straightforward format conversion, the program also includes additional features that let you trim, join and rotate video content, extract audio tracks without quality loss and rip or burn DVD or Blu-ray discs.

The supported output formats include AVI, WMV, MP4, 3GP, SWF, MKV, MPEG MP3 and DVD, with a variety of ready-to-use profiles for iPods, iPad, PSP, XBox and other devices. Freemake Video Converter can also convert and upload your content directly to your YouTube or Facebook account.

PicPick - is a screen capture application that includes a capture editor and several on-screen measurement tools, including color picker, color palette, pixel ruler, protractorcross hair and more. It allows you to capture the entire desktop, active windows, selected areas or window controls with the click of a button or via keyboard shortcut.

Skype – is a user friendly video and text messaging software, that allows you to make free Internet phone and HD video calls to any Skype user, anywhere in the world.

The sound quality is as good or even better than regular phones, and requires no additional equipment, besides a normal PC microphone or headset.

If you find that you need something else not listed, the two best resources for free software on the web are:  Snapfiles  & Freewarefiles where there are literally thousands of programs to chose from!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

"Artist Of The Month" on Banjo Reserve

I just found out that I'm January 2016's "Artist of The Month" on 

Here is a link to the the Interview!!

Friday, December 18, 2015

My New Videos are Up!

It's been a long time coming but I've upgraded all the videos on my YouTube Channel

All of the videos have been re-edited from the original High Def Master and look and sound great!

Here is my new 6:45 Promo Video...

Drop by and check out ALL of my Videos and while you're there, hit subscribe!

Sunday, December 13, 2015

New Promo Shots for 2016!!

Every couple of years, all entertainers should update their 
8x10's ..... here are my latest shots taken December 2015!!

By the way, I'm available for booking in 2016!!
Here is my website:

Yes! I'm playing Ukulele in the shows now!

These live shots are several years old and lifted off my DVD. I just had them enhanced and they are too good not to share!