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Getting your PC up to scratch doesn't have to break the bank - in fact it needn't cost you a penny!

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Find a PC
First things first, you need to find a machine. You could of course check out your local tip, but other good places to look are Freecycle, Snaffleup or Gumtree – all of which are likely to have free offerings and they're likely to be in better shape than the ones at the dump!

Operating systems
You'll also need an Operating System (OS). If you're lucky, the PC you've found will have a recent OS already installed. However, if the hard drive has been wiped or the OS is out of date, don't panic! There's no need to spend hundreds of pounds on Microsoft Windows.

Instead, there are free alternatives. For example, the open sourced, linux based operating system Ubuntu comes highly recommended. It contains all the applications that come with Windows and is free to install.

It also comes with the Mozilla Firefox web browser which is a faster and more reliable alternative to Internet Explorer.

Browsers
If you're not using Ubuntu, you can download Mozilla's web browser Firefox for free, here.

Email application
You can obviously use web based email such as that offered by Google and Yahoo for free. Additionally, Mozilla offers its own, free Thunderbird 2 application.

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  • Steviebaby1959
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    Steviebaby1959 said

    End users of the dropbox facility that was linked in this article may wish to take note of the following important information when they register.

    BY UTILIZING THE SITE, CONTENT, FILES AND/OR SERVICES, YOU CONSENT TO ALLOW DROPBOX TO ACCESS YOUR COMPUTER TO ACCESS ANY FILES THAT ARE PLACED IN THE 'MY DROPBOX,' 'DROPBOX' FOLDERS, AND/OR ANY OTHER FOLDER WHICH YOU CHOOSE TO LINK TO DROPBOX. BY PLACING FILES IN YOUR SHARED FOLDER, YOU CONSENT TO SHARE ACCESS TO THE CONTENT OF THOSE FOLDERS WITH THOSE OTHER DROPBOX USERS THAT HAVE BEEN AUTHORIZED TO UTILIZE THOSE FOLDERS. BY PLACING FILES IN YOUR PUBLIC FOLDERS, YOU CONSENT TO SHARE ACCESS TO THE CONTENT OF THOSE FOLDERS WITH OTHER DROPBOX USERS AND/OR THE PUBLIC.

    Read the registration information very, very carefully before you decide whether to go ahead with utilising this service and where you place your content.

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