Photo editing software can be very expensive.  Photoshop has still got the corner of the market and has even entered into vernacular- ‘shopped’, “That photo of her is so shopped!” 

However there are free to use photo editing software available online.  They may not be as versatile or technical as Adobe, Photoshop or Paint Shop Pro, but hey! They’re free!  Here is two of the best.

GIMP, the GNU Image Manipulation Program,was launched in 1996, and since then it has been updated regularly.  It is widely regarded as the most powerful free photo editing software that you’re likely to find anywhere.  It has all the features that you expect from photo editing software; correct colours, enhance contrast etc.  There is the facility to sharpen or blur an image, fix the perspective, and red-eye removal.  You can add lighting effects, or turn a photo into an oil painting, and even create an animation.  It may take you a while to familiarise and learn how to get the best out of GIMP, but it is worth the effort.  There is no free photo editing software that can compete with the power that GIMP has got. 

Paint.NET has plenty of good points, but is still behind GIMP in terms of sheer power.  Its strong point is its image editing.  Again, it has all the standard you would expect.  Paint.NET’s interface is intuitive and uncomplicated which makes it very easy to use.  Perhaps this would be a better choice for those complete beginners who just want to edit their home photos.

Computer network accessories 

Computer networking is becoming faster and more powerful and so are computer network accessories.  With the advent of wireless networking accessing the internet and computer network accessories have become widely available to pretty much anyone.  Most computers now come with built in modem, or your broadband company will supply you one.  In other words not many people have to buy their own computer network accessories, therefore it can seem a bit of a daunting task to find the correct ones.

The Motorola SB6121 SURFboard DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem has up to 160 Mbps downstream and up to 120 Mbps upstream.  The front panel is easy to read as it has LED lights to showthe connectivity status and it can also be used to simplify troubleshooting.  At the back it is colour coded so that you can easily set it up and install it.  It comes with the latest Internet communication protocol, IPV6 support.

The Netgear High Speed Cable Modem – DOCSIS 3.0 (CMD31T)provides a connection to high-speed cable Internet.  It has a high performance of up to 150 Mbps download and upload speed.  You can use this for for streaming HD videos, faster downloads, and high-speed online gaming.  Importantly, it is compatible with the most well-known Internet service providers, for example, Comcast, Charter, Cable Vision, Cox, Time Warner Cable amongst others.  Again, it is simple to installFind Article, and doesn’t require a CD to do so. 

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