MakeUseOf: 9 of the Best Ways to Read Comics Online for Free. “The recent string of successful Marvel and DC movies coupled with an increase in the availability of digital comics has helped fuel the revival of the comic book industry. Unfortunately, going down to the local comic shop to pick up your favorites can be expensive. Single issues can cost $3 or more, and that adds up fast. Thankfully, you can save some money by using these sites to read comics online for free. No matter what kind of comics you’re into, you should find them on one of these sites.”
Weekend fun from MakeTechEasier: 5 of the Best Websites to Download Free Video Games. “Whether you want to relive old favorites or discover classics for the first time, the Internet is here to help. Luckily for the retro game enthusiast, there are tons of websites dedicated to old, classic video games. Best of all, they are free to download, install and play to your heart’s content.”
InformationWeek: 5 Free Online Machine Learning Courses. “Demand for machine learning professionals is growing faster than for any other job. If you are looking to gain the skills needed for that next stage in your career, check out our short list of free online machine learning courses.” Well annotated.
Make Tech Easier: 5 of the Best Websites to Download Free Stock Footage. “Whether you’re a filmmaker, student, designer, artist or just a history buff, you might be interested in stock footage. Stock footage is generally free of copyright. This means that you are free to do what you want with it. These video clips can be edited, chopped up, stitched together, and manipulated in any way you see fit. Fortunately, the Internet has made it incredibly easy to track down stock footage, with entire websites dedicated to collecting clips free of copyright. We’ve rounded up some of the best websites that host a plethora of stock footage for you to browse and use, free of charge.”
How-To Geek: The Best Places to Find Free Audiobooks (Legally). “Audiobooks are great for commutes, long trips, and dull tasks. Here are a number of places you can download Audiobooks legally, and for free. And they’re not all public domain stuff. Many of the audiobook sites you can find on the internet let you download classic books in the public domain for free, but some sites have better quality books than others. We’ve rounded up some of the best of those sites, plus some ways you can get other kinds of audiobooks for free, too.”
Make Tech Easier: 9 of the Best Free Alternatives to Microsoft Visio. “Microsoft Visio is a powerful piece of software, allowing IT professionals, business people, engineers, and others working in highly technical fields to map out and display complex information in the form of flowcharts, site plans, floor plans, diagrams and more. Useful though all this is, the price point is well beyond what the average home user is willing to spend at $300 for the ‘Standard’ version and $590 for the Pro version. (If you’re dead-set on using Visio, there is a potentially cheaper option where you can get Visio Pro for Office 365 for $13/month if you get an annual subscription or $15/month for a monthly commitment.) But why pay at all when there are perfectly free and viable Visio alternatives available to you? Here are our top picks.” I have used the paid version of Gliffy and like it quite a bit.
Research Remix (what a great blog name!): Where’s Waldo With Public Access Links. “Was digging into some publisher pages today, and I noticed a trend. Links to Public Access author manuscripts that CHORUS says are publicly available thanks to funder mandates are often very difficult to actually find on publisher pages. Want to see what I mean?”