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  1. Beginner Tips - Learn how to use new technologies
  2. Free portable tinySpell™ - interactive spelling checker
  3. Artha Portable: thesaurus with hotkey lookups - See More great free programs at
  4. PDF Creator - Convert text files to PDF (Open Source)
  5. Sumatra PDF Portable - PDF, Comic Book, and E-book Reader - See More great free programs at
  6. Check Free Educational Technologies Home Page - See important additional links and messages
  7. Tech Tips & Tools Section - See useful choices
  8. Balabolka - Free Text-to-Speech (TTS) reader - reads any text even in browser (can save sound file)
  9. QuotePad - hotkey popup saves screen-selected text & cites its source (also has personal timer)
    *HINT: copying title (in Firefox Menu:Tools:Page Info) will capture URL (and internal bookmark)
  10. - Has provision for you to cut & paste URLs or your text into its box area and then
    every word you click on will be defined by your choice of dictionaries for medical, language, etc.
  11. See Free Education Section - Take college-level courses at your convenience - via your computer etc.
  12. See extensive list of Free Software below - See selections from many open source and freeware categories


    1. Inventing 101 - The first steps by®
    2. Kids Inventor Resources: K-12 - See links at InventorEd
    3. Handbook for Inventors - See other resources from Invention Dimension (MIT)
    4. Easy invention ideas: find your own with tips and creative methods - Via
    5. Lemelson Center: For the Study of Invention and Innovation - See resource pages
    6. Ideation Tips: Find Inventing Tips For Great Ideas - Provided by ideaLOCKER™ (archived)
    7. 12 Steps to Invent | Cool Invention Ideas | Invention Tips| Patent an Idea |Get Invention Help - Invention Addict
    8. Inventing Tips - Via Got Inventions?™
    9. Invention ideas - Tips from Invention Help
    10. Invention Facts and Information for Kids - From KidsKonnect
    11. Invention - Details at Wikipedia
    12. Ideas vs. Inventions - Article by Ed Zimmer
    13. How to Patent An Idea - Information from®
    14. How to Find Out if Your Invention Idea is Already Patented - Free - See related articles at eHow™
    15. Kids Pages - USPTO
    16. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office - See databases of issued patents and applications
    17. Success Tips for Inventors - See more information at Idea4Invention
    18. Lessons on Turning a New Invention Idea Into Money - More information from®
    19. Inventors and Inventions - (ipo patentcafe)
    20. Inventors Home Page - By About.Com®
    21. The Invention Dimension - See Inventor Handbook (under resources) at MIT
    22. How Everyday Things Are Made - See how things are manufactured by AIM at Stanford
    23. Mad Scientist Network - See inventive resources
    24. HowStuffWorks - Learn how everything works!
    25. The Way Things Work - Details at Wikipedia
    26. How [Automotive] Things Work Plus Automotive Dictionary - See diagrams at Meineke®
    27. Chemistry of How Things Work - See links at®
    28. How Everything Works Home Page - Physics focus
    29. How Does It Work??? - Energy items from EQ
    30. Inventors and Inventions: Index via
    31. Technology Timeline
    32. Tech References by
    33. Inventor Links from Houston Inventors Assoc.
    34. Electronic Design, Engineers References, etc. - See other tools at®
    35. A Patent Glossary - Courtesy of JOM
    36. Patent Glossary - Courtesy of USPTO
    37. Compare:Patent Search System - Also see glossary - courtesy of Intellogist
    38. The FreePatentsOnline search engine - See other features also
    39. Moving from Idea to Patent - See important articles at IPWatchdog™
    40. Great New Invention Ideas To Inspire You
    41. From Idea to Market - Tips from Entrepreneur
    42. All About Inventions - See topics at Live Science™
    43. The Great Idea Finder - Resource Center - See great coverage of entrepreneurs, inventors, etc.
    44. Inventor's Technical Reference Page
    45. Helpful Websites For Inventors
    46. Inventor links - Includes robotics from®
    47. Information on Patents for Researchers - From the University of Penn.
    48. Kids and Inventions: Invention Tips - See more at LifeTips™
    49. Invention Central- See resources including Invention Competitions - National Museum of Education
    50. Getting an Invention Prototype Built - Also see business tips from StartupNation
    51. ProtoTYPING: Top 5 Tools to Make Prototypes - EdisonNation®
    52. 3D printers and rapid prototyping - Castle Island Company
    53. 3D Printing FAQ - University of Michigan 3D Lab
    54. Invention first steps | Inventor Basics | How to Start
    55. Invention Help - Tips from Experienced Inventors
    56. Inventor Tips, Help and Advice | Free Invention Help
    57. Lessons in Electric Circuits - Huge free book on electronics
    58. What is an Electric Circuit? - See other chapters at The Physics Classroom
    59. The Logic of Scientific Discovery - See summary of book on modern science topics

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    60. Electronic software sources - Many programs are free from ePanorama electronics
    61. Electronic Hobbyist: Index - See electricity/electronic education, free software, robotics, etc.
    62. Freeware CAD Program 'CadStd'
    63. Electronic Resources: Region Specific
    64. Artifice DesignWorkshop Lite - Design house layouts and more
    65. PhotoModeler Lite Freeware Home Page - Free 3D home design, walkthrough, and rendering software
    66. Visit Ian Purdie electronic's Downloads Page -
    67. Digital Design Resources Page - Central Connecticut State University
    68. Brad's Math Physics Engineering Freeware - Shareware
    69. Freeware Home - Education Science and Engineering items
    70. WinSQL Lite - Database from Synametrics Technologies (must register free copy)
    71. Spread Spectrum Scene - FREE Software/Shareware, Part I (electronic software)
    72. Robert's Online Spreadsheet - - Can be modified
    73. See CAD programs, electronics, etc. - Courtesy of FreeByte
    74. QV: the graphic viewer/converter for JPEG, BMP, GIF &TIFF files - Softpedia®
    75. Ultimate Paint - A full-featured 32-bit Windows graphics program (freeware version available)
    76. Crimson: Free Programming editor fits on disk - many advanced features
    77. TightVNC: Remote access computing software - See more files at SnapFiles
    78. The Free Software Directory - See categories which might be useful in student and professional endeavors
    79. PDFCreator - Create PDF files from any Windows program - Free software
    80. 14 Free & Open Source Alternatives For Paid Software - Courtesy of makeuseof
    81. Find open source software alternatives to well-known commercial software - Read more at Osalt .com
    82. AlternativeTo - Social Software Recommendations - Find substitutes easily
    83. The Free Software Directory - See categories which might be useful in student and professional endeavors
    84. FreewareTop Reviewed Free Software
    85. heart/diskBob Bowman's FREEWARE & OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE
      - See really outstanding selections here!
      - For home, office, and school


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    86. LibGuides Community Site - Locate libguides A-Z at 4799 libraries worldwide!
    88. Search the Internet using various engines and strategies listed in INDEX
      under HOW-TO GUIDES, and WEBTOOLS (for SAFE SEARCHING), etc.
    89. Search the Internet using various engines and strategies listed in INDEX
      under HOW-TO GUIDES, and WEBTOOLS (for SAFE SEARCHING), etc., e.g.-
    Note to educators:   Most "kidsafe" search engines can still access other search engines which are unfiltered and that restrict users under 18 - unless they are disabled in advance - See details on Webtools Page
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