50 Free Apps We're Most Thankful For

Top 50 free and open source apps as voted for by the readers of lifehacker.com. You may know some (or all) of them already, but I'm sure this would be useful to some.

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So, uTorrent #9, Sabnzb #11, VLC #2, and iTunes at #29. *cough*

Banned

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Saw this last night, since when have programs been called apps?

I use/have used pretty much all of them

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sancho1983

Saw this last night, since when have programs been called apps? I … Saw this last night, since when have programs been called apps? I use/have used pretty much all of them



I've taken to calling all software apps, just to annoy my fellow IT workers.

sancho1983

Saw this last night, since when have programs been called apps? I … Saw this last night, since when have programs been called apps? I use/have used pretty much all of them



Since Apple have been attempting world domination

Anybody who uses Android should check out an app (correct usage :)) called Tech News, has links to loads of sites like lifehacker all in one place.

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App is short for application, this has been the case since before Apple existed. I didn't think this would be a big problem for people to figure out.

It's not hard to work out where it comes from, just weird that they've been called programs or software for a very long time...

sancho1983

It's not hard to work out where it comes from, just weird that they've … It's not hard to work out where it comes from, just weird that they've been called programs or software for a very long time...



Whut?

"App" has been in common use since the early 90s, at the very least. Did you never buy a PC mag with a cover floppy full of 'shareware apps' when you were young?

I stand corrected, just never really heard it apart from with regards to phone 'apps'

sancho1983

I stand corrected, just never really heard it apart from with regards to … I stand corrected, just never really heard it apart from with regards to phone 'apps'



Fair enough

Something new that has been getting used recently though is "Solution". Microsoft have been pushing it pretty hard with their last couple of versions of Visual Studio, telling us repeatedly that we're not building applications anymore, we're building solutions. It's utterly, utterly gay, and I'm quite glad it hasn't taken off.

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Jumpingphil

Now theres a word that has different meanings in the past.What does it … Now theres a word that has different meanings in the past.What does it mean now?



This?

Jumpingphil

Now theres a word that has different meanings in the past.What does it … Now theres a word that has different meanings in the past.What does it mean now?



Simon Amstell explained it perfectly.
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