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Set Up a New Laptop With the Ultimate Freeware Apps

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Set Up a New Laptop With the Ultimate Freeware Apps

So you’ve bought a new laptop, now you want to configure it and make sure you can get the most out of your new toy without having to spend an arm and a leg. There are plenty of freeware apps out there, but which ones are malware, which ones have viruses. It can be difficult to separate the good from the bad.. well this Lifehack Lesson is there to help you. It’ll point out all the useful freeware apps that can be trusted and installed on your laptop to help you get going.

This lesson is free for the first 7 days. To access this lesson after that and to all the other lessons, it costs $4.99 per month.

Here’s an excerpt form this lesson –

Finding Free Apps

When looking for freeware apps, not knowing what’s available is the hard part. The paid apps are so popular because they advertise A LOT. Either that or they have been around for a long time and they are a household name.

A good place to start your search is a site called AlternativeTo. By typing the name of the patent application in the search box, AlternativeTo will show you any alternative applications available. People can Like an app to let you know how well the app replaces the commercially popular application. For example when searching for Photoshop, the free app GIMP is the most popular on the list.

You can also sort by license. This means you can filter the results so only the free and open source programs are shown. If you are looking for an online version of an app, you can sort by platform too. Mac, Linux, Windows, Online and lots of other choices are available.

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Last Updated on December 18, 2020

Can Technology have Biases Like Humans?

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Can Technology have Biases Like Humans?

Technology has taken a vantage leap in providing solutions for man. Before now, technology used to appear complex and would require a great deal of expertise to handle solutions available. Today, we have technology applicable in the simplest human activities as smart products with intelligent algorithms powering them as they make error-free judgments and provide intelligent and analytic solutions.

Does technology have all the answers?

This article from Credit Suisse, tells us that technology does not have all the answers because it has been found to exhibit “similar biases,” as humans. No one can discredit the impact of technology, but it is not totally free of human input and this is the reason we experience these biases in many areas we have technology holding foot.

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Creating technological solutions transparently

This article suggests that the process of creating technological solutions be made transparent and subject to contribution from many people who would end up as users of the product – male, female, young, old, learned, unlearned and all other preferences as we have them. It also underscores the importance of having women on product development teams. This approach is not sure to eliminate all forms of bias, but it is a good way to start in order to appraise the full benefits of technology.

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Technology as the connecting tool

Technology so far has been a major connecting tool amongst us humans. It is used and appreciated by all regardless of race, language and sex. In order to keep it less subjective to these arguments about human biases. I believe we should gather opinions on products and solutions before making them available to the public. This could be done by gathering input from intended target users and receiving feedback across the stages of production.

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“Recognizing the problem is a start…success will depend on inclusive technologies that meet this vast untapped market.” This cannot be more apt especially at a time when we look up to technology for solutions. We should not muzzle our progress with technology by battling algorithm bias. The first way to avoid this battle is by reading this article here.

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