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MOOCs (Massively Online Open Courses)

  • Coursera – Coursera partners with various universities and makes a few of their courses available online free for a large audience. Founded by computer science professors, so again a heavy CS emphasis.
  • edX – Massive open online course platform founded by Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University to offer online university-level courses in a wide range of disciplines to a worldwide audience at no charge. Many other universities now take part in it, including Cal Berkeley. Differs from most of these by including “due dates” with assignments and grades.
  • Udacity – Outgrowth of free computer science classes offered in 2011 through Stanford University. Plans to offer more, but concentrated on computer science for now.

Free Online Courses Offered by Universities

  • Harvard Open Courseware
  • MIT Open Courseware – Initiative of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to put all of the educational materials from its undergraduate- and graduate-level courses online, partly free and openly available to anyone, anywhere.
  • Yale Open Courseware – Provides free and open access to a selection of introductory courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University.
  • Stanford Open Courseware

Music

Languages

Other

E-Books
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Audiobooks

  • LibriVox – Free audio books
  • Podiobooks.com – Free audiobooks mostly from self-published authors.
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    Multiplayer games you might’ve never heard of (all 100% free, without microtransactions):

    • Renegade X
    • America’s Army
    • No More Room in Hell
    • Alien Swarm
    • 0 AD
    • OpenRA
    • Battle for Wesnoth
    • More Freeware and F2P games

      Abandonware

      Older games (not in the above sites)

    • F2P (microtransactions)
      • Steam F2P section – Some of these are completely freeware. Most of them are multiplayer.
      • MMOBomb.com – They also have a list of F2P games.

      MOBAs (other than LoL and Dota2):

      Others

      • Path of Exile (in my opinion, the best and fairest F2P MMORPG) – Action RPG, similar to Diablo
      • Team Fortress 2 (in my opinion, the fairest F2P MMOFPS, and you can buy the premium account with Steam Trading Cards from 2 games)
      • Quake Live (several people have told me this isn’t free anymore.)
      • Card Hunter (for those who like board games)
      • Pokemon TCG
      • Hearthstone (for those who like collectible card games)

      More Games:

      • SMITE – A MOBA with a 3rd person view (behind the character), has a lot more game modes than pretty much all MOBAs, more newb-friendly (EDIT than some other MOBAs).
      • Quake Live – Quake 3 remake, recently released on Steam (after 5 years or so). No longer free.
      • Tribes: Ascend – A pretty good Tribes game from the makers of SMITE.
      • Sauerbraten – Pretty good shooter for non-competitive uses or when I feel pissed off.
      • SNESfun Online SNES emulation.
    • Freeware sites
      • FileHippo – Freeware downloads
      • Ninite – Package your favorite apps in a bundle and use it to install and update apps instantly.
      • TechSupportAlert – Freeware recommendations

      Other

      • Guerilla Mail – Disposable and temporary e-mail adresses. Use these to create your accounts and no more spam in your private e-mail adress.
      • PortableApps – Portable apps and PortableApps suite for USBs
      • Pixlr – Online image editor (like Photoshop, but very lite). Also includes desktop version.
      • LastPass, KeePass – 2 different password managers, LastPass works inside the browser, KeePass has its own program.
      • 7zip – Compression utility with a somewhat minimalist interface, but plenty of features.
      • MusicBee – A well-rounded music manager with a wealth of additional features like ripping, normalizing, converting…
      • MiniLyrics – Synchronizes lyrics with the music.
      • SumatraPDF – Ultra-light and all I need for reading PDFs (Foxit or PDF-XChange are good too and have more features)
      • MPC-HC – Like VLC but more lightweight and with a similar set of features.
      • Notepad++ Source code editor and Notepad replacement.
      • Sublime Text – A sophisticated text editor for code, markup and prose. Note that it is a never-ending free trial, but if you can you should consider paying for the service to support the developers.
      • Brackets.io Source code editor by Adobe with some Illustrator integration and Live Preview in Chrome.
      • EditPadLite – Notepad with just the text editing and not coding language options like Notepad++.
      • MalwareBytes Anti-Malware – Pretty much my secondary, on-demand malware scanner alongside my primary, real-time scanner (which is currently Avast, but really any anti-virus program is good)
      • F.lux – Utility that warms the colour of your screen and makes it easier to look at (and also has brightness control).
      • LibreOffice – Open source MS Office alternative.
      • MS Office Viewers – If LibreOffice fails to open MS Office files correctly, this steps in.
      • CCleaner – Indispensible for cleaning your computer (just be wary when you delete registry files).
      • RevoUninstaller – For clean and thorough uninstalls.
      • GIMP – Picture editor similar to Photoshop in functionality.
      • Inkscape – Free and open vector graphics editor.
      • Blender – Open source, cross platform suite of tools for 3D creation.
      • Rufus – Easily create bootable USBs [Windows], burning bootable OS ISOs.
      • Google Drive – you’d be surprised how many people don’t know what it is.
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      • Self-Help/Advice
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        • 7 Cups of Tea – Free, anonymous, and confidential conversations with trained active listeners. Please don’t spam the site, they offer a great service
        • Thrive On – Not completely free, but aims to bring affordable online mental health programs to those who would otherwise go without. Starting next month
        • Blah Therapy – Online listening service. “Experience the rewards of venting to a stranger or lending an ear.”
        • MoodGYM – Learn cognitive behavior therapy skills for preventing and coping with depression.

      Miscellaneous

    • Couch Surfing – Free version of AirBnB

 

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The Charisma Myth: How Anyone Can Master the Art and Science of Personal Magnetism

What if charisma could be taught?

The charisma myth is the idea that charisma is a fundamental, inborn quality—you either have it (Bill Clinton, Steve Jobs, Oprah) or you don’t. But that’s simply not true, as Olivia Fox Cabane reveals. Charismatic behaviors can be learned and perfected by anyone.

Drawing on techniques she originally developed for Harvard and MIT, Cabane breaks charisma down into its components. Becoming more charismatic doesn’t mean transforming your fundamental personality. It’s about adopting a series of specific practices that fit in with the personality you already have.

The Charisma Myth shows you how to become more influential, more persuasive, and more inspiring.

http://www.mediafire.com/download/a7hmdver5ull7wd/Charisma+myth,+The.epub

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http://college.usatoday.com/2016/04/08/24-free-ivy-league-courses-you-can-sign-up-for-today/

24 free Ivy League courses you can sign up for today

Let’s be real — not everyone can afford to go to an Ivy League school, nor can most people get in to begin with (certainly not I).

But lo and behold, the beautiful invention of online education has transformed how we can learn—so much so that with just a click of a button, we can take any course from (almost) any college while sitting on our own couch!

If you’re itching to gain some extra knowledge, or considering going back to school and want to test the waters first, I’ve rounded up the best free online courses, all offered by six of the top institutions in the U.S. The hardest part now will be deciding where you should go. (Just kidding, you can go to all six!)

Data and Tech

1. INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE

Harvard University

For all those who never got a chance to learn programming by an elite professor, now’s your chance to catch all the basics. This entry-level course will cover C, PHP, JavaScript, SQL, CSS, and HTML, and discuss the context of algorithms and coding in finance, gaming, forensics, and more.

2. INTRODUCTION TO SPREADSHEETS AND MODELS

University of Pennsylvania

Because none of us really know how to use Excel or Google Sheets, here’s the perfect class. With this strategy, you’ll learn how to properly organize your data and analyze it to predict solutions and success, whether you’re a small business or large corporation.

3. STATISTICAL THINKING FOR DATA SCIENCE AND ANALYTICS

Columbia University

Not sure what data science is but want to get into it? You should probably take this course to learn how to collect, analyze, and identify data.

Environmental Studies

4. INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES

Dartmouth College

Before considering a career in sustainability, this basic class will help give you a sense of the problems around us, past and present, how our natural system works, and how we can begin to give back to our Earth.

5. NEW DIRECTIONS ECOPLANNING LECTURE SERIES

Harvard University

You’ve probably never thought about the environment in terms of how you develop and produce things, right? Well, now’s your chance to learn—this class will cover all you need to know about incorporating biodiversity and sustainability into, well, urban environments.

6. INTRODUCTION TO SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Columbia University

This course will talk about how to create a sustainable world while still being economically inclusive to all—in a local and global context.

Business and Finance

7. ANALYZING GLOBAL TRENDS FOR BUSINESS AND SOCIETY

University of Pennsylvania

We live in a global society and economy, so if you want to improve your business, it’s useful to learn more about worldwide trends and how you can benefit from them.

8. NETWORKS, CROWDS, AND MARKETS

Cornell University

All of our worlds are connected—the tech world, our social circles, our economy. So this class will help you begin to see the ties between them and understand them to your advantage.

9. INTRODUCTION TO GLOBAL HOSPITALITY

Cornell University

If you’re interested in going into hotel management, this course will give you all the details, from what career opportunities there are to expert tips to business tactics.

10. COPYRIGHTX

Harvard University

This cool (and very relevant) class talks about the current laws of copyright—how it encourages or limits creativity, debates behind the law, and whether it should be reformed.

11. INTRODUCTION TO CORPORATE FINANCE

University of Pennsylvania

Before considering breaking into the finance world, take this class. Key big terms include: risk-return tradeoff, cost of capital, interest rates, retirement savings, mortgage financing, and more fun concepts!

12. INTRODUCTION TO NEGOTIATION

Yale University

I bet everyone could use a bit of a tutorial on how to negotiate with others. This class uses case studies to help you uncover people’s interests and persuade others with fair and valid arguments.

13. INTRODUCTION TO FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING

University of Pennsylvannia

In this course, you’ll learn the basics of accounting and use the three most common financial statements: the income statement, balance sheet, and statement of cash flows.

Health

14. UNITED STATES HEALTH POLICY

Harvard University

If you’re one of those people who nods your head absentmindedly when talking about government policy, you should probably check this one out. It‘ll teach you everything you need to know about the current health care policies at local, state, and federal levels.

15. INNOVATING IN HEALTHCARE

Harvard University

And, if you’re looking to get involved with healthcare, whether through consulting, managing, volunteering, or technology, this course is a great way to know the ins and outs of health innovation.

Entrepreneurship

16. SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP

University of Pennsylvania

Learn from truly experienced entrepreneurs how to create social change, allocate your resources, and test and scale your own enterprise.

17. ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND HEALTHCARE IN EMERGING ECONOMIES

Harvard University

This class will mesh together two surprisingly valuable topics—public health policy and entrepreneurship—and how to use both to improve health systems around the globe.

Law and Ethics

18. MORALITIES OF EVERYDAY LIFE

Yale University

To understand others as well as ourselves, sometimes it’s best to look into how society, evolution, culture, and religion have influenced our kindness and cruelty. In this class, you’ll delve into the exciting questions of moral action and how it has changed over time—and maybe understand your cranky co-worker better.

19. JUSTICE

Harvard University

This course is an introduction into political philosophy, giving you a broad context of criminal and social justice in our modern system. As advertised, you might just learn how to ask better questions.

20. A LAW STUDENT’S TOOL KIT

Yale University

If you’re looking to eventually go to law school or want to explore the option, this lecture’s a great way to get started. It will cover all the basic terminology, concepts, and resources of lawyers—so you’ll already be ahead of the game when you’re ready to start.

Economics

21. MICROECONOMICS: THE POWER OF MARKETS

University of Pennsylvania

If you’re curious as to how prices fluctuate, or how our economy functions at a basic level, or how we even make buying decisions, this class is a good start into learning about microeconomics. After this, you’ll become a critical thinker and influencer in your own economy.

22. GAME THEORY

Yale University

This introduction to game theory will help you put into context finance, trading, politics, and how certain behaviors develop and interact.

Marketing

23. INTRODUCTION TO MARKETING

University of Pennsylvania

It’s OK if you’re a beginner looking to switch into marketing—this course will talk about all the elements, such as customer loyalty, branding, and go-to-market strategies.

24. VIRAL MARKETING AND HOW TO CRAFT CONTAGIOUS CONTENT

University of Pennsylvania

Ever wonder how something can trend so quickly? Well, this course will explain how viral marketing works and how you can better sell your brand, product, or ideas on social media.

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