A service called Ninite has geeks in a lather, as it takes the pain out of reinstalling free basic software on your PC or notebook.
How many times have you reinstalled Windows or got a new PC or notebook and then been faced with the task of locating and individually installing all your essential free apps, such as browsers, IM clients, utilities such as Evernote, and so on? Ninite
is a web site that provides a single installer for dozens of these essential 'free' or 'open source' apps. Pointed out to us by reader Gary Carson, a software developer from Oakleigh, Victoria, it's a godsend.
You just tick the apps you want on the Ninite web page and download a little installer executable file. Run it and it starts downloading and installing in one go, and all without any crapware.
Carson says: "It's really fantastic and such a great idea. I think they've been around for a long time." In fact, Ninite has become a must for many techies who constantly reinstall software and has received universal praise. At APC, we've started using it for quickly installing basic software on notebooks we're reviewing.