Podnutz Episode 55: Gizmo's Freeware Reviews

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Gizmo from Gizmo’s Freeware joins us today to talk about his amazing site.

Gizmo’s Freeware is a non-commercial community website staffed entirely by volunteers.  The primary function is to help users select the best freeware product for their particular needs.

In August 2010, PC Magazine included Gizmo’s Freeware in its  “100 Top Websites of 2010”.


Until July 2008 Gizmo was the editor of “Support Alert”, a  highly regarded monthly technical newsletter that was distributed to over 150,000 subscribers. Gizmo’s website is an evolutionary development of an earlier site associated with the newsletter that was started in October 2000.  This site was the home of Gizmo’s highly popular list of the “46 Best-ever Freeware Utilities.”   Over time that list grew well beyond 46 and reached the point where it could not be maintained by one person.


The current community site started operation in May 2008.  It utilizes the contribution of dozens of volunteer editors who edit and moderate suggestions from thousands of site visitors.  As a result the range of free software covered by this site is ever increasing and quality of the reviews ever improving.


The quality of the site’s content and it’s lack of commercial affiliation have contributed to its skyrocketing popularity.  As of  May 2010 it was rated by Alexa in the top 5000 sites in English speaking countries and in the top 10,000 worldwide. It is also the most bookmarked site under “freeware” at most of the web’s major bookmarking services.


You can help Gizmo’s site in four ways:

  1. Help spread the word by telling your friends and colleagues about the site. Better still include a link to our site in your blog, website, forum or newsgroup.
  2. Become a volunteer software reviewer and help make the site even better.
  3. Suggest a good program or contribute and article or review
  4. Help keep this site independent and ad-free by buying a T-shirts and donate.



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Music provided by Evan King
Notes by Tom Stiles (hamrad) at hamrad@gmail.com