‘Our great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is privately controlled. We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated governments in the civilized world. No government by free opinion, no longer a government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a government by the opinion and duress of small groups of men.’ - Woodrow Wilson
wouldn't it be great if every time somebody asked a question no matter what it was .. somebody replied: 'I'm not sure I understand what you mean?'
I have went to some sites and downloaded things before.. but that old saying you get what you pay for.. it holds true ... sometimes you can get some cool .. crap. whats the word Im lookin for.. Ive drawn a blank.. you know introductory.. stuff.. you use it for a month and then if you don't buy it it goes bye bye.. geez sometimes my brain really pisses me off.
but stuff you get to keep.. CRAP
I always look at Freeware very carefully.
If it's a program, see if it's listed on VersionTracker and what other downloaders have said.
If it's a new plug-in or a plug-in for a new program, install it, then immediately try it to see what happens. Some of those things will 'break' your application programs but removing them clears it up.
If it's fonts, well, Freeware, I'd get a print test before comitting my design to it.
If you are talking about Kazaa - I don't personally condone it but to each their own.
I agree with this sentiment. Graphic design in respect to only doing print work is becoming secondary, and therefore much more competitive. Finding a job that involves some graphic design is a good start...
Unless you are the Red Cross don't get into the charity work pattern. You can eat some time if you're making something you can use, resell or learn from (something new). Clients you'll want to work for...