Adapting a technologic lifestyle
Google is much more than just a search engine and free email, it's an account that gives you access to a wide array of services which make adapting to a technological lifestyle almost seamless. Having a Google account allows quick transfer of phone information and apps, password management, calendar and reminders, office docs, and more.
places to shop online
These sites offer good service, trusted transactions, and low prices.
Instead of purchasing music or books:
A popular method for downloading songs is to convert youtube videos to mp3s.
To do this search for a song you want to download on youtube.
Then copy the address (on a mobile device select Share > Copy Link). Next visit a youtube download site such as Ytmp3.
Paste the link into the site to generate and download the .mp3 file.
Books that are in the public domain can be found at Project Gutenberg
If you are looking for a comic book resource (CBR) there is a large collection available at Library Genesis
For a large list of all books including text books, check out Z-Lib
how to stream tv and movies
To stream tv or video to your home you'll need an internet connection and streaming device such as a smart tv, amazon firestick, or Roku, which is my personal preference. Once you have a streaming device you can download both free and premium (paid subscription) apps.
As an alternative, many folks also setup a home media server either on their gaming device (playstation/xbox) or on a home computer. The media servers job is to play the media files (movies/music/etc) that you have saved to a hard drive on your television.
Example of a media server setup:
Desktop or Laptop - directly (ethernet) connected to your router.
An external hard drive plugged into the Desktop or Laptop
Install Plex on the PC
Save media to the external hard drive
For a good guide on using plex without internet click here.
A torrent is not a link to a download but instead a file that contains links in the form of meta-data to the download.
The difference being that instead of copying data from once source a torrent is the link that sends data from many sources.
The next step is to visit a torrent search engine website, some popular sites include: Rarbg The Pirate Bay and Yify Search for a torrent + open the magnet link in your app to begin downloading the torrent.
Since torrent sites generally don't attract many advertisers for obvious reasons, expect to see plenty of adult ads when visiting them (adult sites will advertise anywhere there is high traffic).
Also expect plenty of popups which you'll need to close and periodically refresh some torrent search pages to get past.
It's also a good idea to set your Max upload speed (the speed you're going to let peers download copies of the pieces of the torrent your downloading "While you're downloading it" to a minimum.
Throttling your max upload speed back to 1kb per second might not help others but it can improve your download speed and can be done directly in the settings of your Torrent Browser.
Each site will display both Seeders and Leechers next to each torrent list showing how many people are sharing the torrent (Seeds) and how many people are downloading it (Peers).
Torrents with a high number of seeds usually download relatively quick while torrents with a high number of peers usually are good quality torrents. Some sites offer only torrent file downloads (download and then open with torrent browser to download) while others have magnet links (link to open torrent directly in torrent browser). After your file is completely downloaded it's a good idea to delete the .torrent file (if you didn't use a magnet link) from your filesystem to ensure others are still able to use it/you as a peer.
windows software recommendations
This list contains software that might be to advanced for home users.
Be certain to read through the developers sites for additional information.
linux software recommendations
android / mobile app recommendations
These are links to my favorite APK software.
Apple tablet - purchase if you are a small business who intends on running the Square POS.
Having a device with the softwares native OS will provide greater functionality.
iPhone - purchase if you are unable to utilize any other messaging app than the proprietary Facetime.
There are no other cases when any Apple product should be purchased, the value is simply not there.
free online software to use
These are links to useful sites in addition to Google.