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More Software Opinion

  • Opinion: Change What Application Loads When You Select a File

    The wrong program comes up when Nathan3 double-clicks a photo. He asked the Answer Line forum for advice.

  • Opinion: GameStop Tries to Win Back Customers' Trust

    GameStop wants a do-over after angering customers by removing coupons for a competitor that were in boxes for a popular video game.

  • Opinion: What Do You Need to Survive Hurricane Irene?

    As Hurricane Irene plows through North Carolina on its destructive path up the East Coast of the United States, people need to be prepared. If you have an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, you can use the resources included in the InstaTodo app to guide you.

  • Opinion: Learn to Program With Code Academy

    Did you ever want to be a huge nerd your whole life, but didn't know where to start? Don't have the shelf space for the O'Reilly books, or found the various "in a nutshell" books too dry? I think Code Academy has an offer you can't refuse.

  • Opinion: Another Way to Pin Folders to the Windows 7 Taskbar

    Remember last week when I said readers were smarter than me? That's still true, but it turns out I'm not so dumb after all--just forgetful.

  • Opinion: Convert Any File Into Any File Type With Go2Convert

    So you've got this file and you don't know how to open it. The person who sent it to you doesn't seem to know either, and your deadline is ticking away. What do you do? Head to Go2Convert.com.

  • Opinion: Post-Jobs, Apple Needs to Open Up

    There's no denying that the departure of Steve Jobs as Apple CEO is the end of an era. It's difficult to think of any other leader as synonymous with a brand as he has been.

  • Opinion: Google Maps Adds Voice Search to Chrome Desktop

    If you talk to your desktop PC, it's probably for all the wrong reasons--usually to hurl expletives at the machine for not working properly. Well, users of the desktop version of Google Chrome now have a more productive reason to get chatty with their computers. Google has added voice search for Google Maps to Chrome, offering users a (sometimes) faster way to get directions.

  • Opinion: Love Him, Hate Him, Steve Jobs Has Transformed Your Life

    Steve Jobs is still Chairman of the Board at Apple, and he is still going to be involved in steering the iconic tech company, but he has officially handed the CEO duties over to Tim Cook. Whether you are an avid fan of Apple, or an ardent Apple-basher, Steve Jobs has had an undeniable effect on technology and the world around you.

  • Opinion: Gliffy Snaps Out Spiffy Charts With Ease

    I don't have to make all that many charts in my daily work, but every now and then some project I'm working on demands a quickie flowchart or Venn diagram, and I never seem to have the right software on hand for the job. That's where Gliffy comes in. This handy little web app lets you whip up all kinds of charts on the fly, without forcing you to buy any high-end software to do it.

  • Opinion: Digital Janitor Straightens Out Messy File Hierarchies

    My Downloads folder can get messy. Before I started testing Digital Janitor (free), it contained over 150 different files, weighing in at over 700MB--and this is after a recent cleaning. Digital Janitor’s promise is to sort and tidy up any random bunch of files you throw at it, so my Downloads folder seemed like an ideal candidate.

  • Opinion: Check Out The (Surprisingly Good) Portal Fan Film

    The Portal videogames by Valve are one of my favorite series of all time. After completing the groundbreaking first game I remember walking around thinking of where I would shoot portals to expedite my route. The long-awaited sequel that came out earlier this year exceeded lofty expectations and left fans wanting even more.

  • Opinion: Android Becoming Prime Target for Malware Makers

    Attacks on Android by malware writers have jumped 76 percent over the last three months, making it the most assaulted mobile operating system on earth during the period, according to a report by cybersecurity solutions maker McAfee.

  • Opinion: Make a Better Black-and-White Photo

    There are a lot of things you can do to your photos with a single click in your photo editing program. Last week, for example, I showed you how you can use the Color Replacement tool in Adobe Photoshop Elements to change specific colors in an image. And in the past, I've explained how easy it is to convert any photo to a stylish black-and-white composition by setting the saturation to zero in any image editor.

  • Opinion: Lion, Time Machine, the death of the iPhoto interface

    Reader Ian Martin is perplexed by one of Lion’s “features.” He writes:

  • Opinion: Soothe Sore Eyes With Fluxs Time-Sensitive Lighting

    When you spend more than 10 hours a day staring at a computer screen, you’ll welcome anything that can help reduce the risk of eye strain. A cool cross-platform utility called F.lux can do just that.

  • Opinion: Open Finder folder in Terminal

    We've published a variety of hints over the years about opening a Terminal window that's already focused on the folder of your choosing. But Hints reader ceej discovered that Apple's built a new Service into Lion that can make this task even simpler.

  • Opinion: Freebie PC Wizard Tells You What Device Manager Can't

    Contrary to the implications of its moniker, there's really no wizardry involved with PC Wizard. Unless of course you consider a comprehensive querying and report on your system's hardware magic. This free utility from CPUID relays a lot, and I mean a lot of info. Much of said info may be found in Windows Device Manager, but a lot of it can't.

  • Opinion: Is Cloud-Based Backup Safe?

    Melissa has her doubts about backing up online. "With hackers now able to hack into government and large holding companies' computers, wouldn't I also be at risk?"

  • Opinion: Design a Vegetable Garden With PlanGarden

    As someone who gets itchy (green) thumbs around mid-winter, PlanGarden sounds like my dream software. Starting with a plot size as large as five acres, you can use PlanGarden ($20, limited demo) to draw your envisioned garden beds, lay out all of your imagined plants including plant spacings, set frost dates and indoor starting dates, and start a daily PlanGarden log. When you're ready to plant, use PlanGarden to track varieties, amount planted (by plant, row, or area), date planted, and estimated days to harvest. PlanGarden has a harvest log too, so you can track how much you gather from each plant. Unfortunately, overly basic features and a clumsy interface make PlanGarden somewhat less than dreamy.



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