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More Software Opinion

  • Opinion: Cleaning Malware: Slave Drive or Bootable CD?

    Kent knows that you can better scan and clean an infected PC's hard drive by not booting from it. He asked the Antivirus & Security Software forum if it's better to boot from a Linux CD and run security software from that, or to remove the hard drive, and attach it as a secondary drive to another computer.

  • Opinion: Foxit Reader Opens Your PDFs Fast

    Foxit Reader is a fast, free, lightweight alternative to Adobe Reader for opening and displaying PDF files. It's also feature-packed, though it lacks the print-to-PDF and conversion capabilities of fellow freebie Nitro PDF Reader.

  • Opinion: Forget fancy formatting: Why plain text is best

    Looking back through my old files, I'm amazed to see how many word processors I’ve used over the years. I’ve got document files in formats ranging from MacWrite to Pages and everything in between. The problem is, a lot of those old files are useless to me now: None of my current word processors can read them. That’s a shame; some of those old words were pretty good.

  • Opinion: Outgrown Windows' File Manager? Try Multi-Paned Q-Dir

    Windows' built-in Explorer file manager has seen many improvements over the years. It now has features thumbnails, multiple folder views, and lots of other goodies. But it still lacks basic functionality, such as tabbed windows and a dual-pane view. If you occasionally feel the need for a file manager with a bit more oomph--but find Total Commander to be overkill--the free Q-Dir might pique your interest.

  • Opinion: Take more control of Mission Control

    If you found Spaces too confusing or too much trouble in Snow Leopard, you should give virtual desktops another try in Lion. Mission Control combines features of Spaces and Exposé and makes them way more usable. A trio of Hints readers have offered up some tips that make Mission Control easier to work with—which could make you more productive.

  • Opinion: Draw Practically Anything in 3D With Google Sketchup

    As a kid, I was obsessed with Lego. Being able to take simple blocks and make them into complex structures which were just what I had in mind was a very powerful feeling. As a grown-up, I still sometimes have ideas and designs that I want to communicate, or see for myself if they might work. When that happens, I reach for Google's free SketchUp.

  • Opinion: Folder Axe Cuts Unwieldy Folders Down to Size

    When shopping for kitchen utensils, one piece of advice I hear time and again is "don't get a unitasker." A unitasker is a gadget that's good for just one thing, as described by "gastrophysicist" and Food Network star Alton Brown. I find the same concept applies for software too: When it comes to GUI applications, I generally try to avoid tools that do just one thing (scripts and shell commands are a different matter). In the case of free utility Folder Axe, I might make an exception.

  • Opinion: HTC's Bootloader Unlock Tool Gets Closer, But Has Catch

    In June, HTC announced that the era of locked bootloaders would soon be over, and that future devices could have their bootloaders unlocked via a software upgrade. However, there was no word as to whether older devices could be unlocked by their owners.

  • Opinion: Stop Gmail From Downloading Too Many Messages

    Recently I helped a family member set up a new PC, which included installing Windows Live Mail 2011 and configuring it for use with her Gmail account. Just one problem: she has something like 75,000 messages in this account, and Live Mail insisted on downloading them all. Needless to say, the program choked on that much mail; it was barely operable.

  • Opinion: Internet Explorer IQ Story Called a Hoax

    Looks like I'm the dumb one for reporting that Internet Explorer users have lower IQs on average, because the story appears to be a hoax.

  • Opinion: Killing Lion's autocorrect

    A reader who wishes to remain anonymous may desire that anonymity because he or she doesn’t care to be corrected. The nameless person writes:

  • Opinion: Add Convenient Print Preview for Firefox

    Parker3 asked the Web Browsing and Email forum how to put a Print Preview icon on the Firefox toolbar.

  • Opinion: Six PowerPoint Nightmares (and How to Fix Them)

    You're giving a speech in front of an audience, and suddenly you realize that you're naked.

  • Opinion: Would you announce your pregnancy on Facebook?

    It used to be that you could guess someone's age by the music they liked, or the clothes they wore. These days, its their approach to sharing information on Facebook.

  • Opinion: Why Apple beats every other tech manufacturer

    Tech manufacturers have much to learn from the success of Apple's unique hardware and software integration

  • Opinion: AT&T Data Throttling Is Just a Political Stunt

    AT&T has confirmed that it will start throttling download speeds for unlimited data accounts. The move impacts relatively few users, and may be more political than technical, but it also begs the question "who is going to keep any eye on AT&T to make sure they measure usage accurately and don't abuse the throttling?"

  • Opinion: AT&T Confirms Data Throttling Coming October 1

    Looks like the rumors reported earlier this week by 9 to 5 Mac were true. AT&T announced Friday that it will start throttling data speeds to manage the network's top data hogs. But, that may not be a bad thing.

  • Opinion: Troubleshoot a Cranky PC With HWMonitor

    Why is that puny game crashing your power rig? Which component is getting pushed over the edge? Is it your watt-thirsty video card? The overclocked CPU? The interleaved banks of exotic RAM? Finding out the limits as you fine-tune a system can be harder than you might expect. HWMonitor (free) can help.

  • Opinion: Great Timewasters: 5 Videos to Enhance Your Weekend

    There are a lot of videos on YouTube, and even more on other sites spread out across the Internet. So instead of searching far and wide for good trailers, how-to videos, tech reviews or what have you, just let the professionals do the work. Here are five from his catalogue to brighten your weekend.

  • Opinion: Report: AT&T May Switch to Throttling with iPhone 5

    AT&T is rumored to be changing its data plans once again alongside the arrival of Apple's next iPhone. Instead of slapping overage charges on data hogs, AT&T may switch to throttling data speeds instead, 9 to 5 Mac reports.



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