Stories by Jon L. Jacobi

Nero 9 Free

There are plenty of free disc-burning alternatives out there - and enough articles pointing to them - but the strength of Nero's offering is welcome. There's absolutely no questioning Nero's expertise with all things optical.

Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2009 Suite

The latest version of Paragon Hard Disk Manager includes updated driver support and a slew of new features. Two of the additions - the ability to back up individual files and folders, and diverse hardware restore - are particularly useful.

Logitech Vid offers free and easy video calling

When you think of Logitech Vid (free with some restrictions), think of an easier-to-use version of Skype with superior quality. The most salient reason for the ease of use verdict comes from the simple fact that you choose people to chat with by thei...

WinX DVD Author creates DVDs on the cheap

A simple, slightly quirky, but very inexpensive way to author DVDs -- that's WinX DVD author in a nutshell. The best news is that WinX DVD Author ($26, free demo) works quite well with the file types that it supports (mpeg, AVI, MP4k).

Corel Home Office Suite

Corel's lightweight Corel Home Office Suite includes the Corel Write word processor, Corel Calculate spreadsheet, and Corel Show presentation creator. It's a definite improvement on the company's previous suites in terms of usability.

Easily create Flash videos with Flash MX Pro

Largely due to the easily obtainable, cross-platform Flash Player, SWF files and FLV Flash video files are very popular on the Web. But buying Flash is a pricey proposition, so to produce these files something a bit cheaper is in order for the averag...

Convert Flash Video With Flash Decompiler Trillix

Have a Flash file from which you wish you could edit or extract the video -- but don't want to pay for the rather expensive Adobe Flash CS4 program? Eltima Software's Flash Decompiler Trillix (US$80, free demo) might be what you're looking for. Decom...

TreeSize Professional

Everything you wanted to know about your hard drive and file system (and probably a lot more than you need to know) and more is what you get with TreeSize Professional ($50, 21-day free trial).

DiskDigger 0.8.1

DiskDigger goes well beyond the usual undelete utility that's offered gratis as a leader product, although it does that. It will also dig beneath the file system to recover data on a sector-by-sector basis from hard drives, thumb drives, and so on. (...

Mirror

Mirror couldn't be simpler to use, and couldn't be more handy. Put simply, what this free program does is what it's named -- it mirrors, i.e. copies a folder structure from one location to another.

Fabrik Ultimate Backup Home

A Mozy by any other name is...Fabrik. Although resold by Hitachi-owned Simpletech, the only differences between Mozy and Fabrik Ultimate Backup Home are the name and the revision of the client software that sits in your system tray waiting to back up...

Make iTunes and Windows Media Centre work together

Though Windows Media Centre Edition and the Windows Media Player are very good at what they do, there's no native support for iTunes file types. Though this is hardly surprising given the competition between Apple and Microsoft, it's a bummer for tho...

Keep safely backed up

Online backup makes some people nervous. It shouldn't--especially with program-and-service combos like MozyHome (2GB storage free, other plans available) around. With 128-bit or 448-bit Blowfish encryption, there's no way anyone's going to steal your...

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