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DriveSitter Pro

If you want to know in exquisite detail absolutely everything about the functioning of your hard disk - and want to be warned if there's a danger of crashing - you'll want to give DriveSitter Pro a try.

Microsoft nearly admits: Wikipedia killed Encarta

Within the last few days Microsoft quietly announced it is killing its Encarta encyclopedia, with the actual date of death October, 2009. What it hinted at, but didn't quite say, was that Wikipedia killed it.

Input Director

If you've got multiple PCs on a network, and are tired of having to move from one to the other, the free Input Director may be exactly what you need.

15 free downloads to pep up your old PC

Got an aging Windows laptop or desktop computer, but money's too tight to buy a new one? Fret not. There's plenty of life in your old PC. It may seem sluggish and on the point of expiring, and its hard disk may be nearly full to bursting, but there's...

BenVista PhotoArtist 2

Unleash the artist hidden deep within you. BenVista PhotoArtist 2 includes dozens of tools that let you turn any photo into a work of art.

Living free with Linux: Round 2

Last month, in "Living free with Linux: 2 weeks without Windows," I wrote about what life was like for a longtime Windows user trying to live with Linux. One of the main drawbacks: The difficulties I encountered when installing or updating software.

Vista Services Optimizer

Vista Services Optimizer is a free software app that speeds up your Windows Vista PC by switching off unwanted services.

Nsauditor

Nsauditor offers numerous, sophisticated scanning and monitoring tools so you can ensure that your network is safe from intruders, spyware, and more.

Tweaking Toolbox Vista

If you're looking for a way to tweak Vista in just about every way you can imagine - and are willing to pay full whack to do so - check out Tweaking Toolbox Vista.

Porta

If you'd like to create photo albums on the Web, you won't find a simpler way to do it than using Porta.

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MSI P65

This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on – creating content was super simple.

Lolita Wang

MSI GT76

It really doesn’t get more “gaming laptop” than this.

Jack Jeffries

MSI GS75

As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.

Taylor Carr

MSI PS63

The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.

Christopher Low

Brother RJ-4230B

This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.

Aysha Strobbe

Microsoft Office 365/HP Spectre x360

Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications

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