The apps in OpenOffice.org 3 provide the same basic functionality as their Microsoft Office counterparts and offer many enhancements of their own.
Still, just because they’re free doesn’t mean they’re the best choice for everyone, particularly Office-centric organizations.
The free and fee-based versions of two easy-to-use utilities can take the pain out of troubleshooting and securing your home or small-office network.
You can control who’s on your network, find the source of connection problems, and share files and printers securely — even over the Internet.
Sandboxes are a relatively new type of security product that can significantly reduce your chance of getting infected when you surf or when you download and install programs.
I’ll explain why sandboxes are so important and show you how to use my favorite sandbox program.
Your documents, images, and other data and system files are strewn throughout the far corners of your hard drive.
Here’s a cheat sheet to help you find lost e-mail, shrouded Windows system files, and every other type of file you may need.
Instant messaging lets you communicate with friends and coworkers in a jiffy, but each different network uses its own software.
Universal instant-messaging programs let you connect to lots of different services to chat and transmit files, audio, and video, all from the convenience of a single application.
There are so many backup options available that it’s difficult to decide which is the best.
Of course, you have to figure out which files you need to back up before you can determine the best method for doing so.
Over months or years of normal use, Windows accumulates thousands of orphaned files, useless settings, and other detritus that can noticeably slow down your applications.
These performance-enhancing utilities remove this digital refuse to help your system run at its top speed.
In the last year, we’ve seen dozens of online backup services appear, spurred on by the widespread adoption of broadband Internet access.
The best of the lot give you plenty of bang for just a few bucks.
A free, open-source app and a low-cost commercial program give Outlook, Microsoft’s personal information manager (PIM), a run for its money.
They may not be practical for organizations that rely on Microsoft Exchange Server, Outlook’s back end, but these two programs have much to offer typical PC users.
I have dozens of utilities installed on my PC — but I’d like to tell you about two that are not well known, yet top the list of my favorites.
These specialist tools are not for everybody, but if they apply to you, discovering them is going to make your day.