Using flash cards & spaced repetition, Anki can help you learn and retain information for years. There's an art to using the system, but it doesn't take much to understand how correctly worded flash cards can improve learning.
BleachBit isn't as polished as some of its commercial rivals, but for business users on a budget, it gets the job done.
Despite good intentions and an innovative proposition, RetroUI is slower and clunkier than the competition.
iSpy makes it easy to connect your computer to multiple cameras and microphones, specify their locations, and selectively record activity.
Skitch ties in tightly with its parent, Evernote, but can also be installed on its own. It's great for quickly marking up images and screenshots and sharing with friends, colleagues, or customers.
Formerly known as Read it Later, Pocket is a simple service that lets you save content you want to read or watch in the future. It works beautifully.
MindView 5 uses the familiar Ribbon interface and makes it simple to create and format mind maps, but is very pricey compared to the competition.
With a tiny download size, minimalistic interface and virtually no learning curve, SpeedyPainter makes it trivially easy to start painting with a pen tablet. It's lightweight and fun to use.
Built on the solid foundation of Thunderbird, Postbox proves a desktop email client can still be relevant today. With threaded conversations and instant filters, it makes even large email workloads manageable.
With modular plugins and a wealth of settings, Dexpot lets you ease into the world of virtual desktops and tune things so they're just right.
With Decor8, you can pick your own background images for the Start and lock screens on Windows 8.
Free utility Pencil is handy for iterating through different design ideas for a new app or website. Good thing it's easy to use, too; there's no documentation for the program itself.
Going strong for over ten years, simple, lightweight, free utility ArsClip lets you easily manage a clipboard history list with multiple items, and is smart enough to ignore sensitive applications.
Elpis plugs into the Pandora API and makes it possible to enjoy the service with no ads and no interruptions, but with all of your stations and music preferences.
Whether we work with trade secrets or just prefer to keep our stock trades secret, we all have data that's invaluable to us--and valuable to online evildoers. PCWorld reveals five free tools for protecting passwords, browsing anonymously, and encrypting our most precious documents.