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.
Classic Shell's no-frills visual style and ample customization options make it easy to get the Start menu just the way you like it, even if you're using Windows 8. Blazing-fast live search, customizable Start buttons, and more – all for free.
Switch makes it easy to shut down your computer remotely, whether it's from another computer on the same network, using a tweet, or according to a schedule.
The ancient practice of steganography (hiding a message in something else) goes free and open-source with OpenPuff. This powerful utility lets you hide data in images, videos, and other files.
This browser bundle uses the Tor network to anonymize your internet explorations. Although it slows performance, it does protect you from prying eyes.
From generating random passwords to storing them for protection from keylogging, KeePass rethinks the entire password procedure. It's an indispensable security tool.
Most chat clients strive for ease of use, not security. Cryptocat is one chat client that says you can have both. In its current, browser-based incarnation, it works well (though nothing is perfect when it comes to security).
UnoDNS surgically circumvents geographic content restrictions, letting you watch Hulu or enjoy Pandora from anywhere. Rather than tunnel 100% of your traffic through a clunky VPN that slows you down and caps your bandwidth, UnoDNS targets a small fraction of your traffic and modifies only the tiny parts it must change to circumvent geographic restrictions.
Forgotten downloads and temporary files can add up fast, consuming drive space and compromising your privacy. It's time to think beyond the Recycle Bin with a new echelon of waste management utilities.
Open-source Twine builds on open-source projects Twee and TiddlyWiki to offer a simple, graphical way to author stories that respond to readers' choices.
With a simple Start menu that pulls results in from the Web, painless installation of apps, and windows that don't take up your whole screen, Pokki offers a better way to enjoy Windows 8, and one that should serve as a lesson for Microsoft.
With live preview, multiple themes, and no ads, open-source Dillinger.io lets you focus on your text and easily format it using the simple Markdown language, producing HTML documents with very little effort.