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.
Despite a steep price tag and somewhat clunky extras, Dragon NaturallySpeaking Premium offers top-of-the-line speech recognition for speedy, accurate dictation. It feels like science fiction.
You configure file handling rules for Robobasket, then set it loose to enforce them on your messy folders and create order. It works well as long as you're careful with how you set it up.
Great for budding artists and hobbyists, Painter Lite lets you get creative with numerous brushes and effects. It's powerful and affordable, so the main investment you make is your time.
SortMyBox requires a great deal of trust in those with whom you share your folders, and it's useful only if you place all incoming files in its SortMyBox folder. If your team is good at following rules, though, it this service could make your DropBox folders easier to navigate.
If you write the occasional batch script or pop open a cmd.exe terminal to get things done, Microsoft's SDelete is a great tool to have in your path. This free command-line utility deletes files securely.
Eraser is an enormous all-in-one toolbox devoted to secure file deletion. This free utility can securely delete files on your command, or according to a schedule.
Free and open-source utility DropIt can transform your Downloads folder from an unruly jungle of files to a clutter-free zone. It takes some to define the rules, but once they're set, the automatic sorting is a big time-saver.
iCookbook is a recipe search and display app for Windows 8 with lots of delicious photos. It's beautiful and well-organized, but you may need to build a few more minutes into your cooking time to convert quantities and so forth.
MyShelf may not be as pretty as Evernote, but it's a note-taking app that doesn't need the cloud.
If you find yourself doing a lot of repetitive computer work, you're doing it wrong. Working with software should be a joy, not an effort, and these tools can help you make it so.