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.
SimpleMind Desktop is a straightforward mind-mapping application with solid mobile companion apps. Colorful and attractive, it's an excellent choice for the mind-mapper on the move .
Free web-app DayScore lets you track your habits and improve over time. However, it is rather simplistic.
Can you get all your work done without ever leaving your Web browser? We tested a suite of Chrome extensions to see if they're up to the task.
With its seventeen kaleidoscope lenses, SymmetryMill turns pattern creation into a fun, playful activity. A free demo version can help you decide if the full subscription fee is worth the $69 price.
Slick RSS is not a front-end to an online feed reader, but a complete RSS client built into Google Chrome. Though it shows promise, this version doesn't dethrone Google Reader.
For serious work in the console, few utilities (if any) can match the prowess of Take Command. If you use the command line regularly, it's a good investment.
ConceptDraw Mindmap is a business mind-mapping product that looks just like a part of Microsoft Office. It fits neatly into a team's workflow.
Pipy offers a quick way to launch programs and search for files and Web pages, but it's not unique.
Command-line utility Chocolatey lets you quickly download and install other applications.
This handy utility offers a simple interface for fixing photos damaged by motion blur. It doesn't always work, but it's worth a try if you have an important photo marred by blur.
Dropmyemail is a simple cloud-based backup service for your emails and attachments. It's especially useful if you log on at different computers.
WinZip 17 lets you archive, encrypt, convert, and share your files across multiple services. New integration with cloud storage services and social networks keep this venerable compression utility relevant.
With Ninite, you can install numerous free applications at once. It's free, elegantly presented, and easy to use.