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Jim Norris has been writing articles about technology for more than 20 of your Earth years. Whatever you do, don't call him Chuck.

UFO: Alien Invasion Scratches the X-COM Itch

Save the earth for free with UFO: Alien Invasion.

Free and Cheap Software for Benchmarking Like a Pro

Gaming rigs and data-crunching workhorses alike need to be in top condition. Find out how your computer performs on intense, system-slamming tasks with these benchmarking programs.

Free Alien Swarm Game Is So Much Fun, It's Almost Unreal (Tournament)

Put your wallet away. This Alien Swarm is on me.

Revisit the Joys of Amiga--But Not the Frustration--With WinUAE

Miss those old Amiga classics? WinUAE brings them back to life, pain-free.

Free Plex Media Server Offers a Streamlined Experience

Turn your home PC into a streaming media center with Plex.

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Relive a Gaming Classic With Dungeon Master Java

Before I took an arrow to the knee, I was a Dungeon Master.

Fraps: Real-World Gaming Benchmark

Why go with synthetic benchmarks when Fraps can give you real-world results?

Unigine Heaven DX11 Benchmark Is Beautiful, Free, and (to Gamers) Useful

Justify your gaming obsession with a little slice of Heaven.

MouseTracer Free Tracks Your Mouse's Movements

MouseTracer Free logs the speed and distance that your computer mouse travels.

Automation Program AutoHotkey Works Well, But Takes Knowhow

Utility AutoHotkey is a heavyweight in features...and in the fight you need to wage to reach them.

Auslogics BenchTown: When It Says Beta, It Means Beta

Despite some appealing features, the beta of benchmarking software Auslogics BenchTown is not quite ready for prime time.

Pit a PC vs. a Mac With the Free Cinebench Benchmarking Software

Benchmark your system beyond frames per second with Cinebench.

Hardware Problems? Troubleshoot a Cranky PC With HWMonitor

Find the slacker inside your system with free benchmarking/tuneup software HWMonitor.

Drive Power Manager Saves Energy, Improves Performance, Hushes Noise

Leash and curb your unruly drives with Drive Power Manager.