Jon L. JacobiJon Jacobi, PCWorld

Jon L. Jacobi has worked with computers since you flipped switches and punched cards to program them. He studied music at Juilliard, and now he power-mods his car for kicks.

Hotspot Shield Protects Your Privacy Either Free With Ads or Paid and Ad-Free

Encrypt your wireless communications at non-secure locations with private VPN service Hotspot Shield.

Free SlimCleaner 3.0 Is Accurate, Light, and Easy on the Eyes

SlimCleaner is a very comprehensive set of system cleaning utilities.

Free Utility Roadkil's Disk Wipe Just Wipes Disks--And That's Enough

Wipe your hard drives and flash drives with tiny but effective DiskWipe.

RAID Made Easy

Wondering what RAID is all about, and whether using it will benefit your business? This primer explains all.

Kodak Hero 3.1 All-in-One Printer Review: Bargain Price, Cheap Ink, Great Photos

For a bargain price, this multifunction printer offers great photo quality and low-cost ink--with just a glitch or two.

Quickly Access Nonstandard Characters With Free Holdkey

Keyboard utility Holdkey makes it easier to enter extended and nonstandard characters.

Private WiFi Protects Sensitive Data--For a Price

Protect your Wi-Fi communications with personal VPN service Private WiFi.

HP LaserJet Pro 400 Color Printer M451dn Review: Great Output, Pricey Toner

Tuned for speed and attractive output, this small-office printer sings--but it hits a sour note with high-priced toner and absurdly expensive memory.

Free Mixxx DJ Software Transforms You Into a DJ

Open source DJ software Mixxx lacks FX, but is otherwise top-shelf and extremely intuitive.

Super Win Menu Puts All Your Programs in One Place

Handy, if pricey, Super Win Menu eliminates all that tunneling through submenus required by the Windows Start Menu.

Competent, Easy-to-Use Magix Digital DJ

Magix Digital DJ 2 is extremely competent, but workmanlike in appearance for its ilk.


Epson Workforce Pro WP-4020 Review: Great Price, Great Output, Cheap Ink

Great output and performance complemented by inexpensive inks make this printer a small-office standout. The one-year warranty is one of its few disappointments.

GoodSync: Most Powerful Syncing Solution on the Planet?

Powerful syncing program GoodSync works locally, across the Internet, with online services, and with mobile devices.

Symform Offers Free Peer-to-Peer Storage

Back up your data with free and barter-based online, peer-to-peer storage service Symform.

HP Officejet 6700 Premium e-All-in-one Printer Review: Fast, Affordable Color

This is a well-balanced MFP for a small office: It's speedy, with nice text and photos, and a color touchscreen LCD. High-yield inks are affordable.