Jon L. JacobiFreelance Writer, PCWorld

Jon is a Julliard-trained musician, self-taught programmer, and long-time (late 70s) computer enthusiast living the San Francisco Bay Area.

Dell OptiPlex 9010 business desktop PC review: small but powerful

This compact business PC packs a lot of features and performance into not much space and has top-notch warranty, security, and service options.

HP Spectre One: Not quite all-in-one

Lacking a touchscreen, some might bypass the Spectre One, but it's a good performer, decently styled and will serve most users just fine. Buy it with the minimal amount of memory and upgrade yourself if need be.

Review: Epson Expression Photo XP-850 Small-in-One Printer

The Epson Expression Photo XP-850 lives up to its name with super-nice photos that print speedily. It also has well-priced inks and enough efficiency features to make it useful in a home office.

Review: MediaTools Wipe 1.1 erases data on up to 18 drives simultaneously

If you need to wipe lots of drives, MediaTools Wipe 1.1 will handle the chore. Support for erasing 18 drives at a time, custom patterns, and every algorithm in the book are just the highlights.

Acer Iconia W510 review: Wide-screen tablet with a clever dock

Acer's Atom-based Windows 8 tablet is great for video, if not books, and the docking station models are serviceable as netbook-sized laptops.

Review: Asoftech Photo Recovery works fine, but so do its free competitors

Asoftech Photo Recovery recovers most of the deleted or corrupt multimedia files on your memory cards, but it's a hard sell with competent freebies around.

Review: Stellar Phoenix Photo Recovery 5 works fine, but so does a free competitor

Stellar Photo Recovery will recover most of the deleted or corrupt multimedia files on your memory cards, but when there's a free equally competent program like PhotoRec, it's a hard sell.

Review: SuperSync merges iTunes libraries and more

SuperSync will sync all the iTunes libraries from your various devices and PCs as well as perform maintenance tricks like delete duplicates.

Review: LiveDrive offers new Windows 8 App

LiveDrive is now offering a native Windows 8 app for its online backup and file sharing service. The service is pricey, but unlimited storage is sweet.

Ultimate guide to SSDs (plus reviews of 7 new drives!)

Is your PC still relying on an old-school hard drive? Installing a solid-state drive is the best upgrade investment you can make.

Velocity Solo X2 review: Teach an old PC new SATA 6-gbps tricks

If your PC doesn’t have a SATA 6-gbps interface, this device will add it and let you attach one drive (it also has a second interface to host another drive).

Review: Epson WorkForce WF-2540 All-in-One Printer

The WorkForce WF-2540 color inkjet multifunction has some nice features and good output quality, but ink costs are high, and it slows considerably when scanning, or when printing at higher-quality settings.

Review: BestCrypt lives up to its name with excellent features

The best is expensive, but your money buys you a classy complete security solution in BestCrypt. Most end-users, however, will do fine with freebies such as TrueCrypt.

Vizio CT15-A4 Review: Performance and elegance in one slick package

The CT15-A4 is an impressive thin-and-light laptop with loads of style and performance. It's actually not all that light, but you'll like it just the same.

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Acer Iconia W700 review: Tablet, meet desktop

Acer's made a decent first attempt at tablet/desktop convergence with the W700, but the technology and implementation still isn't fully baked.