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.

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.

Review: StartMenuPlus8 is just another utility to give Windows 8 a Start Menu

If you're looking to restore the missing Start Menu to Windows 8, StartMenuPlus 8 is a functional equivalent that has more features—though it's not as pretty.

Review: Wavosaur is tiny and free, but it's still a full-featured audio editor

Wavosaur is an impressive programming feat with full support for VSTfx and ASIO. This free, full-featured audio editing (sans FX) packs a lot of power into a tiny, ultra-efficient package.

Iomega StorCenter px2-300d NAS: A pretty performer

A very capable two-bay NAS box with high-end performance. Buy one empty unless you really need enterprise-class hard drives.

WinX DVD Ripper Platinum rocks as utility for DVD backup

Back up your DVDs, including commercial movies, and convert them to various mobile formats with this easy-to-use offering.