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Laura Blackwell's title is PCWorld Downloads Editor, but she can't keep her hands off cloud software, either.

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Meet Slack, a chat tool with collaboration talent to spare

Save your team from the chaotic mishmash of email, chat, and other discrete communication tools. Slack's file sharing and its ability to integrate cloud services make sharing information much easier.

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Afterlife of an MMO: Glitch's offbeat art enters public domain

Acclaimed oddball MMO Glitch wasn't commercially viable, but its art and other assets were too good to leave alone. Tiny Speck has made more than 10,000 pieces of art, animations, and code available under a Creative Commons license.

Cut the snark and save your job: How not to gripe online

Thanks to instant messaging, social media, and other technology, workplace gripes can follow you for the rest of your career. Here's how to save yourself from your own imprudent remarks.

Flickr co-founder once again bounces from games to business

Flickr rose from the ashes of Game Neverending. Flickr co-founder Stewart Butterfield's new business software, inspired by the behind-the-scenes work of his company Tiny Speck, took the forefront when he shuttered his more recent MMO, Glitch.

This is how you shut down your MMO's servers for good: Glitch's graceful exit

Players immerse themselves in MMOs, building characters and inhabiting strange worlds. But when those worlds end forever, it's usually not with a bang but a whimper. Tiny Speck CEO Stewart Butterfield wanted to give Glitch players and developers a more satisfying ending, and the result is a model for how to destroy a virtual world.

Requiem for a game: Quirky MMO Glitch to close

Glitch walks the balance between naughty and cute, funny and sweet, personal and world-spanning. This hard-to-describe game only briefly left invitation-only beta, and didn't build the audience it needed to survive. It will close December 9.

Bring Disapproval to Your Desktop With "These Pets Disapprove" Win7 Themepack

The disapproving pets Internet meme inspired this themepack, but no one expects you to like it. These animals certainly don't.

PCWorld Reviewers' Favorite Files for October: Utilities and a Dash of Fun

Every month, PCWorld reviewers examine dozens of files. These are some of our favorites from the Downloads section.

Free Treats: Decorate Your PC Desktop for Halloween and Dia de los Muertos

Scare your PC all the way into next month with this collection of free fonts, screensavers, themepacks, and wallpapers.

Instant Elevator Music Plays When Your PC Makes You Wait

This funny freebie plays soothing music while that file you're downloading takes its own sweet time.

Electrify Your Windows 7 Desktop With Free Sci-Fi Themepacks and Fonts

Travel through time and space with themes for Blade Runner, Doctor Who, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and other favorites--plus science-fiction inspired fonts.

Doctor Who Windows 7 Theme

This Doctor Who Windows 7 theme starts with the first Doctor and goes all the way to the eleventh.

Prepare Your PC for Chinese New Year

Lunar New Year traditions call for cleaning house, wearing new clothes, and feasting with family...and your PC would like to join the celebration.

Alice Greenfingers 2

The Greenfingers family has long complained that Berry, your lazy uncle, should do something about his decayed farm. When Berry finally gives in and grabs the shovel, he gets a stiff back and immediately calls for Alice's help. Gentle and faithful as always, Alice packs her bags and sets off for a new season down at Berry's place. o Grow Chili plants, Lilies, Sunflowers and 10 more types of crops o Enrich your farm with goats, bees, cows and lots of other animals o Use your creativity to design your own garden o Win Golden Trophies and Badges for your achivements o Play the game as Berry directs you, or simply run your own race o Decorate your farm with Graceful Ornaments o Make business in several ways: Sell crops at the market, pick fruit by the trees, get good deals at auction and sell dairies