Initial thoughts on Apple's productivity software versus Microsoft Office.
Automatically turn special mouse movements into PC commands with gesture-reading software.
Use advanced, hidden Google search terms to improve hits. Plus track packages, look up words, convert units, and activate other tricks.
Instead of constantly reaching for menu commands, blaze through Windows with keyboard taps.
Avoid distractions by telling Outlook to keep quiet for all--or most--incoming messages.
These hardware upgrades conserve costs while still making your PCs run better.
Among several free (and paid) options, LogMeIn remotely drives a network PC with little hassle.
Sort incoming messages into folders to get a jump on organization and replies.
Use RSS alerts so that industry news gets pushed directly to you.
Set a locked iPhone or BlackBerry to give return details so it can be reclaimed.
Use your default router settings to gain access before configuring a network.
Install a Firefox BugMeNot extension to log into sites without registration.
Most often, email file compression isn't worth the effort. Decide when to take that step and when to avoid it.
SSL/TLS protects your e-mail connection even if your data is intercepted.
Keep unknown clients off your network with these basics.