Don't-Miss Software Stories
Fab freebie BatteryBar is the single best thing to happen to laptops since Wi-Fi. It shows you everything you need to know about your battery.
If you're a Windows 7 user, here's a utility that should solve the maddening problem of accidental touchpad swipes. And it's free!
Free apps and services keep your computer awake while it's idle, download and install apps all at once, and give you a real Facebook Dislike button.
Bill Hullender wants to upgrade to Windows 7. He asked the Answer Line forum if his XP software will still work.
Only the 32-bit version for now, but at least Google's Calendar Sync utility now supports the latest Outlook.
Learn how to copy (and share) Amazon Kindle notes and bookmarks, plus free services that let you share annotated Web pages and book picks.
Here's how Picasa stacks up against Windows Live Photo Gallery as a free way to edit and store your photos.
Free tool Ninite lets you pick and choose the software you want, then installs it all automatically.
Firefox gem Morning Coffee loads your favorite blogs, newspapers, and other sites with just one click.
Pancho asked the Desktops forum how to print a list of all the programs that come up when you boot Windows
This tiny utility shows at-a-glance if your Caps Lock, Num Lock, and/or Scroll Lock are activated.
This awesome Firefox add-on also provides mouse-over previews of the listings themselves. It's a must-have.
One's for novices, the other's for experts. Both will require a lot of toner and paper--if you plan to print hard copies.
Cross-platform apps such as Firefox Portable Edition, OpenOffice.org Portable, and Audacity Portable will give your phone full PC capabilities.