Don't-Miss Software Stories

Stream Your Music and Video Anywhere You Go

ZumoCast makes it a snap to access your media library on other PCs and even your iPhone or iPad. And it's free!

Get a Better Battery Gauge for Your Laptop

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.

Disable Your Laptop's Touchpad While You Type, Windows 7 Edition

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!

Keep Your PC Awake, Install Apps Fast, and More--for 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.

Older Software in Windows 7

Bill Hullender wants to upgrade to Windows 7. He asked the Answer Line forum if his XP software will still work.

Sync Outlook 2010 with Your Google Calendar

Only the 32-bit version for now, but at least Google's Calendar Sync utility now supports the latest Outlook.

Share Web Pages, Kindle Notes, and Books

Learn how to copy (and share) Amazon Kindle notes and bookmarks, plus free services that let you share annotated Web pages and book picks.

Edit and Organize Your Photos for Free With Picasa

Here's how Picasa stacks up against Windows Live Photo Gallery as a free way to edit and store your photos.

Install All Your Favorite Freeware in One Fell Swoop

Free tool Ninite lets you pick and choose the software you want, then installs it all automatically.


Open Your Favorite Daily Sites with One Click

Firefox gem Morning Coffee loads your favorite blogs, newspapers, and other sites with just one click.

Give Your Netbook an OS Makeover with Jolicloud

This free Linux-based operating system is like a fresh coat of paint for netbooks. It's quick, easy to use, and even a little bit fun!


Print a List of Your Startup Programs

Pancho asked the Desktops forum how to print a list of all the programs that come up when you boot Windows

Add Keyboard LEDs to Your System Tray

This tiny utility shows at-a-glance if your Caps Lock, Num Lock, and/or Scroll Lock are activated.

See Image Previews in Craigslist Listings

This awesome Firefox add-on also provides mouse-over previews of the listings themselves. It's a must-have.

Learn Office 2010 with Two Free Books

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.