Do you like top-rated software? And saving money? And helping people in need? Then today's your lucky day.
AppSumo's Windows Holiday Bundle for Charity includes 11 fantastic programs, games, utilities, Web services, and even an e-book, all for just $19. Purchased separately, these items would cost you $255.
If that's not enough incentive, consider this: 40 percent of the proceeds from each bundle sold will go to Charity:Water, which provides clean drinking water to people around the world.
Full disclosure: This is sort of my baby, as I worked with AppSumo (which specializes in these kinds of bundles) to put together something that would help a worthy cause. I really hope you'll consider supporting it.
The bundle includes some of my favorite apps and services, starting with the uber-popular game Plants Vs. Zombies (which, incidentally, sells for $19.95 all by itself). If you like more intense tower-defense action, you'll love Defense Grid: The Awakening.
You also get a six-month subscription to PlayOn, the amazing service that streams Hulu, Netflix, CBS, TBS, Comedy Central, and tons of other video channels to your TV, game console, iPhone, and other devices.
Other goodies include BatteryBar Pro (which I've mentioned here before), Digiarty WinX DVD Ripper Platinum, Wondershare Video Converter Platinum, and two killer security tools: Panda Cloud Antivirus Pro and Emsisoft Online Armor.
A great perk for owners of Android smartphones: "The Complete Android Guide," which is the PDF e-book edition of the 282-page reference book. Outlook users will dig Boomerang, a plug-in that's like a "snooze button" for e-mail. Last, but not least, you get a one-year subscription to Dial2Do Basic, which lets you create reminders using just your voice.
The Windows Holiday Bundle is available only until December 31. You can pay with a credit card or PayPal. I hope you like it! And thanks in advance for supporting a great cause.