Archive for December, 2009

The Best Free Software of 2009

December 31, 2009

The best things in life often actually are free. Here, a list of 173 of the best things in life—free software, for launching apps, networking, backup, synchronization, entertainment, and more.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Why pay? You’ve already shelled out money for a computer, so there’s no reason that what’s running on that pricey PC should cost a darn thing. Not in this day and age of amazing freebie software and Web apps. That’s why every year PCMag.com presents a look at the best programs you can download or access online at no cost. All are worthy replacements for your ancient and sometimes forgotten desktop applications, and they’ll save you thousands of dollars to boot.

We’ve even made it easy for you to sort through this list, by including the best of the best in our Hall of Fame—just look for the icon next to names like Audacity and Thunderbird. But it’s impossible for us to find all of the free apps, much less try them all out to find the most effective or most useful. Did we miss a free app that you can’t live without? Share your favorites at a special posting site on our AppScout blog, Your Favorite Free Software.

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Most Popular Hive Five Topics of 2009

December 30, 2009

Every week we pose a simple, focused question to the Lifehacker readership about a specific topic: Which is best? From netbooks and malware removal to home servers and wallpaper, here’s a look back at the most popular Hive Five topics of 2009.

The Hive Five asks the question “Which is best?” in a variety of topics covering hardware, software, and sometimes even a combination of the two. Although sometimes it’s easy to predict the winner—Ubuntu has had its share of wins, to be sure—the real value in the Hive Five isn’t actually its ability to elevate a single winner to a pedestal but to highlight all the great options that are out there.

Between the four runners up in each Hive Five and the other options highlighted in the hundreds of comments on both the Hive Five Call for Contenders and the actual Hive Five every week, it’s easy to discover new things. If ever you’re not sold on the winner of any Hive Five always make sure to read over the comments and see if any of them tip you off to a new and awesome product you’d never heard of.

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Top 10 Resources For Computer Troubleshooting Advice & Remote Help

December 14, 2009

In the past, we here at MakeUseOf have covered sites that you can learn how to repair your own computer, but what happens when you need that one on one computer advice as you have no idea why your computer does not work?

The first thing most people go and do is to Google it, but when you can’t find a solution, the next thing to do is ask someone to help you.

That is why I present to you a list of websites and forums where people are willing to help you get your computer fixed.

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