If you're not already a pro at using the command line, OnyX is a solid choice for conducting routine maintenance and tweaking the interface on your Mac. This free utility shares much of the functionality of applications like Cocktail (which its help files suspiciously resemble), and it can help you with everything from checking SMART status on your disks to configuring the Dock, Finder, and Dashboard and Expose to your liking.
OnyX can even help you run Unix utilities, change your desktop to an animated background, and unlock hidden functions in apps like Safari and iTunes. As with all … Read more
Stress Management Guide provides insight and help into dealing with a stressful life. The program's simplicity is equally its best aspect and its weakest element.
The program's interface is simple to master, since it's just a PDF e-book. The text is written in a language that was light on jargon and very informal. The book covers the signs and symptoms of stress. The bulk of the book focused on how to deal with stress and rid your life of it. However, sound advice, such as getting 20-30 minutes of daily exercise, is overshadowed by less professional sounding … Read more
Instant access to real-time local weather information is one of the Internet's underrated pleasures. There are Web sites, feeds, gadgets, widgets, e-mail and IM alerts; just about every Net platform has brought you the weather at some point. Free desktop utilities that import weather conditions and usually display the local temperature in the system tray are perhaps the most popular Web-based weather-watchers. The Weather Channel is perhaps the most trusted name in coast-to-coast cable TV weather forecasting and related information. Put the two together and you have The Weather Channel Desktop, a free utility that does what the other … Read more
So, another Internet Explorer add-on toolbar...but wait! Quero Toolbar is different: It's actually worth using. For starters, it's not like those spyware "toolbars" that continue to plague unprotected PCs and careless users. Quero Toolbar is actually designed to block pop-ups, flash animations, and other ad-related annoyances that can spoil your browsing. It also integrates a search-as-you-type function, easily selectable search engines and international profiles, a highlighter, easy zoom and resize, security options, and much more.
Quero Toolbar installs seamlessly with all versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 and above. The Quero button on the navigation … Read more
There are so many note-writing and -keeping programs out there that you practically need one of them just to make sense of them all. Some of them stand apart by offering something extra, or, in the case of King Stair Software's Jot+ Notes, a lot extra. It's a note/cardfile program that will rid your work space of paper clutter, but you can also add subnotes to your notes, subnotes to those subnotes, and so on, until you have built up an outline of notes that you can use for organizing your material or even as the basis … Read more
Pinoy Radio Toolbar is a useful browser add-on that gives users access to Philippine radio, news, and more. The toolbar contains both fun and practical features and is also easy to customize.
We tested Pinoy Radio Toolbar in both Firefox and Internet Explorer, and it worked well in both. True to its name, the toolbar contains access to tons of radio stations, both Philippine and international. The stations we tried connected quickly and played without issues. The toolbar also contains a search box that utilizes Conduit, which is powered by Google; we didn't like wading through all the "… Read more
Microsoft has begun a campaign to actively urge users of its 8-year-old Internet Explorer 6 browser to upgrade.
After launching IE 8 in March, Micosoft has concurred with critics that IE 6 is outdated. Many people have dropped the older browser, but the remaining users are often the tough cases--those who don't have a choice because of corporate computing policy or who aren't tech-savvy enough to realize there's a reason to move on.
It's this latter population Microsoft is targeting with a campaign that runs through June 2010 that touts its own IE 8 as a … Read more
Mozilla, determined to release Firefox 3.6 before year's end, is also determined to squeeze as many features as possible into the new browser.
The latest example: support for the File interface that adds more sophistication to uploading and some other chores.