Articles By Preston Gralla

Top 10 free downloads to get the most from your laptop

Have a laptop or netbook and want to get more out of it? You're not alone. We've experienced the frustration of trying to keep data or bookmarks on a portable synchronized with those

Published on: November 25th, 2009 Preston Gralla

Trick or Tweak — Top 20 tips to make Windows 7 come alive

Editor's note: An earlier version of this story was written when Windows 7 was still in beta. Now that the final version has been released, we've overhauled the story, updating some tips, eliminating

Published on: November 13th, 2009 Preston Gralla

Google defence of call blocking sheer hypocrisy

Google, being investigated by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for whether its blocking of phone calls on Google Voice violates the law, has essentially told the agency that it should be let

Published on: November 2nd, 2009 Preston Gralla

Dive into Google Wave for the ‘coolness’ factor alone

Google Wave is a groundbreaking real-time collaborative tool that has the potential to be an ideal way for members of a group to work with one another. But it's not clear how useful

Published on: October 26th, 2009 Preston Gralla

10 free downloads to manage your network at work or home

Do you have a network in your small office or at home? If so, you probably found setup easy, but now you could use some assistance in managing and troubleshooting the network, as

Published on: September 18th, 2009 Preston Gralla

Windows 7 vs. Snow Leopard – OS feature comparison

It's the best of times if you're a lover of operating systems, with the nearly simultaneous release of Apple's Mac OS X 10.6 "Snow Leopard" (available right now) and Microsoft's Windows 7 (available

Published on: September 1st, 2009 Preston Gralla

10 free tools to bolster your browser

These days, everyone lives in a browser. Surfing the Web is no longer an aside to using the computer for work and play, but is central to it.We've rounded up ten browser helpers

Published on: August 21st, 2009 Preston Gralla

Windows 7 RTM — a detailed look and final verdict

Now that Microsoft's Windows 7 has reached the release to manufacturing (RTM) stage, it's time to take a close look at all the features of the upcoming operating system.You might think that, because

Published on: August 18th, 2009 Preston Gralla

10 free and fantastic downloads that replace or enhance Microsoft products

When it's time to get work done, you need productivity tools - office suites, text editors, e-mail software, personal information managers, and other programs. Productivity applications can cost a pretty penny, even hundreds

Published on: July 15th, 2009 Preston Gralla

Firefox 3.5 makes browsing a delight … and much faster

The just-released version 3.5 of Firefox is a winner, offering significantly faster Web browsing, better tab handling, a host of interface tweaks and, like just about every other browser on the planet, a

Published on: July 10th, 2009 Preston Gralla

Norton Internet Security 2010 takes reputation-based approach to security

The just-released beta of Symantec's Norton Internet Security 2010 is more notable for what's under the hood than what you actually see. However, if you're planning to try it out, you'd better not

Published on: July 9th, 2009 Preston Gralla

Six free or cheap downloads to revamp your PC and make you productive

Just as some people have an ongoing need to redo their houses, we feel the urge to revamp our PC desktops regularly. Of course, remodeling your house costs a great deal of money

Published on: May 7th, 2009 Preston Gralla

Five things a Windows whiz concedes Mac does better

The war between Mac and PC fans at times makes the country's political and cultural wars look like kindergarten spats. As a long-time PC user, I've been in the middle of it. But

Published on: April 21st, 2009 Preston Gralla

Sleeping with the enemy – Windows whiz spends two weeks with a Mac

I've been on the front lines of the Mac-PC war for as long as I can remember. My first work computer was an IBM PC with an 8088 CPU. I liked it so

Published on: April 17th, 2009 Preston Gralla

Wonderful ways to make Windows 7 work the way you want

Running the Windows 7 beta, and want to bend it to your will? No problem. We've got plenty of tips, hacks and secrets to keep you busy for a long time, including automatically

Published on: April 16th, 2009 Preston Gralla