Best freeware of 2007

I’m a big fan of freeware and often enjoy nice compiled lists of great freeware. Lifehacker just published a great list called ‘2007 Guide to Free Software and Webapps‘ and I found at least a couple of new programs (SyncToy 2.0 and AutoHotkey). The list is divided into 20 categories so it’s easy to go through.

Lifehacker’s 2007 Guide to Free Software and Webapps [lifehacker.com]

The 15 Best Web Apps You’ve Never Heard Of

If popularity were a reliable indicator of a product’s greatness, the Big Mac would be the world’s best burger, Coca-Cola would be nutritious, and Microsoft wouldn’t have to spend billions to convince you to buy its software. Savvy computer users know that sometimes the best program is the one you haven’t yet used. So when we set out to find the ultimate online apps, we skipped the big sites that everyone already knows.

Sure, you can track your schedule with Google Calendar, watch videos on YouTube, and share pictures with friends on Flickr, but while these popular web apps certainly serve up great features, none of them is perfect. Meanwhile, the Internet is brimming with underdogs that are dreaming up some kick-ass new concepts—and putting them into action right now.

The rise of easier-to-use web development tools like Python and Ruby on Rails has caused an explosion of cool new web services that do everything from organizing your thoughts to tracking airfares across multiple travel sites to replacing your entire Office suite—and almost everything is free. Even as you read this, the world of web apps is expanding with cool new sites that take the features of your favorite old standbys and give them new, innovative twists. Some are terrible, but many are just plain brilliant, and we’ve narrowed down the field to 15 apps that will fundamentally change the way you use the web.

The 15 Best Web Apps You’ve Never Heard Of

Best & Worst tech of 2007

redball In the technology world, 2007 was a year marked by the release of the iPhone. But did Apple’s sleek and sexy hybrid device make our editors’ list of the best gadgets of the year? Well, now you can look into that for yourself. Before the sun rises on a brand-new year of tech, it’s time to take a look back at all the great gear that hit store shelves this year. We’ve got category-by-category lists of the greatest gadgets of 2007, but you’ll also need to know which gear didn’t quite cut the mustard. For that, we’ve rounded up the lowest-rated tech of ’07 as well. Click a link below to get started on the reminiscing. See the review