“Tixati is the top pick this year as it runs fast, offers a lot of information and the most appealing interface in a very efficient package, RAM and CPU wise. Tixati always seems to be in active development and the developers are receptive to users input. The wide variety of layout options are indicative of their responsiveness to users. Tixati has all the features that an average user wants”.
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What's it for? - Bittorrent quickly became an important download format for its speed, efficiency, and cheapness in distributing content over the Internet.
"A popular download manager and a good choice for its stability, nice user interface and support for various browsers such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Opera and Safari."
What's it for? - There comes a time when you are downloading a large file and the download stops part of the way through. Specialized download managers like Free Download Manager will allow you to resume a download, start several concurrent download sessions, and dramatically improve download speed.
"Intuitive user interface and highly customizable and expandable through add-ons. More secure than Outlook Express and, unlike the latter, is still being actively developed."
What's it for? - In addition to sending and receiving email, email programs like Thunderbird can manage your contacts and calendar, read news groups and RSS newsfeeds, and even integrate with various web-based mail systems like GMail and Hotmail.
"With a robust feature set, ease of use, and browser integration, FireFTP should serve the needs of all but the heaviest power user. FTP clients enable fast bulk file transfers; essential for website management."
"Includes WYSIWYG editors for non-technical users who want to create an attractive web site, but also discusses HTML text editors for programmers or for anyone comfortable with coding raw HTML."
"A Wi-Fi network finder helps mobile users see the available wireless networks in an area. It also helps you identify the strongest wireless signals and the SSID of an access point. For example, it may help you solve slow and unstable connections that are due to overlapping signals."
"LastPass is a one of a kind product. Most password managers are either online or software only. It is the combination of web service and software. With the web service you can access your data anywhere."
"Teamviewer is very reliable, allows both attended and unattended control and has great features. There is a portable version of the viewer if you want to use an application or they also have a web-based control site that requires no installation to remotely control computers."
What's it for? - Remotely administer another computer for off-site troubleshooting or for accessing your home PC while traveling.
"Provides a telnet or SSH connection to UNIX like servers with a fast no-frills connection."
"The latest figures at StatCounter show that we have a new king in the browser market worldwide in terms of popularity. And with good reason as it offers the best mix of features, with broad extension support, of any of the browsers. Based on the open source WebKit engine and Google's V8 Javascipt engine, Google Chrome has emerged as one of the fastest browsers available across multiple benchmarks. It's also highly competitive in features and has ground breaking technology support."