Utilitaires, système d'opération
Web A virtual operating system (aka Web OS), it uses Asynchronous Java-Script
and XML (AJAX) programming to mimic the look and feel of a Windows desktop in
Firefox or IE. It stores files (using Gmail) and runs its own applications, plus
Web apps like Meebo and Google Maps. If you can launch a Web browser, you can
get work done through ajaxWindows.
Web This Web OS has ultra-simplified applications, including an RSS reader,
satellite maps, a word processor, even a browser—yes, for browsing the Web while
on the Web.
Linux This community-driven OS is based on Linspire (formerly Lindows)—a Linux
distro that looks like Windows, with an emphasis on compatibility with other
Web | Flash Sleek style sets this Web OS apart, as does the ability (using a
separate utility) to sync files, bookmarks, and e-mail from your real OS. Read
our full review of
Linux Ubuntu-based and powered by Google's apps (just don't call it Google OS),
gOS comes with the $200 PCs from Wal-Mart, but you can download it for any PC.
Windows Sync files between your PC and an external drive, filtering by folder,
file name, or file type. The program displays warnings about questionable files
Windows Make an image of your entire hard drive for backup and restore purposes.
Windows | MacOS Install the utility on multiple computers, create an online
account where you identify each computer, and pick folders to synchronize.
Up-to-date data becomes available on all those PCs whenever you make a change in
a folder, with sync taking place in the background so you're never disturbed,
just happy to find your files wherever you work.
Windows | MacOS MozyHome provides automatic online backup for up to 2GB of your
Web Pack away all your passwords in this secure online vault; it even logs you
in to Web sites.
Windows Make sure folders across your networked computers contain the same
files, even on drives that change location and name.
MacOS Bootcamp users: Now you can clone (back up) your Windows XP/Vista
partition for reinstall on a new Mac.
Windows Launchy launches (duh) applications, files, folders, or searches via a
Windows Organize your application shortcuts in a toolbar that mimics the look
and feel of the Macintosh dock, complete with icon animations. It will even
mimic Windows Taskbar buttons. Add in extras (docklets) like real-time clock and
weather forecasts, even a fully functional Windows Start button and Recycle Bin,
to get everything you need.
MacOS This open-source launcher takes plug-ins that allow it to do almost
anything you want in the MacOS.
Windows Replace the Add/Remove Programs control panel in XP to get batch
uninstalls and clear out leftovers that Windows frequently misses when
Windows The extra C is for crap, and that's what CCleaner gets rid of: all the
detritus left behind in the course of using Windows.
Windows CoolMon displays all of your system's vital statistics, including use of
your CPU, RAM, and hard drives, internal PC temperature, and more.
Windows Defragment your entire hard drive-or just one heavily fragmented file at
Windows DriverView lists every single device driver running on your system, with
extra info on each.
Windows Shredders are popular in the office, so why not have the digital
equivalent? Eraser adds a right-click menu that will do away with a file or
Windows | MacOS | Linux Download this FTP client for accessing multiple sites or
to use as an FTP server. In both cases, FileZilla has convenient drag-and-drop
Windows Glary offers a ton of utilities for cleaning, optimizing, and securing
Windows in one package.
Microsoft Virtual PC
Windows Install anything-DOS, OS/2, or any earlier version of Windows-as a
virtual machine. It'll run in a separate window on your Vista or XP desktop.
Web Place a layer of "transient storage"-a sandbox-between your applications and
your hard disk to stay safe.
Windows Compress and decompress files on the fly, even in e-mail through Outlook
integration, and encrypt archives as desired.
Windows Stop any Windows process dead; this is handy for clearing frozen
MacOS Get access to additional preference settings in Mac OS X to turn on hidden
Windows | Web You can do the Ctrl-Alt-Delete salute in Windows to see what's
bogging down your PC, but can you understand the results? ProcessScanner,
coupled with the online Process Library, provides extra information on each
process (like whether it autostarts or not, and who makes the software in
question), and even lists the security risk to your system for