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Endlessly tweaking his workflow for comfort and efficiency, Erez is a freelance writer on a mission to discover the simplest, coolest, and most effective software and websites to make tomorrow happen today.

Review: Switch lets you shut down any Windows computer remotely, even using Twitter

Switch makes it easy to shut down your computer remotely, whether it's from another computer on the same network, using a tweet, or according to a schedule.

Review: OpenPuff steganography tool hides confidential data in plain sight

The ancient practice of steganography (hiding a message in something else) goes free and open-source with OpenPuff. This powerful utility lets you hide data in images, videos, and other files.

Review: Tor Browser Bundle lets you browse in anonymity

This browser bundle uses the Tor network to anonymize your internet explorations. Although it slows performance, it does protect you from prying eyes.

Review: KeePass makes strong passwords and keeps them safe

From generating random passwords to storing them for protection from keylogging, KeePass rethinks the entire password procedure. It's an indispensable security tool.

Review: Cryptocat chat client includes encryption

Most chat clients strive for ease of use, not security. Cryptocat is one chat client that says you can have both. In its current, browser-based incarnation, it works well (though nothing is perfect when it comes to security).

Review: UnoDNS frees you to stream from other countries

UnoDNS surgically circumvents geographic content restrictions, letting you watch Hulu or enjoy Pandora from anywhere. Rather than tunnel 100% of your traffic through a clunky VPN that slows you down and caps your bandwidth, UnoDNS targets a small fraction of your traffic and modifies only the tiny parts it must change to circumvent geographic restrictions.

Managing data trash: 6 tools to improve privacy and free space

Forgotten downloads and temporary files can add up fast, consuming drive space and compromising your privacy. It's time to think beyond the Recycle Bin with a new echelon of waste management utilities.

Review: Twine lets you easily create interactive "choose your own adventure" stories

Open-source Twine builds on open-source projects Twee and TiddlyWiki to offer a simple, graphical way to author stories that respond to readers' choices.

Review: Pokki shows the Windows 8 that might have been

With a simple Start menu that pulls results in from the Web, painless installation of apps, and windows that don't take up your whole screen, Pokki offers a better way to enjoy Windows 8, and one that should serve as a lesson for Microsoft.

Review: is a simple Markdown editor that runs in your browser

With live preview, multiple themes, and no ads, open-source lets you focus on your text and easily format it using the simple Markdown language, producing HTML documents with very little effort.

Review: Dragon NaturallySpeaking lets you take your hands off the keyboard

Despite a steep price tag and somewhat clunky extras, Dragon NaturallySpeaking Premium offers top-of-the-line speech recognition for speedy, accurate dictation. It feels like science fiction.

Review: Robobasket sorts your files according to your specs

You configure file handling rules for Robobasket, then set it loose to enforce them on your messy folders and create order. It works well as long as you're careful with how you set it up.

Review: Painter Lite offers many of Corel Painter’s features for a fraction of the cost

Great for budding artists and hobbyists, Painter Lite lets you get creative with numerous brushes and effects. It's powerful and affordable, so the main investment you make is your time.

Review: SortMyBox tidies up messy Dropbox folders

SortMyBox requires a great deal of trust in those with whom you share your folders, and it's useful only if you place all incoming files in its SortMyBox folder. If your team is good at following rules, though, it this service could make your DropBox folders easier to navigate.

Review: SDelete deletes files securely from the command line

If you write the occasional batch script or pop open a cmd.exe terminal to get things done, Microsoft's SDelete is a great tool to have in your path. This free command-line utility deletes files securely.