Best and Worst in Tech
Load Up Your PC
Have a new PC? Now you need an operating system, and that can run up to an additional $278 for Microsoft's (MSFT) Vista operating system or up to $200 for Apple's (AAPL) Leopard. The Linux-based Ubuntu operating system is free and comes with a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation software, browser, e-mail, media player, and photo-editing software.
The basic version of Microsoft's popular Office suite runs as high as $400. There's no charge for OpenOffice.org, and it's available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.
Pandora Recovery (www.pandorarecovery.com)
Deleted files aren't permanently erased right away. Use Pandora Recovery to get them back—in some cases, as long as 11 years later.
You get a simple way to organize your collections of books, CDs, DVDs, and console games, and Singapore developer CodeJam gets affiliate revenue from e-commerce sites like Amazon.