By Jay Garmon
2010 saw a multitude of software topics and products come and go. We round up the most-read Notebook Review software content of 2010 and look back at the warez and worries that defined our year.
Top 10 Best Firefox Add-Ons for Improved Browsing
Google Chrome may grab headlines for its excellent extensions (including the fake ones), but Firefox takes a back seat to no one in the browser plug-in department. We list the top 10 best Firefox add-ons to improve your browsing experience.
Best Antivirus 2010 Buyers Guide
For 2010, we reviewed ten paid antivirus solutions, then we broke the reviews down and showed you which one is the best. With so many good free AV options out there, find out which baseline paid antivirus product is worth your hard-earned money.
The new iPad runs the iPhone OS — and that’s the problem
No matter how excited you are about the 9.7-inch HD display, capacitive multi-touch interface, or staggeringly cheap 3G data plans promised by Apple’s iPad, there’s one feature that’s billed as a benefit but may prove to be more of a bug: The iPad runs the iPhone OS.
Top 10 Google Chrome Extensions for Better, Faster Browsing
Google Chrome has much to offer as a browser, but a veteran FireFox or habitual Internet Explorer user may be hesitant to give up the add-ons or plug-ins that make their favorite web browsers more useful. Chrome extensions are the answer here, as they replicate or replace the functionality found in typical browser plug-ins. We list the top 10 Chrome extensions to get you started.
Microsoft Office 2010 Buyers Guide — Breaking Down the Office 2010 Editions
Microsoft Office 2010 hit retail stores this year and as usual, Microsoft is offering a byzantine selection of Office 2010 Editions to choose from. Which version of Office 2010 is right for you, and which Editions are you even eligible to buy? We break it down in this buyers guide.
Free Alternatives to Microsoft Office — The (Don’t Have To) Buyers Guide
From open-source software to Web-based applications, there are so many free alternatives to Microsoft Office it’s a wonder anyone pays hundreds of dollars for a word processor, spreadsheet, or presentation program anymore. But of all the freebie office suites out there, which is most worth the money you don’t have to spend? We break down the top five contenders in this buyers guide.
15 Best Google Chrome Security Extensions
Google Chrome is already the safest web browser on the market, but when it comes to security you can never be too careful. We’ve compiled 15 Chrome extensions that lock down Google’s browser tighter than Fort Knox.
Windows PC Optimization Guide
This three-part series is designed to help everyday computer users improve their productivity by optimizing their computer’s performance, making use of handy shortcuts in the Windows operating system, and creating and maintaining a backup schedule.
Top 10 best Internet Explorer Add-ons
Contrary to popular belief, Internet Explorer can do lots of the same cool tricks as Firefox or Google Chrome — so long as you’ve got the right IE Add-ons. We break down the top ten Internet Explorer add-ons to make the world’s least fashionable browser more effective.
Was there a software product or topic that defined your 2010? Sound off in the discussion forum!