Mac: Widgets? Old and busted. Filling your Notification Center full of apps and services? The more stuffed it gets, the less useful it is. At least, I don’t like having to scroll up and down through pages’ worth of items if I need a quick glance at my most meaningful data.
Mac: As much as we’d love it, Clipy is not a macOS version of Clippy, that little animated Windows paperclip that asks you how you’re doing and gives you useful life advice. It’s a must-have utility that makes your macOS clipboard ten times more powerful, if there was any way to measure that sort of thing.
Website archive services like the Internet Archive: Wayback Machine are incredibly useful for when you need to see old versions of sites—either for nostalgia or because you’re looking for a specific bit of information that has since been overwritten or deleted (like a story you wrote for a former employer, for…
Windows: No matter your poison—Cookie Clicker, Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms, or Kittens Game—there’s something weird and fun about games that require almost no input from you to play.
Windows: Sometimes, finding the right Windows settings to automate some portion of your digital life feels like digging through the nooks and crannies of your couch to find loose change. In this case, Windows’ “Storage Sense,” a handy way to automate hard drive cleaning, has probably been staring you in the face for…
OS X: The problem with the Command + Q key command is that it's awfully close to lots of other key commands and easy to hit on accident. CommandQ is an OS X app that addresses that by making you hold the titular keystroke for two seconds before your open application actually closes.
iOS: Sometimes you want to take a screenshot of a webpage on your iPhone or iPad's browser, but the content doesn't quite fit. Barry solves this problem by generating a screenshot of the entire page.
Windows: Asus's Ai Charger is a free utility that finally lets you charge the iPad from your PC's USB port, which otherwise doesn't offer enough juice to charge the tablet. Ai Charger also promises to charge iPhones and iPods 50 percent faster using standard USB ports.
Windows: There are apps that give you a dock in Windows to quickly launch applications, but Multibar does that and more. In addition to quick access to commonly used apps, the tool gives you quick access to recently modified files, smart folders full of items based on what you've used recently, news on the web, web…
Ubuntu: If you're running Ubuntu on a laptop, and you want to disable the touchpad when you have it connected to an external keyboard or mouse, Touchpad-Indicator is a menubar applet that can help.
Android: Bubbleator is a utility that will slowly scroll notifications like missed calls, new SMS messages, and the latest posts from your Twitter and Facebook streams across your home screen as a live wallpaper.
Android: Dropbox for Android is already a useful tool, but DropSync allows you to select a folder on your SD card and automatically have that folder synchronized to your Dropbox account whenever a change is made to it on your phone, or on another system.
Windows: SimpleSndVol adds balance controls to the volume control popup you get when you click on the sound icon in the Windows systray. The utility also allows you to bind volume and balance controls to keyboard shortcuts for quick access.