Never pay for software again (almost)
Free alternatives are available for nearly every application an individual is likely to need -- excluding operating systems and professional apps such as Photoshop and Final Cut Pro. Here's a roundup of the best freebie replacements for MS Office, security apps, and system utilities. Plus: the best sites for finding your own no-charge apps.
The pros and cons of cloud computing
My friend Zarpaden contacted me recently to ask about a cloud storage service his Mac was prompting him to use. Zarp had plenty of storage space on his system and was rightly concerned about his pictures and letters and other personal stuff on who-knows-which Web server for anyone and his Uncle Pacheco to view at their pleasure and Zarp's pain.