Paul Proefrock of Chesterfield, Missouri, recommends OsaSync to Windows IT Pro readers. He says, "More and more people are carrying laptops and maintaining a home computer. Trying to get Outlook to 'play nice' between the two has always been a hassle. PST files don't share very easily. Workarounds using Briefcase are taxing. OsaSync lets you sync email, contacts, and tasks between two or more computers that are using Outlook. OsaSync supports all versions of Outlook, including Microsoft Office Outlook 2003. Once you set it up, it's virtually error-free and pretty much maintenance free. Microsoft Exchange Server is expensive, and, for individual use, also becomes a major maintenance item when trying to sync as many as three machines. OsaSync easily performs such actions at one-tenth the cost. The program also includes support for PDAs, so you can easily keep multiple machines and platforms in sync. OsaSync is a great product. For those of us who are trying to share personal files over multiple systems, OsaSync is a godsend."
Nathan Smith of Des Moines nominated NetEqualizer as a product that has helped him do his job better. He says, "NetEqualizer has really helped my company with bandwidth problems. The appliance is a small (daresay, cute) bridge-based box that goes between your network and the Internet. The product applies a slowing to applications that hog bandwidth so that all applications get an equal share. NetEqualizer doesn't break your wallet like one of the high-end priority or compression products. NetEqualizer helps me do large FTP transfers without interrupting normal Web usage and email flow."
HD Tune is a freeware, hard disk utility that can benchmark raw performance and look at transfer rate, access time, CPU usage, and burst rate. You can view partition information, supported features, firmware version, serial numbers, disk capacity, buffer size, and transfer mode. The utility lets you check the health of your hard disk, check the temperature display, and features Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology (SMART).
Product: HD Tune
Company: EFD Software