The biggest enemy of the workday is often time. RoboForm cuts corners--the good way--by dropping your personal information or any password you throw at it into log-in fields and online forms. The AES encryption keeps intruders out, and the browser toolbar keeps data close at hand.
Here's an idea. Instead of drudging through your folder system to find a file, have files come to you. With minimal setup, the Launchy quick-apps launcher indexes as many files and Web sites as your little heart desires so it can serve them up in seconds. And it never begs for treats.
Microsoft Office Accounting Express is the small business-owner's answer to hefty corporate accounting fees. The do-it-yourself freeware (there's a commercial version, too) sets up payroll, charging, and accounting systems, and even does refunds and credit ratings lookups. The smart software tops it off by supporting PayPal activity, just what you'd expect from Seattle's software titan.
The free Microsoft Excel add-on Rainbow Analyst Personal equips spreadsheet ninjas with a powerful tool for quickly and colorfully locating errors in models (hence the "rainbow"). The app's features map dependencies between cells, whip up matrix-style reporting for detail work, and pack in functions for speedy comparisons. Whoosh. There goes one now.
Unhealthy people are not productive people. If you're prone to muscle strain, Break Reminder, RSIShield, and Workplace Angel are but three apps dedicated to saving your corpus from painful repetitive stress disorders. Regular breaks keep muscles in your eyes, neck, back, and hands from clenching, and these guardian apps throw in stretching techniques for good measure. The metered interludes also give a breather to your brain, the most important "muscle" of all.
If you don't have Microsoft Outlook, Handy Address Book is the next best thing. It may not look like much, but this digital rolodex on steroids can import and export contacts, initiate e-mail, fetch a map of a contact's location, and publish the data online via FTP for everywhere-access. It can also format labels and launch calls to contacts, which is good if you have dial-up and somewhat useless if you don't.
With all the dazzling technology poured into fancy PDAs and online calendars, when it comes time to jot a quick note, how often do you reach for the yellow sticky? Post-it Software Notes Lite one-ups the classic canary-colored paper product with a free digital version that sticks notes to your desktop. It also outdoes overly complex reminder software. Got a time-sensitive note? Post-it Software Notes Lite comes alive with alarm bells.