Welcome to CNET Top 5, where each time we meet, we count down another
hot CNET list. I'm Tom Merritt.
This is the last Top 5 I'll be doing for CNET, so I thought I'd take a
look back over the last four years of Top 5s and see which ones you
watched the most.
Not too teary-eyed or anything, just a half-decade check of the Top 5
Let's count down the Top 5 Top 5s:
At No. 5, the worst downloads of the fall. Every show featuring worst
downloads does well, but somehow in the fall of aught-nine you were
really in the mood for some bad downloads. The Free Picture Finder
still cracks me up.
Coming in at No. 4, Reasons NOT to get an Apple iPad. In these
situations I usually do one Top 5 that's positive and one that's
negative. And I'll tell you the negative always is the more popular.
And negative toward the iPad was the most popular.
Up to No. 3, The top-rated products of 2007. Remember 2007? Back
before the recession. Before the dark times...before the Empire! And
what was the top-rated product of those carefree days? The Canon EOS 1D
Mark III. Those were happier times.
Sliding in at No. 2, 2009 tech predictions. An end-of-the-year classic,
the predictions show usually ranks well. In 2008 I predicted Android
would outsell iPhone. Which it didn't in 2009. But finally this month
it appears like it may finally be true. I waited for this day!
Before we get to No. 1, Let's take a look at the rest of the Top 10
Top 5s.I forgot all about that Mac vs. Windows one.
All right. Let's get to our No. 1. The most popular Top 5 I ever did,
with twice the number of streams as the No. 2 episode.
At No. 1, it's...
Free software. Do you know how happy I was when I saw this on the
traffic report? I'm a huge believer in free and open-source software
and apparently so are many of you. Doesn't mean I don't pay for
software when I need to. But like y'all, I love the free. And a lot
of the free is really good. Like the five I mentioned in this one!
Well that's it for me on CNET Top 5. The show will be in the capable
hands of Commander Brian Cooley from here on out. Thanks for watching
all these years.
And thanks to past producers Chris Pavey, Laurence Campling, and our
current proucer Sarah Harbin for all their hard work making the funny
things happen over my shoulder. Y'all made the show.
I'm Tom Merritt. See you on the Internet!