PC World http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/3201/all en-US You Can't Trust Reviews From PC World and MacWorld http://www.wisebread.com/you-cant-trust-reviews-from-pc-world-and-macworld <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/trust_us.jpg" alt="Trust the experts book cover" title="Trust the PC World experts?" width="180" height="240" /> </p> <p>PC World&#39;s Editor-in-Chief Harry McCracken resigned Tuesday because the magazine&#39;s publisher pressured him to &quot;avoid stories that were critical of major advertisors,&quot; according to reports by <a href="http://news.com.com/2100-1030_3-6181075.html">News.com</a> and <a href="http://blog.wired.com/business/2007/05/pc_world_editor.html">Wired</a>.</p> <p>When asked for a comment, McCracken confirmed he had disagreements with the publisher but declined to comment on the nature of those disagreements. </p> <p>However, according to an <a href="http://blog.wired.com/business/2007/05/pc_world_editor.html">inside source from PC World</a>, McCracken resigned after getting undue pressure from Colin Crawford, senior vice president of PC World&#39;s parent company IDG Communications. Crawford allegedly told the PC World editors that: </p> <blockquote><p>product reviews in the magazine were too critical of vendors, especially ones who advertise in the magazine, and that they had to start being nicer to advertisers.</p> </blockquote> <p>Crawford was once the CEO of Macworld, another publication owned by IDG. The Macworld connection might explain this: </p> <blockquote><p>[Crawford] tried to kill a story about Apple and Steve Jobs. The piece, a whimsical article titled &quot;Ten Things We Hate About Apple,&quot; was still in draft form when Crawford killed it. McCracken said no way and walked after Crawford refused to compromise. </p> </blockquote> <p>PC World and Macworld market themselves as the most trusted names in technology review. These descriptions are lifted directly out of their &quot;about us&quot; page: </p> <ul> <li>PC World: &quot;trusted resource for management-level buyers and users of technology products.&quot;</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Macworld &quot;offers the most trusted product reviews and buying advice you can find.&quot; </li> </ul> <p>If these reports are true, and IDG doesn&#39;t end up firing Crawford and reinstating McCracken, then we may conclude that Crawford&#39;s biased editorial policy is the rule rather than the exception at IDG.</p> <p>If that&#39;s the case, here are a list of other <a href="http://www.idg.com/www/idgproducts.nsf/typeform?readform&amp;type=publication">IDG publications</a> and <a href="http://www.idg.com/www/idgproducts.nsf/typeform?readform&amp;type=website">websites</a> you might want to avoid: </p> <ul> <li>CIO Magazine</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Code Vault</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Coming Attractions</li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong>Computerworld</strong></li> </ul> <ul> <li>CSO Magazine</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Demo.com</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Energy-Insights.com</li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong>GamePro</strong></li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong>InfoWorld.com</strong></li> </ul> <ul> <li>IT Careers</li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong>Network World</strong></li> </ul> <ul> <li>Remedies</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Taste for Life</li> </ul> <p><em>Phto by <a href="http://flickr.com/photos/phauly/" title="Link to phauly&#39;s photos">phauly</a></em> </p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/will-chen">Will Chen</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/you-cant-trust-reviews-from-pc-world-and-macworld">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/book-review-how-to-be-a-geek-goddess-win-a-copy">Book Review: How to Be a Geek Goddess (Win a Copy!)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-tips-to-avoid-watching-a-crappy-movie">7 tips to avoid watching a crappy movie.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/book-review-life-inc">Book review: Life Inc.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/shoddy-pc-repair-tech-caught-in-sting-operation">Shoddy PC repair tech caught in sting operation.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-dangers-of-mobile-banking-and-how-to-avoid-them">5 Dangers of Mobile Banking — And How to Avoid Them</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Consumer Affairs computers Macworld PC World reviews technology Thu, 03 May 2007 21:46:40 +0000 Will Chen 591 at http://www.wisebread.com 101 fantastic freebies for your PC http://www.wisebread.com/101-fantastic-freebies-for-your-pc <p><img width="360" height="240" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/toomany.jpg" alt="too many" title="too many" /></p> <p>Software is expensive, right? Well, not today my friends. Those fab guys and gals over at PC World have spent a whole bunch of their very valuable time and energy researching the best free downloads for your PC, and have compiled a list of the <a href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,130045-page,12-c,freeware/article.html">'101 fabulous freebies'</a> that you can download today, right now, no problem. And NOW is a great word.</p> <p><strong>What's on the list? Well, what do you want? </strong></p> <p>There's everything from security software to games and file management. The complete list, organized by category, is below. I can personally vouch for <a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,23009/description.html"><strong>DVD Shrink</strong>,</a> a very quick and easy way to make back-up copies of your DVDs (which are invaluable for taking on vacations, road trips if you don't want to lose your originals). My wife loves organizing her many photos with <a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64528/description.html"><strong>Google Picasa</strong></a> . And <a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,28124/description.html"><strong>AVG</strong></a> is a terrific free virus application. But, here's the list...you have the right to feel like a kid in a candy store!</p> <h2 class="artSubtitle">System Utilities</h2> <p>Windows XP Tweaks</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,58822/description.html">Fresh UI</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloads/powertoys/xppowertoys.mspx" target="_blank">Microsoft Power Toys for Windows XP</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64567/description.html">Tweak and Tune </a></li> </ul> <p>Windows Vista Tweaks</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64563/description.html">TweakVI Basic </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64564/description.html">VistaBootPRO</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64565/description.html">Easy BCD</a></li> </ul> <p>Security Software</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64535/description.html">Avast</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,7228-order,1-page,1/description.html">ZoneAlarm Free</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,28124/description.html">AVG Anti-Virus Free</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64536/description.html">SMAC</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64537/description.html">Microsoft Windows Defender </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,22262/description.html">Spybot Search and Destroy</a></li> </ul> <p>Registry Cleaner</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64566/description.html">TweakNow RegCleaner Standard</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,61125/description.html">Clean My Registry </a></li> </ul> <p>Hardware Utility</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,8078/description.html">Belarc Advisor</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64350/description.html">SpeedFan</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64543/description.html">M2 Information</a></li> </ul> <h2 class="artSubtitle">Communications and File Sharing</h2> <p>E-Mail for Free</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.gmail.com/" target="_blank">Gmail</a></li> <li><a href="http://mail.yahoo.com/" target="_blank">Yahoo Mail</a></li> <li><a href="http://ideas.live.com/programpage.aspx?versionId=5d21c51a-b161-4314-9b0e-4911fb2b2e6d" target="_blank">Microsoft Windows Live Mail</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64538/description.html">Spamato</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64539/description.html">Thunderbird</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64540/description.html">Eudora</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64541/description.html">IncrediMail</a></li> </ul> <p>File Sharing</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64550/description.html">AllPeers</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64553/description.html">Pando</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64552/description.html">uTorrent</a></li> </ul> <p>Instant Messaging, Voice, and Video</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.meebo.com/" target="_blank">Meebo</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.jajah.com/" target="_blank">Jajah </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,23523/description.html">Skype </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.gizmoproject.com/" target="_blank">Gizmo</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64556/description.html">Yahoo Messenger </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,8308/description.html">Trillian </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64557/description.html">Windows GAIM </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,28433/description.html">Google Talk</a></li> </ul> <h2 class="artSubtitle">Blogs and News Reading</h2> <p>Personal Web</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.pageflakes.com/" target="_blank">Pageflakes</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.netvibes.com/" target="_blank">Netvibes</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.protopage.com/" target="_blank">Protopage</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.google.com/ig" target="_blank">Google Personalized Home</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.live.com/" target="_blank">Microsoft Windows Live</a></li> </ul> <p>Online RSS Reader</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64444/description.html">Bloglines </a></li> <li><a href="https://www.newsgator.com/" target="_blank">NewsGator Online</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.google.com/reader/view" target="_blank">Google Reader</a></li> </ul> <p>Software RSS Reader</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64516/description.html">Sage</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64517/description.html">Active Web Reader</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64518/description.html">Tristana RSS Reader</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64519/description.html">MCE RSS Reader </a></li> </ul> <p>Blogging Site</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.blogger.com/" target="_blank">Google Blogger</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.wordpress.com/" target="_blank">WordPress </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.livejournal.com/" target="_blank">LiveJournal </a></li> <li><a href="http://spaces.live.com/" target="_blank">Microsoft Windows Live Spaces </a></li> <li><a href="http://peopleconnection.aol.com/journals" target="_blank">AOL People Connection</a></li> <li><a href="http://360.yahoo.com/" target="_blank">Yahoo 360</a></li> </ul> <h2 class="artSubtitle">File Management</h2> <p>Desktop Search</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,61901/description.html">Google Desktop </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,24670/description.html">Copernic Desktop Search</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64561/description.html">Microsoft Windows Desktop Search</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64562/description.html">Yahoo Desktop Search</a></li> </ul> <p>Backup and File Synchronization</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.mozy.com/" target="_blank">Mozy</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.mediamax.com/" target="_blank">MediaMax</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.xdrive.com/" target="_blank">XDrive</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64549/description.html">Microsoft SyncToy</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64657/description.html">Everyday Auto Backup </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,62602/description.html">Microsoft Foldershare</a></li> </ul> <h2 class="artSubtitle">Productivity and Office Apps</h2> <p>Office Software and Services</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.zoho.com/" target="_blank">Zoho</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64554/description.html">Portable Apps </a></li> <li><a href="http://docs.google.com/" target="_blank">Google Docs and Spreadsheets </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.numsum.com/" target="_blank">Num Sum</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.ajax13.com/" target="_blank">Ajax 13</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,23158/description.html">OpenOffice.org</a></li> </ul> <p>Time Management</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.backpackit.com/" target="_blank">Backpack</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.google.com/notebook" target="_blank">Google Notebook</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64569/description.html">Sticky Notes </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64570/description.html">Easy To-Do </a></li> </ul> <p>Notepad Replacement</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,53094/description.html">NoteTab Light</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64534/description.html">Crimson Editor </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,28980/description.html">EditPad Lite</a></li> </ul> <p>Business Productivity</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.google.com/a" target="_blank">Google Apps for Your Domain</a></li> <li><a href="http://office.microsoft.com/" target="_blank">Microsoft Office Live</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.freecrm.com/" target="_blank">FreeCRM.com</a></li> </ul> <h2 class="artSubtitle">Music, Photos and Video</h2> <p>Entertainment Software</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64558/description.html">VLC Media Player </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,23102/description.html">iTunes</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64559/description.html">Foobar2000</a></li> </ul> <p>Image Editing</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64528/description.html">Google Picasa </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64529/description.html">Snapfire </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,5648/description.html">Irfanview </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64530/description.html">StudioLine Photo Basic</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64531/description.html">Microsoft Photo Info</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64637/description.html">FastStone MaxView</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64532/description.html">Media Purveyor </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,23351/description.html">GIMP -- GNU Image Manipulation Program</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64533/description.html">Paint.Net</a></li> </ul> <p>Web Video Site</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://youtube.com/" target="_blank">YouTube</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.blinkx.com/" target="_blank">Blinkx</a></li> <li><a href="http://video.yahoo.com/" target="_blank">Yahoo Video</a></li> <li><a href="http://video.google.com/" target="_blank">Google Video</a></li> </ul> <p>Multimedia Tools and Toys</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,22513/description.html">Audacity </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,62105/description.html">Free iPod Video Converter</a></li> <li><a href="http://pspvideo9.com/" target="_blank">PSP Video 9</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,23009/description.html">DVD Shrink </a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/101-fantastic-freebies-for-your-pc">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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