The Right Tool for the Job?

Working IT pros put software and hardware solutions to the test. Which tools will make the grade?

  • Paul Mah // October 26, 2007, 4:19 AM PST

    The Razer Lachesis gaming mouse: The Right Tool for the Job?

    TechRepublic contributor Paul Mah dropped by Razer's Singapore office yesterday and got his hands on Razer's new Lanchesis gaming mouse. This hot little item is not yet even available in stores, but the promises of never-before-seen input precision were so dizzying that Paul couldn't wait. He nabbed a mouse from the first batch out of the factory, took it home for a test drive, and sent us his findings that same day.


  • Erik Eckel // November 20, 2007, 3:47 AM PST

    nComputing L200 PC Expanion: The Right Tool for the Job?

    Rather than purchase, deploy and maintain additional systems for users, organizations can turn to nComputing’s L200 PC Expanion Multi-User Computing Terminal and leverage existing hardware capacity. The small hardware device, which measures roughly two-thirds the size of a 12-inch PowerBook laptop, enables connecting multiple users to a single system (using only a single PC or server).


  • Cara Reynolds // October 12, 2007, 4:38 AM PST

    Sysinternals Autoruns: The Right Tool for the Job?

    Erik Eckel needed a accurate, effective tool for tracking down DLLs, services and applications that automatically load at system startup. He found Sysinternals' Autoruns, now a free Microsoft-provided troubleshooting application. Is it the Right Tool for the Job?


  • Cara Reynolds // September 26, 2007, 5:55 AM PST

    NeoOffice for the Mac: The Right Tool for the Job?

    TechRepublic's Erik Eckel searched for productivity applications that provide high compatibility not only with Microsoft Office applications but for use on Macintosh platforms. Erik found NeoOffice version 2.2.1, available both for PowerPC- and Intel-powered Apple computer users. Here's a summary of what he discovered when he put NeoOffice to the test.


  • Cara Reynolds // September 12, 2007, 5:54 AM PST

    TweakVista: The Right Tool for the Job?

    Altered keyboard shortcuts and new security features are just a few hurdles that experienced Windows users can expect to find when trying to configure Microsoft Windows Vista. Fortunately, TweakVista allows you to customize many different OS and application settings from within a single app. Is it the Right Tool for the Job?


  • Cara Reynolds // September 7, 2007, 3:39 AM PST

    Bryce 5.5: The Right Tool for the Job?

    Bryce is a 3D illustration and rendering program intended to create realistic 3D landscapes and animations in a fairly intuitive way, using a drag-and-drop interface on a real-time canvas. Does it deliver on its promise?


  • Cara Reynolds // October 17, 2007, 7:01 AM PST

    SmartDraw 2008: The Right Tool for the Job?

    The makers of a new business graphics app claim that it's the <b>Right Tool for the Job</b>. But is it really possible for the average user to create top-notch professional business graphics in minutes? Graphic designer <b>Kirk Starr</b> puts SmartDraw 2008 to the test.


  • Jack Wallen // February 19, 2008, 11:11 PM PST

    Evolution: The Right Tool for the Job?

    If you are looking for a single application to replace Outlook you need look no further than Evolution. It is as feature rich, easy to use, and far more reliable than Outlook.


  • Paul Mah // February 21, 2008, 1:25 AM PST

    GFI Network Server Monitor: The Right Tool for the Job?

    If you have ever been a system administrator or network manager, you can appreciate a tool that allows you to quickly and efficiently check on the health of the various components on your network. Paul Mah decides whether GFI Network Server Monitor is the Right Tool for the Job.


  • Erik Eckel // February 27, 2008, 4:36 AM PST

    Microsoft Office for the Mac 2008: The Right Tool for the Job?

    Office productivity applications are critical business components. This is as true for Macintosh computer owners as it is for Windows users. Whether users are creating documents, spreadsheets or slide show presentations, they require a powerful office suite that is easy to use, creates attractive files and is widely compatible with other users. Erik Eckel checks out this year's version of Microsoft Office for the Mac.


  • Scott Lowe // January 17, 2008, 11:47 PM PST

    Network LookOut Administrator Professional: The Right Tool for the Job?

    Network administrators often need to monitor computer usage to make sure that users are adhering to organizational policies. Network monitoring tools are also helpful when providing help desk assistance over the phone, to make sure that the user is not having trouble following your steps. Scott Lowe investigates whether Network LookOut Administrator Professional is the Right Tool for the Job.


  • Erik Eckel // January 22, 2008, 5:12 AM PST

    Norton Internet Security 2008: The Right Tool for the Job?

    Windows computers require protection from a wide variety of common viruses and spyware programs, not too mention unwanted intrusions. Novice users are particularly vulnerable to system infections and identity theft. A single software suite is required that can address all these issues.


  • Erik Eckel // February 1, 2008, 12:55 AM PST

    Mac OS X Leopard: The Right Tool for the Job?

    Apple Macintosh computers have long boasted fast, secure operation and outstanding approachability. Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) performed admirably, but all OSes become stale in time. Is an updated OS needed to fuel today’s powerful Mac computers?


  • Jack Wallen // February 8, 2008, 3:29 AM PST

    Scribus desktop publishing: The Right Tool for the Job?

    Most applications that create complex pdf documents are costly, resource hogs, and difficult to master. The alternative? Scribus.


  • Paul Mah // March 11, 2008, 3:36 AM PST

    Assemble the perfect system administrator's toolkit

    A good system admin is like a boy scout: always prepared. Paul Mah puts together a list of items that belongs in every system administrator's survival toolkit.