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Jay's 10 favorite iPhone apps of 2009

After I put together my list of 10 awesome free Mac apps for 2009, a lot of folks asked me when the iPhone list was coming out. How about right now? Get ready, because I'm about to tell you how to spend those iTunes gift cards you got for Christmas. I've selected an eclectic little group of apps that includes games, productivity tools, chat and more, and it makes a great starter kit for anyone...

Jay's 10 favorite free Mac apps of 2009

After Lee posted his excellent list of 10 favorite free Windows apps, I figured I'd jump in on the Mac side of things. 2009 has brought a lot of great new software to the Mac, especially with the introduction of OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard. We've seen everything from hot new browsers to productivity apps to essential system utilities, and they're all well worth a download. Since Lee included some old...

10 Facebook apps you might actually want to install

Facebook apps are pretty controversial, as far as developments in the world of social networking. When they first arrived on the scene, some people rejected them as ugly and useless, while others loaded their profiles with as many apps as they could find. I admit, I was in that first camp for quite a while. But, while I'm still disappointed with Facebook apps in general, I also have to admit...

The best minimalist WordPress themes

Is your WordPress blog too cluttered? Too dark? Too boxy? Take a look at plaintxt.org's list of the Best Minimalist WordPress Themes. Minimalism isn't quite so in vogue as it was last year, but it's definitely still going strong, so if you're looking for something clean, airy, and uncluttered, these 10 themes, with names like Barecity, Way Too Clean, Zen Minimalist are for you. I'm particularly a...

The Greatest Software Ever

What would you say is the greatest software ever written? Snood would probably top my list, but I must admit InformationWeek's list is a bit more.. practical. Charles Babcock's What's the Greatest Software Ever Written? is a great mini-survey of the history of software, terminating in a list of 12 of the world's most historic software developments. I won't ruin the final 3 for you, but here are...

PC World's 100 Best Products of the Year

Now that we've got the worst products ever out of the way, how about the best? PC World is running an article with the past year's 100 best tech products, and I'm tempted to copy-and-paste the whole thing into my wishlist. It's an even mix of hardware, software, and web sites, but since this is a software blog I'll give you a sampling of the latter two (spoiler warning): Adobe Premiere Elements 2,...

Download.com freeware staff picks

There are a lot of best-free-software lists out there, but probably nobody's hands pass over more freeware than the folks at Download.com, so I thought their staff-picked Best Free Software collection from a couple weeks back was worth noting. They split the free apps up into ten categories--Audio & Video, Business, Developer, etc--and their picks are very solid. The obvious is there, of...

Top 20 web development links of 2005

Alessandro Fulciniti at Web-Graphics has collected his top 20 bookmarks of 2005. They're all, of course, web development links with a focus on CSS and JavaScript with some design, typography, AJAX, and search engine optimization thrown in. Every one is a must-read for anyone doing web development in 2006....

List of 50 best Firefox extensions

As I've been warming up more and more to Firefox, it's hard for me to resist giant lists of summarized Firefox extensions, and this one looks pretty comprehensive. I've never seen this "Quick Online Tips" blog before, but I found their list of "50 Best Firefox Extensions for Power Surfing" linked from Fark, which in my book means it has to be worth a gander. One thing that...

Five best freeware games of 2005

Given that it's 2005, I'm surprised we're not seeing more Top 5 lists, but here's one: Five Best Freeware Games of 2005, from gHacks. I won't spoil #1 for you, but I will spoil the rest: Advanced Strategic Command is at #5, retro-style adventure Zak McKracken 2 is #4, Battlefield-alike Warrock is at #3, and intriguing Korean MMO shooter GunZ The Duel takes #2. To see their favorite freeware game...

BlogPulse's 2005 Year in Review

Like Google's Year-End Zeitgeist but for blogs, BlogPulse has published a Year in Review that lists 2005's biggest blogs, news stories, images, videos, and more. Boing Boing, unsurprisingly, crowns the Top Blogs list, followed by our sister blog Engadget. The Top Blog Posts category is an interesting potpourri with an odd LiveJournal bent, and the Top Wikipedia References category (Podcasting,...

Top 10 podcasts episodes of 2005

Who listens to enough podcasts to name the top ten episodes of the year? The folks at LearnOutLoud, apparently. To be fair, they only chose among podcasts that are listed in their hand-picked directory, but it makes for a pretty good sample. Topping the list of LearnOutLoud's Top 10 Podcast Episodes of 2005 is the Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders podcast featuring the CEO of Trilogy Software,...

Most underrated apps of 2005

The parade of best-of-'05 lists continues: As a companion to her Best apps of 2005 list, Lifehacker's Gina Trepani has posted her Top underrated apps of 2005 list, and it's a good one. A couple of my favorites, notably Picasa and MyBlogLog make the list, and she's included a couple dark horse picks like Yahoo! Calendar and ShoZu. Head over to Lifehacker to check out the rest....

Best fonts of 2005 according to Typographica

There's a little design geek inside me and inside him is an even littler typography geek, and that geek loves Typographica's Favorite Fonts of 2005. With fanciful names like Lisboa, Deréon, and Zingha, these are some truly beautiful fonts, but I think my favorite of the bunch may be Robert Slimbach's Garamond Premier Pro, and gorgeous update to the old serifed standby. There's also several...