Computers: Software for All Seasons

A holiday gift guide for putting the byte into Christmas

Thousands of Americans will wake up Christmas morning to find a computer under the tree. If they are lucky, they will also find some software in their stockings, for without programs to run, the shiny new machines are almost useless. But with more than 30,000 programs on the market, finding the right software is a chore that can daunt the sawiest hacker. Some of the best and the easiest-to-use programs available this Christmas:

FOR WORK. Computers cannot do housekeeping, but many programs can put...

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