Maximum PC takes an in-depth look at the stable and beta releases of the big names in the browser wars, rounding up in all 9 incarnations of browser’s competing to be your gateway to the web (Firefox 3 and 3.1 beta, Internet Explorer 7 and 8 beta, Opera 9.6 and 10 beta, Safari 3 and 4 beta, and Google Chrome). We recently walked you through our browser speed tests, putting the latest and greatest browsers through the paces, but if you’re looking for a more in-depth examination, the MaxPC article is seven pages full of charts and graphs thoroughly evaluating each offering. [Browser Battle: Nine Browsers of Today and Tomorrow Compared]
Windows only: Application launcher Magic Formation adds a circular dock that can be triggered by hotkeys or mouse gestures—just draw a circle on the desktop to make it show up.
Using the application is fairly simple—just invoke it with your mouse gesture; adjusting the mouse gesture sensitivity through the options dialog is probably necessary to trigger the dock more easily. There are plenty of other advanced options in the preferences, from using a hotkey to trigger the dock to assigning a mouse key instead—making this interesting application worth a look for anybody in the market for a better application launcher.
Magic Formation is a free download for Windows only. For more ways to quickly access your programs, check out the five best application launchers, or get full-featured mouse gestures with previously mentioned gMote.
Fred Daily, tax attorney and author of Stand Up to the IRS, has put the book’s entire content up online, and it’s a great read if you and the tax collectors are having some disagreements.
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Daily’s book runs topic-by-topic through the common audit points and taxpayer confusion, covering family and inheritance, self-employed and small business income, penalties and interest, and a lot of other ground. It’s also full of wisdom on what you should and shouldn’t worry about, which anyone who’s gotten the stark white envelope with the distinctive logo can benefit from. Get Rich Slowly likes, in particular, the 25 most frequently asked questions, and so do we. Free to read and print.