Jon L. Jacobi

Freelance contributor

Jon is a Juilliard-trained musician, former x86/6800 programmer, and long-time (late 70s) computer enthusiast living in the San Francisco bay area. jjacobi@pcworld.com

Micro Express Microflex 20B review: This PC targets power users at work, but it games well, too

Micro Express Microflex 20B review: This PC targets power users at work, but it games well, too

The Microflex 20B is affordable, roomy, and fast. But opt for the the Core i7-59xx rather than the Core i7-5820K CPU we tested, which limits SLI setups.

Review: Dell Venue 11 Pro Tablet is a laptop in disguise

Review: Dell Venue 11 Pro Tablet is a laptop in disguise

It's a bit clunky as a tablet but comes into its own when you add a keyboard and watch it rip through a few tests.

Dell Latitude 12 E5250 (Broadwell) Review: A Small, Sturdy Workhorse of a Laptop

Dell Latitude 12 E5250 (Broadwell) Review: A Small, Sturdy Workhorse of a Laptop

This 12-inch business laptop may be easier to fit into a bag, but it's not much lighter than its 14- and 15-inch cousins.

Lenovo ThinkCentre Tiny-in-One 23 Review: Slide-in PCs Create Versatile All-in-Ones

Lenovo ThinkCentre Tiny-in-One 23 Review: Slide-in PCs Create Versatile All-in-Ones

Lenovo's new 23-inch Tiny-in-One display doubles as a dock for the company's Tiny Desktop small-form-factor computers. The result is a pretty nice all-in-one.

Seagate 4-Bay NAS: Competent Workgroup Storage Inside a Classy Chassis

Seagate 4-Bay NAS: Competent Workgroup Storage Inside a Classy Chassis

With a tightly focused feature set, a good-looking design, and good performance, the NAS Pro hits the mark for workgroups. But a relatively sparse app store and pricey camera licenses limit its usefulness as an all-in-one SMB server...

Browser Comparison: How the 5 Leaders Stack Up in Speed, Ease of Use and More

Browser Comparison: How the 5 Leaders Stack Up in Speed, Ease of Use and More

Do you like your browser fast, easy on system resources, or simple to use? We tested Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera, and Safari, and found surprising differences on these measures.

Virtual hard drives: The IT pro trick that lets you back up your data for free

Virtual hard drives: The IT pro trick that lets you back up your data for free

IT professionals have used virtual hard drives for years in servers and virtual machines, but you can also use VHDs to back up your data. we'll show you how and when to do this.

Windows Maintenance, Done Dirt-Cheap

You don't need to buy a utility suite. You just need what Microsoft brought to the party, plus a couple of freebies.

Aomei Partition Assistant: Windows to Go No Longer Just for Enterprise Users

When the folks at Aomei contacted me about reviewing their Partition Assistant partition manager once again, I was less than enthusiastic. It was, and remains, a fine utility, but it's a rare user that requires anything more than the...

Seagate Business Storage Windows Server Review: No-Nonsense NAS for Business

Running Microsoft's Server Essentials 2012 Workgroup edition, Seagate's Business Storage Windows Server NAS box is a good fit.

Translator with Speech Review: Windows Phone App Bridges Language Barriers

This app speaks translations in 54 languages, and Windows Phone's predictive texting and speech recognition makes it a snap to use.

Asus, Linksys Router Exploits Tell Us Home Networking is the Vulnerability Story of 2014

Buggy firmware, sloppy design, and careless users mean easy pickings for online hackers.

Laptops for Work and Play: The Differences That Matter

Laptops come in so many flavors: There are thin-and-lights, convertibles, desktop replacements, 2-in-1s,A gaming rigs, and even portable workstations. But all laptops can be lumped into one of two buckets: Consumer or business. I'll...

5 Alternatives to LogMeIn Free for Remote PC Access

LogMeIn Free is gone, but don't panic: You can find alternative remote-access tools that cost the same low price of nothing at all. Whether you need to access a document, collaborate with a colleague, or support several PCs, try one...

Another Reason to Ditch Windows XP: Admin Rights Loophole

Microsoft's investigating an exploit at the kernel level that could give admin rights to an industrious hacker.

Private WiFi Protects Sensitive Data--for a Price

Private WiFi is a $10-per-month ($85 per year) service that secures your data from Wi-Fi hacking by placing it within a VPN (Virtual Private Network). It does this with client software (PC and Mac) that connects to the company's own...

Choose a Tablet for Your Business

Want to use a tablet for work so you can leave your laptop at home, or even replace your primary business computer?

Dell Latitude E6220: a Solid, Fast Corporate Ultraportable Laptop

This ultraportable is pricey and conservatively styled, but it delivers the performance, features, and support that business users need

Finestra Manages Virtual Desktops with Panache

If Finestra Virtual Desktops (free/donationware) hadn't crashed on me once or twice, it would've scored at least a half star higher than the 3 stars that I gave it. It's that elegant and suited to the task. The program allows you up...

LaCie CloudBox: Compact Drive Tightly Integrates with Cloud Storage

The minimum "best practice" backup arrangement for your vital data is to maintain three copies of the data: the original, a local backup, and a second backup offsite. With LaCie's CloudBox NAS device, you simply back up to the...

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