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Even if you have plenty of space on your Mac’s hard drive, it’s good practice to do a check every once in a while to see what’s taking up disk space and spot anything unusual. Disk Inventory X provides a useful colour-coded map as well as a drawer-based list to help you see what files are taking up the most space on your Mac.
Browsing the files on your iOS device isn’t easy, as Apple technically doesn’t allow it. However, there are a number of desktop programs that will let you browse the file system and perform all sorts of tweaks, even if you aren’t jailbroken. Our favourite is the i-FunBox, for its good interface and easy access to all the things you could want to tweak.
Linux users have more text editors, IDEs, and command-line tools than a programmer can shake a stick at. If you’re looking for a good programming text editor, we recommend Kate. It’s super easy to get started with, but is quite powerful and has lots of great plugins to beef it up.
FTP is a great way to transfer files to the cloud, and you have some pretty good choices of FTP clients on Linux. However, our favourite is the powerful, cross-platform FilezZilla.
You should back up your hard drive. You’ve heard it a million times, but most people don’t do it. So we’re going to make it easy: CrashPlan is the best backup tool. It’s what you should use to back up your data, both on-site and off-site.
Last June, we picked TweetDeck as the best Twitter client for Windows, but the newly-updated version of MetroTwit has taken the crown. Its excellent interface and range of features make it a great choice for Twitter users.
While most Linux veterans would tell you the command line is all you need to archive a bunch of files, we’re fond of PeaZip for its feature-filled, easy-to-use (if sometimes glitchy) interface.
Linux is rife with awesome file browsers, so if you don’t like the one that came with your distro, you have a lot of choices. Our favourite is the insanely feature-filled Krusader for KDE.
Linux doesn’t have quite as many disk cloning apps as Windows, but but you can do just about anything you can imagine with the super powerful Clonezilla live CD.