Every week we look at a specific topic and ask, which is best? From malware removal to home servers and wallpaper, here's a look back at the most popular Hive Five topics of 2009.
Although sometimes it's easy to predict the winner — Ubuntu has had its share of wins, to be sure — the real value in the Hive Five isn't actually its ability to elevate a single winner to a pedestal but to highlight all the great options that are out there.
Nobody likes having their machine laden down with malware. Check out this Hive Five to find great applications for keeping things running smooth and malware free.
Media files, data synchronisation and remote backups, oh my! Home computing has advanced to a point where it's practical to run your own home server, and we're running down the five best tools for the job.
There are many, many Linux distributions, and a lot of unique reasons to like them.
Nobody likes staring at a boring desktop when they fire up their computer every morning. Keep your wallpaper fresh with the five most popular sites we use to satisfy our wallpaper needs.
The best way to recover from unexpected data loss is to be properly prepared. With one of the following tools on hand, you'll always be ready to save your data from the Reaper.
You want to be the supreme ruler of your own virtual cutting room? Better break out the wallet - your film-chopping powers aren't going to come cheaply.
It's probably the most important and debated piece of software on the modern computer.
A well tagged MP3 collection makes everything from organisation to playback easier. Keep reading for a closer look at our favourite tools for cleaning up MP3 tags in this Hive Five.
Computer viruses are increasingly sophisticated and pervasive. If you can't afford to run your computer without some sort of antivirus software installed, check out these five popular options to protect your PC.
Live CDs (and DVDs) are versatile tools, allowing you to boot into an operating system without installing anything to your hard drives. Let's take a closer look at the five most popular live CDs.
Your computer is a busy beaver, rapidly accessing and utilising files all in the name of bringing you what you want, when you want it. Sometimes it needs a little help tidying up, and that's where these five disk defragmenters come in.
Whether you got a shiny new flash drive over the holidays or your old thumb drive is looking for a new lease on life, pack it full of goodness with these five killer portable applications.
Instant messaging has become so ubiquitous, an entire generation of internet users is probably unaware there was ever life without it. Check out the following five most popular instant messengers to to help you communicate across networks and the world.
Backing up data is a great way to minimise losses after a computing catastrophe. But what about restoring your actual system right away? Here are our five most popular choices.
Need to do a little online detective work? Track down anyone from long lost schoolmates to the new friend whose number you've lost with this assortment of powerful people-search engines.
The Windows system tray can be so much more than a parking lot for programs you don't want cluttering up your task bar. Read on to see the five most popular tray tools we can't live without.
Local backup is a useful and necessary part of securing your data against catastrophe, but with the advent of broadband and inexpensive online storage, you've got little reason to not back up critical files to the cloud as well.
Adobe's free PDF reader has long been a standard for handling its extremely popular document format, but you aren't limited to using it to view your PDF files. Let's take a look at five of the most popular PDF readers.
We've come a long way since animated GIFs and video-game-style MIDI files were considered cutting edge computer-provided A/V entertainment. Take advantage of today's high-quality video with one of these five most popular video players.
Mind mapping is a great way to add structure to brainstorming sessions and visualise your ideas. Check out the applications we use to do our best brainstorming.
The Windows Task Manager is a functional but basic tool for keeping an eye on what your computer's up to. If you want to go beyond the built-in tool and for more in depth information and control, check out these five alternatives.
Why restrict yourself to merely carrying around your data on a thumb drive? Take your entire operating system on your flash drive with the excellent portable operating systems you'll find inside this Hive Five.
Once upon a time, easy remote computing was a pipe dream, now people routinely carry gigs of data around on flash drives smaller than a modest pack of chewing gum. Manage your apps and data with these portable application suites.
Long before multiple monitors were popular (or financially feasible), there were virtual desktops - applications that allow you to swap your entire workspace with another for easy compartmentalisation of your work. Here's a look at five of the most popular virtual-desktop managers.
Remember the days of digging through folders of shortcuts and menus to launch applications? These days many users prefer customisable, attractive docks for launching and keeping track of their favourite apps. Here's a look at five of the most popular docks.
Where does the time go? Whether you need to know for billing purposes or just want a better idea of how your work day is split up, you can always answer that question with a good time-tracking application.
Rather than wait around for your software to notify you of updates (let's face it, a lot of applications never will), these five handy tools keep an eye on your apps, alert you when an update's available, and streamline the updating process.
Technology and exercise make an excellent pair; you can now track, plan and graph your workouts more easily than ever. We're here to take a look at the most popular tools for the job.
If you do any serious file copying on a Windows system, you'll quickly discover that there are substantial limitations to the default file copier. Ease your file copying frustrations with these five alternative copiers.
Have a favourite Hive Five topic from 2009 that wasn't highlighted here? Let's hear about it in the comments. If you have a topic you'd love us to cover in 2010, make sure to send an email with your suggestion to tips at lifehacker.com.au.