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What Is Open Source Software? [MakeUseOf Explains]

Technology Explained

What Is Open Source Software? [MakeUseOf Explains]

“Open source” is a term that’s thrown around a lot these days. You may know that certain things are open source, like Linux and Android, but do you know what it entails? What is open source software? How can you tell if a program is open source? And, really, who cares? How does the open source philosophy affect you?

01-02-2013
What Is Open Source Software? [MakeUseOf Explains]
Everything You Need to Know About Managing Chrome Bookmarks

Browsers

Everything You Need to Know About Managing Chrome Bookmarks

Chrome has a number of features to help you sync, easily access, manage, sort, and tidy your bookmarks. Some people manage just fine without bookmarks, but not most of us. If you use the Chrome browser — and bookmarks — we’ll help you make maximum use of bookmarks in Chrome. Bookmarks are deceptively simple, but there’s a lot you can do with them.

01-02-2013
Everything You Need to Know About Managing Chrome Bookmarks
Everything You Need To Know About Mac OS X Keyboard Shortcuts

Mac

Everything You Need To Know About Mac OS X Keyboard Shortcuts

No matter what operating system or program you’re using, keyboard shortcuts are a tool you can use to make things quite a bit easier for yourself. Simply not having to take your hands off the keyboard can save you lots of time wasted by reaching for the mouse. This is why learning keyboard shortcuts for the systems you use every day is so vital to productivity.

01-02-2013
Everything You Need To Know About Mac OS X Keyboard Shortcuts
Anyone Can Doodle, Sketch, And Paint With Doodle Buddy – Even Your Grandma! [iOS]

iPhone and iPad

Anyone Can Doodle, Sketch, And Paint With Doodle Buddy – Even Your Grandma! [iOS]

Doodle Buddy is meant to be fun first. A serious drawing application for sketching works of art, second. There’s no binding for the former; the latter needs the little thing called talent. Doodle Buddy is among the flotilla of creative apps that you find for the iOS platform. Doodle Buddy is simple and free. So, can it squeeze a place on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch?

01-02-2013
Anyone Can Doodle, Sketch, And Paint With Doodle Buddy – Even Your Grandma! [iOS]
How To Build a Custom Barcode Application With Pic2Shop Pro & WordPress

Wordpress & Web Development

How To Build a Custom Barcode Application With Pic2Shop Pro & WordPress

If you’ve got a company database full of product data, connecting that data to a barcode system can be incredibly useful. Perhaps your warehouse workers need a quick way of looking up the product location, or maybe they need to quickly find out the purchase price for a full box and not by unit. Whatever the situation, integrating barcode reading facilities can be an expensive and arduous task, but it doesn’t have to be.

01-02-2013
How To Build a Custom Barcode Application With Pic2Shop Pro & WordPress
Stop Treading Water and Make Progress in Life With the Big Picture

Internet Self Improvement

Stop Treading Water and Make Progress in Life With the Big Picture

I’m sure many of you have thought about whether you’re doing the right things every day, whether you’re getting anywhere, and whether you’re headed in the right direction. To-Do lists and organizational apps will help you keep all of those daily tasks and projects well-organized, but they don’t really help as much with future planning.

01-02-2013
Stop Treading Water and Make Progress in Life With the Big Picture
Switch On, Switch Off: Top Toggle Widgets For Android

Android

Switch On, Switch Off: Top Toggle Widgets For Android

Ask any Android enthusiast about why they love the operating system and they’re likely to reply “Widgets!” These homescreen mini-apps can display all sorts of information. They also allow users quick access to core system functions via toggles. Let’s look at some of the best toggles on Google Play right now.

01-02-2013
Switch On, Switch Off: Top Toggle Widgets For Android
Not Just Any Name: Tips For Picking Good Names For Your Devices

Web Culture

Not Just Any Name: Tips For Picking Good Names For Your Devices

Assigning names to devices is a small action that has very few real consequences. Whether the name of your latest computer peripheral stays as “CORSAIR 829495” or changes to “Bingo” has no effect on the device’s performance. But on a personal level, naming your devices properly can have lasting implications for your productivity, organization, or just plain enjoyment. I bet you’ve rarely thought of device names as important.

01-02-2013
Not Just Any Name: Tips For Picking Good Names For Your Devices
Are You SURE You Know How to Use Google?

Internet

Are You SURE You Know How to Use Google?

Most of you are probably thinking “you bet!” or “what’s there to KNOW?” right about now. I believe you. The truth is, if you know how to enter a query and hit enter, you know how to use Google. At least in its basic form. And if you search often, you’ve probably also encountered Google’s OneBox results once or twice before. What are these OneBox results? While you may not have heard the name before, OneBox results have been around for years now

01-02-2013
Are You SURE You Know How to Use Google?
Scanner’s Charts Can Save Your Disk From A Low Space Catastrophe [Windows]

Windows

Scanner’s Charts Can Save Your Disk From A Low Space Catastrophe [Windows]

I’m a person who is very conscious and concerned with my available disk space. When I’m not hoarding and saving everything I come across, I’m looking for quality disk visualization software. I’ve tried probably a dozen of them and none are easier and more straightforward than a little tool I’ve found called Scanner. Let me show you just what Scanner is capable of.

01-02-2013
Scanner’s Charts Can Save Your Disk From A Low Space Catastrophe [Windows]
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