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To get the most out of the web, you need to understand the culture it’s creating. We’ll explain everything.

10 Amazing Crop Circles on Google Maps

Web Culture

10 Amazing Crop Circles on Google Maps

Crop circles were described as early as the 17th century. One of the first known records speculates they were caused by ‘airflows from the sky.’ In the 1970s and 80s, crop circles suddenly started appearing en masse throughout the English countryside. This caught the media’s attention and caused many speculations regarding their origin. At one point, the most plausible theory involved whirlwinds and other extraordinary meteorological phenomena.

21-11-2012
10 Amazing Crop Circles on Google Maps
What Is Port Forwarding & How Can It Help Me? [MakeUseOf Explains]

Technology Explained

What Is Port Forwarding & How Can It Help Me? [MakeUseOf Explains]

Do you cry a little inside when someone tells you there’s a port forwarding problem and that’s why your shiny new app won’t work? Your Xbox won’t let you play games, your torrent downloads refuse to start, or your web server can’t be accessed? Well, I’m here to dispel the difficulty and explain just what port forwarding is, and how it can help you.

21-11-2012
What Is Port Forwarding & How Can It Help Me? [MakeUseOf Explains]
Do You Sit, Stand, or Lounge When Using Your Computer? [You Told Us]

Web Culture

Do You Sit, Stand, or Lounge When Using Your Computer? [You Told Us]

More and more people are using computers – both for work and for pleasure – for long periods at a time. While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it’s a practice that promotes a sedentary lifestyle. This certainly is a bad thing, as there are countless maladies connected to inactivity and obesity. This emerging understanding and knowledge of how some of us are doing harm to our bodies.

21-11-2012
Do You Sit, Stand, or Lounge When Using Your Computer? [You Told Us]
Winter Is Coming: Using A Smartphone Or Tablet In Extreme Weather Conditions

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Winter Is Coming: Using A Smartphone Or Tablet In Extreme Weather Conditions

From time to time I have to venture outside and this can mean using my phone, tablet or even (in rare cases) a laptop to get work done while in transit. Extremes of weather can wreak havoc on digital hardware, so it pays to be aware of just what you need to do to keep using your smartphone on extremely hot days, heavy rain and freezing cold weather.

15-11-2012
Winter Is Coming: Using A Smartphone Or Tablet In Extreme Weather Conditions
An Energy Saving Masterclass For Computer Users

Web Culture

An Energy Saving Masterclass For Computer Users

About 10% of an average home’s power use is dedicated to computers. That is the average for the United States, however, and is only an average. Users who are computer enthusiasts may find that their computer accounts for a much larger portion of their power bill. It’s simple logic. The more the computer is used, the more power it draws.Yet not all computers are the same, and they are not all used the same way.

15-11-2012
An Energy Saving Masterclass For Computer Users
6 Crazy, Interesting Or Useful Ways To Use a WiiMote

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6 Crazy, Interesting Or Useful Ways To Use a WiiMote

When Nintendo released the WiiMote, it was arguably a console industry game changer. The concept of interacting with a game using your physical body was born. Lifelike motion controls enabled it to appeal to a wide audience that might otherwise never have touched a video game. Like any new piece of technology, the humble WiiMote was quickly subverted to other uses beyond the Wii.

14-11-2012
6 Crazy, Interesting Or Useful Ways To Use a WiiMote
Paywall Trend On The Internet [INFOGRAPHIC]

Web Culture

Paywall Trend On The Internet [INFOGRAPHIC]

Being a former newspaper journalist, I can sympathise to a very large extent with the plight of print media. With the relentless onslaught of the Internet, and peoples expectations that “information should be free”, print media is caught between a rock and a very hard place. If they modernise and make their news sites open and free to all, they start to hemorrhage money right away, the quality of investigative journalism goes down and soon that same staff are laid off.

14-11-2012
Paywall Trend On The Internet [INFOGRAPHIC]
Celebrate Movember & The Magnificence Of Mustaches With These Web Resources

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Celebrate Movember & The Magnificence Of Mustaches With These Web Resources

It’s Movember. No, that isn’t a typo, it’s meant to be an “m” rather than an “n” as November has once again been accosted by men sporting magnificent mustaches in order to raise awareness of male health issues. It’s a serious subject brought out into the open by a month-long effort to grow facial hair. And do any of us really need as excuse to grow a mustache anyway?

14-11-2012
Celebrate Movember & The Magnificence Of Mustaches With These Web Resources
The Anatomy of Nerds & Geeks [INFOGRAPHIC]

Web Culture

The Anatomy of Nerds & Geeks [INFOGRAPHIC]

If you are a regular reader of MakeUseOf, and you like computers & technology, then there’s a good chance you fall into one of two camps – the Nerd or the Geek. Both have their own interests and identifying marks, but on the other hand, there is also a lot that they have in common. The question is, which camp do you fall into?

08-11-2012
The Anatomy of Nerds & Geeks [INFOGRAPHIC]
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