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More Authentic Than Instagram – 5 Smart Tips For Scanning Vintage Photos

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More Authentic Than Instagram – 5 Smart Tips For Scanning Vintage Photos

If you’ve been turned onto sepia, black and white and the authentic effects of old cameras thanks to apps like Instagram, you might have considered heading for your parents’ old box of photographs to see what can be scanned and saved to your computer. Unfortunately, this is where the headache starts! You might find, for example, that the photos are dirty or dusty; that they’re creased or blemished; that there are too many for you to scan in one go.

19-12-2012
More Authentic Than Instagram – 5 Smart Tips For Scanning Vintage Photos
5 Simple Steps To Making a Perfect Mixtape

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5 Simple Steps To Making a Perfect Mixtape

Anyone reading these words will likely belong to one of two groups of people: those who love music mixtapes, and those who haven’t a clue what one is. This article is aimed at both groups, and, consequently, at everybody. It offers a set of simple steps that need to be followed in order to create the perfect mixtape. Mixtape veterans will likely already know the formula, but will hopefully gain inspiration from this piece to start curating once more.

19-12-2012
5 Simple Steps To Making a Perfect Mixtape
So What Is a Database, Anyway? [MakeUseOf Explains]

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So What Is a Database, Anyway? [MakeUseOf Explains]

For a programmer or a technology enthusiast, the concept of a database is something that can really be taken for granted. However, for many people the concept of a database itself is a bit foreign. SQL calls, queries, tables, records, keys – all of those terms and more make up the field of database design and database management, and there’s not a whole lot that’s simple about it.

12-12-2012
So What Is a Database, Anyway? [MakeUseOf Explains]
MakeUseOf Experiments: Going Tablet-Only For a Week & Staying Productive

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MakeUseOf Experiments: Going Tablet-Only For a Week & Staying Productive

You took one look at the headline and thought “this guy is crazy”, right? That’s pretty much what I thought at first, but as the week progressed I found myself struggling with apps, multi-tasking and spending too much money in cafes (and I only went once!). What’s worse is that this article was my idea. Anyone else could have taken it, but it fell to me. Perhaps the rest of the team were trying to tell me something; perhaps I should have heard the alarm bells ringing?

12-12-2012
MakeUseOf Experiments: Going Tablet-Only For a Week & Staying Productive
Is Photography Dead? The Mobile Photo Explosion [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Is Photography Dead? The Mobile Photo Explosion [INFOGRAPHIC]

It seems like only yesterday that I was taking my camera film to the store to be developed. Then I would return a few days later to discover that I had messed up a lot of the photos with heads missing, people cut in half, badly lit rooms, red eyes making people look like vampires….and I would end up cursing the amount of money I had just spent getting the roll of film developed. But then digital cameras came along…….

09-12-2012
Is Photography Dead? The Mobile Photo Explosion [INFOGRAPHIC]
8+ Handmade Techy Gifts For The Upcoming Holidays

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8+ Handmade Techy Gifts For The Upcoming Holidays

It’s that time of year again, when everyone is scrambling to look for the perfect gift for family, friends, colleagues, and anyone else of importance. When it comes to gift-giving, it’s not just the price that counts, but the thought behind it, the originality of it, and the plain coolness factor, and this is where handmade gifts come into play. And for such gifts, there’s no place like Etsy.

04-12-2012
8+ Handmade Techy Gifts For The Upcoming Holidays
Is Your PC A Zombie? And What’s a Zombie Computer, Anyway? [MakeUseOf Explains]

Technology Explained

Is Your PC A Zombie? And What’s a Zombie Computer, Anyway? [MakeUseOf Explains]

Have you ever wondered where all of the Internet spam comes from? You probably receive hundreds of spam-filtered junk emails every day. Does that mean there are hundreds and thousands of people out there, sitting around sending them out manually? Unfortunately, no. The process is mostly performed by zombie computers. Whoa! Zombie computers? That sounds dangerous, scary, and a bit apocalyptic, doesn’t it?

04-12-2012
Is Your PC A Zombie? And What’s a Zombie Computer, Anyway? [MakeUseOf Explains]
10 Of The Best Animated Christmas Lights Displays For The Holidays

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10 Of The Best Animated Christmas Lights Displays For The Holidays

It has arrived. There is no doubting it now. We are in the holiday season, with Thanksgiving and Black Friday signaling its starting point. It’s less than a month until Christmas, when cards, gifts, and overeating are the order of the day. Along with the occasional family argument. And before the big day arrives there are trees, and perhaps even houses, to decorate.

29-11-2012
10 Of The Best Animated Christmas Lights Displays For The Holidays
3 Reasons Why You Never Forget Your First Computer

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3 Reasons Why You Never Forget Your First Computer

I think for geeks, that first computer is a little bit like a first love. You remember it longingly, even though it isn’t anything that would make you at all happy today. It has nothing that you need at this point in your life, but you still remember all of those feelings. Those emotions that felt so strong and so powerful back then. Yes, for geeks, our first computer is just like that.

28-11-2012
3 Reasons Why You Never Forget Your First Computer
What Is DRM & Why Does It Exist If It’s So Evil? [MakeUseOf Explains]

Technology Explained

What Is DRM & Why Does It Exist If It’s So Evil? [MakeUseOf Explains]

Digital Rights Management is the latest evolution of copy protection. It’s the biggest cause of user frustration today, but is it justified? Is DRM a necessary evil in this digital age, or is the model it supports no longer valid? Join me, as I explain all about DRM, why it’s needed, and why it just doesn’t work.

28-11-2012
What Is DRM & Why Does It Exist If It’s So Evil? [MakeUseOf Explains]
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