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Annoy Everybody With Infinite Gangnam Style

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Annoy Everybody With Infinite Gangnam Style

I’m thankful that not everybody in the world likes the same things. It’s a fortunate fact of life that each of us as individuals has different interests and hobbies, and also gravitates towards certain genres, whether it be in movies, television shows, games, or music. However, there are certain things that possess an indefinable quality that means they transcend the vagaries of personal taste. Gangnam Style by PSY is one example.

07-11-2012
Annoy Everybody With Infinite Gangnam Style
Good Griefing: The Funniest Gaming Trolls On YouTube

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Good Griefing: The Funniest Gaming Trolls On YouTube

We have covered trolls extensively here on MakeUseOf, with a three-part toolkit designed to help you deal with these online ne’er-do-wells the best starting place. However, trolls don’t limit their presence merely to forums, comments sections, and social networks; a particular breed can be found playing video games online. This breed are known as griefers, and they get their kicks from setting out to intentionally wind other players up.

31-10-2012
Good Griefing: The Funniest Gaming Trolls On YouTube
60 Years Of Barcodes – Amazing Uses For Lines & Squares [Geek History]

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60 Years Of Barcodes – Amazing Uses For Lines & Squares [Geek History]

The humble barcode – named for its ability to encode information in a series of machine readable bars (or lines) – began its life in 1948. Nowadays all manner and style of barcodes exist, so let’s take a quick look down memory lane and see how the barcode has evolved over the years, and how they work.

31-10-2012
60 Years Of Barcodes – Amazing Uses For Lines & Squares [Geek History]
Halloween Trick or Treat [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Halloween Trick or Treat [INFOGRAPHIC]

Since today is Halloween, I have decided to take a spooky look at technology in one of our regular weekly infographics. Don’t worry, I promise not to bite – not unless you want me to. Our infographic today, courtesy of Fixmo.com shows technology and business ideas which have become outmoded, discredited and sent to the spooky dead tech graveyard.

31-10-2012
Halloween Trick or Treat [INFOGRAPHIC]
The High Cost Of Printing [INFOGRAPHIC]

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The High Cost Of Printing [INFOGRAPHIC]

Back when I worked in a government department in 2000, I tried to persuade the boss to switch to a paperless office. I was appalled at the amount of paper and ink that was being wasted and, being the filing clerk, I was getting the worst end of the deal. But back then, the idea of a paperless office was too radical. Fast forward 12 years later, and the idea of going paper-free is not as crazy as it sounded back then. But there are still companies who insist on printing.

27-10-2012
The High Cost Of Printing [INFOGRAPHIC]
Don’t Break Your Back: 5 Tips For Using A Laptop In Comfort

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Don’t Break Your Back: 5 Tips For Using A Laptop In Comfort

Laptops are small, light and portable. They are also, in a strange twist of fate, often far more uncomfortable than the bulky desktops they replace. Being forced to place the screen, touchpad and keyboard in a compact box creates all sorts of ergonomic issues. And then there’s the matter of carrying it around. Using a laptop as your primary PC doesn’t demand that you sacrifice comfort, however.

26-10-2012
Don’t Break Your Back: 5 Tips For Using A Laptop In Comfort
Recycle Old Computer Motherboards As Placemats, Jewellery, Notebook Covers & More

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Recycle Old Computer Motherboards As Placemats, Jewellery, Notebook Covers & More

How do you dispose of your old computer hardware? Some people take their old PCs to the local landfill; others wipe the devices and donate them to schools or relatives. I prefer to make as much use as possible from the components. Some can easily be reused, such as optical drives, switches, USB devices, and slot cards. Power packs can also be repurposed after a clean, while fans and heatsinks can often find their way into other computers.

24-10-2012
Recycle Old Computer Motherboards As Placemats, Jewellery, Notebook Covers & More
The Rise Of e-Reading [INFOGRAPHIC]

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The Rise Of e-Reading [INFOGRAPHIC]

I have a nice paper book collection in my office of 800 titles (and counting), but part of me wonders if, in 50 years or so, that library will be a rare endangered collection. With the rise of eBooks, Kindles and Nooks, there is the possibility that we could all be reading digitally at some point in the future, and the paper book could go the way of the dodo and the dinosaurs.

24-10-2012
The Rise Of e-Reading [INFOGRAPHIC]
Credit Card Numbers Are Not Random: How To Read & Understand Them Yourself

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Credit Card Numbers Are Not Random: How To Read & Understand Them Yourself

You may have heard before that credit card numbers follow a certain pattern and structure so that they can be validated before a transaction is accepted. However, it’s one thing to know that the structure is there and another thing entirely to understand how it all works. Why would this knowledge be useful? Well, if you run a small business that doesn’t process credit card payments immediately, you could save yourself money.

18-10-2012
Credit Card Numbers Are Not Random: How To Read & Understand Them Yourself
DOS Was Not Alone: Forgotten Operating Systems Of The Past [Geek History Lesson]

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DOS Was Not Alone: Forgotten Operating Systems Of The Past [Geek History Lesson]

Linux, Windows or OSX – that’s basically your choice today – but it wasn’t always that way. There used to be a huge range of operating systems in various stages of development and often drastically superior to Windows. Join me in a look down memory lane as we look at 6 of the biggest forgotten and dead OSes.

17-10-2012
DOS Was Not Alone: Forgotten Operating Systems Of The Past [Geek History Lesson]
How To Enjoy Video Game Soundtracks While You Work

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How To Enjoy Video Game Soundtracks While You Work

I’ve recently been enjoying the new Guild Wars 2 MMORPG, with its fantastic graphics, overdue revision of the mechanics of RPG combat, thrilling tasks, quests and dungeons and of course the amazing soundtrack by the unrealistically talented Jeremy Soule (once described as the “John Williams of video game music”). His list of credits is immense, covering not only the Guild Wars games but also World of Warcraft, Elder Scrolls and Harry Potter.

17-10-2012
How To Enjoy Video Game Soundtracks While You Work
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