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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]
10 Amazing Crop Circles on Google Maps

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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]
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