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Simon Slangen

/ Joined 10 June, 2008

I'm a writer and computer sciences student from Belgium. You can always do me a favor with a good article idea, book recommendation, or recipe idea. You'll also find me on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

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How To Prep Your Videos For Playback On The Roku 3

Smart Home

How To Prep Your Videos For Playback On The Roku 3

Although I’ve had the pleasure of using an Apple TV these past few months, I was immediately sold on the Roku 3. You can read more about the product (and whet your appetite) in Danny’s Roku 3 review. For me, it was the combination of on-demand media and easy access to my own extensive media library that made Roku’s case, not to mention an attractive price tag. In fact, I mostly use the Roku 3 as a top-up box for my Plex media center.

03-06-2013
How To Prep Your Videos For Playback On The Roku 3
3 Great Ways To Enjoy Your Own Media On The Roku 3

Android Linux

3 Great Ways To Enjoy Your Own Media On The Roku 3

Regular television sets are a thing of the past. These days, if you set out to get a new TV, it’ll likely be a smart TV. That TV will be ‘smart’ the same way your smartphone is – it’s connected and it’s extendable. Just like your smartphone, a lot of new televisions tune in to a sizable application ecosystem, adding the imaginings of third-party developers to your television’s standard feature set.

03-06-2013
3 Great Ways To Enjoy Your Own Media On The Roku 3
Keep Your Secret Files Out Of Sight With MacHider [Mac OS X]

Mac

Keep Your Secret Files Out Of Sight With MacHider [Mac OS X]

If you’re using Mac OS X, you don’t even need specialised third-party security software to keep your precious data out of nefarious hands. Coupled with a strong user account password, the FileVault option in the System Preferences automatically encrypts your entire disk. However, the strength of your security doesn’t matter if everyone looking over your shoulder can see this sensitive data. This is one of the main reasons why I keep my precious files hidden from sight by using tools like MacHider. It’s security through obscurity.

27-05-2013
Keep Your Secret Files Out Of Sight With MacHider [Mac OS X]
3 Cool Dashboard Apps For Your iPad [iOS]

iPhone and iPad

3 Cool Dashboard Apps For Your iPad [iOS]

Despite the effort I put into keeping my Mac tidy, the thing that most helps me to quickly glean information from my computer is its clutter. Open up the lid and everything you could possibly need is there: my inbox, still open. Facebook in the menu bar and the Calendar app in the background. For the iPad at least, this is on possible using a form of structured clutter using dashboard-like apps. There aren’t too many of these for iOS, but we’ve managed to find a few gems nonetheless.

27-05-2013
3 Cool Dashboard Apps For Your iPad [iOS]
Byword Offers Fullscreen Distraction-Free Writing Pleasure On Your Mac

Mac

Byword Offers Fullscreen Distraction-Free Writing Pleasure On Your Mac

Taking your pen to hand – or more often keyboard, in these times – is not always a simple undertaking. That’s not to say writing is bothersome. No, rather the opposite. Writing is wonderful, awesome, enchanting, and a hundred other things. The problem then is that there are too many distractions. Loud noises, flashing lights….not just outside of your window, but on your computer as well.

20-05-2013
Byword Offers Fullscreen Distraction-Free Writing Pleasure On Your Mac
5 Interesting Calculator Alternatives for Mac OS X

Mac

5 Interesting Calculator Alternatives for Mac OS X

Compared to other standard calculators, Mac OS X users definitely can’t complain. The Calculator app that ships with Macs by default is diverse and incredibly powerful. However, you simply can’t build an app as general as a calculator to satisfy all possible user scenarios. For different users, different apps will always come out on top. Luckily, there’s no shortage of calculator alternatives in the Mac App Store.

20-05-2013
5 Interesting Calculator Alternatives for Mac OS X
5 Daily iPad Crossword Apps To Do While You Wait [iOS]

iPhone and iPad

5 Daily iPad Crossword Apps To Do While You Wait [iOS]

Crosswords are one of the world’s favorite pastimes. Sudoku has gained a lot of ground these past few years (although the real sudoku craze has largely calmed down) but this old time-waster isn’t going anywhere. It’s one of the big puzzle totems, and it’s here to stay. As with newspapers and magazines, crosswords are going digital. You might miss your coffee-stained, pencil-marked newspaper friends at first, but the iPad is a crossword wonder.

13-05-2013
5 Daily iPad Crossword Apps To Do While You Wait [iOS]
What Is a DDoS Attack? [MakeUseOf Explains]

Internet

What Is a DDoS Attack? [MakeUseOf Explains]

The term DDoS whistles past whenever cyber-activism rears up its head en-masse. These kind of attacks make international headlines because of multiple reasons. The issues that jumpstart those DDoS attacks are often controversial or highly political. Since a large number of regular users are affected by the attacks, it’s an issue that plays with the people. Perhaps most importantly, a lot of people don’t know what constitutes a DDoS attack.

13-05-2013
What Is a DDoS Attack? [MakeUseOf Explains]
Keep a Digital Diary with Day One for Mac OS X and iOS

iPhone and iPad

Keep a Digital Diary with Day One for Mac OS X and iOS

Everyone has a story to tell. It’s not always a story in need of an audience, sometimes a story just needs to be told. You may want to continue the journal you started when you were just a kid, or keep a weekly account of your travels around the world. Maybe it’s thoughts, not events that need writing down. Day One is a great application aching to serve as your digital scribe, across platforms on OS X and iOS.

06-05-2013
Keep a Digital Diary with Day One for Mac OS X and iOS
Share Files Easily Between Computers With AirDrop & Two Similar Applications [Mac]

Mac

Share Files Easily Between Computers With AirDrop & Two Similar Applications [Mac]

How often have you sent an email to yourself, simply to move a picture or document between computers? Often, the only obvious alternative is clear overkill, like setting up a temporary FTP server on your jailbroken iPad. For these kind of scenarios – moving small files quickly and efficiently – Mac OS X’s own AirDrop is the ideal tool for the job.

06-05-2013
Share Files Easily Between Computers With AirDrop & Two Similar Applications [Mac]
How to Access Region Locked Video on Your iPad or iPhone [iOS]

iPhone and iPad

How to Access Region Locked Video on Your iPad or iPhone [iOS]

People are willing to go to great lengths to access video content, and great lengths are indeed required when content often doesn’t become available for a big part of the world until months after its initial release. More so, even though there are websites like Hulu and Netflix boasting the infrastructure to offer that media globally, they actively work to keep people out. If you want to watch region-blocked content on your iPhone or iPad you’ll have to take matters into your own hands.

29-04-2013
How to Access Region Locked Video on Your iPad or iPhone [iOS]
AirParrot Brings AirPlay Mirroring To Windows & Older Macs

Mac Windows

AirParrot Brings AirPlay Mirroring To Windows & Older Macs

Although AirPlay – a system that allows you to stream video and audio between AirPlay-enabled Apple devices – works great in a lot of situations, it isn’t a perfect system. Perhaps most importantly, Apple’s AirPlay system is proprietary, meaning it’s only officially implemented by Apple and thus only available on Mac OS X and iOS devices, leaving a lot of Windows-Apple crossover users out in the cold. Luckily, both of these problems are solved by AirParrot.

22-04-2013
AirParrot Brings AirPlay Mirroring To Windows & Older Macs
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