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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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5 Great Download Companion Utilities For Your Mac

Mac

5 Great Download Companion Utilities For Your Mac

So you like to download. Maybe we’re talking eBooks, comic books, or TV shows. We already wrote a lot of articles concerned with the act of actually downloading things. In fact, MakeUseOf wrote an excellent primer on torrents, with The Torrent Guide for Everyone. Just last year, I wrote about 3 Mac OS X applications to speed up your downloads. Today, I’d like to show you the other Mac OS X utilities that help me while downloading (anything).

Simon Slangen March 18, 2013 18-03-2013
5 Great Download Companion Utilities For Your Mac
Your iPad: The Best Way To Enjoy Manga

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Your iPad: The Best Way To Enjoy Manga

Having been brought up on western comic books, it’s refreshing to be introduced to a wholly different comic book culture. Those of you that have already had the pleasure to make acquaintance with manga (Japanese comics) will agree on the certifiable wealth of stories contained in this comic book branch. And what better companion than your trusty iPad to journey through the manga landscape?

Simon Slangen March 18, 2013 18-03-2013
Your iPad: The Best Way To Enjoy Manga
How To Connect a Game Controller To Your Mac

Mac

How To Connect a Game Controller To Your Mac

I used to play most of my games on the computer. All of that changed when the next (that is, current) generation of consoles came out. For one, these devices had a considerable assortment of games and great graphics. Another consideration – perhaps most vital in putting me over the edge towards console gaming – was the price-quality. In terms of hardware, consoles function as an opposite of gaming PCs.

Simon Slangen March 11, 2013 11-03-2013
How To Connect a Game Controller To Your Mac
4 Real Benefits Of Cutting Your Cable Cord

Internet

4 Real Benefits Of Cutting Your Cable Cord

A few years ago, attending university, I started renting an apartment. I took over the current electric plan and went to a different Internet service provider, but the television provided a bit of a conundrum. Cable television had become an intrinsic part of my day-to-day routine, but was it worth the money? Or was it even worth the hassle? In the end, I decided to cut the cable. Abstaining from cable television has a number of advantages.

Simon Slangen March 11, 2013 11-03-2013
4 Real Benefits Of Cutting Your Cable Cord
Schedule A Shutdown In OS X With These Tools [Mac]

Mac

Schedule A Shutdown In OS X With These Tools [Mac]

Computers often pose a dilemma of power consumption. You’d like to do batch jobs like downloading, system repair or back-ups at night, when you aren’t bothered by it. Then again, it seems a bit wasteful to keep your computer running all night long, especially if it should finish its work in an hour or three. Sure, it’s easy that way, but it’s also an incredible waste of energy.

Simon Slangen March 4, 2013 04-03-2013
Schedule A Shutdown In OS X With These Tools [Mac]
How to Define Command Line Aliases on Any Operating System

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How to Define Command Line Aliases on Any Operating System

We’ve talked about, and recommended getting to grips with your computer’s command line terminal numerous times in the past. Tina wrote a good primer for Windows users with A Beginner’s Guide To The Windows Command Line. Abraham provided a similar service for Linux users, with An Introduction to the Linux Command Line. In a vast array of articles, MakeUseOf has explored other uses of the command line.

Simon Slangen March 4, 2013 04-03-2013
How to Define Command Line Aliases on Any Operating System
Use Your Computer Through Your iPad With Splashtop 2

iPhone and iPad

Use Your Computer Through Your iPad With Splashtop 2

A Macbook Air doesn’t measure up to the iPad in terms of portability. Lounging on the sofa, or lying in bed, the iPad remains the tool of choice. In an ideal world, your device would have the portability of a tablet, but the processing power and application range of a laptop computer. It may be some time yet until Apple releases a de-simplified tablet – if it happens at all – but until then Splashtop does the job for us.

Simon Slangen February 25, 2013 25-02-2013
Use Your Computer Through Your iPad With Splashtop 2
What Is a MAC Address & Can It Be Used To Secure Your Home Network? [MakeUseOf Explains]

Mac

What Is a MAC Address & Can It Be Used To Secure Your Home Network? [MakeUseOf Explains]

Network structure and management have their own lingo. Some of the terms thrown around will likely already sound familiar to you. Ethernet and Wi-Fi are largely self-obvious concepts, although it may require a little bit more effort to understand the intricacies of the different Wi-Fi standards. Knowing the meaning of these terms, and grasping the underlying concepts will help you to get a better grip on your own home or office network.

Simon Slangen February 25, 2013 25-02-2013
What Is a MAC Address & Can It Be Used To Secure Your Home Network? [MakeUseOf Explains]
Add A Fresh Finder-Like File System Interface To iOS Using iFile [Cydia]

iPhone and iPad

Add A Fresh Finder-Like File System Interface To iOS Using iFile [Cydia]

We jailbreak our iPhones and iPads. We tweak our system to enable infinite icons on the dock, and add better messaging capabilities. We could go on—great Cydia tweaks are legion—but there’s one specific tweak I’d like to highlight here today. iFile, which allows you to access and play with the iOS file system, is the main reason I’ve taken to jailbreaking my iPad.

Simon Slangen February 18, 2013 18-02-2013
Add A Fresh Finder-Like File System Interface To iOS Using iFile [Cydia]
How To Build An Email To RSS Notification Machine With Zapier

Internet

How To Build An Email To RSS Notification Machine With Zapier

We’ve previously covered different ways to create automatic workflows that separate important tidbits of information from the mundane. This article is about how you receive the information. The most obvious (and often also the easiest) choice is to keep notified via email. A relatively simple way to separate one from the other is to reroute selective notifications to a personal ‘notifications’ RSS feed.

Simon Slangen February 18, 2013 18-02-2013
How To Build An Email To RSS Notification Machine With Zapier
3 Great Menu Bar Apps To Stay On Top Of Your RSS Feeds [Mac]

Mac

3 Great Menu Bar Apps To Stay On Top Of Your RSS Feeds [Mac]

For me, RSS feeds are the ideal way to keep up to date with all the websites I’m interested in – a centralised news-pool, so you don’t have to check your browser every five minutes just to stay on top of the news. Google Reader does a great job organizing your RSS feeds, and Reeder wonderfully integrates Google Reader on your Mac. There’s no shortage of ways to access those RSS feeds, but part of the problem remains.

Simon Slangen February 11, 2013 11-02-2013
3 Great Menu Bar Apps To Stay On Top Of Your RSS Feeds [Mac]
Graphic Display Resolutions – What Do The Numbers Mean? [MakeUseOf Explains]

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Graphic Display Resolutions – What Do The Numbers Mean? [MakeUseOf Explains]

Display resolutions can be a rather cryptic business, with multiple standards used to describe the same display resolution in 10 different ways. All of those technical terms tend to change based on the display’s purpose (television versus computer monitor) and even your region (the meaning of HD Ready). Today, we’ll help you make sense of the different terms people tend to throw around when describing display resolutions.

Simon Slangen February 11, 2013 11-02-2013
Graphic Display Resolutions – What Do The Numbers Mean? [MakeUseOf Explains]
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