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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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Give Finder The Upgrade It Sorely Needs With XtraFinder [Mac]

Mac

Give Finder The Upgrade It Sorely Needs With XtraFinder [Mac]

People are always going on about the Mac user experience; how it just works. For the most part, I agree with them. The operating system is like a smooth breeze, and most of the default applications are top notch quality. There’s really only one standard application that’s painfully lacking in power: Finder.

Simon Slangen January 14, 2013 14-01-2013
Give Finder The Upgrade It Sorely Needs With XtraFinder [Mac]
How To Hide Unwanted Default Apps On a Jailbroken iPhone Or iPad

iPhone and iPad

How To Hide Unwanted Default Apps On a Jailbroken iPhone Or iPad

Some of the apps that are shipped on your iPhone or iPad are great. I wouldn’t for the life of me want to replace the default Mail or Notes applications. Nevertheless, the truth is that you don’t use all of those default iOS applications – whether you’ve already found a Calendar alternative, or aren’t interested in using your camera entirely. The default iOS applications don’t take up too much space in your device’s memory. However, they do take up a lot of screen real estate.

Simon Slangen January 7, 2013 07-01-2013
How To Hide Unwanted Default Apps On a Jailbroken iPhone Or iPad
Kuvva Shows Featured Art On Your Desktop [Mac]

Mac

Kuvva Shows Featured Art On Your Desktop [Mac]

One of the first things I do when I start using a new computer or after reinstalling the operating system, even before installing a different video player or browser, is to set the mood by selecting a desktop wallpaper. Of course, no matter how careful your choice, chances are you’ll grow tired of it sooner or later. For me, it’s what attracts me to wallpaper streamers—these small applications run unobtrusively in the background and periodically change your wallpaper.

Simon Slangen December 31, 2012 31-12-2012
Kuvva Shows Featured Art On Your Desktop [Mac]
Keep Track Of Upcoming Releases With HypeJar

Internet

Keep Track Of Upcoming Releases With HypeJar

It’s a lot easier to pin down specifics about a product when it’s already out there. The Internet makes it incredibly easy to find dependable ratings and reviews for movies, music, games and literature, and consumer reviews are available for most popular consumer technology. Finding information about something that’s yet to be released is a wee bit harder to do.

Simon Slangen December 24, 2012 24-12-2012
Keep Track Of Upcoming Releases With HypeJar
Quickly Digest Longer Articles With Summly [iPhone]

iPhone and iPad

Quickly Digest Longer Articles With Summly [iPhone]

There are situations that are especially well suited to catch up with the latest news and other reading. Over morning coffee, when you’re on the move during commute, or whenever you find a free minute of time. Paper print already faces opposition from the tablet market, but what about your mobile phones? They’re ideal to carry around whenever you head out; they fit in your jacket pocket. But the screen real-estate isn’t ideal for long format reading.

Simon Slangen December 17, 2012 17-12-2012
Quickly Digest Longer Articles With Summly [iPhone]
Air Display Gives Your iPad Ultimate Control Over Your Windows Or Mac

iPhone and iPad

Air Display Gives Your iPad Ultimate Control Over Your Windows Or Mac

However much fun your tablet and computer are when used separately, I like to believe there’s a little more fun – and utility – to be had when using these devices together. More often than not, this goal is pursued by synchronising files across platforms, but things get really interesting when you start combining hardware features. Imagine you could use Mac OS X or Windows on your iPad.

Simon Slangen December 17, 2012 17-12-2012
Air Display Gives Your iPad Ultimate Control Over Your Windows Or Mac
View The Essentials From Multiple Online Services With Cue [iOS]

iPhone and iPad

View The Essentials From Multiple Online Services With Cue [iOS]

Nowadays, my cellphone performs a more essential role to me as a PDA than a communications device. When I’m heading out, my smartphone manages my appointments (synchronised with Google Calendar), ensures I’ve got access to essential documents (through Google Docs and Dropbox), and gives me access to the Internet as an inexhaustible pool of reference material.

Simon Slangen December 10, 2012 10-12-2012
View The Essentials From Multiple Online Services With Cue [iOS]
8 Mac OS X Annoyances (Yes, They Exist!) Resolved

Mac

8 Mac OS X Annoyances (Yes, They Exist!) Resolved

Mac OS X computers are the very model of simplicity and usability.When you plug one in and try to do something, it just works. There’s no need to mess around with anything. Everything is in it’s right place and works just as you would expect it to. Except when it doesn’t just work. Yes, you heard that right. Mac computers come with those little quirks, those small annoyances, just like every other operating systems.

Simon Slangen December 3, 2012 03-12-2012
8 Mac OS X Annoyances (Yes, They Exist!) Resolved
Three Ways To Tweak Hidden Settings In OS X

Mac

Three Ways To Tweak Hidden Settings In OS X

When you don’t want your computer to work as it would out of the box, you can start playing with the system preferences. This allows you to tweak the settings to adapt your computer to your specific way of use—you make it fit in your office habitat. Using the command line, or one of several third-party tools, you can tweak hidden settings in Mac OS X. We’ll go over these below, in growing order of complexity.

Simon Slangen December 3, 2012 03-12-2012
Three Ways To Tweak Hidden Settings In OS X
3 Tools To Create iOS App Prototypes On Your iPhone Or iPad

iPhone and iPad

3 Tools To Create iOS App Prototypes On Your iPhone Or iPad

One of the harder steps in the creative process of developing an application is right between the idea’s conception and the baby steps of its implementation. Especially with more complex application ideas, it can be useful to work out some of the general details before you take the leap. What form will the application take? What’s it going to look like, and feel like?

Simon Slangen November 26, 2012 26-11-2012
3 Tools To Create iOS App Prototypes On Your iPhone Or iPad
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