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Aaron Couch

/ Joined 15 June, 2012

Aaron is a Vet Assistant graduate, with his primary interests in wildlife and technology. He enjoys exploring the outdoors and photography. When he's not writing or indulging in technological findings throughout the interwebs, he can be found bombing down the mountainside on his bike. Read more about Aaron on his personal website.

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Decide Which Facebook Friends See You Online & Which Don’t, The Easy Way

Internet

Decide Which Facebook Friends See You Online & Which Don’t, The Easy Way

Facebook is great and the chat function makes it even better. However, we all have at least one “friend” who always talks to us while we’re online. Or, if you’re really unlucky, more than one friend. If you’re that unfortunate, I pity you. But thankfully there is a way to change this. And it’s easy! But, depending on your circumstances, it may not be quick. The process is made up of two parts.

Aaron Couch December 15, 2012
Decide Which Facebook Friends See You Online & Which Don’t, The Easy Way
13 Easy & Free Ways to Watermark Photos

Internet

13 Easy & Free Ways to Watermark Photos

Have you ever needed or wanted to mark an image as yours to prevent others from duplicating it and/or claiming it as their own? You might already know that this is called watermarking. The process is pretty simple, but finding an efficient, easy and inexpensive way isn’t always as simple. There are some very powerful do-it-all photo editors out there, such as Photoshop, which can watermark photos.

Aaron Couch December 13, 2012
13 Easy & Free Ways to Watermark Photos
Automatically Backup, Sync & Restore Your Windows Files With @MAX SyncUp [Rewards]

Windows

Automatically Backup, Sync & Restore Your Windows Files With @MAX SyncUp [Rewards]

Backing up is one of the most important things you can do as a computer user. If you doubt its importance, just let me direct you here, here and here. I suggest you add all three of those articles to your reading list. Of course, there’s a lot more about backing up on MakeUseOf, especially the amount of applications available to do the task. But we’re not here to talk about those. We’re here to talk about @MAX SyncUp.

Aaron Couch December 11, 2012
Automatically Backup, Sync & Restore Your Windows Files With @MAX SyncUp [Rewards]
The Best Way To Apply a Screen Protector To Your Phone Or Tablet

Android iPhone and iPad

The Best Way To Apply a Screen Protector To Your Phone Or Tablet

Have you ever seen someone’s phone with a giant bubble in the middle between the screen protector and the screen? Perhaps you’ve been that person or are trying not to be that person. Whether you have tried applying screen protectors before with unsatisfactory results or are about to apply one for the first time, this is the article for you to learn what to do and what not to do when installing it.

Aaron Couch December 10, 2012
The Best Way To Apply a Screen Protector To Your Phone Or Tablet
Backup Your Files To Box, Google Drive, SkyDrive And More With Duplicati [Cross Platform]

Linux Mac

Backup Your Files To Box, Google Drive, SkyDrive And More With Duplicati [Cross Platform]

So you have your Box, Google Drive or SkyDrive account, but how do you automatically add files to them? They are quite useful for manually adding files to, but what if you wanted to use the storage space to back up your computer files? Well, there aren’t too many options, especially free ones, that allow you to do this.

Aaron Couch December 6, 2012
Backup Your Files To Box, Google Drive, SkyDrive And More With Duplicati [Cross Platform]
6 Common Sense Reasons Why You Should Bank Online If You Aren’t Already [Opinion]

Internet

6 Common Sense Reasons Why You Should Bank Online If You Aren’t Already [Opinion]

How do you usually do your banking? Do you drive to your bank? Do you wait in long lines, just to deposit one check? Do you receive monthly paper statements? Do you file away those statements into a filing cabinet for archiving purposes? What about paying bills – do you send checks through the mail? How do you typically pay people? With cash? Check? What if you have neither – then what? Perhaps there’s a better way to go about all of this.

Aaron Couch December 4, 2012
6 Common Sense Reasons Why You Should Bank Online If You Aren’t Already [Opinion]
Conquer Your Next Research Project The Easy Way With These Tools

Internet

Conquer Your Next Research Project The Easy Way With These Tools

Whether you’re in school or you have a job, you likely have or will have to research at one point or another. And if you’re like most people, you will have to do it several times. But research is a daunting task. Research is a hard enough task without excellent tools to help collect, save and organize your information. Why make it harder than it has to be? Use these tools on your next research project and I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

Aaron Couch December 1, 2012
Conquer Your Next Research Project The Easy Way With These Tools
Be Creative AND Organized: Color-Code Your Windows Folders

Windows

Be Creative AND Organized: Color-Code Your Windows Folders

The words “creative” and “organized” are rarely used in the same sentence. Usually it is one or the other. However, often being creative can help you be organized and there are plenty of cases of that all throughout the Internet. One of those cases is right here on MakeUseOf in this very article. Perhaps you may think that coloring a folder is being organized, but combined with other organizational habits, it can change the way you manage your files.

Aaron Couch November 29, 2012
Be Creative AND Organized: Color-Code Your Windows Folders
Skitch And Windows Finally Meet To Create An Intuitive, Yet Simple, Screen Capturing Experience

Windows

Skitch And Windows Finally Meet To Create An Intuitive, Yet Simple, Screen Capturing Experience

There is no shortage of screen capturing tools available – that is certain. However, there is a shortage of applications that are quick and simple to use, while remaining useful and intuitive. There are a few. Some, however, aren’t free. Others come feature packed. And others don’t have enough features. Skitch is right in the middle.

Aaron Couch November 27, 2012
Skitch And Windows Finally Meet To Create An Intuitive, Yet Simple, Screen Capturing Experience
4 Steps To Completely Remove Troublesome Or Bad Software [Windows]

Windows

4 Steps To Completely Remove Troublesome Or Bad Software [Windows]

We’ve all had that one program that no matter what we’ve tried, it wouldn’t go away. Or perhaps you didn’t even know what to try and thought you were simply stuck with this annoying program (or programs, if you’re really unlucky) for the life of your computer. Well, worry no longer – there’s hope. And it is fairly easy to achieve as well.

Aaron Couch November 24, 2012
4 Steps To Completely Remove Troublesome Or Bad Software [Windows]
Did You Get The PC You Ordered? Find Out With These System Information Tools [Windows]

Windows

Did You Get The PC You Ordered? Find Out With These System Information Tools [Windows]

Have you recently purchased a PC? If yes, was it customized? By customized, I mean assembled by a local computer shop, or even just by someone you know who builds and sells computers. If you answered “yes” to these questions, then you may want to double check what is in that machine of yours. Now, don’t get me wrong, it is likely fine, but mistakes happen and it surely couldn’t hurt to make sure that you got exactly what you paid for.

Aaron Couch November 22, 2012
Did You Get The PC You Ordered? Find Out With These System Information Tools [Windows]
Prepare For The Worst: Disaster Recovery Tips You Need To Use Now

Internet

Prepare For The Worst: Disaster Recovery Tips You Need To Use Now

No! This is not happening to you right now! It’s 1:30 AM, you’re almost finished with your huge project due at 8 AM and your computer just crashed and won’t turn on! Worse yet, you haven’t saved for a whole two hours because you were so far in the “just get it done” zone that you completely forgot to save it. How are you going to explain this to the rest of the people relying on you to get this done?

Aaron Couch November 20, 2012
Prepare For The Worst: Disaster Recovery Tips You Need To Use Now
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