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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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Are You Getting The Most Out Of Your Customer Service Experience?

Web Culture

Are You Getting The Most Out Of Your Customer Service Experience?

Have you ever called customer service, only to end the call frustrated, disappointed and without resolution? Or perhaps there was a resolution, but it was unfavorable and certainly not worth the time you spent on the phone? We’ve actually covered in detail how good the customer service is by some of the major tech companies, like Apple, Amazon and others. But have you ever considered that there are things in your power that you can do to change the outcome of these calls?

29-12-2012
Are You Getting The Most Out Of Your Customer Service Experience?
Mysteries Of The Windows 7 Task Manager: Why You Don’t Need an Alternative

Windows

Mysteries Of The Windows 7 Task Manager: Why You Don’t Need an Alternative

This might seem contrary to what you read about throughout the Internet, but the Windows Task Manager is fine as it is – it doesn’t need a replacement. You could interpret that as a simple opinion, but keep in mind that I also felt that you needed to replace it with a “better” program, which I shared in an article not too long ago from writing this one. I decided to do an experiment and put Windows Task Manager to the test once more and was quite impressed with my findings.

27-12-2012
Mysteries Of The Windows 7 Task Manager: Why You Don’t Need an Alternative
10 Incredibly Useful Clipboard Management Utilities [Windows]

Windows

10 Incredibly Useful Clipboard Management Utilities [Windows]

Copy and paste is one of the best features we have at our fingertips, especially when combined with keyboard shortcuts. You can’t argue that copying and pasting is one of the most common things we all do, no matter what technical skill you might have. But there has always been a gap in the copy and paste method. That is that once you copy something, you better intend to paste it somewhere else right away or you might forget and overwrite it.

22-12-2012
10 Incredibly Useful Clipboard Management Utilities [Windows]
Greater Than Google: The Best Bits Of Bing

Internet

Greater Than Google: The Best Bits Of Bing

When we think of searching the Internet, we without a doubt think “Google”. And why not? It’s a fantastic search engine and has some great features. But even before the idea of writing this article, I started Bing again and I was quite surprised. Then, the more I used it, the more fascinating things I discovered on it.

20-12-2012
Greater Than Google: The Best Bits Of Bing
Feeling Down? Find Some Encouragement On The Internet’s Friendliest Websites

Internet

Feeling Down? Find Some Encouragement On The Internet’s Friendliest Websites

It’s that time of year again! Joy and happiness everywhere. But perhaps with everything going on, you’re just not feeling yourself. Does that sound like you? Well, no matter the time of year, we all can be susceptible to having that saddening and depressed feeling at times and it’s never something that can just be quickly fixed. There are, however, some things that without a doubt help to put us in a better mood.

18-12-2012
Feeling Down? Find Some Encouragement On The Internet’s Friendliest Websites
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.

15-12-2012
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.

13-12-2012
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.

11-12-2012
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.

10-12-2012
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.

06-12-2012
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.

04-12-2012
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.

01-12-2012
Conquer Your Next Research Project The Easy Way With These Tools
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