Aaron Couch

Joined 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.

Feel free to contact at acouch@makeuseof.com

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Preview Of A Preview: Microsoft Office 2013 At A Glance

24th September, 2012

You may have already heard about the brand new, and currently free, release of Office 2013 (also codenamed Office 15). If not, now you have! And better yet, it’s available to anyone to download and try. So why should you upgrade to the new Office from your previous version which you have finally become familiar with?

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Kill The Tedium of Online Forms With These 10 Great Autofill Tools

22nd September, 2012

Filling out forms online is something we all do. Whether it’s checking out our purchase on an online store, signing up for the online store, logging into an online store or adding new information to the online store. There isn’t one of you who hasn’t ever had to fill out an online form. It takes so long doesn’t it? There’s good news though, in fact, I feel it’s great news. There are tools that you can use to automatically fill in these forms.

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Picasa – Still The Best & Most Versatile Photo Manager Available

20th September, 2012

How many photos would you say you have? More than a hundred? Six hundred? A thousand? Pictures are a big part of all of our lives, but there is else something which is equally important and that is where those precious pictures are stored. You likely keep the majority of them on your computer (although more and more, we are relying on smartphones). But what happens when you add them to your computer? Do you organize them?

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LiveMinutes Is Free Online Collaboration And Web Conferencing At Its Finest

18th September, 2012

There are a lot of ways to collaborate online these days, but few offer a way to collaborate while talking to and/or seeing who your collaborating with. LiveMinutes does this and so much more. LiveMinutes’ motto is “we make meetings memorable” and their features do just that. When you sign up, LiveMinutes walks you through their very thorough tutorial, so instead I will just touch upon the primary features.

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Distributing Your Blog Content: The Best Auto-Posting Services

15th September, 2012

Are you a blogger? What about a blogger of multiple blogs? If you have several blogs to share and all of the popular social networks (e.g. LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) to share them on, you might be a bit overwhelmed. However, there are some excellent services to assist you with this process. I will show you both what the services themselves look like, as well as how the shared blog post appears.

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Where Can I Borrow eBooks From?

13th September, 2012

If you have an e-reader, you will know how convenient eBooks are. I have a Kindle and I love it. It makes reading anywhere a breeze and I read a lot more too. However, the easy purchasing of eBooks and sending them right to your e-reader can also be a negative — even just $6-10 per book can add up pretty quickly. The solution to this is borrowing them. But how?

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SyncToy: Microsoft’s Simple Backup & Synchronization Solution [Windows]

11th September, 2012

If you have files on your computer, you need to backup. Plain and simple. Many of us are familiar with backing up and there are lots of methods and programs to use. Another aspect that is somewhat different from backing up is synchronizing files. This means that you are duplicating files from one folder to another and vice versa. SyncToy, which has been previously covered on MakeUseOf once before, is from Microsoft and is a free program.

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Paint.NET: The Best Image Editor Available That You Should Download

8th September, 2012

We all edit images to some degree. Whether it’s a simple crop or resize, or maybe just adding some text, it’s nice to have an image editor that is reliable, fast, easy to navigate and assists you in getting the job done quickly. There are a lot of fancy image editors available such as the well-known Adobe Photoshop and even the quite popular GIMP. These are full-fledge image editors however, and often more than what the average user needs.

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Your All-In-One Guide To Building The Perfect Resume

6th September, 2012

Whether you just graduated, are returning to school or are looking for a new job, within or outside your career, you need a resume. But not just a resume. You need a great resume. One which will stand out among the rest and help you land that job which you’re hoping will make some positive impact on your life. Lastly, you might be thinking “Writing a resume has nothing to do with technology.” Au contraire. It has everything to do with technology.

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5 Web-Based Tools For Any Browser That Every Writer Should Use

4th September, 2012

As writers, there are a lot of tools at our disposal. And since I’m also interested in technology, I’m constantly finding applications and techniques that are helpful. I wanted to keep it simple by providing only web-based apps. That is, tools that don’t need to be installed in a browser and will work across all platforms. The categories these fit in are distraction-free writing, blogging, research, note taking and creating time blocks.

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Advanced SystemCare 6 Beta 2.0 – Your Very Own PC Doctor [Windows]

1st September, 2012

Advanced SystemCare is an all-in-one computer tool. It can remove software no longer needed, delete junk files that bog down your computer’s hard drive and fix registry issues, as well as tons more. Literally, tons. So much that it is practically impossible and certainly impractical to list everything it can do in this article. Instead what I will cover are the updates which have been added.

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Why Procrastination Can’t Be Cured By Task Management Apps [Opinion]

30th August, 2012

For the longest time I’ve struggled with time management, and in some aspects I still do. One of my many methods in “overcoming” my lack of time management was to use task management applications. I began to realize the problem didn’t lie in the task management app itself, but more within the device I was using to access the app – my computer. In my own experience, if you’re addicted to the computer like I am, task management apps can only worsen the problem.

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SugarSync: The Most Well-Rounded Free File Backup & Syncing Service

28th August, 2012

File backup is not a new conversation or topic by any means. If you search Google for “file backup” you will likely be overwhelmed by services and articles on the topic. It is a vast market and there is a lot to choose from. Within this market, however, only a few stand out. We know most of them: Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive and others like Mozy, SpiderOak, and on and on. Among all of those there is still one that rises above the rest and that is SugarSync.

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6 Microsoft Products That Have Finally Been “Perfected” [Opinion]

25th August, 2012

Microsoft occupies the majority of the personal computing market, and much of the business market as well. It’s seen its downfalls though, too. There have been many products that it has launched that have only left me disappointed and frustrated. However, in the recent years, it seems Microsoft has gotten their act together with many of their products. Improvements will always be needed and made; however compared to what these past products were, they’ve improved tremendously.

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Learn To Code: 10 Free And Fantastic Online Resources To Hone Your Skills

23rd August, 2012

Coding. A topic that is avoided by many. There are an abundance of free resources and tools, all of which are available online. Sure you could take some courses on the topic at a nearby community college, and you might still want to. However, if you’re on a budget, have limited time or just simply want an additional source of quality education, these websites can be a tremendous help.