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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Make Your Computer Truly Personal With These Top Customization Tools

8th November, 2012

What does it mean to customize your computer? Does it mean to have the coolest looking desktop? Well, that’s part of it, but not completely. First off, you want your desktop to be functional. Not just “cool looking.” That said, customizing your desktop does have a key role in personalizing your computer. And also, since the desktop is a primary location for where we do our work, it tends to also be the home of many customization tools.

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How To Make Your Email Message Stand Out In A Cluttered Inbox

6th November, 2012

Have you ever sent an email you felt was important only to be answered many days later, or worse forgotten about? Granted, sometimes it’s out of your control, but there are things you can do to improve the chances of your email being opened, read and replied to. I can’t promise that these will always work, but I can say that they will make a difference and that overall you’ll see an improvement in communication with your email contacts.

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Use Your Keyboard To Make Notes: 10 Websites For Quick Note-Taking

3rd November, 2012

Have you ever just wanted to jot something down real quick, but couldn’t find a pen? Or maybe you could, but later lost the note with a bunch of other notes which were used for the same purpose. It would be nice to just quickly get something from your head to a place in front of your eyes without a whole lot of effort. There is something to be said for being able to use a note-taking service, without signing in (or up), having to learn how the service works

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WhatFont: Find Out What Any Type Of Font Is On A Webpage [Cross-Platform]

1st November, 2012

Have you ever been on a website and wondered “What type of font is that?!” I have. And depending on your interests and area of focus, you may even do it more than the typical Internet user. You could spend hours searching for the font on your favorite search engine, or you could use WhatFont. WhatFont is a browser extension and bookmarklet that you can enable once you’re on the website with the font in question.

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Some Useful Websites To Aid You In Your Daily Routine

30th October, 2012

We all have a daily routine of some sort but there are many things that we all do, whether it is checking the weather, managing our finances or making our next meal. I’ve scoured the web to find some of the best websites to help you do these day-to-day tasks. After some research and great results I’ve narrowed down the list to what I think are the best websites in various categories of what we do almost every day.

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How To Be Completely Portable Without Your Own Computer Or Smartphone

27th October, 2012

This day and age it’s pretty uncommon to not see someone with a smartphone, tablet or laptop in a public place like a library. We’ve become quite reliant on them, wouldn’t you say? So reliant, we often say we “couldn’t live without them”. In my experience, I have never owned a smartphone or tablet. And there have been occasions where I’ve been without a laptop for weeks at a time, usually due to it being repaired.

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Clean Up Your Facebook Account Before You Go Looking For Work

24th October, 2012

By now we’re all aware that it’s important to be professional online, that employers have the ability to do background checks based through our social media accounts. And also that many people, though they know what they should do, nevertheless they don’t care or pay attention to the risks that social media poses. But is it really social media that has created these problems or has it simply amplified preexisting issues?

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Zemanta: Your Personal Blogging Assistant For Socially Discovering Related Content

23rd October, 2012

Have you ever found yourself with several browser tabs open while blogging, searching for references, images or related information to support and link to in your article? You probably have. How great would it be if that information came to you while you were writing? Zemanta strives to help bloggers with this every day. It works on most browsers and blogging platforms, making it practically universal – perfect for bloggers.

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RIOT: The Most Radical Image Optimization Tool You Can Freely Make Use Of [Windows]

20th October, 2012

Let’s RIOT! No, not that way. That way gets people injured – never good. I’m referring to the “radical” image optimization tool that is one of the best, if not the best tool for… well… optimizing images of course. You might be wondering, but I don’t “optimize” images and you could be very correct… right now. But you will, especially after reading about Radical Image Optimization Tool, otherwise known as RIOT.

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Save Your Sanity: Block & Filter Those Forwarded Emails

18th October, 2012

We’ve all received them – those dreaded emails. Perhaps they don’t even deserve to be held in the same regard as “emails”. They’re worse than just an email, they’re a forward! Nooooo…! OK, so I’m probably dramatizing them just a tad, but not by much, wouldn’t you agree? Forwarded emails are a pain. You might be thinking that it’s a bit harsh to put them in the same category as spam.

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Calibre: Hands-Down, The Best eBook Manager Available

16th October, 2012

Electronic media is no doubt more prevalent today than it ever has been. The Internet is at the core of it all, and because of it we have eBooks, web articles, and news from electronic magazines and newspapers. With all of this content that we are taking in, how can we manage it all? Sadly, most of us don’t. We forget that one article that we wanted to read or lose the eBook we downloaded to our computer.


Stay Focused With StayFocusd For Google Chrome And Say Goodbye To Distractions

13th October, 2012

The Internet is a vast place, with loads of information that can often be overwhelming. It would be an understatement to say that it’s the primary resource for research and getting work done. But don’t be caught off guard by its trickery. Although it can be a place of productivity, it also is a master at leisurely distractions that can eat up time you don’t have. StayFocusd is among several great tools to help prevent these distractions from keeping you from important work.

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Format Factory: Quickly & Easily Convert Multimedia Files Without The Headache [Windows]

11th October, 2012

We’ve all been there, some more than others, but at one point or another we’ve all had to convert a file. But whether we knew how to or not, was the question. Sometimes with this sort of thing it’s simply the lack of knowledge of what to use. The other common issue is how to […]

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Windows Live Writer: The Easiest Way To Blog, Right From Your Desktop

9th October, 2012

There is something nice about being able to blog from your desktop and simply clicking “submit” and then having it appear on your blog. Of course since you are creating it locally on your computer you’re also able to save it locally, which for many bloggers is a plus – backups are always nice, especially when you don’t have to think about it. Windows Live Writer (WLW) can do that and more.

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Rapportive For Chrome: The Ultimate Tool For Connecting With Your Contacts In Gmail

6th October, 2012

Have you ever received an email and wondered if it was legitimate or not? Or maybe you have corresponded with someone and were curious to know more about them. Of course you could ask, but it might come across awkward or simply off-topic to what is being discussed. Plus, do you really want to ask each person you encounter online through email what their social accounts are, what they do, where they’re from and so on? Likely not.