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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Get Your Finances In Order With 9 Financial Web Tools

5th March, 2013

Money is something that we all want more of, but to get more of it requires us to do two things – bring more in or spend less. Preferably both. But how do you do that? Budgeting plays a huge role in helping to keep that money in your pocket, and thankfully there are a lot of online tools to help do this. Now, should you use all of these? Probably not, as you might be more confused than you already are.

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Tools & Techniques For When You Must Leave Your Laptop Alone In Public

2nd March, 2013

Ideally we would never leave our laptops from our sight, especially in public. And there are definitely areas like airports and public transit where you should never consider it an option. But since becoming a tech writer, I’ve found that public areas, specifically coffee shops, are great for working. And because I’m in coffee shops 400% (yes, I did the math…) more than I used to be, I’ve noticed the need to occasionally leave my spot to go somewhere.

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9 Tools To Save What You Read On The Web For Later

28th February, 2013

Have you ever gone back searching the Internet for something you read and just couldn’t find it? I think we all have – it’s quite frustrating. The problem comes when we don’t take the time to save what we want to go back and look at. Although, that’s not the only problem – it also can be if you just don’t know what to use. there are some excellent tools that are free as well and work practically flawlessly.

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Double The Cloud Power: How To Sync Files Across Storage Services

23rd February, 2013

Being able to sync from our many devices to the Cloud is an awesome benefit of modern computing. We’re able to take our files with us on mobile devices, access them from other computers without the need of a device like a flash drive or SD card, and it’s an excellent solution for backing up that data that we can’t live without. Speaking of backing up that data, one of the best, but seldom used, ways to use cloud storage services is to create a redundancy backup system.

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How Do You Know When You’re Overdosing On Social Networks?

21st February, 2013

Just like anything, there are different levels of social media use. Some things are more severe than others. And, of course, something else that plays into it is how frequent these things occur and when they occur. Using social media isn’t bad – it is an incredible tool, but it can be easily overused. Here are some things that might indicate you are addicted and overusing social media.

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5 Ways To Easily Access Social Networks From A Single App

16th February, 2013

Nowadays, we’re spread pretty thin on all the social network accounts that we have: Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Tumblr, etc. so managing them can either take a considerable amount of time, or they just don’t get managed like some of them should. Many of these social networks are much more enjoyable to use with an all-in-one type interface.

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Don’t Throw That Old Printout Away! 21 Projects For Used Paper

14th February, 2013

Think about it – you probably waste a lot of paper. Don’t take it personally, most of us do. But have you ever thought about what you could do to make use of some of that old paper that you throw away or even recycle? There are a lot of things that you can reuse in your home before getting rid of them, but today let’s talk about how you can reuse those old sheets of paper for both creative and practical purposes.

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Fotografix: Edit On The Go With This Portable & Lightweight Photo Editor [Windows]

9th February, 2013

Great software can be hard to come by. That is why there are a select few that stand out and become increasingly popular. What defines “great software”? Typically a program should be practical and useful, lightweight – even portable, feature-packed, and to top it all off, free. Fotografix is all of those and that is why it landed a spot in the Image Editors and Viewers category on our Best Of Portable Apps page.

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Secrets Of The Amazon: 7 Useful Amazon Tips & Tricks

7th February, 2013

Amazon is, without a doubt, one of the best and most popular places to shop online. It’s got there due to awesome features like Amazon Prime, Super Saver Shipping, the Wish List browser extension, the Kindle reader app for the web, desktop and mobile, and great mp3 prices. But there is a lot more to Amazon than just that. Below are seven Amazon “diamonds in the rough” that you probably don’t know a lot about.

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7 Ways To Keep A Personal Journal

2nd February, 2013

Journaling is an exercise for the mind and it has several proven benefits, but it can also seem difficult to do. This is primarily due to the overwhelming feeling of having to journal – it shouldn’t be like that. Instead, it should be something you look forward to doing every day. It should be a task that inspires you for the day ahead and/or relieves you of the day you have just had.

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Are Your Social Friends Infecting You With Malware?

31st January, 2013

The Internet and social networks are incredible – they allow us to connect with one another in a way we have never been able to before. But in many instances, they also propose a threat. You see, we trust our friends and contacts. Therefore, whenever a friend shares something they read or use on a social network, we are much more inclined to check it out. So what do you do to prevent becoming infected with malware via social networks?

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How You Can Use Technology To Spice Up Your Relationship

29th January, 2013

Being in an relationship is exciting, isn’t it? There is so much to enjoy about being with that special person in your life. However, there might be times (more for some than others) where you are apart – it could be just a week or even several months. It’s not something we like to think about, nor is it very enjoyable. But there are things that you can do during the time to help keep your relationship exciting and help the time pass easier.

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Spybot – Search & Destroy: The Simple, Yet Effective Route For Cleaning Your PC Of Malware

26th January, 2013

With the ever-growing list of threats out there, one can never be too cautious. Sure you can watch what websites you visit and what you download, but even with those precautions, you should have some additional protection to back you up. You might feel that having an antivirus program is enough, but it is often recommended to have an additional program dedicated to scanning for malware.

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Click&Clean: Extend Your Browser Beyond The Privacy & Security Defaults [Cross Platform]

24th January, 2013

Security and privacy are becoming more and more important to understand, yet it seems that the methods of understanding them hasn’t really followed. In addition, neither has the ability to easily manage your computer in a way to make it more secure and private. We have a lot of articles here on MakeUseOf that help you with that, however there is also a tool that makes this process much easier to do too.

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Absolute Uninstaller: Don’t Settle For The Default, A Better Solution For Software Removal [Windows]

22nd January, 2013

When was the last time you wanted to uninstall something from your computer? Was it easy to do? Could you find the program to uninstall in the Windows default uninstall tool? Could you even find where the uninstall tool in Windows is? I don’t mean that to insult your intelligence. But the fact is, finding it isn’t the easiest thing to do if you don’t know where to start. And even if you know how to uninstall a program with the native Windows tool, it isn’t always the best way.