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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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Getting A New Computer, Part 2: Things You Must Do Before Starting To Use It

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Getting A New Computer, Part 2: Things You Must Do Before Starting To Use It

The first thing you probably want to do when you get that new computer is jump right into using it. But hold on! There are some things that you must do and take care of before you get to that point. In this article, the second in the Getting A New Computer series, we will cover the first things you must do before starting to use your new computer for those everyday tasks.

12-03-2013
Getting A New Computer, Part 2: Things You Must Do Before Starting To Use It
Getting a New Computer, Part 1: How to Transition From Your Old PC to Your New One

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Getting a New Computer, Part 1: How to Transition From Your Old PC to Your New One

Ahhh! The joy of a new computer! An opportunity to start fresh and leave all the worries of your slow, dusty, old computer in the past. However, whether you’ve just purchased a new computer or are thinking about it, it is crucial to start out with it the right way in order to have the best experience possible. There are several aspects in doing this, all of which will be covered in this series of 4 articles. This is the first article in the series.

09-03-2013
Getting a New Computer, Part 1: How to Transition From Your Old PC to Your New One
Get Your Finances In Order With 9 Financial Web Tools

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Get Your Finances In Order With 9 Financial Web Tools

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.

05-03-2013
Get Your Finances In Order With 9 Financial Web Tools
Tools & Techniques For When You Must Leave Your Laptop Alone In Public

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

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.

02-03-2013
Tools & Techniques For When You Must Leave Your Laptop Alone In Public
9 Tools To Save What You Read On The Web For Later

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

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.

28-02-2013
9 Tools To Save What You Read On The Web For Later
Double The Cloud Power: How To Sync Files Across Storage Services

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

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.

23-02-2013
Double The Cloud Power: How To Sync Files Across Storage Services
How Do You Know When You’re Overdosing On Social Networks?

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

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.

21-02-2013
How Do You Know When You’re Overdosing On Social Networks?
5 Ways to Easily Access Social Networks From a Single App

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5 Ways to Easily Access Social Networks From a Single App

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.

16-02-2013
5 Ways to Easily Access Social Networks From a Single App
Don’t Throw That Old Printout Away! 21 Projects For Used Paper

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

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.

14-02-2013
Don’t Throw That Old Printout Away! 21 Projects For Used Paper
Fotografix: Edit On The Go With This Portable & Lightweight Photo Editor [Windows]

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

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.

09-02-2013
Fotografix: Edit On The Go With This Portable & Lightweight Photo Editor [Windows]
Secrets Of The Amazon: 7 Useful Amazon Tips & Tricks

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Secrets Of The Amazon: 7 Useful Amazon Tips & Tricks

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.

07-02-2013
Secrets Of The Amazon: 7 Useful Amazon Tips & Tricks
7 Ways To Keep A Personal Journal

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7 Ways To Keep A Personal Journal

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.

02-02-2013
7 Ways To Keep A Personal Journal
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