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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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Secrets Of The Amazon: 7 Useful Amazon Tips & Tricks

Internet

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

Internet

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
Are Your Social Friends Infecting You With Malware?

Internet

Are Your Social Friends Infecting You With Malware?

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?

31-01-2013
Are Your Social Friends Infecting You With Malware?
How You Can Use Technology To Spice Up Your Relationship

Web Culture

How You Can Use Technology To Spice Up Your Relationship

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.

29-01-2013
How You Can Use Technology To Spice Up Your Relationship
Spybot – Search & Destroy: The Simple, Yet Effective Route For Cleaning Your PC Of Malware

Windows

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

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.

26-01-2013
Spybot – Search & Destroy: The Simple, Yet Effective Route For Cleaning Your PC Of Malware
Click&Clean: Extend Your Browser Beyond The Privacy & Security Defaults

Windows Linux

Click&Clean: Extend Your Browser Beyond The Privacy & Security Defaults

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.

24-01-2013
Click&Clean: Extend Your Browser Beyond The Privacy & Security Defaults
Absolute Uninstaller: Don’t Settle For The Default, A Better Solution For Software Removal [Windows]

Windows

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

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.

22-01-2013
Absolute Uninstaller: Don’t Settle For The Default, A Better Solution For Software Removal [Windows]
Send To Google Docs – Convert HTML To PDF & Save It In A Single Click [Chrome]

Browsers

Send To Google Docs – Convert HTML To PDF & Save It In A Single Click [Chrome]

One thing we all use the Internet for is information, and it’s great when we can access it easily. But what happens when you need to access the information again after closing the webpage? Or perhaps you don’t have access to the Internet when you need to read the information again? Maybe you just want to save your “to read” or “read again” articles to Google Drive for access on the go and offline?

15-01-2013
Send To Google Docs – Convert HTML To PDF & Save It In A Single Click [Chrome]
IObit Smart Defrag: A Superb Hard Drive Defragmentation & Optimization Tool [Windows]

Windows

IObit Smart Defrag: A Superb Hard Drive Defragmentation & Optimization Tool [Windows]

Do you defrag your hard drive? If not, you should and you must understand the importance before you read on. There are some excellent articles on MakeUseOf which discuss defragmenting, but perhaps the best and most recent article is 3 Excellent Defrag Utilities & Why You Still Need to Defragment In 2012 by Tina. Smart Defrag wasn’t included in the “3 excellent defrag utilities” in her article, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t excellent.

12-01-2013
IObit Smart Defrag: A Superb Hard Drive Defragmentation & Optimization Tool [Windows]
Send To Kindle By Klip.me: Take All Your “To Read” Articles On The Go Without An Internet Connection [Chrome]

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Send To Kindle By Klip.me: Take All Your “To Read” Articles On The Go Without An Internet Connection [Chrome]

Before the time of Kindles, we usually read everything solely on our computers. And perhaps you still do this. However, if you own a Kindle, such as the Kindle Touch which doesn’t have the best web interface (and that’s only when you’re around a Wi-Fi connection) you might still be disappointed in it’s reading capabilities. If so, you should consider Send To Kindle by Klip.me.

10-01-2013
Send To Kindle By Klip.me: Take All Your “To Read” Articles On The Go Without An Internet Connection [Chrome]
Reload All Tabs For Chrome: Refreshing All Your Browser Tabs Has Never Been Easier [Chrome]

Browsers

Reload All Tabs For Chrome: Refreshing All Your Browser Tabs Has Never Been Easier [Chrome]

At one time or another, we’ve all had to refresh a page, whether it was because it crashed, or we needed to update it, etc. And often at times, there is a need to refresh all the pages (or tabs) that are open. And whenever that has to be done, it becomes a cumbersome task of opening each page and clicking the refresh button in Chrome.

08-01-2013
Reload All Tabs For Chrome: Refreshing All Your Browser Tabs Has Never Been Easier [Chrome]
How The Pros Do It: Avoiding Embarrassment & Delivering Perfect Presentations

Windows

How The Pros Do It: Avoiding Embarrassment & Delivering Perfect Presentations

Ah! The presentation. Some of us love them. Some of us hate them. But no matter what, we all usually have to give them at one point or another, whether in school, work or even just for enjoyment. Some even choose public speaking as a career. Public speaking and presentations is an art though – have you ever sat through a horrendous talk? I know I have. So what makes the perfect presentation?

05-01-2013
How The Pros Do It: Avoiding Embarrassment & Delivering Perfect Presentations
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