Bakari Chavanu

Joined October 2009

Bakari is a freelance writer and photographer. He‘s a long-time Mac user, jazz music fan, and family man. Bakari‘s Business Blog; Twitterme: @bakarichavanu; Google+

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10 Reasons To Use Apple’s iMovie ’09 [Mac]

10 Reasons To Use Apple’s iMovie ’09 [Mac]

30th August, 2010

I have a been a long-time user of Apple’s premiere movie editing program, Apple iMovie. I have edited everything from family birthday parties to professionally shot wedding videos. With the release of iMovie ’08, followed by the “˜09 update, Apple significantly re-designed iMovie, to the dismay of many long-time users like myself. Although I still […]


Use Diigo To Help Write Your Next College Essay or Term Paper

27th August, 2010

We have already covered why Diigo, a web bookmarking and annotation service, is a powerful tool for managing bookmarks, but why stop there?  Diigo can be a very useful tool for helping you to write a college essay or research paper. Since the Internet is a tool that most students use to do research, and since […]


5 Websites With Free Photo Contests To Improve Your Photography Skills

25th August, 2010

One of the ways to take your photography to the next level is by entering photo contests. Photo contests can be both a challenge for you as a photographer as well as provide you with exposure for your skills and creativity. There are several contests which require an entry fee, but if you’re just starting […]

How To Shoot Your Own Promotional Marketing Video From Start To Finish

How To Shoot Your Own Promotional Marketing Video From Start To Finish

23rd August, 2010

Most of us realize that the Internet has enhanced and in many ways changed how businesses are marketed. No longer are they limited to print ads and paper brochures. Now, Internet videos are a useful tool businesses. While the idea of using video as a marketing tool is not new, in the age of YouTube […]


Update Your Twitter Feed With What Music You’re Listening To [Mac]

20th August, 2010

If you’re an avid iTunes player and Twitter user, you no doubt like to occasionally share what you’re currently listening to with your contacts around the corner or across the world. But it’s a hassle to type out the title and the name of the artist of the song you’re currently listening to just to […]


Use iTunes Genius Mixes As Your Personal Music DJ

18th August, 2010

If you don’t have a lot of time to keep up with all the latest music you like, finding fresh tunes can often be a challenge. You might also have a rather a larger collection of albums and songs in your iTunes library, but you have very little time to organize and create your own […]


Get Notified About Everything with Growl [Mac]

16th August, 2010

I recently noticed that several MakeUseOf articles referred to Growl, a notification program that has been around for quite a while. However, Growl may be unfamiliar to many new Mac users and switchers. It is a program I highly recommend for Mac users who spend a considerable amount of time at their computer. What is […]


15 More System Preferences Items A New Mac User Should Know About

13th August, 2010

In part 1 of this article, I covered some basic items in Apple’s Snow Leopard System Preferences. In this second part, we’ll cover a few more basic items””and for some Mac users, perhaps a couple of hidden items which are not regularly used. I’m skipping over the Internet & Wireless items in System Preferences””namely because […]


15 System Preferences Items A New Mac User Should Adjust

11th August, 2010

System Preferences is a hubbub of settings and controls on your Mac computer. Yet, it’s quite possible that if you are a fairly new Mac user you probably have made changes to only a few of the many items found in the Mac System Preferences. You might have added another user account or set up […]


How To Use Photoshop Layers and Styles

9th August, 2010

We have covered 20 Photoshop Tips and Tricks You Should Know About, but in this Photoshop how-to we’re going to delve into what is called layer styles and effects such as drop shadows, bevels, color overlays, and textures; used in nearly all graphic design. Many of the graphic ads posted on MUO, for example, make […]


Five New Safari 5.0 Extensions You Should Definitely Check Out

6th August, 2010

The recent update of Safari 5.0 includes a slew of practical extensions that enable users to add and customize features of Safari. In the first extension update, we covered how to add extensions to Safari. Before we discuss five handy new extensions, here are a few more quick tips for handling Safari extensions in general. […]


How To Become An Amazon Vine Reviewer & Get Free Stuff

4th August, 2010

If you’re an customer who regularly reads product reviews by other customers, you may have noticed that some reviewers have a little badge (one of several) under their name identifying them as a ”Vine Voice” reviewer. These Amazon Vine reviewers were invited by Amazon to receive a monthly newsletter of pre- and recently-released books […]


5 Useful Apps for Learning Spanish with iTunes

2nd August, 2010

Hola, amigos y vecinos. As with any language, if you want to learn to speak Spanish, it can be very challenging. But there are several useful resources that can help you get started, or are useful if you”˜re taking a Spanish course or need a refresher. These resources are a mix of websites and Apple […]


How To Boost The Colors In Your Photos Using iPhoto ’09 [Mac]

30th July, 2010

Although Apple’s iPhoto is not a high class professional image editor, it is still a powerful tool for editing and enhancing photos. It can transform a dull, bland and low contrast image and make it pop and sing with just a few added effects and exposure adjustments. In fact, after going through this tutorial, you […]


How To Launch Your Favorite iTunes Playlist With A Keyboard Shortcut [Mac]

28th July, 2010

One of the most hackable applications on a Mac computer is probably iTunes. This program is no longer just a music jukebox, it’s a multimedia player that includes not only song and movie files, but Apple mobile apps, PDFs, audio books and e-books, and several powerful file management features such as smart folders. If all […]