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We’ve covered why it’s important to contribute to open-source projects, but what if you’re not a coder? You don’t have to learn how to program to help your favorite open-source projects. Many non-programmers volunteer some of their time to help their favorite open source projects – and you can join them. If you have some free time – or money – you can give back to your favorite open-source projects and help them grow.
Google Navigation for Android is one of the best map solutions you can get in the palm of your hand, but what if you don’t have a data connection? Whether you’re traveling abroad, using a Wi-Fi-only Android tablet, or just looking to use less data on your phone, you can use one of these map applications to see where you are and get navigation directions.
There are lots of Notepad replacements out there, and it seems like everyone has their own favorite. Notepad++ is one of the most popular, but AkelPad is a more minimal option. AkelPad is a fast, simple replacement for Notepad – it’s an improved Notepad with much more flexibility. AkelPad feels very similar to Notepad after you install it, but it can start to feel like Notepad++ if you enable enough plugins.
Believe it or not, some people still print documents to physical pieces of paper. Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software takes those printed documents and converts them right back into machine-readable text. We’ve found some of the best free OCR tools and compared them for you here. No OCR program is perfect, so you’ll have to double check the results and fix a few problems.
The traditional desktop is still around in Windows 8, and it’s probably the best Windows desktop yet (aside from not having a Start menu.) But Microsoft is setting it up for the kill. The writing is on the wall here — touch and Metro are the future. The traditional desktop is a relic on its way out.
It’s no secret that we’re not huge fans of Adblock here at MakeUseOf. But we know that some of you won’t let go of Adblock until it’s pried out of your cold, dead hands. If you must use Adblock, you can still support MakeUseOf and other websites you love by whitelisting us. It’s time for a truce between Adblock users and respectful advertisers.
Some people call any type of malicious software a “computer virus,” but that isn’t accurate. Viruses, worms, and trojans are different types of malicious software with different behaviors. In particular, they spread themselves in very different ways. Malicious software in general is referred to as “malware.” If you want a catch-all term for bad computer software, malware is the word to use.
If you keep an eye on the updates Windows installs, you may notice the Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool appearing every month. It removes some malware programs, but only a few — it doesn’t replace the need for an antivirus.
Windows 7 contains an unobtrusive, easy-to-use firewall that protects your computer from inbound traffic. If you’re looking for more advanced options, such as the ability to control outbound traffic or view the applications using your Internet connection, you’ll want a third-party firewall instead.
The Chrome Web Store contains thousands of games – we’ve dug through them for you and unearthed some gems. Whether you’re looking for casual fun, Zen puzzles, rich 3D graphics, arcade-style multiplayer action or interesting art, we’ve got a cool game for you. Some games are full applications that use Google’s Native Client to deliver rich 3D graphics or HTML 5 for offline support.
Advertisements for registry cleaners are all over the Web. There’s an entire industry out there bent on convincing inexperienced computer users that their registry needs fixing, and that, for ten easy payments of $29.95, their computers will be much faster. That isn’t true.
Microsoft overhauled and updated much of Windows with Windows 7, but the Command Prompt hasn’t been updated since the last century. It’s not just ancient-looking; it lacks many of the features command-line users have come to expect on Macs, Linux and any operating system that isn’t Windows. If you’re looking for an improved Command Prompt for Windows 7, look no further.
Connectify turns your laptop into a personal wireless hotspot. Windows makes this possible, but makes you disconnect from Wi-Fi and connect with a wired connection to do it. We’re giving away a whopping 25 Connectify Pro licenses worth $1000 in total! Stay tuned for the giveaway.
If you’ve tried a few password managers before, you’ve probably learned to expect some roughness around the edges. They’re solid, useful applications, but their interfaces can be overly complex and inconvenient. Dashlane doesn’t just reduce the friction entailed with entering passwords, personal data and payment information on the Web; it also reduces the friction that’s accompanied password managers themselves.
Passwords — who doesn’t have more of them than they can remember? A password manager can help you get your password situation under control, and SafeWallet is one of the best. This week, we’re giving away 25 copies of SafeWallet in your preferred desktop client (Windows/Mac) and mobile client (iPhone/Android) worth almost $500 in total!