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Craig Snyder

/ Joined 25 October, 2011

Craig is a web entrepreneur, affiliate marketer, and blogger from Florida. You can find more interesting stuff and keep in touch with him on Facebook.

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4 Digital Distribution Gaming Clients You Might Like More Than Steam [MUO Gaming]

Gaming

4 Digital Distribution Gaming Clients You Might Like More Than Steam [MUO Gaming]

Although we’ve been taught to worship anything Steam’s Gabe Newell pushes out at us, it’s very important to remember that you have other options to explore. I won’t argue that anything beats Steam’s annual sale during the summer, but make sure you keep your eyes open. Although Steam’s community is unrivaled, there are a lot of other desktop and laptop clients that will allow you to buy, download, and manage your digital copies of games.

Craig Snyder August 31, 2012 31-08-2012
4 Digital Distribution Gaming Clients You Might Like More Than Steam [MUO Gaming]
Square Enix’s Final Fantasy VII Re-release: Worth It? [MUO Gaming]

Gaming

Square Enix’s Final Fantasy VII Re-release: Worth It? [MUO Gaming]

Final Fantasy VII is the most beloved game of the series, and arguably the best JRPG of all-time (if we all forget about some guy named Crono). This re-release (not remake) comes with a few interesting perks: cloud saves (clever), achievements, and a “character booster” that will essentially allow you to cheat and max your party’s statistics (which I hate, myself). The game is in the Square Enix store for $10 for the first month of its release.

Craig Snyder August 28, 2012 28-08-2012
Square Enix’s Final Fantasy VII Re-release: Worth It? [MUO Gaming]
RageChill & The Music Maze Offer 2 Interesting Ways To Find New Music

Internet

RageChill & The Music Maze Offer 2 Interesting Ways To Find New Music

Not only does the Internet make (legally and, well, illegally) acquiring new tunes completely simple and easy, but it makes finding and exploring new artists a cinch as well. Services like Pandora and Last.fm may immediately come to mind, but there are plenty more. You can never know too many ways of getting the job done. We’ve done a lot of articles exposing our readers to new methods of finding artists and songs, and today I’ve got two more to share with you.

Craig Snyder August 26, 2012 26-08-2012
RageChill & The Music Maze Offer 2 Interesting Ways To Find New Music
The 2 Best Applications For Keeping A Time Limit On Yourself

Windows

The 2 Best Applications For Keeping A Time Limit On Yourself

Keeping productive and on track with yourself is important. Today, there’s no longer a need for physical alarm clocks or sticky notes. If that’s your thing, keep it up! However, the wonderful powers of the Internet make staying on track effortless. All you need to do is find the right application or web service and you’re set. One thing I like to do is set time limits and other assorted timers for myself throughout the day.

Craig Snyder August 24, 2012 24-08-2012
The 2 Best Applications For Keeping A Time Limit On Yourself
8 Interesting Subreddits I Found Using Reddit’s “Random” Button

Internet

8 Interesting Subreddits I Found Using Reddit’s “Random” Button

Everyone loves Reddit, and if you don’t then it’s just because you haven’t found the right subreddit! There’s one in there for everybody, and it’s one of the Internet’s largest communities. Reddit is at the forefront of social news and sometimes it seems like this website and its content gets more attention than a major media network like CNN or Fox. A completely community-driven website means no overhanging bias and the freshest content possible.

Craig Snyder August 21, 2012 21-08-2012
8 Interesting Subreddits I Found Using Reddit’s “Random” Button
DiskSavvy Helps You Analyze And Visualize Your HDD [Windows]

Windows

DiskSavvy Helps You Analyze And Visualize Your HDD [Windows]

It seems like every time I get that shiny new desktop or laptop, within a month’s time I’m beginning to wonder where all of that disk space has gone. I need to see my disk from the top down and figure out which file or folder is being the hog. The tool I’m going to introduce to you today – DiskSavvy, will do just that.

Craig Snyder August 19, 2012 19-08-2012
DiskSavvy Helps You Analyze And Visualize Your HDD [Windows]
PNGGauntlet Compresses PNG Images Without Sacrificing Quality [Windows]

Windows

PNGGauntlet Compresses PNG Images Without Sacrificing Quality [Windows]

Though it’s a little difficult to gauge just how many webmasters browse MakeUseOf, any one that you talk to will let you know that image optimization and sparing every bit of bandwidth possible is a key to running a successful and affordable website. The PNG is the FLAC of the world of images. We all love PNGs. They are a lossless replacement to the patent-locked GIF and make transparency look beautiful.

Craig Snyder August 17, 2012 17-08-2012
PNGGauntlet Compresses PNG Images Without Sacrificing Quality [Windows]
CyberGhost VPN: Fast, Anonymous, Easy VPN Service for Windows [Giveaway]

Internet

CyberGhost VPN: Fast, Anonymous, Easy VPN Service for Windows [Giveaway]

Anonymity is a new big kick online. It’s a good thing that a piece of software like CyberGhost VPN exists, as it makes the entire anonymous experience a cinch when using the Internet. CyberGhost VPN is very simple on the user and flexible in terms of what it’s going to cost you. Along with their free plan, CyberGhost offers Classic, Premium, and Premium Plus packages that scale up in realms of server availability and bandwidth allowance. You can even buy months of prepaid traffic on the side. None of that matters this week though, as we’ll be giving away 25 1-year subscriptions for CyberGhost Premium Plus VPN valued at almost €3000 in total!

Craig Snyder August 16, 2012 16-08-2012
CyberGhost VPN: Fast, Anonymous, Easy VPN Service for Windows [Giveaway]
2 Ways To Test If Your PC Can Run That Game [MUO Gaming]

Gaming

2 Ways To Test If Your PC Can Run That Game [MUO Gaming]

For the everyday, off-and-on PC gamer, knowing how to match your specifications to those that are recommended for playing certain games isn’t always the easiest task. How should you know if your GTX 550 is above or below a Radeon HD 6950? Problems like this, coupled with laziness, have probably cost some of us some cash that we wish we had back while we’re running a game at 10 FPS.

Craig Snyder August 14, 2012 14-08-2012
2 Ways To Test If Your PC Can Run That Game [MUO Gaming]
Revisit One Of Gaming’s Most Influential Series With The Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary Website

Gaming

Revisit One Of Gaming’s Most Influential Series With The Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary Website

A while ago, it was announced that Square Enix has released a beautiful new website to commemorate the Final Fantasy series’ 25th anniversary. It sounds tough to believe that it was way back in 1987 when the very first Final Fantasy game dropped for the NES. Since that release, the series hasn’t looked back. The Final Fantasy brand is untouchable and at the top of the class for the RPG genre.

Craig Snyder August 12, 2012 12-08-2012
Revisit One Of Gaming’s Most Influential Series With The Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary Website
Why Is League Of Legends The Most Popular PC Game In The World? [MUO Gaming]

Gaming

Why Is League Of Legends The Most Popular PC Game In The World? [MUO Gaming]

Earlier last month, news broke that League of Legends, the addictive rehash of MOBA games like DotA and Heroes of Newerth, has officially earned the right to call itself the most popular game on the PC platform. This data was pulled from statistics over at time-tracker gaming service Xfire. As Xfire is a little outdated (or so you can argue), many have disputed the crowning of LoL.

Craig Snyder August 10, 2012 10-08-2012
Why Is League Of Legends The Most Popular PC Game In The World? [MUO Gaming]
3 Quick & Portable Applications That Make Windows Easier

Windows

3 Quick & Portable Applications That Make Windows Easier

I’ve got a huge passion and interest for portable applications. I’m a bit of a hoarder and collector, and the idea of being able to download a little piece of software and take it anywhere with me, forever, is one that pleases me very much. I’m pleased even more so when these applications help me customize and manage my OS of choice, Windows.

Craig Snyder August 7, 2012 07-08-2012
3 Quick & Portable Applications That Make Windows Easier
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