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Through the caverns of the Internet, I’ve managed to get put on rather quickly to some of today’s hottest Internet startups such as ifttt, Instagram, and turntable.fm. Startups and betas are as popular as they’ve ever been, but until recently, it’s been pretty tough finding these little guys in the wide space of the Internet.
We’re in the age of Skype, which has quickly taken over as the world’s most popular and used platform. Our younger readers may not even know what the hell AIM is anymore, actually. AOL seems to recognize that sentiment and they’ve recently and unofficially dropped AIM 220.127.116.11 on us, dubbed “AIM Preview”. It looks like Skype, it chats like Skype, and it weighs like Skype. But it’s AOL Instant Messenger.
Hunting for device drivers isn’t such a task anymore, anyway. Most of your Windows drivers will never need to be touched right out of the box. Your video card is in its own sacred territory though. Video card drivers are updated more frequently than, for example, your network card’s drivers. Updating your video card drivers can show a huge performance boost across your system, as well. Keeping these drivers up to date is quite essential if you’re a gamer.
Don’t worry, things definitely haven’t changed since a week ago when I shared how to use ModLoader to easily install mods to your Minecraft client. Minecraft is still a phenomenon. Notch is still considered to be a genius. The game is still going strong as the greatest indie title of all time. Let’s all gasp now. One thing that is going to be changing, though, is my vantage point.
Just like the good old Napster days though, public torrent sites and trackers are riddled with trojans and other garbage. The best way to enjoy your filesharing experience is getting an invite to one of the many (but few illustrious) private trackers. While invite-only web is becoming a slight trend, I’m here to share three niche-specific and very reliable private sites that I use to get my complete media fix. Let’s get started.
Although you can find pictures and news on just about anything online, as of recently I’ve become more of a “foodie.” It’s not much of a secret that we, here in America, are big on food. It’s slowly becoming more of a trend online though, and people worldwide are becoming more interested in seeing others’ crazy edible creations.
Your browser is the centerpiece to your internet experience and keeping it nice and portable is an awesome luxury. You may not have heard of a couple of these browsers, but each and every one brings a unique benefit to your portable arsenal. Don’t let the fact that you may not have heard of them stand in the way of finding your new favorite browser.
To put it simply, you’re really not enjoying the full Minecraft experience if you’re running the client right out of the box. There are way too many user-contributed modifications that can soup up and trick out your Minecraft. To build up the game with mods, here’s a step-by-step walk-through on how to get ModLoader up and running smoothly.
Though possibly the most popular, the world of MMOs spans far beyond the realms of Everquest and World of Warcraft. There are hundreds to thousands of well-developed and even free online games for you and all of your friends to enjoy. You’ve just got to know where to look. So I’m here to share five MMO directories that I’ve had plenty of luck with in narrowing doing the choices.
One of my biggest pet peeves is having to constantly check through text messages while I’m on my desktop or laptop at my desk. I’ve always thought it was be so much easier to have texts forward to one of my instant messengers, but a concept like that doesn’t exactly exist (or at least not to my knowledge). We’ve shed light before on how you can replace your texting plan with a few free apps, but Textfree from Pinger really goes a step beyond that.
One of the biggest issues I encounter when hunting for one of those obscure and uncommon Unicode characters is the fact that there’s thousands and thousands of them in total. It’s tough to squeeze too many of them into your brain. Shapecatcher.com eases your pain by allowing you to find that special character by using your visual memory.
Here at MakeUseOf, we’ve went over a whole slew of note-taking applications. One that we’ve not gone over, and one that I really think is unique and stands apart from the rest, is a little gem I’ve found called CintaNotes. Like Evernote, CintaNotes allows you to take everything you’d like to jot down and store it in one big database. From there, you can search and tag notes accordingly.
DesktopSnowOK is an incredibly lightweight, portable, no-installation-required piece of software that can turn your Windows desktop or laptop from summer in Florida to winter in Colorado in just a second. Screensavers aren’t cool any more. We’re past the days of Christmas lights on your desktop screensaver or Bonzi-esque, Santa’s helper elf desktop “pets.” Let’s put you in the middle of a calm snowfall right at your desk.
We’ve published lots of articles about download managers here at MakeUseOf. FlashGet, Free Download Manager, and Download Accelerator plus are some of the favorites among Windows users. DownThemAll is usually the pick when we’re going for a mass downloader compatible with our favorite browser. One that we’ve yet to feature is JDownloader. Some would say that it’s for the more advanced user.
What filters should each and every person have in their arsenal so that their inbox is as orderly as mine? I’m here to help you get started in setting up your first five filters, or help you add on to your current collection. These five should handle daily-to-weekly activities of the everyday internet guy or gal and get that inbox looking as clean as a whistle.