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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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Make Your Plaintext Emoticons Snazzy Using Emojicons

Internet

Make Your Plaintext Emoticons Snazzy Using Emojicons

Whether our IM client or SMS interface converts them to graphical smilies or not, every single one of us has typed out an emoticon before. There’s so much more possibility when it comes to textually expressing those feelings. It’s time for you to learn how to show some real, unique emotion online!

18-03-2012
Make Your Plaintext Emoticons Snazzy Using Emojicons
4 Portable Application Sites & Suites You May Not Know About

Internet Windows

4 Portable Application Sites & Suites You May Not Know About

At MakeUseOf, we have provided you with countless articles on perfecting your USB flash drive with portable applications. If you’ve yet to see our Best Portable Apps page, you need to give it a look. Portable software can really change the way you work and enjoy your personal Internet experience. I don’t go anywhere without 16GB of portable goodness on me. It’s as essential as my keys or wallet.

11-03-2012
4 Portable Application Sites & Suites You May Not Know About
6 Websites That Will Bring You Back To The ’90s

Internet

6 Websites That Will Bring You Back To The ’90s

Oh, man. I may have a biased opinion, being born in ’89, but were the ’90s not incredible? Nostalgia just drives me nuts and the ’90s felt like the peak of music, movies, gaming, and the blossoming of the Internet. Maybe that’s just reminiscing and wishing I was still a kid, but I know some of you agree with me, right? Vanilla Ice, Nickolodeon, Super Nintendo, pop music, less-corporate Internet; how could you not love that?

09-03-2012
6 Websites That Will Bring You Back To The ’90s
Review: What’s New In Minecraft 1.2 [MUO Gaming]

Gaming

Review: What’s New In Minecraft 1.2 [MUO Gaming]

With snapshots being released on an every-other-day basis, Minecraft 1.2 is right around the corner. Looking at the list of updates cited on the official Minecraft wiki, it seems like this update is quite sizable in comparison to 1.1. March’s eventual update should leave many happy and few disappointed, with mob AI updates, new creatures, varying new item drops, and more.

06-03-2012
Review: What’s New In Minecraft 1.2 [MUO Gaming]
Is Minecraft Really That Great? [Opinion]

Gaming

Is Minecraft Really That Great? [Opinion]

Minecraft is quite possibly the most viral and addictive indie game that we’ve ever come to see. Who knew that a concept as elementary as playing with toy blocks could become such a sensation? I play it, you or your friends probably play it, and more than 20 million people worldwide have legally purchased an account. Are we overrating this game though? Is Minecraft getting a little too much credit?

04-03-2012
Is Minecraft Really That Great? [Opinion]
Emulating & Playing Classic SNES Games On The PC With ZSNES

Gaming

Emulating & Playing Classic SNES Games On The PC With ZSNES

In my opinion, the Super Nintendo was the greatest gaming console that ever existed. Boasting titles like Chrono Trigger, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Super Metroid, EarthBound, Final Fantasy III, Super Mario Kart, Donkey Kong Country, Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, Super Punch-Out, F-Zero, Star Fox, Zombies Ate My Neighbors, and more, is it really hard to see why?

27-02-2012
Emulating & Playing Classic SNES Games On The PC With ZSNES
Bring Sticky Notes To Your Deskop With Hott Notes [Windows]

Windows

Bring Sticky Notes To Your Deskop With Hott Notes [Windows]

Through the use of sticky notes, I feel like I’ve been able to just about double my daily productivity. Being able to have physical reminders that nagged for certain tasks to be completed was a real help when I used pen-and-paper notes. The days of pen and paper are over though, and I’m at my computer a lot more often than I am at a work desk. Eventually, I found that pinning notes to my desktop was just as effective a strategy.

26-02-2012
Bring Sticky Notes To Your Deskop With Hott Notes [Windows]
UniBall: Free 2D Space Soccer & Hockey Game [Windows]

Gaming

UniBall: Free 2D Space Soccer & Hockey Game [Windows]

UniBall (formerly X-Pong) has been around since the 1990’s and remains one of the longest running and unchanged, completely free online MMOs on the Internet. The game was partially created by a current PopCap developer and was loosely modeled after ARC. If you’ve ever played HaxBall, it’s very similar but much more dynamic and competitive. It’s a little bit more similar to SubSpace Continuum’s Hockey Zone.

21-02-2012
UniBall: Free 2D Space Soccer & Hockey Game [Windows]
3 Tools To Help Create & Edit Minecraft Skins

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3 Tools To Help Create & Edit Minecraft Skins

Minecraft made the jump to 1.1 recently and still (unofficially) holds on to the title of the most successful and addictive, single-player indie and MMO game that we’ve seen in a long, long time. I’m addicted to it right now and if you aren’t then it’s only because you haven’t played it or you haven’t played the right server. There’s one out there for you.

17-02-2012
3 Tools To Help Create & Edit Minecraft Skins
3 Funny RPG Video Remakes Of Today’s Most-Watched TV Series

Gaming

3 Funny RPG Video Remakes Of Today’s Most-Watched TV Series

I am a huge sucker for RPGs and video games in general. One thing I’ve never been too big on, though, are television series. I’m the only one. Dexter, Band of Brothers, The Wire, Firefly, etc.; there are lots of them and you’re all watching. But I just can’t keep up. What I can buy some time to definitely do is watch a short RPG remake of an episode or summary of the series. Now you’ve got all of my nerd attention.

12-02-2012
3 Funny RPG Video Remakes Of Today’s Most-Watched TV Series
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