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ZScreen and ZUploader have come together to form one of the most powerful and reliable solutions to sharing, mainly screenshots, but also nearly anything else you can think of. ShareX can upload more than screenshots. You can upload text, files, shorten URLs, and more. It’s very versatile and offers a lot of new features to this niche of software.
It’s a shame that Google Reader is being retired soon, but it’s also a good time to realize that there are (and always have been) some incredibly viable alternatives to the service. I’d be lying if I said that I thought Google Reader was not the best web-based RSS reader available, but there are throngs of standalone RSS applications out there for your desktop or laptop. If you’re being forced to look for a new solution to reading your RSS feeds, consider one of these.
I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not a Photoshop wizard or anything even close to impressive when it comes to editing photos. Like everyone should though, I know the basics. I’m proud to say that I can set an image’s transparency, crop, resize, and even convert between image file formats. It’s not much to brag about, but it’s required for the job. But what happens when you’ve got a whole folder full of images that need resized?
Over a year ago, I introduced MakeUseOf readers to Textfree. Since then, a lot has changed. I still use Textfree to this very day, and the entire application has been rebranded as Pinger. If you didn’t get to read my article or don’t know what Pinger or Textfree can do for you, it’s a great way to send and receive free texts in the US, Canada, and 30 additional countries.
“Creative” is a word I’ll never use to describe myself! Not visually, at least. I’m proud of much of what I can do on the Internet, but when it comes to graphics and image editing, you won’t see me throwing out my two cents. However, I am very picky and a bit of a perfectionist. For years, I’ve been designing small websites and learning the basics of web design using CSS.
The system tray is a pretty big deal in Windows. I love having an application that allows itself to dock there rather than just sit in my taskbar, because that gets cluttered quickly. There are even third-party alternatives that will help send any and every application into your system tray. In modern versions of Windows, there are two parts to the tray – hidden icons and shown icons.
Some users prefer visuals and need charts and graphs, or others need as much numerical data as possible, and then some of us just want the information on our screen as fast as we can get it. This post applies to those of you who prefer the latter! Let’s take a look at one of the fastest disk space analysis tools out there. That software is WizTree.
The average Internet user will probably handle nearly everything they download online through their web browser. Some browsers do it right – Opera’s built-in download management is the best in the field. Others, not so much. Firefox, despite being one of my favorite browsers otherwise, is very weak in this area. It shouldn’t matter though, because (in my opinion) the best way to handle your downloads is by using a third-party manager.
If you aren’t using cryptographically-strong passwords by now, you’re late. Trusting LastPass is not for everyone. No matter how much security software you have installed, a secure password is always going to be the foundation of basic online security and you’ve got to get used to it. A few years ago, I went through a phase where I spent several hours in a single day revising all of my passwords.
Being a master of your system really means knowing what’s available to you under the hood and how to get to it. Nothing is truer when using Windows, as there are a lot of configurations available to you that can be unlocked through the registry or by other means. Windows 7 “God Mode” is a perfect example of what I’m talking about. Sysinterals and NirSoft are just as heaven-sent, being two names that will resonate beautifully with Windows enthusiasts like myself.
Do you still use any desktop email clients? The last one that I ever made any significant use of was Outlook Express, and that feels like forever ago. Since then, I’ve given both Thunderbird and Postbox (which I was very impressed with) a spin, but desktop email clients in general seem like a lost cause to a Gmail user like myself. Nothing beats the Gmail web interface, in my opinion. My opinion isn’t the law of the land though.
In the middle of February, I dropped an article on you guys that introduced you to everything you ever wanted in Diablo III – all in another game. That game is Path of Exile, and since my article, the game has done nothing but grow increasingly more popular. I’ve played the game for about a month and, though I feel like it’s a pretty bold statement to make this early, I truly feel like Path of Exile is one the best games I’ve ever played on the PC.
When the Character Map becomes a staple of your work routine, you have two options: find some third-party application to more easily bring the characters to your fingertips, or memorize the Alt keystrokes for each character. Although I do know around 25 of those keystrokes off the top of my head, I’m going to show you three solutions to that first suggestion.
Once you’ve tried Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, and Safari, is there anything left? The browser is generally considered to be the most important part of your home PC experience. It’s the vehicle that lets you stroll out into this wonderful Internet that we all know so well. Once you fall in love with a particular browser, it’s very tough to be pulled away from it. I only recently made the transition from Firefox to Chrome, and many would say I’m a good year late on that.
Some of us cringe at the thought of having a desktop covered with shortcuts and other icons. Although that’s technically what the Windows desktop is used best for, we often prefer to be free from such a mess so that we can show off our snazzy wallpaper and other desktop gadgets. There are several alternative approaches you can take to easily access your most commonly-used applications, like using the Start menu or an application to launch programs via hotkey.