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Erez Zukerman

/ Joined 23 April, 2011

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Pocket – A Handy, Free Personal Information Safe With A Desktop Counterpart [Android]

Android

Pocket – A Handy, Free Personal Information Safe With A Desktop Counterpart [Android]

Pocket, is a free information “wallet” for Android, and one of the most recent entries in our Best of Android page. Pocket can be used for managing passwords, but also other information. It has built-in Dropbox sync, and a lovely cross-platform desktop client. And it’s entirely free, too.

20-04-2012
Pocket – A Handy, Free Personal Information Safe With A Desktop Counterpart [Android]
Spinto – A Website Creator Both Newbies & Developers Can Like

Internet

Spinto – A Website Creator Both Newbies & Developers Can Like

Ah, the joy of creating a new website! Seriously, one of the greatest things about the web is how easy it is to start something new. There are numerous tools letting users easily create their own websites, such as Sidengo and Wix (which, incidentally, no longer requires Flash). Many of these tools are aimed at new users creating their first websites. Spinto is a new service that tries a different angle.

19-04-2012
Spinto – A Website Creator Both Newbies & Developers Can Like
Free Font Friday: Hidden Gems, Monospaced Fonts & a Gorgeous Font Video

Internet

Free Font Friday: Hidden Gems, Monospaced Fonts & a Gorgeous Font Video

Spring is upon us, and today I bring you a diverse selection of five free fonts, each with its own angle and story. We’ve got one for the coders, and one classic open-source font that you probably already have (but need to use more!), a classy-looking serif, a playful retro piece, and last but certainly not least, a font with an amazing animation video showcasing it.

13-04-2012
Free Font Friday: Hidden Gems, Monospaced Fonts & a Gorgeous Font Video
Take Your Fonts Out On a Date To See If They Match With Type Connection

Internet

Take Your Fonts Out On a Date To See If They Match With Type Connection

Whether or not you take an active interest in typography, I’m sure you’ve seen something like this before. A document whose writer (or, worse still, its designer) tried to be overly creative, and did some horrible font matching. I don’t just mean “used Comic Sans MS” (the perennial “awful font” everybody loves to hate), but even if the writer or designer used “sane” fonts, they don’t always go together.

12-04-2012
Take Your Fonts Out On a Date To See If They Match With Type Connection
How To Freeze Or Uninstall Apps That Came With Your Phone [Android]

Android

How To Freeze Or Uninstall Apps That Came With Your Phone [Android]

One of the biggest problems Android has is that vendors are obsessed with the concept of somehow “adding value” to their devices. Instead of just shipping Android as it was meant to be used, Samsung, HTC, and the other phone makers insist on stuffing their devices full of “unique” applications that make the Android experience infinitely more confusing and irritating.

10-04-2012
How To Freeze Or Uninstall Apps That Came With Your Phone [Android]
Use Your Smartphone As An Instrument & Create Beautiful Audioscapes With NodeBeat

Android iPhone and iPad

Use Your Smartphone As An Instrument & Create Beautiful Audioscapes With NodeBeat

Confession: I have always wanted to play a musical instrument. Somehow, it never happened; I could never find the time, or the instrument, or some other excuse would come up. So for me, musicians have remained somewhat magical people, folks who can understand a language I can only hear. Because of this, I am always intrigued by musical “toys” – doodads and gadgets that lets you play with sound in interesting ways.

05-04-2012
Use Your Smartphone As An Instrument & Create Beautiful Audioscapes With NodeBeat
How To Fix Small Annoyances On The Web With Stylish [Firefox & Chrome]

Browsers

How To Fix Small Annoyances On The Web With Stylish [Firefox & Chrome]

Web designers have an almost impossible job. They need to come up with one design that pleases everyone. When talking about a service like Gmail, used by countless millions of people all over the world, you can really drop the “almost” part – it’s just impossible. Even if a redesign is well liked by most people, there will always be users who really don’t like the new look.

03-04-2012
How To Fix Small Annoyances On The Web With Stylish [Firefox & Chrome]
Make Your Photos Into Fun Works Of Art With Pixel Mixer For Android

Android

Make Your Photos Into Fun Works Of Art With Pixel Mixer For Android

Sometimes separating the camera from the effects can be a good thing. An application that has a wonderful camera interface may not provide the most visual way to apply effects. So, in the spirit of separation and specialization, I wanted to show you Pixel Mixer, a great (and free) application for visually applying effects and frames to your photos.

30-03-2012
Make Your Photos Into Fun Works Of Art With Pixel Mixer For Android
Find Out How Healthy And Fast Your Hard Drive Is With These Two Free Windows Applications

Windows

Find Out How Healthy And Fast Your Hard Drive Is With These Two Free Windows Applications

The platters of a hard disk drive are spin around at 5400 or 7200 PRM (and sometimes even faster) for countless hours. You would do well to check on their health every now and then. Even if your hard drive is perfectly healthy, it may still pose a performance bottleneck on your system. So how can you tell if your hard drive is healthy, and how can you tell how fast it is?

29-03-2012
Find Out How Healthy And Fast Your Hard Drive Is With These Two Free Windows Applications
3 Fun Games You Can Play With A Friend On The Same Device [Android]

Android Gaming

3 Fun Games You Can Play With A Friend On The Same Device [Android]

Multiplayer games are usually played over a network connection, one device per player. Socially, this means that even if you’re playing a multiplayer game with a friend who is in the same room as you are, each of you has their head stuck inside their phone. For all intents and purposes, it looks like you’re doing something separately – not like you’re actually playing together.

27-03-2012
3 Fun Games You Can Play With A Friend On The Same Device [Android]
How To Keep Firefox From Getting Unbearably Slow

Browsers

How To Keep Firefox From Getting Unbearably Slow

I don’t like Firefox. I think it is a monolithic, huge, heavy browser, and its XPI-based architecture feels slow and dated. Firefox is more flexible than other browsers like Chrome but it also gradually slows down and freezes. Let me show you some quick techniques I’ve used to get around this and use Firefox in relative comfort (and responsiveness).

23-03-2012
How To Keep Firefox From Getting Unbearably Slow
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