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If you had previously applied an activation hack to your Windows install to get around that restriction, you may be shocked to find that the recent Service Pack 1 update from Microsoft nullified that hack and is now given you a warning and countdown. Here’s how to fix that and activate Windows permanently again (without phoning Microsoft).
CSS3 (combined with the power of HTML5) is rapidly being supported by all the major browsers (read – anything except Internet Explorer), so I thought now would be a good time to see some of the incredible effects we can achieve using the power of your the browser and a little CSS code.
CloudFlare is an intriguing start-up from the creators of Project Honey Pot that claims to protect your website from spammers, bots and other evil web monsters – as well as speed up your site somewhat by caching certain page requests. It’s free, setup is relatively painless, and who can say no to free security protection?
It has come to light in the past few days that all 3G based iPhone and iPad devices are recording a complete history of your location data ever since you bought the device (or upgraded to iOS v4). If you’re worried about the availability of this data, I’ll show you how to turn off the tracking.
If you have your own virtual private server for hosting your website, you may not know you can also use it as a private proxy to get past various firewalls and internet blocks. Let me show you how you can set up a simple SSH proxy tunnel using your hosting account in Windows, Mac or Linux.
Each month we’ll be highlighting some new free games releases from the iTunes App Store. So open up iTunes and make sure your iPad is charged and your wifi is working. This month, we have an eclectic mix of both old and new, clones of well-loved games and some unique fresh ideas – a little bit of something to suit everyone. Be sure to check out the previous article in the series too.
This week I’ll be a taking a look at a superior alternative to the often praised All-In-One SEO; a plugin that gives you the power of a Wordpress publishing system but allows you to output static HTML files for hosts that don’t support PHP; as well as showing you how to make sense of some of the template files contained in your theme directory.
Backing up your website or blog can be an expensive and arduous task, requiring a variety of plugins, or additional plans from your hosting provider – but it needn’t be really. If you have SSH access to your website host (generally you would need at least a virtual private server for this), then it’s easy to backup, restore and migrate your entire website with only a few commands.
A while ago I talked about the benefits of installing the W3TC plugin on your Wordpress blog in order to speed it up with various caching, but some readers were understandably a little wary about the plugin without some sort of tutorial to help them. Luckily, the defaults will work well for 90% of us. Follow the guide, and even with some basic settings you’re going to see some form of speed improvement.
Washing Machine is a simple, single purpose app that keeps your Mac clean of personal information in this increasingly security conscious age. We’ve got 25 standard licenses for Washing Machine 2 — each license protects up to 2 Macs.
Last week I showed you some of the simplest DIY repairs and upgrades that you can do yourself, but one reader asked how to diagnose which component was the problem. Today I’d like to walk you through the process of diagnosing a faulty PC that won’t turn on.
Despite Amazon being most well known for their retail services, they actually offer a host of web services for developers and home users that take advantage of Amazons experience and scalability with massive amounts of data warehousing. One of those services is called S3, which stands for “Simple Storage Service”. Here are 3 ways in which you can MakeUseOf Amazon S3 today.
SplashTop, the company behind the instant-on operating system features of many current netbooks has recently released their Chromium-based complementary netbook OS for anyone to install. It’s lightweight, with Chrome built-in, and is pretty darned fast.
If you’re already running Windows, perhaps it’s worth taking a look as it’s designed to run alongside and get you booted into an Internet-ready session in seconds. You’ll also get the power of Chrome web apps.
If like me, you often find yourself in the position of official technical support for your family and friends, you’ll know oh too well the pain of trying to explain something over the phone. The answer to frustration free technical support is to remote control their computer for them. Read on to find out my favourite free remote control apps for the iPad, and why you might want to try them too.
I wrote a few weeks ago about how Google was changing search results dramatically by including more and more semantic information – or what Google likes to refer to as Rich Snippets. Most recently, this was in the form of recipe meta-data, such as ingredients or cooking time. If you’re running a WordPress blog based […]