James is a keen gamer, and records Technophilia - an awesome but somewhat NSFW technology podcast - weekly with Justin and Dave.
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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 […]
Don’t pay someone else to do it for you! If you’re prepared to get your hands dirty and learn something in the process, DIY computer repair is a great little hobby, and will save you hundreds in support costs when you’re paying 3 or 4 times as much as the cost of the replacement component […]
In what I’m hoping will be the first of a regular new MakeUseOf series, each month I’ll be showcasing 5 stunning new free iPad games (and sometimes the iPhone games too). So welcome to part one of the series. If you haven’t already done so, now would also be a good time to download my […]
Last week, Google helped to advance the internet in another giant leap forward as they announced that they would now be making use of semantic meta-data in their search results – specifically in the form of a new kind of search category for recipes. Recipes?! Yes – users of the US-based Google will now notice […]
WordPress is a powerful blogging platform, and many thousands of people start a WordPress blog every day – whether it’s self-hosted on your own web server or with a free WordPress.com blog. Many bloggers give up after a few months though, often because their blog isn’t as popular as they would like it to be […]
A few months back I showed you how to install a second SATA drive, appropriate if your computer was bought sometime in the last 5 years or so. We also taught you all about partitions and formatting drives, and to completely replace your old drive with a new one – but I skipped over the […]
For those of you who don’t know, DD-WRT is an open-source replacement firmware for household Internet routers that greatly enhances their functionality as well as providing increased performance. Though I was initially daunted by the sheer range of additional options that the DD-WRT firmware provides, I’m pleased to report there is a hell of a […]