Justin Pot is a blogger based in Boulder, Colorado who loves technology, people and nature. He tries to enjoy all three whenever possible. Check out JustinPot.com or, if you like audio, you can listen to Justin, alongside James and Dave, on Technophilia, earth's favorite Technology podcast.
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Have you ever considered hosting your own livestream? Do you have a pet topic you’d like to run as a livestream show, or do you just want to stay connected with a large group of acquaintances who you connect with over a certain topic? Whatever you want to show the world, it’s time to read “On Air: Set Up Your Own Online Broadcast” by author Niall Norton-Cormier. This free guide tells you all you need to know to get started streaming.
Stop jumping from one keyboard and mouse combination to another every time you switch computers. Control multiple computers using just one set, without the need for extra hardware. Multiple monitors are intuitive – you move your mouse from one screen to another and simply continue controlling. QuickSynergy for Linux and Mac, working with Synergy for Windows, means there’s no combination of systems that can’t be controlled this quickly and easily. If there’s more than one computer on your desk then you need to check this out.
Tired of seeing stuff you hate on the web? Shoot it. Destroy the web is a stress-relieving diversion that allows you to target elements of any site you dislike, leaving destruction and high scores in your wake. Even if you don’t have Bieber-related psychosis this could prove relaxing: taking a few moments from your research in order to destroy it entirely never hurt anyone.
Love your Android tablet, but wish it could make phone calls? Stop wishing: all you need is the right software. You’ll be making calls to phone lines and mobile phones in no time (but it probably won’t be free). Whether you don’t own a phone or simply don’t want to put down one device to pick up another, it can be useful to call regular phones on your tablet. After all: many tablets already have a built-in microphone and speakers. Which software is right for the job? Good question. Let’s go over some options.
Set a countdown, then monitor it out of the corner of your eye. Whether you’re a Pomodoro fan or simply someone who likes to count down proper key preparation, Menubar Countdown is potentially the perfect Mac app for your workflow. It’s a tiny app, sure, but it’s been part of my workflow for so long I thought it deserved an article. Plus, it gives me an opportunity to put some of my psychosis on public display, so keep reading for that.
Travelers rejoice: Google is replacing AT&T as the official WiFi provider for Starbucks in the USA, and they’re promising a tenfold speed increase (or hundredfold, if you happen to live a Google Fibre city). Rollout beings this month; you’ll know its complete at your local Starbucks when the SSD changes to “Google Starbucks”.
Want to build your own electronics, but don’t know where to start? Then you’re certainly looked into the Arduino, only to find yourself frustrated when you look for a simple-language guide. We hope Getting Started With Arduino, A Beginner’s Guide can help.
Did You Know Facebook & Twitter Have Keyboard Shortcuts Too? Get Socially Productive, Learn Them All!
Stop using your mouse like a sucker. Get more out of Facebook and Twitter by learning their keyboard shortcuts. These time-saving gestures can also help you with your time wasting, by turning you into the ultimate Facebook and Twitter ninja. Think about it: what if you could browse your Facebook news feed, like posts and leave comments all without touching your mouse? Or explore your Twitter timeline, mark favorites, leave replies and retweet posts the same way? Keep reading if you want to get the most out of Twitter and Facebook, because I’m going to explain the best keyboard shortcuts for both sites.
Not sure why your computer keeps crashing? If you’ve been afraid to poke around your system and figure out how to maintain it, don’t fear: it’s simpler than you think. There are plenty of articles on this very site pointing out third-party tools for maintaining your Windows system. What we occasionally overlook, however, are the tools Windows provides out of the box for doing the same things. Knowing where to find tools for scanning your hard drive and memory can’t hurt – and neither can some basic diagnostic tools.
Enjoy a streamlined version of YouTube that’s usable from your couch and lets you follow the channels you love, easily. YouTube’s TV version just might be the best way to use the web’s best video site, and most people aren’t aware it even exists. It’s controllable with just a few buttons, visible far from the TV screen and generally much cleaner than the standard site. And you don’t need to be using a TV to use it – YouTube TV works great in your HTML5 compliant browser of choice.
Curious about the latest smartphone operating system: FirefoxOS? This open source, royalty-free operating system is bound to pop up on phones all over the planet eventually, but odds are a phone running it is not yet available in your country right now. Don’t worry: you can still give it a spin on your computer – all you need is a single Firefox extension. With it you can run a virtual version of FirefoxOS, and find out whether Mozilla’s smartphone operating system is right for you, this is your chance to find out.
Will your favorite programs ever run again? Certain programs won’t load anymore – a message about Unidentified Developers shows up instead. There isn’t even an obvious option to run the app. Gatekeeper just might be the worst of the iOSification of OS X. Then again, it offers less advanced users some peace of mind. The feature is stopping you from using your own apps for your own protection, but you can get all of your apps running again without too much difficulty.
You’ve heard of it: HTML5. Everybody is using it. It’s being heralded as the savior of the Internet, allowing people to create rich, engaging web pages without resorting to using Flash and Shockwave. But what actually is it? Find out in “Get Started With HTML5″, the latest MakeUseOf manual from Matthew Hughes.
Love online video, but worry advertising isn’t enough to fund quality content? Two of the biggest names in online educational video agree, and this week launched Subbable, a subscription service for content creators. The site hopes to fund content with enthusiastic, but not necessarily large, followings.
Unlike, say, Dropbox, Evernote does not offer a revision history, your content all syncs as-is. This means you could potentially lose any note you accidentally delete from the trash, or any content you accidentally delete from a specific note. If you share a particular notebook other users might make changes you don’t like. You get the idea: information goes away sometimes. As with any software, backups are the only real answer for that. Take matters into your own hands: back up the notes, notebooks and other information you store in Evernote.