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Justin Pot

/ Joined 16 November, 2009

Justin Pot is a technology journalist based in Portland, Oregon. He loves technology, people and nature – and tries to enjoy all three whenever possible. You can chat with Justin on Twitter, right now.

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Parted Magic: A Complete Hard Drive Toolbox On One Live CD

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Parted Magic: A Complete Hard Drive Toolbox On One Live CD

Take control of your hard drives. Whether you want to edit your partitions, clone an entire drive, check SMART data or otherwise manage the way your computer’s data is organized, Parted Magic is the tool you’ve been looking for. It’s a live CD with lots of tools baked in. Whether you’re an IT professional constantly in need of ways to manage machines or just some guy looking for a simple way to re-partition a hard drive, Parted Magic is simple to use and heavy on features.

Justin Pot October 3, 2012 03-10-2012
Parted Magic: A Complete Hard Drive Toolbox On One Live CD
Jumpshare – A File Sharing Service That Offers Previews Of The File Before Downloading

Internet

Jumpshare – A File Sharing Service That Offers Previews Of The File Before Downloading

Quickly drag a file to your browser in order to share it. Your friends will be able to see a preview of the file before deciding to download – assuming it’s one of the 150 different file formats supported for previews. That’s the promise of Jumpshare, a simple file sharing service with integrated file previews. Documents, music, videos, pictures – people downloading your files will be able to preview before downloading.

Justin Pot September 29, 2012 29-09-2012
Jumpshare – A File Sharing Service That Offers Previews Of The File Before Downloading
Eating Only Dessert: Why Your Information Diet Is Probably Terrible [Feature]

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Eating Only Dessert: Why Your Information Diet Is Probably Terrible [Feature]

Email. Social networks. Blogs. Online video. People today consume more information than ever before, and typically only consume the things they really, really like. Clay Johnson compares this to a bad diet. “If you only ate what you want then we’d probably put the dessert section at the top of the menu, rather than at the bottom,” he says. “I think the same thing is happening with journalism: we’re going straight to dessert every time.” Tech-savvy people are no exception.

Justin Pot September 28, 2012 28-09-2012
Eating Only Dessert: Why Your Information Diet Is Probably Terrible [Feature]
4 Fact Checking Sites You Should Read Before Voting

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4 Fact Checking Sites You Should Read Before Voting

Quickly check whether a political statement is fact, fiction or something in between. Fact checking sites won’t give you all the answers or tell you what to think, but they they can help you sort out what is and isn’t true – and that’s important. Occasionally American election seasons can become mean-spirited, with both sides saying things that are veritably untrue.

Justin Pot September 27, 2012 27-09-2012
4 Fact Checking Sites You Should Read Before Voting
Chocolately – Install Software By Typing Two Words [Windows]

Windows

Chocolately – Install Software By Typing Two Words [Windows]

Install Windows software by typing two words, skipping the usual routine of clicking “Next” five times and desperately trying to avoid useless/harmful toolbars. Chocolately makes Windows a little more like Linux, and in this case that’s a very good thing. Linux users know and love their package managers, because they make installing software simple.

Justin Pot September 26, 2012 26-09-2012
Chocolately – Install Software By Typing Two Words [Windows]
DOWNLOAD Tackling Firefox: The Unofficial Manual

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DOWNLOAD Tackling Firefox: The Unofficial Manual

Are you a little overwhelmed by the browser choices available to you? Have you been sticking to your old favorite because you never had time to really see what the other browsers had to offer? Does your current browser have advanced security options? Does it sync your settings across devices? Can you manage your tabs easily? These are all things Firefox can do for you.

Justin Pot September 24, 2012 24-09-2012
DOWNLOAD Tackling Firefox: The Unofficial Manual
Quabel – An Online, Distraction-Free Writing App

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Quabel – An Online, Distraction-Free Writing App

Try a simpler way to write. Quabel is an online text editor that stays out of your way and lets you focus. The number of simple text-only, full-screen text editors that let you write without being distracted is kind of staggering, and all too often nothing sets these programs apart from one another. So what makes Quabel different?

Justin Pot September 22, 2012 22-09-2012
Quabel – An Online, Distraction-Free Writing App
FollowShows Helps You Keep Track Of Your Favorite Shows, Offers RSS & iCal Feeds

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FollowShows Helps You Keep Track Of Your Favorite Shows, Offers RSS & iCal Feeds

Find out when the TV shows you care about air. Whether you want to know when to tune in live or or know when your shows have aired so you can find them online, FollowShows is an aptly-named website where you can quickly check to see a schedule of only shows you choose to follow. Even better, FollowShows offers you both a custom iCal calendar and RSS feed for keeping track of your favorites.

Justin Pot September 20, 2012 20-09-2012
FollowShows Helps You Keep Track Of Your Favorite Shows, Offers RSS & iCal Feeds
PasteAsFile: Save Images & Text From Your Clipboard Directly To Any Folder [Windows]

Windows

PasteAsFile: Save Images & Text From Your Clipboard Directly To Any Folder [Windows]

Paste any image or text to any folder in your computer, as a file. PasteAsFile is a simple Windows program that makes your clipboard that much more useful, and it’s a dream for people who love collecting images or quotes in folders. By default you can copy an image and paste it into any program that can handle images. If you want to save the file, you can do so from within an image editor.

Justin Pot September 19, 2012 19-09-2012
PasteAsFile: Save Images & Text From Your Clipboard Directly To Any Folder [Windows]
Technophilia Episode 37: Go Bing Yourself

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Technophilia Episode 37: Go Bing Yourself

Apple announced their sixth iPhone – the aptly-named iPhone 5, Twitter is forced to hand over the private messages of an Occupy protester, and Microsoft gives all of its employees a Windows RT tablet. When reached for comment, employees said, and I quote, “Horray.” All this and the proper way to use “Bing” as a verb in episode 37 of Technophilia: Go Bing Yourself.

Justin Pot September 19, 2012 19-09-2012
Technophilia Episode 37: Go Bing Yourself
DOWNLOAD What’s New In Photoshop CS6, Your Ultimate Overview

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DOWNLOAD What’s New In Photoshop CS6, Your Ultimate Overview

Have you just bought Photoshop CS6? Or are you thinking about buying it? Whatever your situation, it’s worth learning about what’s new and improved in CS6 so that you can make the most of your decision. Our latest guide, “What’s New in Photoshop CS6, Your Ultimate Overview”, will have you using the best of the new Photoshop CS6 features in no time at all.

Justin Pot September 17, 2012 17-09-2012
DOWNLOAD What’s New In Photoshop CS6, Your Ultimate Overview
Grab Emails From Your Old Account Using Gmail’s Import Function

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Grab Emails From Your Old Account Using Gmail’s Import Function

Thinking of switching to Gmail, but afraid to lose all of your old emails and contacts? Don’t be. Gmail can easily grab your old emails, especially if you were already using a web-based client. And even if you weren’t grabbing those emails is perfectly possible. Importing from an old email address isn’t a new Gmail feature, but it’s one someone switching to Gmail won’t necessarily know anything about. Here’s how it works.

Justin Pot September 15, 2012 15-09-2012
Grab Emails From Your Old Account Using Gmail’s Import Function
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