Justin Pot is a technology journalist based in Boulder, Colorado. He loves technology, people and nature and tries to enjoy all three whenever possible. Check out chat with Justin on Twitter.
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Don’t just shorten URLs; make the pages you link to easier to read. Readability’s new “rdd.me” service combines the function of a traditional URL shortener with the easy-reading functionality Readability is known for.
Check out the ultimate in fan-created Mario goodness: Super Mario Brothers X. This game combines elements from every Mario game ever made into one, and the result is a lot of fun. While the level design is far from perfect you shouldn’t miss out on this free download for Windows. It’s free, so you have nothing to lose by trying it out.
Add 450 extra programs to the already extensive CCleaner. An unofficial program makes Piriform’s famous system maintenance tool even more useful, by vastly increasing the amount of software it supports. CCEnhancer makes CCleaner even better at its job. A collection of userscripts from around the Internet, it can add support for 450 programs CCleaner doesn’t support out of the box.
Disasters happen. Unless you’re OK with losing all of your data, you need a good backup system. If you know this but haven’t got around to setting up backup on your PC, this is the guide to read. “Stuff Happens: The Backup and Restore Guide” outlines everything you need to regularly back up your PC. Author Tina Sieber outlines backup strategies, what to backup and what tools to use for the job.
Experience the speed increase and new features of Firefox 4 on your Power PC (PPC) Mac. The speed increase alone is worth it. There are lots of reasons to upgrade to Firefox 4, but it’s not supported for PPC Macs. TenFourFox, a brand new Firefox port made specifically for Power PC users, can breath new life into your beloved old Mac by giving you access to a modern browser.
Enter someone’s Twitter or Flickr usernames and see everywhere they’ve been and when. If this sounds creepy then it is. Ever wonder how much information geolocation leaves behind? As it turns out, quite a lot. Creepy is a program made primarily made to demonstrate just how much information that is, and how easily it could be used for nefarious purposes.
Looking for a beautiful, functional operating system? Check out the first Elementary OS release Jupiter. This Linux-based operating system is designed from the ground up to stay out of your way so you can simply use your computer. Whether you’re a long-time Linux user or a complete beginner to open source operating systems, Elementary’s elegance is impressive and more than worth checking out.
You may have seen a lot of talk about Solid State Drives (SSDs) recently. In the last six months or so they’ve really taken the mid-range to high end computing world by storm. If a manufacturer decides to include a solid state drive in their computer, they’ll make sure that you know it’s there. But what are they?
Watch the newest, coolest videos the web has to offer in one place. The name really says it all: Reddit TV. This aggregator is probably the web’s premier place to discover what’s hot on the web, because its users vote up the best content quickly. Sure, it’s got the quirks you’ll find in any such site, but for now it’s among the best aggregators out there for finding out what’s cool.
If you’re looking to set up a media center, you need to know what free software is out there. Choose the media center application that works best for you by comparing the best programs on the market. All vary in terms of features, and all have something to offer.
The New York Times is now behind a paywall, but it’s not the only newspaper on the Internet. If you’re looking for a free alternative to the Grey Lady there are more than a few that offer quality, well-written reporting. The list below attempts to include only the best alternatives the web has to offer, so keep reading to see if you can’t find a new homepage.
Browse the entire Internet from your couch. Kylo is a browser built for living room surfing, with buttons easily seen from a distance and zooming functionality always at hand. Media centers like Boxee, XBMC and the Hulu Desktop all have their uses, but none of them give you access to the entire Internet. If you have working plugins for everything you’ve ever wanted, that’s great. But sometimes access to the entire web is useful, and Kylo can provide that.
See what HTML5, and the latest Firefox browser, can do at Mozilla’s ‘Web O'(pen) Wonder’. This compilation of demonstrations doesn’t just show off the potential of modern browsers; it shows off what they can accomplish right now. Whether you’re a web designer looking to discover the future of the web or an Internet enthusiast wanting to try out the latest technology, Web O’ Wonder is the place to look.
If you’re not on Facebook you don’t exist. Anyone trying to market a business, product, band or some other public figure knows this, and that they need to “get a Facebook presence” because “Facebook is huge”. That’s great, but how do you get started?
Whether you prefer Boxee, XBMC or the Hulu Desktop for your media center, it’s nice to get up from the couch as little as possible. If you don’t want to leave the couch very often, you’d better program your remote to do simple tasks.