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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You’ve lost control. All the accounts you can access on your Windows computer aren’t Administrator accounts, meaning you’re helpless to install software, update drivers or do any kind of administration whatsoever. Don’t panic. There are several tools for recovering a lost Windows Administrator password. Some methods are legit, but required you to have thought ahead (unlikely). Others are legit but only work for Windows 8. Two more methods are sort of hacking, but perfectly legal to use on your own computer.
Whether you’re wondering if your full drive is affecting performance or just want some extra room, a few simple steps can free up a lot of space. It’s a good idea to leave between five and 10 per cent free on your Mac. This is because your Mac uses that space for virtual memory, caches and more. If your drive is too full, and you’re not sure what to do, here are some steps to consider.
My brain is stupid. It thinks I can get done tomorrow what I need to do today, and that I can do this afternoon what I need to do this morning. It puts everything off. It’s why present me always resents past me – even as present me dumps work on future me. Like I said: stupid. But motivation is a curious thing.
What was lost now is found – Google this week re-added the ability to make phone calls to Hangouts, bringing a beloved feature from Google Talk to its replacement. Calls from anywhere on earth to the USA and Canada are free; calls to other countries are priced competitively, compared to Skype.
What do you think of when you hear the word “BitTorrent”? It probably depends on who you are. If you’re an average Internet user, you think of free stuff. If you’re the president of a large multimedia corporation you think of pirates, grabbing your goodies without paying. And if you’re not technically inclined, you think of the magical way in which your tech-savvy friends find all that great stuff they didn’t pay for.
It’s about time. Twitter announced this week that the “Read” status of Direct Messages (DMs) will sync between all platforms, meaning that message you read on your phone will no longer be marked as unread when you get to your desktop.
Take a break. Now. Whether you want to be descending into a pixelated Hades or help Link save Princess Peach (and yes, you read that correctly), these three games bring that retro-style to your online distractions – all while offering a twist not seen in gaming’s golden age. Even better, all you need to play […]
The Internet makes the world smaller, but there’s something about watching real-life creatures, live, that makes that smallness more…tangible. True, there are cat videos from all over the world I could watch right now, but the idea that I’m seeing a cat as it exists, right now, somewhere in the world is a completely different experience. It’s more spontaneous, and it’s a much less distracting thing to leave open when you’re trying to get work done.
Do you need to co-ordinate meetings online? Have you got a thorough understanding of the best tools available to help you? Here’s a guide that will talk you through all the finer points of online meetings, including scheduling, writing agendas, video conferencing tools, minute-taking, brainstorming, and more. Modern video conferencing services are easy to use, […]
Can’t focus? Get to work, now. Tomato.es is a free Pomodoro timer you can use directly in your browser – and it’s possibly the best such app I’ve ever used. The Pomodoro technique is simple: work for 25 minutes, non-stop, then take a five minute break. Repeat three times, then take a 15 minute break. Continue repeating until all of your daily tasks are complete – or it’s time to sleep.
Twitter has started tracking the Internet usage of its American users, just in time for the 4th of July – but you have the freedom to opt out. Users won’t see more ads on Twitter, but they may see better ones.
Want to check out Linux, but fear you might wreck your existing Windows installation? Don’t. There are plenty of risk-free ways to try Linux, from live CDs to USB keys to virtual machines. Whether you’re thinking of ditching Windows or simply want to tinker with some tech, Linux is worth looking into. If you want to see how user friendly Linux can be, I recommend starting with Ubuntu, though others will tell you Linux Mint is a better first experience. If you consider yourself a geek, at least try it out.
Whether you want to use your trackpad as an improvised drawing tablet or control every aspect of your Mac using gestures, you can – if you know the right tools to use. Multi-touch means your trackpad knows precisely how many fingers are on its surface, and what they’re doing. A few default gestures take advantage of this – two-finger scrolling and pinch-to-zoom, for example – but there’s a lot more potential here. Let’s go over the many ways to get the most out of your Mac’s trackpad, shall we?
What’s RSS? And should you use it? Find out with our latest manual, “Newspaper 2.0: Your Guide To RSS”. This guide, from MakeUseOf staffer Kannon Yamada, explains everything you ever wanted to know about RSS. You’ll find what this powerful information gathering tool is, its surprising history and its future in a post-Google Reader world.
A new mobile operating system premiers this week. Phones with the brand new FirefoxOS are officially for sale in Spain – and coming to countries around the world soon.