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Once you have tried working with a dual monitor setup, you’ll never go back. While two monitors give you double the workspace and boost productivity, I found the setup is never perfect. In the end, either the screensaver or backgrounds don’t work right or the software tool is very buggy and ends up freezing up the system. Then I came across Actual Multiple Monitors. This impressive software can transform your single PC into a dual display system that acts as though you’re running two independent computer desktops.
If you know the name J.Dash, then you know what I mean when I say that it’s time to WOP. I admit, I never would have considered interviewing J.Dash for MakeUseOf – I mean, we’re not exactly an entertainment blog. Curious about someone cool enough to break out of such stereotypes, I had to jump on this interview opportunity and see if it was just a marketing gimmick, or whether J.Dash could really tech talk with us.
I’m a Facebook addict. Up until recently, if I had a browser tab with Facebook open and it showed a notification that there was something new to see, I had to check it out immediately. Sounds familiar? It can be solved. I tested a long list of browser-based and desktop-based Facebook apps, and finally settled on three solutions that I felt performed this task best. These three solutions let you keep using Facebook, without Facebook taking over your life.
By now, you’ve probably heard all about Google Glass, and the amazing future of augmented reality that they’ve introduced to the world. However, what if I told you that before Google ever introduced their innovative glasses to the world, that there was another company already busy at work developing its own similar invention – a pair of sporty looking glasses that could project digital images from your smartphone right onto the lenses before your very eyes?
I have always believed that Excel is one of the most powerful software tools out there. It’s not just the fact that it’s spreadsheet software. No, Microsoft Excel 2013 simply has an awesome collection of built-in tools and features. Much of the power really lies behind the formulas and rules that you can write to manipulate data and information automatically, regardless of what data you insert. Here I show you how powerful formulas and conditional formatting can be, with three pretty useful examples.
How do you write things at work without wasting the entire workday doing it? How do you pump out even more articles as a freelancer, without sacrificing quality? In this article, I’m going to draw from 7 years of paid freelance writing work, and 13 years of professional engineering technical writing experience, to answer those questions.
Edward Snowden’s NSA revelations brought shock and awe into American households, as individuals and families started to realize that their communications were not quite as private as they had originally thought. To partially calm some of those nerves, I’d like to offer a few easy ways that you can encrypt your webmail to at least try and maintain some semblance of email privacy in a world filled with snoops and spies.
These days, with declining job markets in different industries, there are a lot of people looking to change jobs, and sometimes changing a job means learning a whole new skill set. If you are a teacher, or an expert in any subject at all, you could very well earn a significant income from your knowledge by teaching other people online. There are many websites where you can do just that, and in this article I’ll list five of them.
Apple recently launched its 2013 back-to-school promotion, offering $100 App Store gift cards for customers that buy a Mac between now and September 6, or a $50 gift card for any purchase of iPad or iPhone. The deal is available to faculty, staff and students working at or attending any college or university.
As the years progress and Microsoft moves on from Windows 7 into Windows 8 and beyond, it’s certainly starting to feel like Windows XP is just an artifact of the past. But is it? There may be situations when you need to use XP again or you might want to take a stroll down memory lane. Well, Microsoft offers VirtualBox, a free Virtual Machine featuring a free version of Windows XP, which runs within your current OS. You can use this system for testing or running older programs that only work in Windows XP.
The Internet domain regulation organization ICANN has recently approved .nyc as the official top level domain for New York City. This decision makes New York City the first city in the world to be granted approval for its own domain, with London and Paris close behind.
Why would it ever be necessary to disguise yourself online? Isn’t such behavior only for the likes of hackers, spies, and lowlifes? Well, not exactly. It isn’t always easy to fully disguise yourself in a way that is untraceable, but using the tools described in this article, you should be able to pull it off in fairly short order.
In this update, I’m going to take a look at Google Trend buzz searches from the past couple of weeks. Top buzz identified at Google Trends covers topics ranging from entertainment to politics and occasionally, yes, technology. It’s the tech news that I decided to hunt for. I’ve identified five new search terms that are exploding across the Internet, and may indicate stories that you could very well see in the news very soon.
One of the worst things in a household full of poeple is when conversations consit of shouting throughout the house. More families are turning to instant messaging as a solution for in-home communication. Heck – IM is making paging systems obsolete at most workplaces, so why not in the home? The problem arises for parents of young children, who don’t want those kids to be plugged into the Internet on public IM networks – for those parents, LAN Messenger can serve as an excellent solution.
Not all video conversion software is created equal. Recently, I received a DVD copy of a TV show I appeared on. I was very antsy to use the content from that DVD as advertising for my online writing and research. Once I started trying to extract the clips and convert the video, however, I found that most of the video conversion tools ended up failing either with ripping the DVD or the video conversion. I was stunned. I nearly gave up until I recently stumbled across Format Factory.