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Have you ever found yourself hovering on the edge of an online catastrophe, trying to resolve some issue at work via your VPN link, while your laptop’s battery level continues to sink down to 0%? This is a situation that a lot hard-working mobile users often find themselves in, and the options available to keep that laptop battery charged are not as well-known as you might think.
The keyboard is misplaced. Your monitor is tilted at an odd angle. You know someone has been using your computer, but you don’t have any evidence to nail down the culprit. Or do you? The truth is that the person who used your computer not only left behind crumbs of evidence on your desk, but they’ve also likely left crumbs of evidence on the computer itself. No matter what someone might have done on your PC, nearly everything you do leaves some kind of trace on a computer. This article will help you track down the evidence.
You used to be on top of your readings. Then you got busy. What you’re suffering from is called “aging”. You have kids, your responsibilities grow, and it seems like the days grow shorter. Thankfully, RSS feeds are a way to sort of auto-browse all of those headlines without the need to click and read each one. This articles covers four of the best tools to deliver RSS feed updates directly to your desktop, either through RSS tickers, or from alert boxes that display feed information and scroll automatically.
Using Google Tasks is like a love-hate relationship. The problem with using Google Tasks directly in say, Google Calendar or inside Google Mail is that the layout and the user interface is extremely simplified and not very flexible. In the normal view, it’s difficult to create subtasks, you can’t see all lists at once on one screen, and editing tasks or lists is cumbersome and not very intuitive. The best solution is really a client that is purely desktop, and which makes managing and navigating all of your tasks and projects as easy as possible.
Do you frequently switch networks? Changing your IP settings still requires far more clicks than it should. You need to click through many windows to find and manually change your IP address, subnet, gateway and DNS settings. It doesn’t have to be so complicated, though! You can make use of a utility called Simple IP Config that lets you quickly tweak any of the IP settings mentioned above, and it can even manage IP setting “profiles”, which you can load up and enable on your laptop any time that you want.
To help you get started with Google+ Communities, I’ve decided to compile ten of the most intriguing or interesting Communities out there. These are ones that have at least over 10,000 users, and receive frequent updates every single day. Of course, these updates need to be unique or fun, and something worth coming back for every day. Turns out that’s a tall order on Google+ these days, but in the Communities section, it isn’t really as rare as you might think.
The key differences between Google Adwords Keyword Tool and Keyword Planner includes a more organized workflow for researching adwords and keywords, a clearer presentation of data, quick access to some nice historical graphs, and the ability to download historical data in spreadsheet form. In this article, I’ll show you each of these new or different features and how you can make use of them in your own keyword or adwords research.
Whether you’re heading up a single project at work, or you’re managing a small company, either role requires extreme organization and planning. This isn’t always possible with a traditional scheduler or planner. Enter Wrike, an innovative online project management solution that turns projects into groups of categorized tasks. It manages the tasks that have slipped through the cracks, so that when you do have some extra time, you know exactly where to look to catch up.
Defragging is one of those things – like doing the dishes or picking up the clothes off the floor – that you know you should get around to doing, but for some reason defragging just isn’t part of the regular scheduled “cleaning” for most users. One useful tool that can help by letting you set it up to run automatically on boot and never think about again, is UltraDefrag. It is a powerful and effective defragging software, which some of our readers swear by. Finally, here is a full UltraDefrag review for the rest of us.
Domain names can sell for anything from a few hundred dollars, to tens of thousands of dollars in some cases. There are even sales in the hundreds of thousands of dollars in some unique cases. The real valuation of a domain name comes from a number of factors, and by understanding those factors, you can increase the value of your domain before you make the move to sell it. A lot depends upon where you are in the process as well.
Windows XP is slated to be exterminated for good by Microsoft in April of 2014. It is the last stage of a multi-year effort to kill off the operating system. Windows XP is one of those Windows Operating Systems that built a very loyal user base of people who are not very willing to let go of it at the end of its life. In this article, I’ll help you set up that Windows XP system in such a way to reduce the likelihood of it getting hit by hacker lightning or a viral epidemic from the larger Internet.
Any image that has a smaller size will load on a web page faster, fit into an email message more easily, and transfer across the Internet more quickly. Compressed images can speed up the entire page load time of your site, and that’s really important when you’re looking to design a high quality web page that people aren’t annoyed to visit because the images take so long to load! In this article, I’ll test out four PNG compression apps, provide the results for each case, and then draw a conclusion as to which one performed the best.
The growing volume of widgets and tools that are available on Netvibes makes it a useful tool for all sorts of great things. One of the uses that I’ve discovered myself is developing Netvibes into a sort of a dashboard that lets you monitor newswires, quickly keep track of interesting story notes or ideas, research those ideas, and keep track of all of your information for increased productivity while you’re blogging or writing your articles.
Flipboard, the popular social magazine app for mobile users, announced on July 23rd that its socially curated magazines are now available via the web, accessible from any desktop PC. Flipboard users are able to create virtual magazines by sharing collections of articles and content from around the web. Up until now, after creating a Flipboard magazine covering any topic imaginable, those Flipboard curators were only able to share those magazines with other mobile users.
With the advent of the Internet, and particularly social networks like LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter, Marketers now have a whole toolbox full of tricks to convert you into a buying customer. The reality for most people on social networks is that they want to spend time connecting with others, and maybe even landing a new job. LinkedIn in particular is a powerful tool that you can use to market yourself and your skills to the world. However, there’s a dark side to LinkedIn too, and that’s the sea of online marketers that are masquerading as regular users, and trolling the social network to find their next lead.