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Simon Slangen

/ Joined 10 June, 2008

I'm a writer and computer sciences student from Belgium. You can always do me a favor with a good article idea, book recommendation, or recipe idea. You'll also find me on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

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How To Authenticate Over SSH With Keys Instead of Passwords

Linux

How To Authenticate Over SSH With Keys Instead of Passwords

SSH is a great way to gain remote access to your computer. When you open the ports on your router (port 22 to be exact) you can not only access your SSH server from within your local network, but from anywhere in the world. However, you don’t want to risk using a weak password for authentication. Luckily, it’s very easy to set up your global SSH server in a very secure manner by using key-based authentication and disabling password authentication on your server altogether.

Simon Slangen July 15, 2013 15-07-2013
How To Authenticate Over SSH With Keys Instead of Passwords
How To Reinstall Mac OS X For A Fast, Squeaky-Clean Mac

Mac

How To Reinstall Mac OS X For A Fast, Squeaky-Clean Mac

Just like Windows, prolonged use of a Mac slows down the operating system. When you’ve been hoarding data and applications for over a year, the difference in performance starts to show. It just doesn’t run as smoothly as it once did. A lot of users are hesitant to reinstall their entire operating system. There are plenty of advantages to a fresh install, especially performance-wise, but it’s a much bigger undertaking to start over from scratch. In this article we will run through the process from start to finish.

Simon Slangen July 8, 2013 08-07-2013
How To Reinstall Mac OS X For A Fast, Squeaky-Clean Mac
6 Awesome FPS Games For Your Browser

Gaming

6 Awesome FPS Games For Your Browser

Most people spend ninety percent of their time on a computer in the web browser. Office and productivity suites might tempt you enough for the occasional trip to the desktop, but even there a shift to the browser is evident with tools like Google Docs. With the capabilities of modern browsers growing ever more, there’s a convergence of web and traditional application technologies. But however evident, I never expected games to make the leap as eloquently as they did.

Simon Slangen June 17, 2013 17-06-2013
6 Awesome FPS Games For Your Browser
3 Ways to Electronically Sign Documents

Internet

3 Ways to Electronically Sign Documents

Paperwork doesn’t have to be a chore, if it can be handled swiftly and efficiently. In the case of signing documents, it usually isn’t. It’s a hopelessly convoluted process, all for getting a single squiggly on a single document. It’s time for document signing to enter the digital age and with electronic signatures, it has.

Simon Slangen June 10, 2013 10-06-2013
3 Ways to Electronically Sign Documents
How To Prep Your Videos For Playback On The Roku 3

Smart Home

How To Prep Your Videos For Playback On The Roku 3

Although I’ve had the pleasure of using an Apple TV these past few months, I was immediately sold on the Roku 3. You can read more about the product (and whet your appetite) in Danny’s Roku 3 review. For me, it was the combination of on-demand media and easy access to my own extensive media library that made Roku’s case, not to mention an attractive price tag. In fact, I mostly use the Roku 3 as a top-up box for my Plex media center.

Simon Slangen June 3, 2013 03-06-2013
How To Prep Your Videos For Playback On The Roku 3
3 Great Ways To Enjoy Your Own Media On The Roku 3

Android Linux

3 Great Ways To Enjoy Your Own Media On The Roku 3

Regular television sets are a thing of the past. These days, if you set out to get a new TV, it’ll likely be a smart TV. That TV will be ‘smart’ the same way your smartphone is – it’s connected and it’s extendable. Just like your smartphone, a lot of new televisions tune in to a sizable application ecosystem, adding the imaginings of third-party developers to your television’s standard feature set.

Simon Slangen June 3, 2013 03-06-2013
3 Great Ways To Enjoy Your Own Media On The Roku 3
Keep Your Secret Files Out Of Sight With MacHider [Mac OS X]

Mac

Keep Your Secret Files Out Of Sight With MacHider [Mac OS X]

If you’re using Mac OS X, you don’t even need specialised third-party security software to keep your precious data out of nefarious hands. Coupled with a strong user account password, the FileVault option in the System Preferences automatically encrypts your entire disk. However, the strength of your security doesn’t matter if everyone looking over your shoulder can see this sensitive data. This is one of the main reasons why I keep my precious files hidden from sight by using tools like MacHider. It’s security through obscurity.

Simon Slangen May 27, 2013 27-05-2013
Keep Your Secret Files Out Of Sight With MacHider [Mac OS X]
3 Cool Dashboard Apps For Your iPad [iOS]

iPhone and iPad

3 Cool Dashboard Apps For Your iPad [iOS]

Despite the effort I put into keeping my Mac tidy, the thing that most helps me to quickly glean information from my computer is its clutter. Open up the lid and everything you could possibly need is there: my inbox, still open. Facebook in the menu bar and the Calendar app in the background. For the iPad at least, this is on possible using a form of structured clutter using dashboard-like apps. There aren’t too many of these for iOS, but we’ve managed to find a few gems nonetheless.

Simon Slangen May 27, 2013 27-05-2013
3 Cool Dashboard Apps For Your iPad [iOS]
Byword Offers Fullscreen Distraction-Free Writing Pleasure On Your Mac

Mac

Byword Offers Fullscreen Distraction-Free Writing Pleasure On Your Mac

Taking your pen to hand – or more often keyboard, in these times – is not always a simple undertaking. That’s not to say writing is bothersome. No, rather the opposite. Writing is wonderful, awesome, enchanting, and a hundred other things. The problem then is that there are too many distractions. Loud noises, flashing lights….not just outside of your window, but on your computer as well.

Simon Slangen May 20, 2013 20-05-2013
Byword Offers Fullscreen Distraction-Free Writing Pleasure On Your Mac
5 Interesting Calculator Alternatives for Mac OS X

Mac

5 Interesting Calculator Alternatives for Mac OS X

Compared to other standard calculators, Mac OS X users definitely can’t complain. The Calculator app that ships with Macs by default is diverse and incredibly powerful. However, you simply can’t build an app as general as a calculator to satisfy all possible user scenarios. For different users, different apps will always come out on top. Luckily, there’s no shortage of calculator alternatives in the Mac App Store.

Simon Slangen May 20, 2013 20-05-2013
5 Interesting Calculator Alternatives for Mac OS X
5 Daily iPad Crossword Apps To Do While You Wait [iOS]

iPhone and iPad

5 Daily iPad Crossword Apps To Do While You Wait [iOS]

Crosswords are one of the world’s favorite pastimes. Sudoku has gained a lot of ground these past few years (although the real sudoku craze has largely calmed down) but this old time-waster isn’t going anywhere. It’s one of the big puzzle totems, and it’s here to stay. As with newspapers and magazines, crosswords are going digital. You might miss your coffee-stained, pencil-marked newspaper friends at first, but the iPad is a crossword wonder.

Simon Slangen May 13, 2013 13-05-2013
5 Daily iPad Crossword Apps To Do While You Wait [iOS]
What Is a DDoS Attack? [MakeUseOf Explains]

Internet

What Is a DDoS Attack? [MakeUseOf Explains]

The term DDoS whistles past whenever cyber-activism rears up its head en-masse. These kind of attacks make international headlines because of multiple reasons. The issues that jumpstart those DDoS attacks are often controversial or highly political. Since a large number of regular users are affected by the attacks, it’s an issue that plays with the people. Perhaps most importantly, a lot of people don’t know what constitutes a DDoS attack.

Simon Slangen May 13, 2013 13-05-2013
What Is a DDoS Attack? [MakeUseOf Explains]
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