Simon Slangen

Joined 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 Define Command Line Aliases On Any Operating System

4th March, 2013

We’ve talked about, and recommended getting to grips with your computer’s command line terminal numerous times in the past. Tina wrote a good primer for Windows users with A Beginner’s Guide To The Windows Command Line. Abraham provided a similar service for Linux users, with An Introduction to the Linux Command Line. In a vast array of articles, MakeUseOf has explored other uses of the command line.


Use Your Computer Through Your iPad With Splashtop 2

25th February, 2013

A Macbook Air doesn’t measure up to the iPad in terms of portability. Lounging on the sofa, or lying in bed, the iPad remains the tool of choice. In an ideal world, your device would have the portability of a tablet, but the processing power and application range of a laptop computer. It may be some time yet until Apple releases a de-simplified tablet – if it happens at all – but until then Splashtop does the job for us.


What Is a MAC Address & Can It Be Used To Secure Your Home Network? [MakeUseOf Explains]

25th February, 2013

Network structure and management have their own lingo. Some of the terms thrown around will likely already sound familiar to you. Ethernet and Wi-Fi are largely self-obvious concepts, although it may require a little bit more effort to understand the intricacies of the different Wi-Fi standards. Knowing the meaning of these terms, and grasping the underlying concepts will help you to get a better grip on your own home or office network.


Add A Fresh Finder-Like File System Interface To iOS Using iFile [Cydia]

18th February, 2013

We jailbreak our iPhones and iPads. We tweak our system to enable infinite icons on the dock, and add better messaging capabilities. We could go on—great Cydia tweaks are legion—but there’s one specific tweak I’d like to highlight here today. iFile, which allows you to access and play with the iOS file system, is the main reason I’ve taken to jailbreaking my iPad.


How To Build An Email To RSS Notification Machine With Zapier

18th February, 2013

We’ve previously covered different ways to create automatic workflows that separate important tidbits of information from the mundane. This article is about how you receive the information. The most obvious (and often also the easiest) choice is to keep notified via email. A relatively simple way to separate one from the other is to reroute selective notifications to a personal ‘notifications’ RSS feed.


3 Great Menu Bar Apps To Stay On Top Of Your RSS Feeds [Mac]

11th February, 2013

For me, RSS feeds are the ideal way to keep up to date with all the websites I’m interested in – a centralised news-pool, so you don’t have to check your browser every five minutes just to stay on top of the news. Google Reader does a great job organizing your RSS feeds, and Reeder wonderfully integrates Google Reader on your Mac. There’s no shortage of ways to access those RSS feeds, but part of the problem remains.


Graphic Display Resolutions – What Do The Numbers Mean? [MakeUseOf Explains]

11th February, 2013

Display resolutions can be a rather cryptic business, with multiple standards used to describe the same display resolution in 10 different ways. All of those technical terms tend to change based on the display’s purpose (television versus computer monitor) and even your region (the meaning of HD Ready). Today, we’ll help you make sense of the different terms people tend to throw around when describing display resolutions.


3 Ways To Enhance Google Chrome’s Custom Search

21st January, 2013

In terms of browsing speed and flexibility, Google Chrome has long been my favorite browser. A lot of this speed comes from the browser itself. The remaining speed is the result of its extensibility. Our best of Google Chrome extensions page barely scratches the surface. Another – and vastly underrated – way to crank up your Google Chrome browser is by using Chrome’s custom search engines.


4 Ways To Keep Your Mac From Falling Asleep

21st January, 2013

Most of the time, using the computer means staring at the computer screen, one hand clasped around the mouse, the other standing ready at your keyboard. However, a lot of us use our computer for more than just Internet browsing. We use it to convert video, render images and compile code. Sometimes, we even use it to charge a cellphone. At times like these, you won’t necessarily be sitting behind your computer, eyes fixed on whatever relevant process indicator.


Getting Cramped? 5 Ways To Increase SSD-only Ultrabook or Netbook Storage

14th January, 2013

The ultra-portables can’t afford the room for a big, hulking hard drive. SSD comes at a price; literally, and figuratively. These expensive drives (although progress is made every day) still cannot reach the capacity of magnetic drives. Whether you’re limited to a 4 GB Netbook or a 256 GB Ultrabook, worrying about storage space is hardly enjoyable. Here are some tips you can use to increase the available memory of your memory-impaired device.


Give Finder The Upgrade It Sorely Needs With XtraFinder [Mac]

14th January, 2013

People are always going on about the Mac user experience; how it just works. For the most part, I agree with them. The operating system is like a smooth breeze, and most of the default applications are top notch quality. There’s really only one standard application that’s painfully lacking in power: Finder.


What Is a Zero Day Vulnerability? [MakeUseOf Explains]

7th January, 2013

If you don’t keep your computer protected, it’s very easy to get it infected – as many of you can probably relate to. There are multiple ways to keep your computer clean and your data safe. You can use your common sense to avoid catching a digital cold, and install a good anti-virus application. Another […]


How To Hide Unwanted Default Apps On a Jailbroken iPhone Or iPad

7th January, 2013

Some of the apps that are shipped on your iPhone or iPad are great. I wouldn’t for the life of me want to replace the default Mail or Notes applications. Nevertheless, the truth is that you don’t use all of those default iOS applications – whether you’ve already found a Calendar alternative, or aren’t interested in using your camera entirely. The default iOS applications don’t take up too much space in your device’s memory. However, they do take up a lot of screen real estate.


Kuvva Shows Featured Art On Your Desktop [Mac]

31st December, 2012

One of the first things I do when I start using a new computer or after reinstalling the operating system, even before installing a different video player or browser, is to set the mood by selecting a desktop wallpaper. Of course, no matter how careful your choice, chances are you’ll grow tired of it sooner or later. For me, it’s what attracts me to wallpaper streamers—these small applications run unobtrusively in the background and periodically change your wallpaper.


Keep Track Of Upcoming Releases With HypeJar

24th December, 2012

It’s a lot easier to pin down specifics about a product when it’s already out there. The Internet makes it incredibly easy to find dependable ratings and reviews for movies, music, games and literature, and consumer reviews are available for most popular consumer technology. Finding information about something that’s yet to be released is a wee bit harder to do.