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Tim Brookes

iOS and Mac Editor / Joined 12 July, 2010

Tim is Mac and iOS editor for MakeUseOf and can currently be found living in Melbourne, Australia. You can find him on Twitter at @timbrookes.

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Tunes On The Go: From The Walkman To The iPod & Beyond [Geek History]

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Tunes On The Go: From The Walkman To The iPod & Beyond [Geek History]

Your children will never know what it’s like to have the batteries on a personal cassette player start to run out, as the music slows by a noticeable couple of BPM and Bruce Dickinson’s vocals on your Iron Maiden compilation begin to wane. Heck, your children probably won’t listen to Iron Maiden (mine will, it will be heavily enforced). In the age of streaming media, digital everything and repeated shunning of physical media, the way we consume music continues to evolve.

05-10-2012
Tunes On The Go: From The Walkman To The iPod & Beyond [Geek History]
Gardenscapes – A Hidden Item Game You Should Try Now [Giveaway]

Gaming

Gardenscapes – A Hidden Item Game You Should Try Now [Giveaway]

Recently, we gave away their classic three-in-a-row game Fishdom, which involves solving puzzles as you build up your own aquarium. Today, we’ve got a similar formula in the form of Gardenscapes. What’s more, we’re giving the Windows version of this hidden item puzzler away, so for your chance to win one of 25 copies worth $19.95 each, check out the full review.

04-10-2012
Gardenscapes – A Hidden Item Game You Should Try Now [Giveaway]
Gaming Firsts: 4 Milestones From The First Games To The Home Console [Geek History]

Gaming

Gaming Firsts: 4 Milestones From The First Games To The Home Console [Geek History]

Before video games there were board games, card games, parlour games and some elaborate automaton chess robots that were actually operated by hidden human beings. The 20th century saw a huge shift in the perception of what a “game” could be, with most individuals born within the last 25 years or so now associating the word “game” with “video” before anything else.

04-10-2012
Gaming Firsts: 4 Milestones From The First Games To The Home Console [Geek History]
Backstitch: A Viable Personalized Start Page Alternative For iGoogle Refugees

Internet

Backstitch: A Viable Personalized Start Page Alternative For iGoogle Refugees

When Google announced that they are planning to retire iGoogle in November of next year, reactions were split between “what’s iGoogle?” and “what will I use now?”. In case you’re not aware, iGoogle is a personalized homepage that allows you to arrange customized widgets just how you want in order to keep track of your oft-used services. Plenty of MakeUseOf readers were disappointed with the news.

28-09-2012
Backstitch: A Viable Personalized Start Page Alternative For iGoogle Refugees
OS X Mountain Lion Is Far From Perfect & Here’s Why

Mac

OS X Mountain Lion Is Far From Perfect & Here’s Why

I’ve held off writing this article for a few weeks now, in the hope that Apple themselves would step forward and acknowledge that their latest release, OS X 10.8 “Mountain Lion”, has some serious problems that need to be sorted out. Unfortunately the company hasn’t said a word, ignoring hundreds of reports of problems on their own Support Communities website.

26-09-2012
OS X Mountain Lion Is Far From Perfect & Here’s Why
Old But Gold: Stream Classic Hammer Films In Your Browser [Stuff to Watch]

Internet

Old But Gold: Stream Classic Hammer Films In Your Browser [Stuff to Watch]

Hammer Films is an iconic British production company that began work in the mid 1930s and enjoyed major success in the 50s, 60s and 70s thanks to a unique brand of horror which later became known as “Hammer Horror”. They have also recently launched a YouTube channel, and put it to good use by exhibiting some of their classic works which is what we’re looking at in this week’s Stuff to Watch.

24-09-2012
Old But Gold: Stream Classic Hammer Films In Your Browser [Stuff to Watch]
Tweak Mac OS X & Access Hidden Settings With Mountain Tweaks & Lion Tweaks [OS X]

Mac

Tweak Mac OS X & Access Hidden Settings With Mountain Tweaks & Lion Tweaks [OS X]

Apple’s walled-garden approach to computing has some pretty far-reaching implications for an everyday user of OS X. Apple provides, on the whole, a smooth and pleasant experience while using your computer, partly because the options that will break something aren’t there. Conversely, this approach can be quite limiting – especially to those who are used to endless preferences on Windows or Linux.

20-09-2012
Tweak Mac OS X & Access Hidden Settings With Mountain Tweaks & Lion Tweaks [OS X]
Rise Of the SWF: Flash Animations That Will Make You Feel Old [Stuff to Watch]

Internet

Rise Of the SWF: Flash Animations That Will Make You Feel Old [Stuff to Watch]

Do you remember when a company called Macromedia introduced their rich web plugin, Flash? Back then, Flash was an exciting new prospect. It introduced the ability to animate, using frame-by-frame and using motion-tweening, add sound, buttons and interactions all from a relatively approachable interface. The early Internet, or “Web 1.0” if I dare use that term, exploded with nonsensical, bizarre and downright impressive animations.

17-09-2012
Rise Of the SWF: Flash Animations That Will Make You Feel Old [Stuff to Watch]
Which Is The Mobile Cloud Option For You? iCloud vs. SkyDrive vs. Google Drive

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Which Is The Mobile Cloud Option For You? iCloud vs. SkyDrive vs. Google Drive

It seems the cloud is hard to escape these days – both in your daily tech life, and on websites such as ours. Only last week I wrote an article about cloud-based PowerPoint alternatives, the week before an article about DOS games in the cloud and before that you might have caught me harping on about online backup solutions. There’s good reason for the buzz – it’s both handy and a growing necessity.

14-09-2012
Which Is The Mobile Cloud Option For You? iCloud vs. SkyDrive vs. Google Drive
4 Excellent Browser-Based Alternatives To PowerPoint

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4 Excellent Browser-Based Alternatives To PowerPoint

Did you know people still actually use presentation software for work purposes? It’s true! In this age of always-on cloud connectivity, more and more browser-based solutions exist. You don’t even need PowerPoint installed on your PC any more to create your next presentation – and you don’t need to purchase software either. Here are MakeUseOf’s current picks when it comes to creating PowerPoint-style presentations via your web browser, for free.

07-09-2012
4 Excellent Browser-Based Alternatives To PowerPoint
Make Better Use Of Spotify With These Top Tips And Tricks

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Make Better Use Of Spotify With These Top Tips And Tricks

If you’ve invested time and money in playlists and a subscription, it makes sense to learn some of the lesser known functions and quirks that the Spotify client has to offer. There’s no denying the platform is intuitive and easy to use, but you’d be forgiven for missing some of the more advanced features. Here are some of the less-obvious things you can do to make your time with Spotify even better.

06-09-2012
Make Better Use Of Spotify With These Top Tips And Tricks
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