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Aaron Couch

/ Joined 15 June, 2012

Aaron is a Vet Assistant graduate, with his primary interests in wildlife and technology. He enjoys exploring the outdoors and photography. When he's not writing or indulging in technological findings throughout the interwebs, he can be found bombing down the mountainside on his bike. Read more about Aaron on his personal website.

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10 Steps To Take When You Discover Malware On Your Computer

Windows

10 Steps To Take When You Discover Malware On Your Computer

We would like to think that the Internet is a safe place to spend our time (cough), but we all know there are risks around every corner. Email, social media, malicious websites that have worked their way into search engine results, and ad pop-ups all can pose a threat. Although you can limit the risk of infecting your computer, sometimes you simply have bad luck and get infected anyway. Thankfully, you can do it for completely free. And because of that, I’ve laid out all the steps of exactly how to do it.

27-08-2013
10 Steps To Take When You Discover Malware On Your Computer
3 Apps and Services That Can Tap Into the Feedly Cloud

Windows Internet

3 Apps and Services That Can Tap Into the Feedly Cloud

Although there are several alternatives to Google Reader, Feedly, with its easy to use interface, has been the primary choice for reading news. Along with announcing Feedly Cloud, Feedly also informed its users about other services and apps that can be used in combination with Feedly. In this article, we’ll look at three that integrate exceptionally well with Feedly.

01-07-2013
3 Apps and Services That Can Tap Into the Feedly Cloud
Did You Know You Could Customize The Windows Context Menu? Organize It With Right Click Enhancer

Windows

Did You Know You Could Customize The Windows Context Menu? Organize It With Right Click Enhancer

Have you ever wondered if there could be more to the Windows context menu? It has a dedicated key on every keyboard, yet are we really using it to it’s full potential? Perhaps it’s clogged up with a bunch of program entries from software that you don’t really use. Now technically, you don’t need a program to remove context entries, but if you want to extend your context menu beyond the defaults that Microsoft has limited it at, I recommend taking a look at Right Click Enhancer.

30-06-2013
Did You Know You Could Customize The Windows Context Menu? Organize It With Right Click Enhancer
Photoshop Is Overkill: Edit Your Images With These Free Chrome Apps And Extensions

Browsers

Photoshop Is Overkill: Edit Your Images With These Free Chrome Apps And Extensions

Although Photoshop is a great program, it has its drawbacks. Photoshop is not only very expensive, it also has too many controls for what you probably need. There are a lot of editors you could use – some on the desktop and others on the web. Today we’re going to look at some of the best and free online editors that also happen to be Chrome apps and extensions.

18-06-2013
Photoshop Is Overkill: Edit Your Images With These Free Chrome Apps And Extensions
So You Lost Your Best Friend? These Websites Can Help Locate Your Lost Pet

Internet

So You Lost Your Best Friend? These Websites Can Help Locate Your Lost Pet

Having a pet, specifically a dog or a cat, can bring so much joy in your life. Something soft that you can cuddle with. Something you can share your thoughts with. Something that will love you back no matter what. But what happens when your best friend gets lost or runs away?What can you do to get them back as quickly as possible?

15-06-2013
So You Lost Your Best Friend? These Websites Can Help Locate Your Lost Pet
Improve Pandora With These Chrome & Firefox Browser Add-Ons

Browsers

Improve Pandora With These Chrome & Firefox Browser Add-Ons

With over 35 million listeners, Pandora is easily one of the most popular Internet radio sites. Despite Pandora being awesome at linking similar songs together, there’s always room for improvement. For instance, controlling it requires you to manually go to the website. Or what if you want to listen to a specific song you’re in the mood for? The best you can do is listen to a preview.

11-06-2013
Improve Pandora With These Chrome & Firefox Browser Add-Ons
4 Browser Extensions For Searching Multiple Words On A Webpage [Chrome, Firefox]

Browsers

4 Browser Extensions For Searching Multiple Words On A Webpage [Chrome, Firefox]

Do you ever find yourself needing to search things on a webpage? The find function (CTRL+F) is an awesome keyboard shortcut and feature in browsers – chances are you already know about it and use it. However, you’re limited to one word as boolean search functions have yet to be added to browsers – a shame really. So what do you do whenever you want to search multiple words?

04-06-2013
4 Browser Extensions For Searching Multiple Words On A Webpage [Chrome, Firefox]
From Minimalistic To Highly-Customizable: The Most Modern & Free Tumblr Themes

Wordpress & Web Development

From Minimalistic To Highly-Customizable: The Most Modern & Free Tumblr Themes

On Tumblr, you’re limited to the features that each theme has, and many of them are different. If you’re willing to spend some money, there are some awesome Tumblr themes, but depending on your needs and budget, you’ll quickly find that free ones with a unique look and useful features aren’t as easy to find as you hoped.

31-05-2013
From Minimalistic To Highly-Customizable: The Most Modern & Free Tumblr Themes
Enginuity: Get The Socially-Relevant Searches You’ve Been Looking For

Internet

Enginuity: Get The Socially-Relevant Searches You’ve Been Looking For

The web has changed a lot since the first search engines erupted through the surface. One of those major changes have been social networks, enabling us to connect with each other all over the world – pretty incredible really. However, it seems that search engines haven’t fully used the power of the social networks.

30-05-2013
Enginuity: Get The Socially-Relevant Searches You’ve Been Looking For
10 Puppy Finding Services To Find Your Next Best Friend

Internet

10 Puppy Finding Services To Find Your Next Best Friend

Where do you go to find your next best friend? There are a lot of places locally, but some are difficult to discover. Also, if you do not have an idea of what kind you want, it may be difficult to find that perfect dog. That’s where websites come in handy. They help you sift through the Internet looking for the perfect puppy and where you can get it. In this article we will cover ten different websites.

16-05-2013
10 Puppy Finding Services To Find Your Next Best Friend
Making Your Own Website: Your Career Will Thank You Later

Self Improvement Internet

Making Your Own Website: Your Career Will Thank You Later

A personal website is probably one of the biggest aspects of your online presence. Sure other areas such as social networks and blogs are important, but your website is like a home base – a hub that everything branches off from. Let’s now explore some reasons how just such a website will benefit you tremendously.

14-05-2013
Making Your Own Website: Your Career Will Thank You Later
You Are Missing Out By Not Creating A Personal Website: Disproving The 6 Myths

Self Improvement Internet

You Are Missing Out By Not Creating A Personal Website: Disproving The 6 Myths

Have you ever considered having a personal website? You know – a place where people can go to read about who you are, what you do, your goals and aspirations, and of course to contact you. This is the first article of a two-part series where we will explore the benefits of creating a personal website. Today, we’ll cover the common misconceptions that are keeping you from creating an awesome personal website.

11-05-2013
You Are Missing Out By Not Creating A Personal Website: Disproving The 6 Myths
OUTDATEfighter: Keep Your Computer Updated And Bloatware-Free With This Fantastic Tool [Windows]

Windows

OUTDATEfighter: Keep Your Computer Updated And Bloatware-Free With This Fantastic Tool [Windows]

Do you ever feel like keeping all your software updated is too much of a hassle? OUTDATEfighter, created by FIGHTERtools, is a new program that allows you to scan for software and Windows updates, without leaving the program’s window. That means no need to open a browser and manually download each program, like some other programs do.

09-05-2013
OUTDATEfighter: Keep Your Computer Updated And Bloatware-Free With This Fantastic Tool [Windows]
Dropmark – The Easiest Way To Share Files And Collaborate With Anyone [Web & Mac]

Internet

Dropmark – The Easiest Way To Share Files And Collaborate With Anyone [Web & Mac]

How do you typically collaborate with others on projects? By email? Or do you try to get everyone to sign up for the latest cloud file sharing service that you use? Neither of those options are very practical. This is where most collaboration tools fall short – everyone involved must have an account to work together and access the information. There are some great ways to share files, some of which don’t require signing up for, but in exchange their feature set is pretty sparse.

07-05-2013
Dropmark – The Easiest Way To Share Files And Collaborate With Anyone [Web & Mac]
Stop Annoying UAC Prompts – How To Create A User Account Control Whitelist [Windows]

Windows

Stop Annoying UAC Prompts – How To Create A User Account Control Whitelist [Windows]

Ever since Vista, we Windows users have been pestered, bugged, annoyed, and tired of the User Account Control (UAC) prompt telling us a program is starting up that we intentionally launched. Sure, it has improved, but not to the extent that we’ve hoped. It still comes up for good and reputable programs like Geek Uninstaller, Everything, CCleaner, and others. So what do you do?

02-05-2013
Stop Annoying UAC Prompts – How To Create A User Account Control Whitelist [Windows]
Speed Up Your Imgur Uploads With These Apps & Browser Add-Ons

Internet

Speed Up Your Imgur Uploads With These Apps & Browser Add-Ons

Imgur is an awesome website for hosting your photos – we all know that. Its clean interface, awesome community, and integration with social networks make it one of the best places on the Internet to look for and post your images. But you still have to go to the website to upload your photos. Just another tab to have open right? Not necessarily.

30-04-2013
Speed Up Your Imgur Uploads With These Apps & Browser Add-Ons
Your Last Minute Guide To Exporting Your Posterous Blog Before It Shuts Down Forever

Wordpress & Web Development

Your Last Minute Guide To Exporting Your Posterous Blog Before It Shuts Down Forever

For a while now, Posterous has been been the home for thousands of blogs – including a few of mine. They started out marketing themselves as a way to easily blog, thus likely acquiring many less-tech savvy bloggers looking for a solution to get their blog started fast. And because of that, I feel there definitely needs to be instructions as to what you do now that Posterous is going to be gone forever… tomorrow, April 30th.

29-04-2013
Your Last Minute Guide To Exporting Your Posterous Blog Before It Shuts Down Forever
Get The Most Out Of Using Twitter Privately

Internet

Get The Most Out Of Using Twitter Privately

If you use Twitter, you’ve probably noticed that by default your profile is set to public. Have you ever wondered how to make your Twitter account private or even why you should? It’s probably safe to say that the majority of users have their profiles set up to be public, but there are many reasons you might want to make your tweets protected instead. In this article we’ll explore how to protect your account so that only those you approve can see what you tweet.

27-04-2013
Get The Most Out Of Using Twitter Privately
Losing Twitter Followers? 10 Dos & Don’ts To Keep Your Followers & Attract New Ones

Internet

Losing Twitter Followers? 10 Dos & Don’ts To Keep Your Followers & Attract New Ones

Probably the toughest aspect of Twitter is acquiring and keeping your followers. You might be annoying people on Twitter and not even realize it. Thus, you begin to lose the followers you worked so hard to get. So what do you do? Keeping trying to get new ones? Sure – that’s good, but if you don’t change how you’re using Twitter, you’re going to find yourself going in a circle.

25-04-2013
Losing Twitter Followers? 10 Dos & Don’ts To Keep Your Followers & Attract New Ones
10 Websites That Will Help Drown Out The Noise So You Can Stay Focused

Internet

10 Websites That Will Help Drown Out The Noise So You Can Stay Focused

Do you find yourself constantly distracted by everything going on around you and having a hard time concentrating on what you’re doing? The solution is noise-cancelling headphones. Whether you’re in a café with a crying baby two tables away, the office with noisy chatter in the cubicle next to you or at home with the dog constantly barking, headphones will do the trick. But headphones are only part of the solution.

23-04-2013
10 Websites That Will Help Drown Out The Noise So You Can Stay Focused
RocketDock + Stacks Docklet: Not Just A Dock, But A Complete Desktop Organization Solution [Windows]

Windows

RocketDock + Stacks Docklet: Not Just A Dock, But A Complete Desktop Organization Solution [Windows]

RocketDock has been one of the best choices for a Mac-like dock in Windows for years. That’s why it’s on our Best Of Windows Software page. In fact, you’ve probably heard of it. But there’s more to it than just being a dock that is easy to use. It’s also more customizable, perhaps even more than one of its most popular alternatives, ObjectDock.

20-04-2013
RocketDock + Stacks Docklet: Not Just A Dock, But A Complete Desktop Organization Solution [Windows]
11 Breathtaking Motorcycle Racing & Stunt Videos

Internet

11 Breathtaking Motorcycle Racing & Stunt Videos

One awesome thing about the Internet is that you have the ability to find incredible talent captured in videos from all around the world. Whether it’s YouTube or another video website, you can spend hours watching videos. Have you ever looked up motorcycle videos? You don’t even have to be interested or know much about them to be fascinated by what people can do on a two-wheeled machine.

18-04-2013
11 Breathtaking Motorcycle Racing & Stunt Videos