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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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7 Tools That Will Revolutionize Your Music Listening Habits on the Web

Internet

7 Tools That Will Revolutionize Your Music Listening Habits on the Web

Listing to music online has been around for some time, but only in the past little while, has it really become mainstream with so many options to choose from. It really is quite incredible – we have the opportunity to find music like never before, and listen to copious amounts of it! But there are still some gaps to fill. For instance, audio files can be embedded into webpages, but those webpages have no way to listen to all the music.

16-04-2013
7 Tools That Will Revolutionize Your Music Listening Habits on the Web
ObjectDock: Quickly Customize Your Desktop And Increase Its Functionality [Windows]

Windows

ObjectDock: Quickly Customize Your Desktop And Increase Its Functionality [Windows]

By now, you may have already heard of ObjectDock – It’s no stranger to those of us keen on Windows customization. It has actually been around for quite some time, so you might even consider it a veteran of sorts. What is ObjectDock? As the name implies, it’s a dock, which is a program that provides quick access to other programs, folders and widgets right on your desktop.

13-04-2013
ObjectDock: Quickly Customize Your Desktop And Increase Its Functionality [Windows]
Grammarly Lite – A Browser Extension For All Your Proofreading Needs [Chrome, Firefox, Safari]

Browsers

Grammarly Lite – A Browser Extension For All Your Proofreading Needs [Chrome, Firefox, Safari]

How do you currently proofread what you type on your computer? Type it in Google? Paste it into Word? Or do you use a proofreading website that you paste your text into? I am definitely guilty of copying and pasting (or just typing) a word into Google Search to double check my spelling. But there’s a better way – a tool that integrates into your browser and almost all websites across the Internet.

11-04-2013
Grammarly Lite – A Browser Extension For All Your Proofreading Needs [Chrome, Firefox, Safari]
Black Menu: Access All Google Services Within A Single Menu [Chrome]

Browsers

Black Menu: Access All Google Services Within A Single Menu [Chrome]

Let’s face it – Google is awesome. If you’re like me, you use it for everything: emailing, scheduling, file storage, navigation, apps, your browser (Chrome), etc. But there’s one major problem – how do you easily access those apps and services? Google’s solution is a black bar across the screen. I’m not really a big fan of that, plus I can’t customize it. So what’s a better solution? How about one button for all the services?

09-04-2013
Black Menu: Access All Google Services Within A Single Menu [Chrome]
How To Become A Chrome Power User, Part 2: Bookmarks, Settings & Extensions

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How To Become A Chrome Power User, Part 2: Bookmarks, Settings & Extensions

Google Chrome has built a huge user base that other competing browsers could only dream about. And although there are still some good alternatives, Chrome still has won many of us over. If you’ve coming here from part one of this series, welcome! If this is the first article you’re reading, you don’t have to read part one first as this one can stand alone by itself. That said, you still should read it as using keyboard shortcuts is a huge asset to Chrome.

03-04-2013
How To Become A Chrome Power User, Part 2: Bookmarks, Settings & Extensions
How To Become A Chrome Power User, Part 1 – Master The Keyboard

Browsers

How To Become A Chrome Power User, Part 1 – Master The Keyboard

Google Chrome for some time has been the browser of choice for many and although the majority of our web browsers can do some pretty impressive things, Chrome has continued to snatch up power users, one after another. I was one. And when we asked you, our readers, why you prefer the browser you use, the answer was clear that Google Chrome reigns among the MakeUseOf readership as well.

02-04-2013
How To Become A Chrome Power User, Part 1 – Master The Keyboard
20 Evernote Search Features You Should Be Using

Internet

20 Evernote Search Features You Should Be Using

It’s one thing to use Evernote, but it’s entirely another thing to master Evernote. If you’re new to Evernote, I don’t want to come across like it’s something complicated – it’s not, in fact, it’s the complete opposite. But there is a lot to Evernote – more than most of its users probably don’t take advantage of. My goal in this article is to help you understand the search tools available in Evernote.

30-03-2013
20 Evernote Search Features You Should Be Using
KustomNote: Experience Evernote Like Never Before With Custom Templates

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KustomNote: Experience Evernote Like Never Before With Custom Templates

There often isn’t a lot mentioned about the actual organization within notes. Evernote provides the basic tools in its simple text editing interface, but wouldn’t it be nice to create more of a structured environment within Evernote? That is possible, but it’s not the easiest of tasks and is rather cumbersome. There’s an easier way – KustomNote.

28-03-2013
KustomNote: Experience Evernote Like Never Before With Custom Templates
Why You Should Be Using Evernote As Your Go-To Place For Remembering Everything

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Why You Should Be Using Evernote As Your Go-To Place For Remembering Everything

Remember Everything. That’s the Evernote motto and that’s what it allows you to do best. If you aren’t familiar yet with Evernote, you’re in for a real treat! If you have heard of it, but never really understood what the big hype was about it – my goal is that you will, after this article. Evernote is a cloud-based service that allows you to save anything you want and then easily find it.

23-03-2013
Why You Should Be Using Evernote As Your Go-To Place For Remembering Everything
5 Tools For Backing Up & Downloading Your Facebook Photos

Internet

5 Tools For Backing Up & Downloading Your Facebook Photos

Facebook has for a long time been the place where we post our photos online. Why? Because it’s a convenient place where everyone we know can see what we’re up to. But what about an easy way to make sure those photos are safe should anything happen to Facebook or our own profile? Thankfully, there are several tools you can use.

21-03-2013
5 Tools For Backing Up & Downloading Your Facebook Photos
Songdrop: Your Free & Favorite Song-Saving Service You Didn’t Even Know About Until Now

Internet

Songdrop: Your Free & Favorite Song-Saving Service You Didn’t Even Know About Until Now

The streaming music all of us listen to is scattered throughout the web, so when you want to listen to that one song that you can’t remember the name of, but saved it somewhere online… it could take a while, and that’s if you saved it. Songdrop, which we covered previously in the MakeUseOf Directory, is your solution to this problem.

19-03-2013
Songdrop: Your Free & Favorite Song-Saving Service You Didn’t Even Know About Until Now
Getting A New Computer, Part 4: How To Properly Protect Your Laptop

Web Culture

Getting A New Computer, Part 4: How To Properly Protect Your Laptop

A lot of research is involved in choosing the right computer. Should you go with a laptop or desktop? If you decide on a laptop, how do you choose which one? In all of these decisions, I’m sorry to say that you’re not even done if you’ve decided on a laptop and which one to get. In this article we will cover the security measures you should take with your new laptop.

16-03-2013
Getting A New Computer, Part 4: How To Properly Protect Your Laptop
Getting A New Computer, Part 3: Essential Programs & How To Efficiently Install Them

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Getting A New Computer, Part 3: Essential Programs & How To Efficiently Install Them

One of the great things about a new computer is that you get to reassess what programs you really need and even try new ones that perhaps you haven’t tried because you already had a comparable alternative. In this article we’ll explore some programs you must have on any computer and the best way to go about acquiring those programs – because there’s a much better way than visiting each individual program’s download page.

14-03-2013
Getting A New Computer, Part 3: Essential Programs & How To Efficiently Install Them
Getting A New Computer, Part 2: Things You Must Do Before Starting To Use It

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Getting A New Computer, Part 2: Things You Must Do Before Starting To Use It

The first thing you probably want to do when you get that new computer is jump right into using it. But hold on! There are some things that you must do and take care of before you get to that point. In this article, the second in the Getting A New Computer series, we will cover the first things you must do before starting to use your new computer for those everyday tasks.

12-03-2013
Getting A New Computer, Part 2: Things You Must Do Before Starting To Use It
Getting a New Computer, Part 1: How to Transition From Your Old PC to Your New One

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Getting a New Computer, Part 1: How to Transition From Your Old PC to Your New One

Ahhh! The joy of a new computer! An opportunity to start fresh and leave all the worries of your slow, dusty, old computer in the past. However, whether you’ve just purchased a new computer or are thinking about it, it is crucial to start out with it the right way in order to have the best experience possible. There are several aspects in doing this, all of which will be covered in this series of 4 articles. This is the first article in the series.

09-03-2013
Getting a New Computer, Part 1: How to Transition From Your Old PC to Your New One
Get Your Finances In Order With 9 Financial Web Tools

Finance

Get Your Finances In Order With 9 Financial Web Tools

Money is something that we all want more of, but to get more of it requires us to do two things – bring more in or spend less. Preferably both. But how do you do that? Budgeting plays a huge role in helping to keep that money in your pocket, and thankfully there are a lot of online tools to help do this. Now, should you use all of these? Probably not, as you might be more confused than you already are.

05-03-2013
Get Your Finances In Order With 9 Financial Web Tools
Tools & Techniques For When You Must Leave Your Laptop Alone In Public

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Tools & Techniques For When You Must Leave Your Laptop Alone In Public

Ideally we would never leave our laptops from our sight, especially in public. And there are definitely areas like airports and public transit where you should never consider it an option. But since becoming a tech writer, I’ve found that public areas, specifically coffee shops, are great for working. And because I’m in coffee shops 400% (yes, I did the math…) more than I used to be, I’ve noticed the need to occasionally leave my spot to go somewhere.

02-03-2013
Tools & Techniques For When You Must Leave Your Laptop Alone In Public
9 Tools to Save What You Read on the Web for Later

Internet

9 Tools to Save What You Read on the Web for Later

Have you ever gone back searching the Internet for something you read and just couldn’t find it? I think we all have – it’s quite frustrating. The problem comes when we don’t take the time to save what we want to go back and look at. Although, that’s not the only problem – it also can be if you just don’t know what to use. there are some excellent tools that are free as well and work practically flawlessly.

28-02-2013
9 Tools to Save What You Read on the Web for Later
Double The Cloud Power: How To Sync Files Across Storage Services

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Double The Cloud Power: How To Sync Files Across Storage Services

Being able to sync from our many devices to the Cloud is an awesome benefit of modern computing. We’re able to take our files with us on mobile devices, access them from other computers without the need of a device like a flash drive or SD card, and it’s an excellent solution for backing up that data that we can’t live without. Speaking of backing up that data, one of the best, but seldom used, ways to use cloud storage services is to create a redundancy backup system.

23-02-2013
Double The Cloud Power: How To Sync Files Across Storage Services
How Do You Know When You’re Overdosing On Social Networks?

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How Do You Know When You’re Overdosing On Social Networks?

Just like anything, there are different levels of social media use. Some things are more severe than others. And, of course, something else that plays into it is how frequent these things occur and when they occur. Using social media isn’t bad – it is an incredible tool, but it can be easily overused. Here are some things that might indicate you are addicted and overusing social media.

21-02-2013
How Do You Know When You’re Overdosing On Social Networks?
5 Ways to Easily Access Social Networks From a Single App

Internet

5 Ways to Easily Access Social Networks From a Single App

Nowadays, we’re spread pretty thin on all the social network accounts that we have: Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Tumblr, etc. so managing them can either take a considerable amount of time, or they just don’t get managed like some of them should. Many of these social networks are much more enjoyable to use with an all-in-one type interface.

16-02-2013
5 Ways to Easily Access Social Networks From a Single App
Don’t Throw That Old Printout Away! 21 Projects For Used Paper

Web Culture

Don’t Throw That Old Printout Away! 21 Projects For Used Paper

Think about it – you probably waste a lot of paper. Don’t take it personally, most of us do. But have you ever thought about what you could do to make use of some of that old paper that you throw away or even recycle? There are a lot of things that you can reuse in your home before getting rid of them, but today let’s talk about how you can reuse those old sheets of paper for both creative and practical purposes.

14-02-2013
Don’t Throw That Old Printout Away! 21 Projects For Used Paper
Fotografix: Edit On The Go With This Portable & Lightweight Photo Editor [Windows]

Windows

Fotografix: Edit On The Go With This Portable & Lightweight Photo Editor [Windows]

Great software can be hard to come by. That is why there are a select few that stand out and become increasingly popular. What defines “great software”? Typically a program should be practical and useful, lightweight – even portable, feature-packed, and to top it all off, free. Fotografix is all of those and that is why it landed a spot in the Image Editors and Viewers category on our Best Of Portable Apps page.

09-02-2013
Fotografix: Edit On The Go With This Portable & Lightweight Photo Editor [Windows]
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