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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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Secrets Of The Amazon: 7 Useful Amazon Tips & Tricks

Internet

Secrets Of The Amazon: 7 Useful Amazon Tips & Tricks

Amazon is, without a doubt, one of the best and most popular places to shop online. It’s got there due to awesome features like Amazon Prime, Super Saver Shipping, the Wish List browser extension, the Kindle reader app for the web, desktop and mobile, and great mp3 prices. But there is a lot more to Amazon than just that. Below are seven Amazon “diamonds in the rough” that you probably don’t know a lot about.

07-02-2013
Secrets Of The Amazon: 7 Useful Amazon Tips & Tricks
7 Ways to Keep a Personal Journal

Internet

7 Ways to Keep a Personal Journal

Journaling is an exercise for the mind and it has several proven benefits, but it can also seem difficult to do. This is primarily due to the overwhelming feeling of having to journal – it shouldn’t be like that. Instead, it should be something you look forward to doing every day. It should be a task that inspires you for the day ahead and/or relieves you of the day you have just had.

02-02-2013
7 Ways to Keep a Personal Journal
Are Your Social Friends Infecting You With Malware?

Internet

Are Your Social Friends Infecting You With Malware?

The Internet and social networks are incredible – they allow us to connect with one another in a way we have never been able to before. But in many instances, they also propose a threat. You see, we trust our friends and contacts. Therefore, whenever a friend shares something they read or use on a social network, we are much more inclined to check it out. So what do you do to prevent becoming infected with malware via social networks?

31-01-2013
Are Your Social Friends Infecting You With Malware?
How You Can Use Technology To Spice Up Your Relationship

Web Culture

How You Can Use Technology To Spice Up Your Relationship

Being in an relationship is exciting, isn’t it? There is so much to enjoy about being with that special person in your life. However, there might be times (more for some than others) where you are apart – it could be just a week or even several months. It’s not something we like to think about, nor is it very enjoyable. But there are things that you can do during the time to help keep your relationship exciting and help the time pass easier.

29-01-2013
How You Can Use Technology To Spice Up Your Relationship
Spybot – Search & Destroy: The Simple, Yet Effective Route For Cleaning Your PC Of Malware

Windows

Spybot – Search & Destroy: The Simple, Yet Effective Route For Cleaning Your PC Of Malware

With the ever-growing list of threats out there, one can never be too cautious. Sure you can watch what websites you visit and what you download, but even with those precautions, you should have some additional protection to back you up. You might feel that having an antivirus program is enough, but it is often recommended to have an additional program dedicated to scanning for malware.

26-01-2013
Spybot – Search & Destroy: The Simple, Yet Effective Route For Cleaning Your PC Of Malware
Click&Clean: Extend Your Browser Beyond The Privacy & Security Defaults

Windows Linux

Click&Clean: Extend Your Browser Beyond The Privacy & Security Defaults

Security and privacy are becoming more and more important to understand, yet it seems that the methods of understanding them hasn’t really followed. In addition, neither has the ability to easily manage your computer in a way to make it more secure and private. We have a lot of articles here on MakeUseOf that help you with that, however there is also a tool that makes this process much easier to do too.

24-01-2013
Click&Clean: Extend Your Browser Beyond The Privacy & Security Defaults
Absolute Uninstaller: Don’t Settle For The Default, A Better Solution For Software Removal [Windows]

Windows

Absolute Uninstaller: Don’t Settle For The Default, A Better Solution For Software Removal [Windows]

When was the last time you wanted to uninstall something from your computer? Was it easy to do? Could you find the program to uninstall in the Windows default uninstall tool? Could you even find where the uninstall tool in Windows is? I don’t mean that to insult your intelligence. But the fact is, finding it isn’t the easiest thing to do if you don’t know where to start. And even if you know how to uninstall a program with the native Windows tool, it isn’t always the best way.

22-01-2013
Absolute Uninstaller: Don’t Settle For The Default, A Better Solution For Software Removal [Windows]
Send To Google Docs – Convert HTML To PDF & Save It In A Single Click [Chrome]

Browsers

Send To Google Docs – Convert HTML To PDF & Save It In A Single Click [Chrome]

One thing we all use the Internet for is information, and it’s great when we can access it easily. But what happens when you need to access the information again after closing the webpage? Or perhaps you don’t have access to the Internet when you need to read the information again? Maybe you just want to save your “to read” or “read again” articles to Google Drive for access on the go and offline?

15-01-2013
Send To Google Docs – Convert HTML To PDF & Save It In A Single Click [Chrome]
IObit Smart Defrag: A Superb Hard Drive Defragmentation & Optimization Tool [Windows]

Windows

IObit Smart Defrag: A Superb Hard Drive Defragmentation & Optimization Tool [Windows]

Do you defrag your hard drive? If not, you should and you must understand the importance before you read on. There are some excellent articles on MakeUseOf which discuss defragmenting, but perhaps the best and most recent article is 3 Excellent Defrag Utilities & Why You Still Need to Defragment In 2012 by Tina. Smart Defrag wasn’t included in the “3 excellent defrag utilities” in her article, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t excellent.

12-01-2013
IObit Smart Defrag: A Superb Hard Drive Defragmentation & Optimization Tool [Windows]
Send To Kindle By Klip.me: Take All Your “To Read” Articles On The Go Without An Internet Connection [Chrome]

Browsers

Send To Kindle By Klip.me: Take All Your “To Read” Articles On The Go Without An Internet Connection [Chrome]

Before the time of Kindles, we usually read everything solely on our computers. And perhaps you still do this. However, if you own a Kindle, such as the Kindle Touch which doesn’t have the best web interface (and that’s only when you’re around a Wi-Fi connection) you might still be disappointed in it’s reading capabilities. If so, you should consider Send To Kindle by Klip.me.

10-01-2013
Send To Kindle By Klip.me: Take All Your “To Read” Articles On The Go Without An Internet Connection [Chrome]
Reload All Tabs For Chrome: Refreshing All Your Browser Tabs Has Never Been Easier [Chrome]

Browsers

Reload All Tabs For Chrome: Refreshing All Your Browser Tabs Has Never Been Easier [Chrome]

At one time or another, we’ve all had to refresh a page, whether it was because it crashed, or we needed to update it, etc. And often at times, there is a need to refresh all the pages (or tabs) that are open. And whenever that has to be done, it becomes a cumbersome task of opening each page and clicking the refresh button in Chrome.

08-01-2013
Reload All Tabs For Chrome: Refreshing All Your Browser Tabs Has Never Been Easier [Chrome]
How The Pros Do It: Avoiding Embarrassment & Delivering Perfect Presentations

Windows

How The Pros Do It: Avoiding Embarrassment & Delivering Perfect Presentations

Ah! The presentation. Some of us love them. Some of us hate them. But no matter what, we all usually have to give them at one point or another, whether in school, work or even just for enjoyment. Some even choose public speaking as a career. Public speaking and presentations is an art though – have you ever sat through a horrendous talk? I know I have. So what makes the perfect presentation?

05-01-2013
How The Pros Do It: Avoiding Embarrassment & Delivering Perfect Presentations
Creating A Professional Online Presence Is Crucial For Today’s Job Market: Here’s How

Internet

Creating A Professional Online Presence Is Crucial For Today’s Job Market: Here’s How

Let’s face it, the job market is becoming more and more competitive. No matter where you live, getting noticed is becoming more and more difficult. Employers are now going towards the online application process, limiting the amount of face-to-face contact. It’s one of the shortfalls of the Internet, but how can you use the Internet and technology to your advantage to stand out instead of being looked over and forgotten?

03-01-2013
Creating A Professional Online Presence Is Crucial For Today’s Job Market: Here’s How
Top Tips & Tools to Help With Printing Webpages

Internet

Top Tips & Tools to Help With Printing Webpages

No matter how hard you try to go paperless, sometimes you just need to print that webpage. It might be for directions, an article for class, a handout for a meeting at work, etc. As much as we’d like to go as digital as possible with our smartphones, laptops and tablets, occasionally we need to go back to the “old fashioned” method of printing. That said, printing is expensive and you shouldn’t just print the webpage with all the ads and flash media.

01-01-2013
Top Tips & Tools to Help With Printing Webpages
Are You Getting The Most Out Of Your Customer Service Experience?

Web Culture

Are You Getting The Most Out Of Your Customer Service Experience?

Have you ever called customer service, only to end the call frustrated, disappointed and without resolution? Or perhaps there was a resolution, but it was unfavorable and certainly not worth the time you spent on the phone? We’ve actually covered in detail how good the customer service is by some of the major tech companies, like Apple, Amazon and others. But have you ever considered that there are things in your power that you can do to change the outcome of these calls?

29-12-2012
Are You Getting The Most Out Of Your Customer Service Experience?
Mysteries Of The Windows 7 Task Manager: Why You Don’t Need an Alternative

Windows

Mysteries Of The Windows 7 Task Manager: Why You Don’t Need an Alternative

This might seem contrary to what you read about throughout the Internet, but the Windows Task Manager is fine as it is – it doesn’t need a replacement. You could interpret that as a simple opinion, but keep in mind that I also felt that you needed to replace it with a “better” program, which I shared in an article not too long ago from writing this one. I decided to do an experiment and put Windows Task Manager to the test once more and was quite impressed with my findings.

27-12-2012
Mysteries Of The Windows 7 Task Manager: Why You Don’t Need an Alternative
10 Incredibly Useful Clipboard Management Utilities [Windows]

Windows

10 Incredibly Useful Clipboard Management Utilities [Windows]

Copy and paste is one of the best features we have at our fingertips, especially when combined with keyboard shortcuts. You can’t argue that copying and pasting is one of the most common things we all do, no matter what technical skill you might have. But there has always been a gap in the copy and paste method. That is that once you copy something, you better intend to paste it somewhere else right away or you might forget and overwrite it.

22-12-2012
10 Incredibly Useful Clipboard Management Utilities [Windows]
Greater Than Google: The Best Bits Of Bing

Internet

Greater Than Google: The Best Bits Of Bing

When we think of searching the Internet, we without a doubt think “Google”. And why not? It’s a fantastic search engine and has some great features. But even before the idea of writing this article, I started Bing again and I was quite surprised. Then, the more I used it, the more fascinating things I discovered on it.

20-12-2012
Greater Than Google: The Best Bits Of Bing
Feeling Down? Find Some Encouragement On The Internet’s Friendliest Websites

Internet

Feeling Down? Find Some Encouragement On The Internet’s Friendliest Websites

It’s that time of year again! Joy and happiness everywhere. But perhaps with everything going on, you’re just not feeling yourself. Does that sound like you? Well, no matter the time of year, we all can be susceptible to having that saddening and depressed feeling at times and it’s never something that can just be quickly fixed. There are, however, some things that without a doubt help to put us in a better mood.

18-12-2012
Feeling Down? Find Some Encouragement On The Internet’s Friendliest Websites
13 Easy & Free Ways to Watermark Photos

Internet

13 Easy & Free Ways to Watermark Photos

Have you ever needed or wanted to mark an image as yours to prevent others from duplicating it and/or claiming it as their own? You might already know that this is called watermarking. The process is pretty simple, but finding an efficient, easy and inexpensive way isn’t always as simple. There are some very powerful do-it-all photo editors out there, such as Photoshop, which can watermark photos.

13-12-2012
13 Easy & Free Ways to Watermark Photos
Automatically Backup, Sync & Restore Your Windows Files With @MAX SyncUp [Rewards]

Windows

Automatically Backup, Sync & Restore Your Windows Files With @MAX SyncUp [Rewards]

Backing up is one of the most important things you can do as a computer user. If you doubt its importance, just let me direct you here, here and here. I suggest you add all three of those articles to your reading list. Of course, there’s a lot more about backing up on MakeUseOf, especially the amount of applications available to do the task. But we’re not here to talk about those. We’re here to talk about @MAX SyncUp.

11-12-2012
Automatically Backup, Sync & Restore Your Windows Files With @MAX SyncUp [Rewards]
The Best Way To Apply a Screen Protector To Your Phone Or Tablet

Android iPhone and iPad

The Best Way To Apply a Screen Protector To Your Phone Or Tablet

Have you ever seen someone’s phone with a giant bubble in the middle between the screen protector and the screen? Perhaps you’ve been that person or are trying not to be that person. Whether you have tried applying screen protectors before with unsatisfactory results or are about to apply one for the first time, this is the article for you to learn what to do and what not to do when installing it.

10-12-2012
The Best Way To Apply a Screen Protector To Your Phone Or Tablet
Backup Your Files To Box, Google Drive, SkyDrive And More With Duplicati [Cross Platform]

Linux Mac

Backup Your Files To Box, Google Drive, SkyDrive And More With Duplicati [Cross Platform]

So you have your Box, Google Drive or SkyDrive account, but how do you automatically add files to them? They are quite useful for manually adding files to, but what if you wanted to use the storage space to back up your computer files? Well, there aren’t too many options, especially free ones, that allow you to do this.

06-12-2012
Backup Your Files To Box, Google Drive, SkyDrive And More With Duplicati [Cross Platform]
6 Common Sense Reasons Why You Should Bank Online If You Aren’t Already [Opinion]

Internet

6 Common Sense Reasons Why You Should Bank Online If You Aren’t Already [Opinion]

How do you usually do your banking? Do you drive to your bank? Do you wait in long lines, just to deposit one check? Do you receive monthly paper statements? Do you file away those statements into a filing cabinet for archiving purposes? What about paying bills – do you send checks through the mail? How do you typically pay people? With cash? Check? What if you have neither – then what? Perhaps there’s a better way to go about all of this.

04-12-2012
6 Common Sense Reasons Why You Should Bank Online If You Aren’t Already [Opinion]
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