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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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Conquer Your Next Research Project The Easy Way With These Tools

Internet

Conquer Your Next Research Project The Easy Way With These Tools

Whether you’re in school or you have a job, you likely have or will have to research at one point or another. And if you’re like most people, you will have to do it several times. But research is a daunting task. Research is a hard enough task without excellent tools to help collect, save and organize your information. Why make it harder than it has to be? Use these tools on your next research project and I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

01-12-2012
Conquer Your Next Research Project The Easy Way With These Tools
Be Creative AND Organized: Color-Code Your Windows Folders

Windows

Be Creative AND Organized: Color-Code Your Windows Folders

The words “creative” and “organized” are rarely used in the same sentence. Usually it is one or the other. However, often being creative can help you be organized and there are plenty of cases of that all throughout the Internet. One of those cases is right here on MakeUseOf in this very article. Perhaps you may think that coloring a folder is being organized, but combined with other organizational habits, it can change the way you manage your files.

29-11-2012
Be Creative AND Organized: Color-Code Your Windows Folders
Skitch And Windows Finally Meet To Create An Intuitive, Yet Simple, Screen Capturing Experience

Windows

Skitch And Windows Finally Meet To Create An Intuitive, Yet Simple, Screen Capturing Experience

There is no shortage of screen capturing tools available – that is certain. However, there is a shortage of applications that are quick and simple to use, while remaining useful and intuitive. There are a few. Some, however, aren’t free. Others come feature packed. And others don’t have enough features. Skitch is right in the middle.

27-11-2012
Skitch And Windows Finally Meet To Create An Intuitive, Yet Simple, Screen Capturing Experience
4 Steps To Completely Remove Troublesome Or Bad Software [Windows]

Windows

4 Steps To Completely Remove Troublesome Or Bad Software [Windows]

We’ve all had that one program that no matter what we’ve tried, it wouldn’t go away. Or perhaps you didn’t even know what to try and thought you were simply stuck with this annoying program (or programs, if you’re really unlucky) for the life of your computer. Well, worry no longer – there’s hope. And it is fairly easy to achieve as well.

24-11-2012
4 Steps To Completely Remove Troublesome Or Bad Software [Windows]
Did You Get The PC You Ordered? Find Out With These System Information Tools [Windows]

Windows

Did You Get The PC You Ordered? Find Out With These System Information Tools [Windows]

Have you recently purchased a PC? If yes, was it customized? By customized, I mean assembled by a local computer shop, or even just by someone you know who builds and sells computers. If you answered “yes” to these questions, then you may want to double check what is in that machine of yours. Now, don’t get me wrong, it is likely fine, but mistakes happen and it surely couldn’t hurt to make sure that you got exactly what you paid for.

22-11-2012
Did You Get The PC You Ordered? Find Out With These System Information Tools [Windows]
Why You Need To Backup Now And 6 Reasons Why You Haven’t Done So Already

Linux Mac

Why You Need To Backup Now And 6 Reasons Why You Haven’t Done So Already

How else can I say this? Actually, there is no other way more straightforward than this: you need to backup now. The risks involved with not doing so are simply not worth it. There’s no really no reason to not be backing up your computer. That said, you likely feel you do have a legitimate reason. And in some cases you might, but there is always a way.

17-11-2012
Why You Need To Backup Now And 6 Reasons Why You Haven’t Done So Already
How To Make Windows Boot Faster Than Ever Before

Windows

How To Make Windows Boot Faster Than Ever Before

One… two… three… how many minutes does it take your computer to start up? Hopefully not more than three, but it wouldn’t surprise me if you said it surpassed that time. The thing is, our computers have a lot to do when starting up and I think it’s something we often forget about and take for granted. That said, how can we blame our computers when we’re bogging it down with a bunch of junk?

15-11-2012
How To Make Windows Boot Faster Than Ever Before
Why You Don’t Need Desktop Chat Clients Anymore

Internet

Why You Don’t Need Desktop Chat Clients Anymore

Remember the days of MSN Messenger and AIM? Those two were the first chat clients I ever used. Once I started using them more and more, it became cumbersome to switch between clients and contact windows. Soon after, multiple-chat clients came about, the popular ones being Miranda IM, Trillian, Pidgin and Digsby. They’re still available, but do you really use them? Or need them?

13-11-2012
Why You Don’t Need Desktop Chat Clients Anymore
Avoid Murder By PowerPoint: How To Make Your Presentations Compelling And Memorable

Windows

Avoid Murder By PowerPoint: How To Make Your Presentations Compelling And Memorable

Most of us have created a PowerPoint and done a presentation (or will at some point) and yet it is likely to be one of the most poorly done things on a computer. Bad PowerPoint presentations is an epidemic in education, which then continues into the workplace. Of course it’s not only about the PowerPoint itself, but also the presenter and how well they speak and convey the information. And I will touch upon that as well.

10-11-2012
Avoid Murder By PowerPoint: How To Make Your Presentations Compelling And Memorable
Make Your Computer Truly Personal With These Top Customization Tools

Windows

Make Your Computer Truly Personal With These Top Customization Tools

What does it mean to customize your computer? Does it mean to have the coolest looking desktop? Well, that’s part of it, but not completely. First off, you want your desktop to be functional. Not just “cool looking.” That said, customizing your desktop does have a key role in personalizing your computer. And also, since the desktop is a primary location for where we do our work, it tends to also be the home of many customization tools.

08-11-2012
Make Your Computer Truly Personal With These Top Customization Tools
How To Make Your Email Message Stand Out In A Cluttered Inbox

Internet

How To Make Your Email Message Stand Out In A Cluttered Inbox

Have you ever sent an email you felt was important only to be answered many days later, or worse forgotten about? Granted, sometimes it’s out of your control, but there are things you can do to improve the chances of your email being opened, read and replied to. I can’t promise that these will always work, but I can say that they will make a difference and that overall you’ll see an improvement in communication with your email contacts.

06-11-2012
How To Make Your Email Message Stand Out In A Cluttered Inbox
Use Your Keyboard To Make Notes: 10 Websites For Quick Note-Taking

Internet

Use Your Keyboard To Make Notes: 10 Websites For Quick Note-Taking

Have you ever just wanted to jot something down real quick, but couldn’t find a pen? Or maybe you could, but later lost the note with a bunch of other notes which were used for the same purpose. It would be nice to just quickly get something from your head to a place in front of your eyes without a whole lot of effort. There is something to be said for being able to use a note-taking service, without signing in (or up), having to learn how the service works

03-11-2012
Use Your Keyboard To Make Notes: 10 Websites For Quick Note-Taking
WhatFont: Find Out What Any Type Of Font Is On A Webpage [Cross-Platform]

Internet

WhatFont: Find Out What Any Type Of Font Is On A Webpage [Cross-Platform]

Have you ever been on a website and wondered “What type of font is that?!” I have. And depending on your interests and area of focus, you may even do it more than the typical Internet user. You could spend hours searching for the font on your favorite search engine, or you could use WhatFont. WhatFont is a browser extension and bookmarklet that you can enable once you’re on the website with the font in question.

01-11-2012
WhatFont: Find Out What Any Type Of Font Is On A Webpage [Cross-Platform]
Some Useful Websites To Aid You In Your Daily Routine

Internet

Some Useful Websites To Aid You In Your Daily Routine

We all have a daily routine of some sort but there are many things that we all do, whether it is checking the weather, managing our finances or making our next meal. I’ve scoured the web to find some of the best websites to help you do these day-to-day tasks. After some research and great results I’ve narrowed down the list to what I think are the best websites in various categories of what we do almost every day.

30-10-2012
Some Useful Websites To Aid You In Your Daily Routine
How To Be Completely Portable Without Your Own Computer Or Smartphone

Internet

How To Be Completely Portable Without Your Own Computer Or Smartphone

This day and age it’s pretty uncommon to not see someone with a smartphone, tablet or laptop in a public place like a library. We’ve become quite reliant on them, wouldn’t you say? So reliant, we often say we “couldn’t live without them”. In my experience, I have never owned a smartphone or tablet. And there have been occasions where I’ve been without a laptop for weeks at a time, usually due to it being repaired.

27-10-2012
How To Be Completely Portable Without Your Own Computer Or Smartphone
Clean Up Your Facebook Account Before You Go Looking For Work

Internet

Clean Up Your Facebook Account Before You Go Looking For Work

By now we’re all aware that it’s important to be professional online, that employers have the ability to do background checks based through our social media accounts. And also that many people, though they know what they should do, nevertheless they don’t care or pay attention to the risks that social media poses. But is it really social media that has created these problems or has it simply amplified preexisting issues?

24-10-2012
Clean Up Your Facebook Account Before You Go Looking For Work
RIOT: The Most Radical Image Optimization Tool You Can Freely Make Use Of [Windows]

Windows

RIOT: The Most Radical Image Optimization Tool You Can Freely Make Use Of [Windows]

Let’s RIOT! No, not that way. That way gets people injured – never good. I’m referring to the “radical” image optimization tool that is one of the best, if not the best tool for… well… optimizing images of course. You might be wondering, but I don’t “optimize” images and you could be very correct… right now. But you will, especially after reading about Radical Image Optimization Tool, otherwise known as RIOT.

20-10-2012
RIOT: The Most Radical Image Optimization Tool You Can Freely Make Use Of [Windows]
Calibre: Hands-Down, The Best eBook Manager Available

Windows Linux

Calibre: Hands-Down, The Best eBook Manager Available

Electronic media is no doubt more prevalent today than it ever has been. The Internet is at the core of it all, and because of it we have eBooks, web articles, and news from electronic magazines and newspapers. With all of this content that we are taking in, how can we manage it all? Sadly, most of us don’t. We forget that one article that we wanted to read or lose the eBook we downloaded to our computer.

16-10-2012
Calibre: Hands-Down, The Best eBook Manager Available
Stay Focused With StayFocusd For Google Chrome And Say Goodbye To Distractions

Browsers

Stay Focused With StayFocusd For Google Chrome And Say Goodbye To Distractions

The Internet is a vast place, with loads of information that can often be overwhelming. It would be an understatement to say that it’s the primary resource for research and getting work done. But don’t be caught off guard by its trickery. Although it can be a place of productivity, it also is a master at leisurely distractions that can eat up time you don’t have. StayFocusd is among several great tools to help prevent these distractions from keeping you from important work.

13-10-2012
Stay Focused With StayFocusd For Google Chrome And Say Goodbye To Distractions
Windows Live Writer: The Easiest Way To Blog, Right From Your Desktop

Windows

Windows Live Writer: The Easiest Way To Blog, Right From Your Desktop

There is something nice about being able to blog from your desktop and simply clicking “submit” and then having it appear on your blog. Of course since you are creating it locally on your computer you’re also able to save it locally, which for many bloggers is a plus – backups are always nice, especially when you don’t have to think about it. Windows Live Writer (WLW) can do that and more.

09-10-2012
Windows Live Writer: The Easiest Way To Blog, Right From Your Desktop
PortableApps.com Suite: The Best Portable Applications Manager & Database

Internet

PortableApps.com Suite: The Best Portable Applications Manager & Database

Portable applications are no secret – they have grown in popularity as their benefits continually become more well known. PortableApps.com should be given a lot of credit for this. Sure there are several portable application suites available, but PortableApps.com has contributed a great amount to how portable applications are being used. In fact, I hadn’t heard of portable applications in general until I discovered PortableApps.com.

02-10-2012
PortableApps.com Suite: The Best Portable Applications Manager & Database
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