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

Windows Linux

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
The Future Is Here – Your Guide to Having a Paperless Life Today

Web Culture

The Future Is Here – Your Guide to Having a Paperless Life Today

Paperless – a term that is used quite often now days. But what does it mean? And to what extent does it apply? Certainly we all still use paper to some degree despite the advancements in technology, so how can we go completely paperless? Well, the truth is, there will likely always be some form of paper, but the problem doesn’t lie in using paper itself.

26-09-2012
The Future Is Here – Your Guide to Having a Paperless Life Today
Preview Of A Preview: Microsoft Office 2013 At A Glance

Windows

Preview Of A Preview: Microsoft Office 2013 At A Glance

You may have already heard about the brand new, and currently free, release of Office 2013 (also codenamed Office 15). If not, now you have! And better yet, it’s available to anyone to download and try. So why should you upgrade to the new Office from your previous version which you have finally become familiar with?

24-09-2012
Preview Of A Preview: Microsoft Office 2013 At A Glance
Kill The Tedium of Online Forms With These 10 Great Autofill Tools

Internet Browsers

Kill The Tedium of Online Forms With These 10 Great Autofill Tools

Filling out forms online is something we all do. Whether it’s checking out our purchase on an online store, signing up for the online store, logging into an online store or adding new information to the online store. There isn’t one of you who hasn’t ever had to fill out an online form. It takes so long doesn’t it? There’s good news though, in fact, I feel it’s great news. There are tools that you can use to automatically fill in these forms.

22-09-2012
Kill The Tedium of Online Forms With These 10 Great Autofill Tools
Picasa – Still The Best & Most Versatile Photo Manager Available

Internet

Picasa – Still The Best & Most Versatile Photo Manager Available

How many photos would you say you have? More than a hundred? Six hundred? A thousand? Pictures are a big part of all of our lives, but there is else something which is equally important and that is where those precious pictures are stored. You likely keep the majority of them on your computer (although more and more, we are relying on smartphones). But what happens when you add them to your computer? Do you organize them?

20-09-2012
Picasa – Still The Best & Most Versatile Photo Manager Available
Distributing Your Blog Content: The Best Auto-Posting Services

Internet

Distributing Your Blog Content: The Best Auto-Posting Services

Are you a blogger? What about a blogger of multiple blogs? If you have several blogs to share and all of the popular social networks (e.g. LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) to share them on, you might be a bit overwhelmed. However, there are some excellent services to assist you with this process. I will show you both what the services themselves look like, as well as how the shared blog post appears.

15-09-2012
Distributing Your Blog Content: The Best Auto-Posting Services