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

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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

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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

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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
Where Can I Borrow eBooks From?

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Where Can I Borrow eBooks From?

If you have an e-reader, you will know how convenient eBooks are. I have a Kindle and I love it. It makes reading anywhere a breeze and I read a lot more too. However, the easy purchasing of eBooks and sending them right to your e-reader can also be a negative — even just $6-10 per book can add up pretty quickly. The solution to this is borrowing them. But how?

13-09-2012
Where Can I Borrow eBooks From?
SyncToy: Microsoft’s Simple Backup & Synchronization Solution [Windows]

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SyncToy: Microsoft’s Simple Backup & Synchronization Solution [Windows]

If you have files on your computer, you need to backup. Plain and simple. Many of us are familiar with backing up and there are lots of methods and programs to use. Another aspect that is somewhat different from backing up is synchronizing files. This means that you are duplicating files from one folder to another and vice versa. SyncToy, which has been previously covered on MakeUseOf once before, is from Microsoft and is a free program.

11-09-2012
SyncToy: Microsoft’s Simple Backup & Synchronization Solution [Windows]
Paint.NET: The Best Image Editor Available That You Should Download

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Paint.NET: The Best Image Editor Available That You Should Download

We all edit images to some degree. Whether it’s a simple crop or resize, or maybe just adding some text, it’s nice to have an image editor that is reliable, fast, easy to navigate and assists you in getting the job done quickly. There are a lot of fancy image editors available such as the well-known Adobe Photoshop and even the quite popular GIMP. These are full-fledge image editors however, and often more than what the average user needs.

08-09-2012
Paint.NET: The Best Image Editor Available That You Should Download
Your All-In-One Guide To Building The Perfect Resume

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Your All-In-One Guide To Building The Perfect Resume

Whether you just graduated, are returning to school or are looking for a new job, within or outside your career, you need a resume. But not just a resume. You need a great resume. One which will stand out among the rest and help you land that job which you’re hoping will make some positive impact on your life. Lastly, you might be thinking “Writing a resume has nothing to do with technology.” Au contraire. It has everything to do with technology.

06-09-2012
Your All-In-One Guide To Building The Perfect Resume
5 Web-Based Tools for Any Browser That Every Writer Should Use

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5 Web-Based Tools for Any Browser That Every Writer Should Use

As writers, there are a lot of tools at our disposal. And since I’m also interested in technology, I’m constantly finding applications and techniques that are helpful. I wanted to keep it simple by providing only web-based apps. That is, tools that don’t need to be installed in a browser and will work across all platforms. The categories these fit in are distraction-free writing, blogging, research, note taking and creating time blocks.

04-09-2012
5 Web-Based Tools for Any Browser That Every Writer Should Use
Advanced SystemCare 6 Beta 2.0 – Your Very Own PC Doctor [Windows]

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Advanced SystemCare 6 Beta 2.0 – Your Very Own PC Doctor [Windows]

Advanced SystemCare is an all-in-one computer tool. It can remove software no longer needed, delete junk files that bog down your computer’s hard drive and fix registry issues, as well as tons more. Literally, tons. So much that it is practically impossible and certainly impractical to list everything it can do in this article. Instead what I will cover are the updates which have been added.

01-09-2012
Advanced SystemCare 6 Beta 2.0 – Your Very Own PC Doctor [Windows]
Why Procrastination Can’t Be Cured By Task Management Apps [Opinion]

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Why Procrastination Can’t Be Cured By Task Management Apps [Opinion]

For the longest time I’ve struggled with time management, and in some aspects I still do. One of my many methods in “overcoming” my lack of time management was to use task management applications. I began to realize the problem didn’t lie in the task management app itself, but more within the device I was using to access the app – my computer. In my own experience, if you’re addicted to the computer like I am, task management apps can only worsen the problem.

30-08-2012
Why Procrastination Can’t Be Cured By Task Management Apps [Opinion]
SugarSync: The Most Well-Rounded Free File Backup & Syncing Service

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SugarSync: The Most Well-Rounded Free File Backup & Syncing Service

File backup is not a new conversation or topic by any means. If you search Google for “file backup” you will likely be overwhelmed by services and articles on the topic. It is a vast market and there is a lot to choose from. Within this market, however, only a few stand out. We know most of them: Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive and others like Mozy, SpiderOak, and on and on. Among all of those there is still one that rises above the rest and that is SugarSync.

28-08-2012
SugarSync: The Most Well-Rounded Free File Backup & Syncing Service
6 Microsoft Products That Have Finally Been “Perfected”

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6 Microsoft Products That Have Finally Been “Perfected”

Microsoft occupies the majority of the personal computing market, and much of the business market as well. It’s seen its downfalls though, too. There have been many products that it has launched that have only left me disappointed and frustrated. However, in the recent years, it seems Microsoft has gotten their act together with many of their products. Improvements will always be needed and made; however compared to what these past products were, they’ve improved tremendously.

25-08-2012
6 Microsoft Products That Have Finally Been “Perfected”
Learn To Code: 10 Free And Fantastic Online Resources To Hone Your Skills

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Learn To Code: 10 Free And Fantastic Online Resources To Hone Your Skills

Coding. A topic that is avoided by many. There are an abundance of free resources and tools, all of which are available online. Sure you could take some courses on the topic at a nearby community college, and you might still want to. However, if you’re on a budget, have limited time or just simply want an additional source of quality education, these websites can be a tremendous help.

23-08-2012
Learn To Code: 10 Free And Fantastic Online Resources To Hone Your Skills
Get the Most Out of Craigslist and Stand Out While Doing It

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Get the Most Out of Craigslist and Stand Out While Doing It

Craigslist has become the go-to site for anyone looking to buy, sell, hire, be hired, etc. However, at the same time, it has the reputation of attracting “sketchy” people. But this article isn’t just about using Craigslist. It’s about getting the best results, and that can be hard no matter how savvy you are. However, I have had quite a bit of success in a number of areas, which I attribute to a number of things that I have done.

21-08-2012
Get the Most Out of Craigslist and Stand Out While Doing It
Import & Search Your Social Network Links in Delicious

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Import & Search Your Social Network Links in Delicious

Have you ever wanted to find that one link you posted on Twitter or Facebook or LinkedIn, but couldn’t seem to find it anywhere?! It’s frustrating. You might say “well, bookmark it!” And that’s good advice. But the thing is that we often think of that later. After reading an article, you might bookmark it, but you may also just share it to a social network. So, how do you find it? Delicious.

14-08-2012
Import & Search Your Social Network Links in Delicious
How To Drive All Your Facebook Friends & Twitter Followers Crazy

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How To Drive All Your Facebook Friends & Twitter Followers Crazy

Have you ever wanted to drive everyone crazy on your social networks? For a long time this has been a goal of mine that I have aspired for. It takes a lot of hard work, persistence and dedication, but the result is very worth it. That result is causing resentment among all your online contacts on Facebook, Twitter and other social networks.

11-08-2012
How To Drive All Your Facebook Friends & Twitter Followers Crazy
MusicBee: Your Powerful, Yet Simple, All-In-One Music Manager [Windows]

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MusicBee: Your Powerful, Yet Simple, All-In-One Music Manager [Windows]

What do you use to manage your music library? iTunes certainly is the popular choice, even on Windows. There are other options like Winamp, Songbird, Mediamonkey and Foobar just to name a few. I stumbled across MusicBee — a powerful, but easy-to-use media player for your music. What attracted me to it was that it was something new (or at least new to me). What kept me, though, were the impressive features.

09-08-2012
MusicBee: Your Powerful, Yet Simple, All-In-One Music Manager [Windows]
Listen To Pandora In Peace – No Ads, No Tabs [Chrome]

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Listen To Pandora In Peace – No Ads, No Tabs [Chrome]

Yes. It’s possible! With a simple browser extension in Google Chrome, you can listen to Pandora without any ads or even having it open. How? Let me introduce you to Anesidora. So how does Anesidora manage to pull out the audio ads and access Pandora? I have no idea, but that’s ok – I just enjoy the distraction free listening, and now you can too!

04-08-2012
Listen To Pandora In Peace – No Ads, No Tabs [Chrome]
Turn Gmail Into A Productivity Beast With These Chrome Extensions [Beta Invites]

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Turn Gmail Into A Productivity Beast With These Chrome Extensions [Beta Invites]

Gmail is a fantastic email client. In fact, I will go as far to say that it’s the best. With that said, can it really get any better? With these Chrome extensions, it can. And not just “better”, but also fantastically improved. Through my experience of using Gmail, I have stumbled upon lots of extensions for it – many of which I try and then uninstall. There have been some, however, that have really impressed me.

31-07-2012
Turn Gmail Into A Productivity Beast With These Chrome Extensions [Beta Invites]
Easily Do A Complete Overhaul Of Your Hotmail Inbox, And Maintain It

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Easily Do A Complete Overhaul Of Your Hotmail Inbox, And Maintain It

Have you seen or used Hotmail lately? Despite its rough past, it’s pretty nice and it surely gives Gmail a run for its… well, I was going to say “money” but both are free. Which, in my opinion, is quite impressive, given the amount of things that you can do with it. The “new” Hotmail has several very beneficial features now that allow you to keep your email inbox clean, organized and free of spam and “graymail”.

19-07-2012
Easily Do A Complete Overhaul Of Your Hotmail Inbox, And Maintain It
Online Privacy: Do You Share Too Much Information?

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Online Privacy: Do You Share Too Much Information?

Sharing has always been a prominent part of what the Internet is and how it functions. And with social networks exploding in popularity in the past several years, sharing is probably the one aspect we utilize the most on the web. We share news, information, pictures and experiences, and by doing this we can build and maintain relationships as well as create new connections that we would have otherwise never met or worked with.

17-07-2012
Online Privacy: Do You Share Too Much Information?
Liberate Your Gmail Inbox Attachments With Attachments.me

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Liberate Your Gmail Inbox Attachments With Attachments.me

Have you ever received an email from your boss, family member, friend or some other connection with an attachment in it, then saved that email because you wanted to access the attachment later? You probably have, multiple times. The problem with this is you end up with an astronomical amount of attachments floating all over your inbox that you have to hunt down whenever you want them.

10-07-2012
Liberate Your Gmail Inbox Attachments With Attachments.me
A Simple Checklist To Safely Installing Free Software Without All The Junk

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A Simple Checklist To Safely Installing Free Software Without All The Junk

Picture this – you’ve just found this awesome free software that you are stoked about because of all that it can do for you, but when you install it, you discover that it is packed with other “bloatware” that you accidentally installed on your computer. Now instead of using your software that you were so excited about using, you have to sift through all your programs to find the bloatware that you just installed.

05-07-2012
A Simple Checklist To Safely Installing Free Software Without All The Junk