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Erez Zukerman

/ Joined 23 April, 2011

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Hi Launcher – A Free Customizable Launcher [Android 2.1+]

Android

Hi Launcher – A Free Customizable Launcher [Android 2.1+]

The market for Android home screen replacement apps (or “launchers”) has long had some heavy hitters – ADW Launcher, Go Launcher EX and LauncherPro. But one of Android’s main advantages is that it’s a very open system, and it is built to encourage healthy competition. Today we’ll be looking at some of that competition, in the form of Hi Launcher, a free launcher for Android 2.1 and up.

13-03-2012
Hi Launcher – A Free Customizable Launcher [Android 2.1+]
3 Free & Awesome Tools To Optimize Your Dual Monitor Setup [Windows]

Windows

3 Free & Awesome Tools To Optimize Your Dual Monitor Setup [Windows]

As some of my more loyal readers may know, I’ve been using a dual-monitor setup for years. Over time, I tried dozens of different tools, both free and commercial, for making the best use of my screen real estate. I wanted tools that would let me move and resize my windows with ease, as well as a wallpaper switcher that would work well with multiple monitors.

06-03-2012
3 Free & Awesome Tools To Optimize Your Dual Monitor Setup [Windows]
Learn A Foreign Language On The Web & On The Go With Busuu

Internet Android

Learn A Foreign Language On The Web & On The Go With Busuu

We’ve covered numerous language learning tools before, such as the excellent LiveMocha and 18 other great language learning sites. We’ve even looked at Busuu before, but today we’re going to take a more in-depth look, both at this exciting language learning website and its companion Android app for learning on the go.

02-03-2012
Learn A Foreign Language On The Web & On The Go With Busuu
Access US-Only Websites Internationally For Free With TunnelBear

Windows Mac

Access US-Only Websites Internationally For Free With TunnelBear

If you’re living outside of the United States, here’s a familiar scenario for you. You’re reading your favorite tech blog, and suddenly see a post about the latest and greatest in web services. Maybe it’s a new way to stream music or watch TV, maybe it’s an awesome new bookstore. Excited, you click through to try it out – only to find out that it’s limited to US customers only. TunnelBear is a slick Virtual Private Network that can help solve that problem.

28-02-2012
Access US-Only Websites Internationally For Free With TunnelBear
Why You Should Contribute To Open Source Projects [Opinion]

Web Culture

Why You Should Contribute To Open Source Projects [Opinion]

The concept of open-source software is not new, and with huge, successful projects such as Ubuntu, Android, and other Linux-related OS’s and apps, I think we can safely say it is a proven model for creating and maintaining high-quality software. But let’s say you’re a novice developer, just getting started as a coder and thinking about whether or not this open-source thing is worth your time and effort.

24-02-2012
Why You Should Contribute To Open Source Projects [Opinion]
Why You Have Too Much Crap on Your Computer & What to Do About It [Opinion]

Windows

Why You Have Too Much Crap on Your Computer & What to Do About It [Opinion]

I am here today to give you a message you don’t often hear on tech blogs – you have too much. Too much software, too many unneeded applications, too much digital clutter. Even if you happen to be working on a brand-new computer right now, I can almost guarantee your system is overloaded with crap you really don’t need, and would be better off without.

23-02-2012
Why You Have Too Much Crap on Your Computer & What to Do About It [Opinion]
Manage Your Hobby Collection With These Free Android Apps

Android

Manage Your Hobby Collection With These Free Android Apps

While some of us aspire to a minimalistic lifestyle with as few possessions as possible, others like creating and curating collections over the years. If you are of the latter camp, I’ve got some good news for you: You can easily catalog and manage your collection using your smartphone!

17-02-2012
Manage Your Hobby Collection With These Free Android Apps
Create Beautiful Organic 3D Models For Free With Sculptris [Windows & Mac]

Windows Mac

Create Beautiful Organic 3D Models For Free With Sculptris [Windows & Mac]

Sculptris is a 3D design tool by Pixologic, makers of the $699 professional 3D tool ZBrush. It comes from a good home, but unlike its sister app, Sculptris is entirely free. We’ve covered Sculptris in the MakeUseOf directory in 2012, but today I’d like to take you a bit deeper into the app and show you how it works.

14-02-2012
Create Beautiful Organic 3D Models For Free With Sculptris [Windows & Mac]
Make Sure You Drink Enough Water With These Free Apps [Android]

Android

Make Sure You Drink Enough Water With These Free Apps [Android]

It is easy to forget to drink enough, especially in winter time, and especially if you’re not very physically active. But it is important to take in enough water, both for weight loss and just for your general well-being, energy level, and more. Today, I would like to share two simple, fun and free apps that you can use to monitor your water intake and be reminded to drink more often.

31-01-2012
Make Sure You Drink Enough Water With These Free Apps [Android]
Trello – A Unique, Simple & Powerful Project Management System From A Good Home

Internet

Trello – A Unique, Simple & Powerful Project Management System From A Good Home

Does the name Joel Spolsky mean anything to you? If so, you’re going to want to read this post, because it showcases Spolsky’s latest and greatest project. And if not, you should know this is the man behind Stack Overflow, WebPutty, Joel on Software and several other notable projects. His latest project is called Trello, and it’s a project management system.

27-01-2012
Trello – A Unique, Simple & Powerful Project Management System From A Good Home
3 Interactive, Fun, Free Ways To Start Learning The Ruby Programming Language

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3 Interactive, Fun, Free Ways To Start Learning The Ruby Programming Language

Ruby is an expressive, very high-level, scripting language. It is used on the Web mainly as part of the Ruby on Rails web development framework, but also standalone. If you’re curious about what Ruby (not Ruby on Rails) feels like, you don’t necessarily need to pick up a book or go watch a screencast (although those are good ways to learn, too).

26-01-2012
3 Interactive, Fun, Free Ways To Start Learning The Ruby Programming Language
Safeguard Your Device With Lookout Mobile Security [Android]

Android

Safeguard Your Device With Lookout Mobile Security [Android]

Lookout Mobile Security is one of the top antivirus and device tracking solutions for Android. It has a proud spot on our Best Android Apps page, and we’ve given it some coverage as part of our MakeUseOf directory. However, today I’d like to take you deeper than ever before, and really show you the different parts of the app and how it takes care of your device security.

24-01-2012
Safeguard Your Device With Lookout Mobile Security [Android]
Track Your Weight The Smart Way With Libra [Android]

Android

Track Your Weight The Smart Way With Libra [Android]

Today I’d like to tell you about an Android application I have been using every day since March 16, 2011. That’s over 300 days of use, day in, day out. It’s a free application called Libra, and it’s used for entering your weight every morning and then getting a picture of where you are going. Libra is so good, that it is one of the applications hand-picked for our Best Android Apps page.

19-01-2012
Track Your Weight The Smart Way With Libra [Android]
Listen To Full Length Music Albums For Free With Bandcamp

Internet

Listen To Full Length Music Albums For Free With Bandcamp

Sometimes it feels like the entrenched music industry (embodied by the big labels) is doing everything it can to keep us feeling like pirates for wanting to download music. But no matter how much they try to keep the old model (“artist to label, label to consumer”) alive, it is actually dying. Things are changing, and artists have amazing tools for reaching listeners directly these days.

17-01-2012
Listen To Full Length Music Albums For Free With Bandcamp
Keep Prying Eyes Off Your Personal Data With App Protector Pro [Android]

Android

Keep Prying Eyes Off Your Personal Data With App Protector Pro [Android]

You’re sitting somewhere fiddling with your phone, when suddenly someone gets all excited. “Hey, is that the new [insert model here]? Can I see it?!” If this is a stranger, they’re obviously crazy. But if this is someone you know (family or friends), it would be strange not to hand over the phone. Then again, they might stumble onto something they’re really not supposed to see.

10-01-2012
Keep Prying Eyes Off Your Personal Data With App Protector Pro [Android]
Is Adobe Actively Encouraging International Software Piracy? [Opinion]

Web Culture

Is Adobe Actively Encouraging International Software Piracy? [Opinion]

Does Adobe have an intentionally discriminatory international pricing policy? It certainly seems so because if you are outside of the US, you will often have to pay much more for the same exact bits and bytes a US customer gets. Their inventive regional pricing and bizarre practices leaves users with little choices. Read on and leave a comment.

06-01-2012
Is Adobe Actively Encouraging International Software Piracy? [Opinion]
How To Design Your Own Awesome Workstation

DIY

How To Design Your Own Awesome Workstation

I work in a tiny apartment, and use two 24” monitors. I needed a workstation that fits into a tiny niche, but can still accommodate me for many hours every day and let me work productively. This called for a custom solution, and I rose to the challenge, designing my one-of-a-kind workstation. While it’s fun to show and tell, I think I’ve learned some valuable lessons along the way.

05-01-2012
How To Design Your Own Awesome Workstation
Be A Super-Geek With Soluto’s New Version: An In-Depth Look [& Invites]

Internet

Be A Super-Geek With Soluto’s New Version: An In-Depth Look [& Invites]

Let’s face it, if you are reading this, you’re a geek. People come to you for tech help, whether you like it or not. It could be family, friends, or maybe your significant other. Whether or not you help them is up to you, but Soluto is one tech company that is trying to make your life easier. It’s a truly innovative tool and it’s free.

29-12-2011
Be A Super-Geek With Soluto’s New Version: An In-Depth Look [& Invites]
What Is Telnet & What Are Its Uses? [MakeUseOf Explains]

Technology Explained

What Is Telnet & What Are Its Uses? [MakeUseOf Explains]

Telnet is one of those tech terms you may occasionally hear, but not in an ad or a feature laundry list of any product you may buy. That’s because it’s a protocol, or a language used to talk to computers and other machines; not only that, but Telnet is actually ancient in Internet terms, dating back from 1973. So what is Telnet, and what is it good for, anyway?

15-12-2011
What Is Telnet & What Are Its Uses? [MakeUseOf Explains]
Think You Can Type Fast? Try These 4 Free Typing Test Sites & Find Out!

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Think You Can Type Fast? Try These 4 Free Typing Test Sites & Find Out!

They tell me touchscreens are taking over the world, and Windows 8 is going to be composed mainly of huge brightly colored tiles, easy to hit with a fat finger (or your nose). Until that happens, I’ll stick to my trusty keyboard (and Colemak, my layout of choice). But having a keyboard (and even a nice layout) is just not going to cut it – if you use a computer for a living, you need to type like a pro.

06-12-2011
Think You Can Type Fast? Try These 4 Free Typing Test Sites & Find Out!