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Erez Zukerman

/ Joined 23 April, 2011

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A First Look at Discourse, a Next-Generation System for Forums

Internet

A First Look at Discourse, a Next-Generation System for Forums

The forum is alive and well, embodied in XDA developers (just one of the seven best forums for learning about Android, for example). That’s because, well, forums are needed. But do they really have to be so cumbersome? Certainly not, says Discourse, a cutting-edge project from Jeff Atwood, one of Stack Overflow’s founders. Let’s break Discourse down a bit, to see what it offers.

15-02-2013
A First Look at Discourse, a Next-Generation System for Forums
Learn To Build Your Own Furniture With These Impressive Carpentry & Woodworking Resources

Internet

Learn To Build Your Own Furniture With These Impressive Carpentry & Woodworking Resources

Few things are as satisfying and relaxing as making something new with your own hands. Programming comes close, at least for me (and I’ve recently offered some tips on learning to code), but it’s still quite different. Typing just isn’t the same as clamping planks of wood together, drilling holes and watching something you’ve envisioned (or planned out in SketchUp) come to life. But where’s a good place to start?

08-02-2013
Learn To Build Your Own Furniture With These Impressive Carpentry & Woodworking Resources
Do You Really Need The Most Expensive CPU? Find Out With CPU Boss

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Do You Really Need The Most Expensive CPU? Find Out With CPU Boss

Picking out a CPU for your next computer is no mean feat. Of course, if you build your own desktop, you can usually go with a single motherboard and just swap out the CPU as you see fit (depending on your CPU socket type). But if your next computer is a laptop, picking out the right CPU becomes even more crucial: Once you buy a computer with a given processor, that’s it – you’re stuck with that processor for the lifetime of the computer.

07-02-2013
Do You Really Need The Most Expensive CPU? Find Out With CPU Boss
Keeping Your Droid Safe and Secure With Advanced Mobile Care 2.0 [Android]

Android

Keeping Your Droid Safe and Secure With Advanced Mobile Care 2.0 [Android]

It’s a sad truth, but you do need an antivirus to securely use Android these days. Google Play is teeming with beautiful and interesting apps, but it also has its fair share of bad apples seeking to misuse your personal data, drain your battery life, or be malicious in other creative and surprising ways. Fortunately, there’s no lack of high-quality antivirus apps.

01-02-2013
Keeping Your Droid Safe and Secure With Advanced Mobile Care 2.0 [Android]
Cerego – A Powerful Learning Service That Tries To Make You Smarter [500 Reader Invites]

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Cerego – A Powerful Learning Service That Tries To Make You Smarter [500 Reader Invites]

Learning is a subject often fraught with frustration, angst, and pressure. But it really doesn’t have to be that way. The traditional school system, conceived long before the advent of computers and modern learning methodologies, isn’t really the best way to learn. There are many tools and methods that improve on what’s available in most schools today, but in this post I’d like to introduce you to one specific contender called Cerego.

29-01-2013
Cerego – A Powerful Learning Service That Tries To Make You Smarter [500 Reader Invites]
MakeUseOf Tests: What Is The Best Android Keyboard?

Android

MakeUseOf Tests: What Is The Best Android Keyboard?

In this follow-up to our post from 2011 featuring 6+ fantastic Honeycomb keyboards, I’d like to take a good hard look at four of the most popular and well-regarded sliding keyboard. Call it a “keyboard death match” if you’re feeling particularly nerdy today. To test all four keyboards, I’ve picked the same text and swiped it out without making any corrections. Let’s see who’s the most accurate – It’s science!

25-01-2013
MakeUseOf Tests: What Is The Best Android Keyboard?
8 Tried & True Tips For Learning How To Code

Internet

8 Tried & True Tips For Learning How To Code

Skilled programmers have been in high demand for years now, and it doesn’t look like that demand is about to go down anytime soon. But even if you don’t intend to make a living as a professional programmer, being able to code proficiently is going to come in handy in any computer-related job – even as a manager. But if you’re reading this, I probably shouldn’t have to tell you why becoming a coder is a good idea. You already know.

22-01-2013
8 Tried & True Tips For Learning How To Code
Interesting Galaxy S III Features That Make Samsung’s ROM Better Than Stock Android

Android

Interesting Galaxy S III Features That Make Samsung’s ROM Better Than Stock Android

I just got a brand-new Galaxy S III. It’s a beautiful device, except for one big flaw: Samsung TouchWiz. But when you eliminate the ugly looks, it turns out TouchWiz actually does add value! If you’re running a stock Android ROM on your Galaxy S III, or considering replacing Samsung’s ROM with something like Cyanogen, wait a moment: Samsung offers a few features that are well worth keeping, and here are just a few.

18-01-2013
Interesting Galaxy S III Features That Make Samsung’s ROM Better Than Stock Android
Keep All Of Your Notes Organized And Off The Cloud With Free, Portable, Treepad Lite

Windows

Keep All Of Your Notes Organized And Off The Cloud With Free, Portable, Treepad Lite

In these heady days when everything seems to be cloud-based, is there still room for a lowly desktop note manager? I think there is, and we covered quite a few of these over the years – WikiPad, Zim, and more recently, ResophNotes. Today, it’s time to take a look at an oldie – a free, portable utility Treepad Lite. It’s a classic, but it received its most recent update back in 2009. Is that because the developer lost interest, or because at version 4.3, it’s just deemed “done”?

11-01-2013
Keep All Of Your Notes Organized And Off The Cloud With Free, Portable, Treepad Lite
Harness Morse Code Shortcuts to Control Numerous Computer Actions

Windows

Harness Morse Code Shortcuts to Control Numerous Computer Actions

Ah, the humble keyboard key. Each computer user has over a hundred of them at his disposal, but most of us don’t give them a moment’s thought (except, maybe, to hunt-and-peck if you’re not a touch typist). Using the keyboard almost exclusively is one of the hallmarks of the skilled computer user, but even the nerdiest of users is usually limited to just typing and using hotkey combinations. But what if there was another way to use your keyboard?

08-01-2013
Harness Morse Code Shortcuts to Control Numerous Computer Actions
Capture Vintage-Looking Images Through Old Virtual Cameras With Retro Camera [Android]

Android

Capture Vintage-Looking Images Through Old Virtual Cameras With Retro Camera [Android]

Who doesn’t like taking photos with their smartphone? Of course, taking the photo itself is usually just half the fun. The other half (the “larger” half, some would say) is applying funky effects to those photos. Apps like Instagram and FX Camera make it easy to apply beautiful effects to your images, and often have creative names for those effects like “Willow” or “Orton”. Retro Camera is very much like those two apps.

04-01-2013
Capture Vintage-Looking Images Through Old Virtual Cameras With Retro Camera [Android]
Get To Know Your Graphics Accelerator In Excruciating Detail With GPU-Z [Windows]

Windows

Get To Know Your Graphics Accelerator In Excruciating Detail With GPU-Z [Windows]

The GPU, or graphics processing unit, is the part of your computer in charge of handling graphics. In other words, if games are choppy on your computer or it can’t handle very high quality settings, it’s likely that the GPU is too weak (rather than the CPU, the central processing unit). These days, many computes (especially laptops) have “integrated graphics”, which means that the GPU is actually on the same physical chip as the CPU.

03-01-2013
Get To Know Your Graphics Accelerator In Excruciating Detail With GPU-Z [Windows]
Love Typography? Then You’ll Love WP Clock Live Wallpaper For Android

Android

Love Typography? Then You’ll Love WP Clock Live Wallpaper For Android

If you’re looking for a quick way to end up with a beautiful all-text homescreen, you should check out WP Clock Live Wallpaper. It’s not as customizable, but it’s simple, has over a million installs, and boasts an impressive 4.3-star average out of over 23,000 user reviews – so it must be getting something right.

01-01-2013
Love Typography? Then You’ll Love WP Clock Live Wallpaper For Android
How To Break The DRM On Kindle eBooks So You Can Enjoy Them Anywhere

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How To Break The DRM On Kindle eBooks So You Can Enjoy Them Anywhere

When you pay Amazon some money for a Kindle eBook, you probably think it’s yours now. I mean, you paid some money, you got some content, and now you have it, just like any other book you buy on a brick-and-mortar store. Well, that’s wrong. Actually, you didn’t buy anything, and you don’t own that book you just paid for.

28-12-2012
How To Break The DRM On Kindle eBooks So You Can Enjoy Them Anywhere
Screen Too Bright, Speakers Too Loud? Don’t Despair: Use Volumouse For Windows!

Windows

Screen Too Bright, Speakers Too Loud? Don’t Despair: Use Volumouse For Windows!

If your pointing device of choice is a mouse (rather than a laptop trackpad), then you surely don’t just use its buttons – its scroll wheel must get quite a bit of use too. But what do you use it for, really? Wait, don’t tell me: For scrolling documents and webpages! If you’re an advanced user, you probably use it for zooming in and out, too, changing font size with a quick flick of the wheel. That’s all well and good, but it doesn’t even scratch the surface of what your mouse wheel can do.

27-12-2012
Screen Too Bright, Speakers Too Loud? Don’t Despair: Use Volumouse For Windows!
Photo Tutorial: Create Your Own One-of-a-Kind Phone Case Using Napkins, Glue, & Inspiration

DIY

Photo Tutorial: Create Your Own One-of-a-Kind Phone Case Using Napkins, Glue, & Inspiration

Today’s post comes from Shira Z. Carmel, a musician, teacher, and designer from Jerusalem, Israel. I met Shira a couple of weeks ago and was quite impressed with her custom phone cover. When she told me she made it herself, I had to know how. Shira was kind enough to repeat the process, and take a photo of each and every step. This process works with any phone – in fact, it works with any plastic surface, really. If you want to customize your phone’s case for a completely unique, handmade look, read on.

20-12-2012
Photo Tutorial: Create Your Own One-of-a-Kind Phone Case Using Napkins, Glue, & Inspiration
Better Than Text Messages & Free – WhatsApp For Android Reviewed

Android

Better Than Text Messages & Free – WhatsApp For Android Reviewed

A moment of introspection, please: What do you do more often – call people using your phone, or text them? I would bet it’s the latter. For many people, texting is more convenient than calling. It’s discrete, so you can do it on the bus (unless you happen to be the driver); it’s asynchronous, so the other person doesn’t have to be immediately available, and more.

18-12-2012
Better Than Text Messages & Free – WhatsApp For Android Reviewed
Google Gesture Search: Better Than Your Launcher [Android]

Android

Google Gesture Search: Better Than Your Launcher [Android]

Look at your phone. Now look at me. Now look at your phone. Now me. Okay, how many apps do you have installed on your droid? 50? 100? I bet you don’t even know! To start those, you probably pop open your launcher’s app drawer, and scroll through screen after screen suffocating with a dense grid of icons, looking for the one you need. You could be using Google Gesture Search for those infrequent apps. It’s an official Google app, and it’s free.

14-12-2012
Google Gesture Search: Better Than Your Launcher [Android]
What Does Your Computer Say About You?

Technology Explained

What Does Your Computer Say About You?

A personal computer is, well, personal. Assuming like most people, you bought your own computer (or had some say about what it’s going to be), your choice of hardware likely reflects quite a bit about you. So, what sort of person are you — just an occasional user? A nerdy coder? A hard-core gamer? Tell me what your hardware is, and I’ll tell you who you are.

13-12-2012
What Does Your Computer Say About You?
A Look At Free Machinima Tools: Make Your Own Game-Themed Movies

Gaming

A Look At Free Machinima Tools: Make Your Own Game-Themed Movies

Who doesn’t like telling a good story? Imagine bringing your audience into a world you created, and immersing them in a tale full of intrigue, humor, and killer action scenes. Sounds like fun, right? Most people do this by writing stories, but did you know you can actually make animated movies to tell your stories, without having to buy any expensive software?

11-12-2012
A Look At Free Machinima Tools: Make Your Own Game-Themed Movies
How to Send Sensitive, Secure Emails, Passwords, and Files Without Fear

Internet

How to Send Sensitive, Secure Emails, Passwords, and Files Without Fear

So, here’s a common case: You need to share a password with someone, but if you just email it to them, it’s going to languish in their inbox and be exposed to any future hacker that might gain access to their account. Or perhaps you want to share a longer note, but don’t want to email it for the same reason. No matter your scenario, I’ve rounded up several solid ways to get your data across securely and privately.

06-12-2012
How to Send Sensitive, Secure Emails, Passwords, and Files Without Fear
View, Resize, & Manipulate Image Files With Classic Utility IrfanView [Windows]

Windows

View, Resize, & Manipulate Image Files With Classic Utility IrfanView [Windows]

We all work with image files, all the time; be they graphics for the Web, corporate images for work, or just holiday snaps. These days there are more digital images than ever before. Windows comes with its own built-in image viewer, and if you have Google’s Picasa, it comes with its own fancy viewer. But neither of these options surpasses a true classic.

04-12-2012
View, Resize, & Manipulate Image Files With Classic Utility IrfanView [Windows]
Using Google Chrome? Here’s How to Reach Under The Hood & Customize Special Settings

Browsers

Using Google Chrome? Here’s How to Reach Under The Hood & Customize Special Settings

Chrome is one of my favorite Google products. Google got a few core, basic principles right in its design, and instead of becoming bloated over time like most software, Chrome remained svelte, secure, and very, very fast. That doesn’t mean Chrome can’t be customized. There are countless add-ons in the Chrome Web Store, many of which work well without adding bloat. But today I’d like to discuss a different sort of customization.

29-11-2012
Using Google Chrome? Here’s How to Reach Under The Hood & Customize Special Settings
What’s Fake Tech Support & Why You Shouldn’t Trust Everything You See on Google

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What’s Fake Tech Support & Why You Shouldn’t Trust Everything You See on Google

You’re sitting at home, minding your own business. Suddenly, the phone rings. You pick up, and it’s Microsoft (or Norton, or Dell, or …). Specifically, it’s a support engineer, and he’s concerned – concerned for your well-being, and for your computer’s health. You see, his company’s servers have detected your computer has fallen prey to a dangerous virus that’s been making the rounds.

23-11-2012
What’s Fake Tech Support & Why You Shouldn’t Trust Everything You See on Google