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Erez Zukerman

/ Joined 23 April, 2011

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What Is a Website Wireframe & How Can It Help You Develop Your Website?

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What Is a Website Wireframe & How Can It Help You Develop Your Website?

On a technical level, a modern website isn’t just one thing. It’s a complex soup of interacting technologies, such as HTML (the markup you see on the page), JavaScript (the language running in your browser, affecting interactions), CSS (the language for setting the page’s appearance), and more. But on a more basic level, a website is an idea. If it’s your website, you probably know what you want it to do, or what you want users to get out of it.

20-11-2012
What Is a Website Wireframe & How Can It Help You Develop Your Website?
Is Linux Confusing? Here Are The Key Terms You Need To Know

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Is Linux Confusing? Here Are The Key Terms You Need To Know

These days, Ubuntu and other modern Linux distributions usually install without a hitch (and without requiring any knowledge), but as you move forward using them, you will inevitably come across all sorts of terminology that isn’t always clearly explained. That’s why I’ve prepared a quick list of the most important terms you should know about Linux, each explained in the simplest possible way.

15-11-2012
Is Linux Confusing? Here Are The Key Terms You Need To Know
Nova Launcher – Even Better Than The Default Android 4.0 Launcher

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Nova Launcher – Even Better Than The Default Android 4.0 Launcher

Up until Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) came along, Android’s interface felt somewhat less polished than iOS’s. But with Android 4.0, Google made a clean break with the previous visual style for Android, introducing Holo – a clean, dark theme, with thin typography and a very modern look. With Holo came a new default launcher, and when Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) came out, that launcher just kept getting better.

13-11-2012
Nova Launcher – Even Better Than The Default Android 4.0 Launcher
Microsoft Is NOT Ready To Support Windows 8: A Case In Point

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Microsoft Is NOT Ready To Support Windows 8: A Case In Point

Windows 8 is upon us! Excited, I’ve installed the shiny new OS and tried to install my first app from the new Store, only to be notified that my “purchase couldn’t be completed” (it was a free app) and that “something happened”. Really, that’s what the message says. Here’s what happened so you are forewarned….

26-10-2012
Microsoft Is NOT Ready To Support Windows 8: A Case In Point
New Isn’t Always Best: Interviewing Daniel Bogan, Creator of The Setup

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New Isn’t Always Best: Interviewing Daniel Bogan, Creator of The Setup

After years of writing for tech blogs, I’m almost programmed to always hunt for the latest and greatest app or technique for getting work done. But as it turns out, the most productive people often don’t use the shiniest gadgets and apps. Many stick to tried and true hardware and software, and just get the work done. How do I know this? I read The Setup, an fantastic blog which shows how real people get work done.

23-10-2012
New Isn’t Always Best: Interviewing Daniel Bogan, Creator of The Setup
Is Good Software Enough? Visiting Corel To Find Out How Digital Artists Are Born [Feature]

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Is Good Software Enough? Visiting Corel To Find Out How Digital Artists Are Born [Feature]

One of the most magical things is, you’ve got a nice, crisp piece of paper, you put a benzene marker on it, it just looks gorgeous — says Corel Painter Master Greg Banning. But the thing is, those things are toxic. So you’re working overnight trying to get something done, and in the morning you’re just stoned. That’s what drove Greg to start using Corel Painter more than thirteen years ago.

25-09-2012
Is Good Software Enough? Visiting Corel To Find Out How Digital Artists Are Born [Feature]
Create Your Own Gorgeous Text-Only Widgets For Free With Minimalistic Text [Android]

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Create Your Own Gorgeous Text-Only Widgets For Free With Minimalistic Text [Android]

TWOTHIRTY, says the smartphone. Just like that — with no space, all in capital letters, with the latter part bold. Yes, it’s longer than 2:30, but it’s somehow… swankier, too. But that’s a matter of personal taste. Minimalistic Text, a free widget for Android, would let you create a widget that says “2:30” just as easily as one that says “TWOTHIRTY.” Heck, you could have have one that says “TWO30” if you really wanted to go crazy.

21-09-2012
Create Your Own Gorgeous Text-Only Widgets For Free With Minimalistic Text [Android]
From Us To You: 6 Beautiful, Original Wallpapers By MakeUseOf Authors

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From Us To You: 6 Beautiful, Original Wallpapers By MakeUseOf Authors

Every now and then, I write a wallpaper column. I usually pick a theme and go scour the Web in search of talented artists who have created beautiful wallpapers around that theme. And one of those times, a thought suddenly stuck me. We have some very talented photographers right here on MakeUseOf. Why not share their work with our audience? And with that, this post was born.

20-09-2012
From Us To You: 6 Beautiful, Original Wallpapers By MakeUseOf Authors
Rein In Your To-Do List With Do It (Tomorrow) [Android 2.1+]

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Rein In Your To-Do List With Do It (Tomorrow) [Android 2.1+]

Some days, I feel like I’m swimming through molasses when I’m trying to work. Endless piles of email, tasks waiting to be done, little details, and general confusion from all directions. One good way to get a grip on days like that is to sit down and just make a quick list of stuff that needs to get done. No elaborate hashtags, nesting, recurring tasks or dependencies – just a plain old list.

18-09-2012
Rein In Your To-Do List With Do It (Tomorrow) [Android 2.1+]
Turn Your Windows Desktop From Cluttered To Useful For Free With Fences

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Turn Your Windows Desktop From Cluttered To Useful For Free With Fences

I’d like to start this post with a small request: Hit Win+D for me. I’ll wait here. Go ahead, do it. Okay, done? What did you see? Was it a hot mess of cluttered icons for every application that felt like throwing its icon on the desktop when you installed it? Or perhaps you’ve given up on desktop icons altogether, opting to just hide them all so your wallpaper shows through in its full glory?

14-09-2012
Turn Your Windows Desktop From Cluttered To Useful For Free With Fences
Thinking Of Stealing Windows 8? Microsoft Probably Won’t Mind [Opinion]

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Thinking Of Stealing Windows 8? Microsoft Probably Won’t Mind [Opinion]

Stealing is wrong. Downloading software illegally, without paying for it, and then using it, is wrong. There are no two ways about it. That said, I can’t help but feel that some companies want you to break the law. Take Adobe for example, whose discriminatory international pricing scheme actively encourages piracy. In truth, companies sometimes derive important advantages from users stealing their software — widespread adoption being just one example.

07-09-2012
Thinking Of Stealing Windows 8? Microsoft Probably Won’t Mind [Opinion]
Swype For Android, Reviewed: A Hassle To Install, But Is It Worth It?

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Swype For Android, Reviewed: A Hassle To Install, But Is It Worth It?

I’ve long since fell in love with sliding/swiping keyboard, as my SlideIT review from a year ago shows. But when people hear “swiping keyboard,” SlideIT isn’t usually the first name that comes to mind: Swype is. It’s interesting to note how well-known this powerful sliding (or swiping) keyboard is, especially since it’s not even available on Google Play. But is Swype’s reputation justified, or is it mostly hype?

06-09-2012
Swype For Android, Reviewed: A Hassle To Install, But Is It Worth It?
Use Embiggen’s Large Font For Android So You No Longer Have To Shout

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Use Embiggen’s Large Font For Android So You No Longer Have To Shout

Remember that iPhone app called Say Anything? It basically lets you write anything in a huge typeface across your device’s screen, so you can just wave your phone around the bar instead of trying to shout and be heard about the din. Well, if you’ve got an Android device, you’re not out in the cold! Just install Embiggen and you can enjoy the same sort of cutting-edge in-your-face typography action.

30-08-2012
Use Embiggen’s Large Font For Android So You No Longer Have To Shout
Learn Everything About Your Computer Specifications With Free, Portable CPU-Z

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Learn Everything About Your Computer Specifications With Free, Portable CPU-Z

Even if you’re not overly geeky, you probably have a rough idea of how much memory and what sort of processor your computer has. But what about its other statistics? For example, do you know your RAM bus speed? This may sound esoteric, but if you’re thinking of upgrading your RAM, it’s something you really need to know. Then again, if you are a serious geek, you may be in need of a tool you can tote around on a USB stick for diagnosing hardware on friends’ and colleagues’ machines. CPU-Z is a free and powerful hardware detection tool that can do just that, and it’s available as a portable version, too.

28-08-2012
Learn Everything About Your Computer Specifications With Free, Portable CPU-Z
Giving Away Software For Free And Staying Alive: A Meeting With The Makers of Komodo Edit

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Giving Away Software For Free And Staying Alive: A Meeting With The Makers of Komodo Edit

Tech companies often get a lot of media attention either when they’re new and shiny startups or when they sell out to a larger company in the ever-coveted exit. Today I’m writing about a company that doesn’t fall under either category: Vancouver-based ActiveState. Yaara and I went for a visit in their offices, to see what it’s like and learn a bit about how giving away stuff for free works as a business model.

03-08-2012
Giving Away Software For Free And Staying Alive: A Meeting With The Makers of Komodo Edit
Coby Kyros Android Tablet Review and Giveaway

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Coby Kyros Android Tablet Review and Giveaway

Some time ago, I’ve set out to answer a simple question: When it comes to inexpensive Android tablets, how low can you go? What sort of tablet can I get for less than $100? To answer that question, I got the Coby Kyros, a 7-inch tablet that currently sells on Amazon for around $70. I’ve taken it through its paces, and I’m here to report on what can a sub-$100 tablet do, and what it can’t.

27-07-2012
Coby Kyros Android Tablet Review and Giveaway
Introducing The World’s Best Free Mobile Wallpaper App: Your Phone’s Browser

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Introducing The World’s Best Free Mobile Wallpaper App: Your Phone’s Browser

When it comes to static, desktop-like wallpapers, I think it’s high time someone asked “do we really need an app for that?” I say, no, we definitely don’t. All you need to find, download, and install stunning free wallpapers on your Android device is just a garden-variety Web browser, and a simple, quick workflow.

20-07-2012
Introducing The World’s Best Free Mobile Wallpaper App: Your Phone’s Browser
10 Snowboarding Wallpapers That Are Cool In More Ways Than One

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10 Snowboarding Wallpapers That Are Cool In More Ways Than One

I can think of few sports that are as dramatic and acrobatic as snowboarding. I know it’s a winter sport and this is summertime (at least for most of us) – but really, what summer sports are as cool? There are fewer things more impressive than a snowboarder in flight, and the majestic snowy mountains that serve as backdrops for many of these shots only heighten the sense of space and freedom.

20-07-2012
10 Snowboarding Wallpapers That Are Cool In More Ways Than One
Free Font Friday: Comic Sans, You Are Not Alone (With A Bonus Video!)

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Free Font Friday: Comic Sans, You Are Not Alone (With A Bonus Video!)

Comic Sans is one of the most notoriously abused typefaces, but it’s been taking it like a champ, and just keeps on being its cheery, quirky self. Also, it’s not the only comic font around – just the most famous one. So I’ve decided to dedicate this month’s Free Font Friday to Comic Sans.

13-07-2012
Free Font Friday: Comic Sans, You Are Not Alone (With A Bonus Video!)
10 Sugar-Rich Wallpapers That Will Make You Want to Eat Your Monitor (And a Bonus!)

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10 Sugar-Rich Wallpapers That Will Make You Want to Eat Your Monitor (And a Bonus!)

This week I’m in a sweet-tooth kind of mood. I started out by hunting images of ice cream (the perfect summer candy), but then realized how beautiful all candy is, from colored gum to cakes to macaroons and other fancy cookies. So I trawled the net, hunting and seeking images of culinary goodness that would look good on your monitor and make you reconsider any diet plans you may have.

05-07-2012
10 Sugar-Rich Wallpapers That Will Make You Want to Eat Your Monitor (And a Bonus!)
Aviary For Android: Screenshot Tour & Review – Photo Effects Don’t Have To Be Social After All

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Aviary For Android: Screenshot Tour & Review – Photo Effects Don’t Have To Be Social After All

Aviary has been around forever as a Web-based suite of creative graphics tools. But they’ve recently made their first foray onto iOS and Android, with the new Aviary Photo Editor app. I’m here to take the Android version for a thorough spin and see what it can really do.

22-06-2012
Aviary For Android: Screenshot Tour & Review – Photo Effects Don’t Have To Be Social After All
These Awesome Animal Wallpapers Will Make Your Desktop And Phone More Adorable Than Ever

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These Awesome Animal Wallpapers Will Make Your Desktop And Phone More Adorable Than Ever

Kittens, puppies, bunnies, and monkeys, oh my! Amidst how-to posts, serious updates and cutting-edge websites, maybe what your desktop needs is some extra cuteness. Then again, if incredibly cute wallpapers aren’t up your alley, perhaps your significant other could appreciate them.

21-06-2012
These Awesome Animal Wallpapers Will Make Your Desktop And Phone More Adorable Than Ever
Garmin Forerunner 405CX Review and Giveaway

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Garmin Forerunner 405CX Review and Giveaway

Today, I will be reviewing the Garmin Forerunner 405CX: a heart-rate monitor with a built-in GPS. We bought this $270 Garmin Forerunner 405CX, so you can expect an honest, unbiased review. And of course, the cherry on top is that one lucky reader will win this review unit – participate in the giveaway at the end, and you too will have a chance to win it!

12-06-2012
Garmin Forerunner 405CX Review and Giveaway
How I Quickly Mastered A Superior Keyboard Layout Without Losing Productivity

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How I Quickly Mastered A Superior Keyboard Layout Without Losing Productivity

If you’re reading this on a computer, look at your keyboard. Chances are it’s a QWERTY keyboard, or something closely modeled after QWERTY, like AZERTY for French or QWERTZ for Germany. Is that really the best keyboard for modern needs? I say, definitely not. Try out an alternative layout called Colemak.

08-06-2012
How I Quickly Mastered A Superior Keyboard Layout Without Losing Productivity