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Ryan Dube

Senior Writer / Joined 13 December, 2008

Ryan has a BSc degree in Electrical Engineering. He's worked 13 years in automation engineering, 5 years in IT, and now is an Apps Engineer. A former Managing Editor of MakeUseOf, he's spoken at national conferences on Data Visualization and has been featured on national TV and radio.

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2 Ultra-Fast Racing Games That Truly Test Your Driving Abilities

Gaming

2 Ultra-Fast Racing Games That Truly Test Your Driving Abilities

I came across a couple of racing games I hadn’t spotted on SourceForge before. They’re both well rated by the user base there, and they both promised to offer realistic physics engines that would make it feel like you’re really racing a sweet ride in the case of X Speed Race, and an insanely fast race car in the motorsport racing sim called Speed Dreams.

13-06-2013
2 Ultra-Fast Racing Games That Truly Test Your Driving Abilities
3 Excellent Turn-Based Strategy Games Online

Gaming

3 Excellent Turn-Based Strategy Games Online

So, if you’re into fast-paced racing games, heart-pounding first person shooters, or edge-of-your-seat tower defense games, then you can click the back button now and find another article. This isn’t that kind of article. Here, we’re talking about turn-based strategy games that demand a strong intellect and a creative battle plan that will outsmart and outwit the competition.

12-06-2013
3 Excellent Turn-Based Strategy Games Online
6 Android Zombie Shooting Games That Are Tremendous Stress Relievers

Android Gaming

6 Android Zombie Shooting Games That Are Tremendous Stress Relievers

Zombie first-person shooters: A license to kill and blow up everything that limps its way toward you wearing tattered clothes and a half-rotted face. There’s nothing quite as stress relieving as this – just shooting everything first, and asking questions later. Don’t want zombie cooties? Well then get out your Android phones and tablets, and follow along with me as I explore 6 of the finest zombie shooting games Google Play has to offer.

07-06-2013
6 Android Zombie Shooting Games That Are Tremendous Stress Relievers
How Much More Productive Is ToDoist Premium? Here Are 6 Good Reasons To Upgrade

Internet

How Much More Productive Is ToDoist Premium? Here Are 6 Good Reasons To Upgrade

I kept using ToDoist for free for a while. But kept coming up against things I wanted to do and couldn’t. Email reminders. Adding notes to task. Things that would really add a whole lot to the value of ToDoist as a time management and task management solution. So, one day this year, I just decided to bite the bullet.

06-06-2013
How Much More Productive Is ToDoist Premium? Here Are 6 Good Reasons To Upgrade
Create an RSS Feed Reader Using Google Spreadsheet

Internet

Create an RSS Feed Reader Using Google Spreadsheet

Looking for a more practical, everyday use for my growing collection of Google spreadsheets, I decided to see if I could use one function I haven’t covered here at MUO yet called “ImportFeed”, to try and develop a personal DIY feeder reader that I could actually make use of every day – rather than installing some desktop application, or visiting some online feed reader service.

05-06-2013
Create an RSS Feed Reader Using Google Spreadsheet
2 Hidden Privacy Tools You Should Be Using

Internet

2 Hidden Privacy Tools You Should Be Using

Every day, people visit countless websites and make use of their favorite social networks with very little thought to just how much information is inadvertently escaping into the general public. In fact, there are privacy tools within your social network accounts that provide you with the ability to control things beyond just location privacy, but also account privacy itself.

30-05-2013
2 Hidden Privacy Tools You Should Be Using
Google Doesn’t Rule The Entire Internet Just Yet [Search Trends]

Internet

Google Doesn’t Rule The Entire Internet Just Yet [Search Trends]

When you examine Google search trends over time, it’s amazing just how much it reveals about the public sentiment, and the rise and fall of various brands, service sand popular apps. It’s really amazing to watch these trends and compare them between companies, products, websites and more. Sometimes, you can even predict which brands are going to win the war over the minds and hearts of the general public.

29-05-2013
Google Doesn’t Rule The Entire Internet Just Yet [Search Trends]
How To Try Google Chrome OS On Your PC

Internet Browsers

How To Try Google Chrome OS On Your PC

How many times have you been approached by a friend or family member who says that they really have very little use for a big, powerful computer, since all they do with it is check email and maybe read a couple of websites every day? The fact is, there area whole lot of people that fall into this category. Computers just aren’t a big part of their lives, it’s as simple as that. What they really need is an ultra-simple computer.

24-05-2013
How To Try Google Chrome OS On Your PC
7 Ways To Avoid Letting The Internet Destroy Your Life

Internet

7 Ways To Avoid Letting The Internet Destroy Your Life

This is true for anyone that devotes a large portion of their time to the Internet. It may be bloggers trying to grow their website, technology workers working remotely, or just folks that get overly addicted to online games. The Internet can steal away many hours out of your day in the blink of an eye, and when you wake up you could discover that much of what you once loved is no longer there.

23-05-2013
7 Ways To Avoid Letting The Internet Destroy Your Life
How I Import Internet UFO Sightings Data Into A Google Spreadsheet

Internet

How I Import Internet UFO Sightings Data Into A Google Spreadsheet

In this article, I’m going to show you how to import any data that might be stored in a table on any website on the Internet, into your Google Spreadsheet. Think about the enormous volume of data that’s available on the Internet today in the form of HTML tables. Wikipedia alone has data in tables for topics like global warming. In my example, I’m starting out with a database on the National UFO Reporting Center

22-05-2013
How I Import Internet UFO Sightings Data Into A Google Spreadsheet
Find Latitude and Longitude Coordinates & Ways To Use Them Online

Internet

Find Latitude and Longitude Coordinates & Ways To Use Them Online

Most of the time, when you’re looking for directions or want to find a location, you probably go directly to Google Maps (or whatever your favorite mapping tool is) and look up the address. Well, that’s fine when you have the address, or you know the names of the city, town or location that you want to find. However, there are plenty of cases when names of places aren’t so important as their location on the Earth.

17-05-2013
Find Latitude and Longitude Coordinates & Ways To Use Them Online
Best 4 Ways To Manage Your Facebook Calendar

Internet

Best 4 Ways To Manage Your Facebook Calendar

In this article, I’m going to show you four ways that you can make use of your Facebook Calendar. This will include how to export Facebook Calendar events to Output, how to export them to Google Calendar, how to strip spam-events that you really don’t care about, and how to even set up notifications for upcoming events from your Facebook Calendar.

16-05-2013
Best 4 Ways To Manage Your Facebook Calendar
Facebook Ads vs Google Adwords: Which One Got Me The Most Clicks?

Internet

Facebook Ads vs Google Adwords: Which One Got Me The Most Clicks?

I honestly never thought that I’d be paying for any sort of advertising for my blog, at least not until it entered into the “big time”, with many hundreds of thousands of pageviews per day. I never really believed that the cost of advertising on a small scale could really be worth the results. If you only invest less than $10 a day into an advertising campaign, can it really have any impact at all? Don’t most advertising campaigns require hundreds of dollars a month or more? This is the question that I set out to answer at the beginning of this year

15-05-2013
Facebook Ads vs Google Adwords: Which One Got Me The Most Clicks?
Become An Expert Data Analyst Overnight Using Google Spreadsheet Report Tools

Internet

Become An Expert Data Analyst Overnight Using Google Spreadsheet Report Tools

Did you know that one of the greatest tools of all to conduct data analysis is actually Google Spreadsheet? The reason for this isn’t only because it can do nearly everything you might want to do with Microsoft Excel (although you can), but it’s actually because of a few very cool reporting tools that comes standard in Google Spreadsheet.

10-05-2013
Become An Expert Data Analyst Overnight Using Google Spreadsheet Report Tools
Perform Amazing Feats With These Useful Google Spreadsheet Functions

Internet

Perform Amazing Feats With These Useful Google Spreadsheet Functions

I am ashamed to admit that I’ve only recently decided to start experimenting with Google Spreadsheets, and what I’ve discovered is that whatever allure or power Excel had over me due to the amazing things you could do with VBA scripting, is completely overshadowed by the awesomeness of the sorts of things you can do inside of Google Spreadsheets.

09-05-2013
Perform Amazing Feats With These Useful Google Spreadsheet Functions
How to Use Remote Desktop Connections Like an IT Pro

Windows

How to Use Remote Desktop Connections Like an IT Pro

If you work in the IT department of a company that has an internal network, the odds are pretty good that you’ve had to make use of Remote Desktop once or twice. Remote Desktop is one of those utilities that, like many utilities, gets used a whole lot, but the extended features or little bits of functionality go unused for a long time. Even some veterans of remote desktop are sometimes surprised to discover that you can do something with it that they never realized.

03-05-2013
How to Use Remote Desktop Connections Like an IT Pro
How to Use Google Person Finder to Locate Loved Ones After a Disaster

Internet

How to Use Google Person Finder to Locate Loved Ones After a Disaster

Living barely an hour and a half from Boston, it was a bit surreal to watch the aftermath of the recent Boston Marathon bombings. I know there are lots of readers from different countries that frequent MUO, and many of those countries are somewhat violent – where bombings are not a rarity. However – in Boston, bombings are very much a rarity. And when things are rare, tpeople are unprepared for the aftermath.

01-05-2013
How to Use Google Person Finder to Locate Loved Ones After a Disaster
Protect Your Online Persona If You Die With Google Inactive Account Manager

Internet

Protect Your Online Persona If You Die With Google Inactive Account Manager

One of the most common problems that occur when people have an unfortunate accident at a younger age, is that usually that person has done absolutely nothing to set their affairs in order in the unfortunate event of their death. This usually leaves the family – aside from grieving after such a tremendous loss – to also deal with how to manage your final affairs for you. That includes what to do with all of the stuff you’ve accumulated during your life.

26-04-2013
Protect Your Online Persona If You Die With Google Inactive Account Manager
3 Ways To Make Office 2013 More Like Office 2010

Windows

3 Ways To Make Office 2013 More Like Office 2010

A few months ago, I had a great opportunity to get a drastically discounted copy of Microsoft Office. When I went to purchase the product, I assumed it would be Office 2010, but I was pleasantly surprised to learn that it was actually a discounted license of Office 2013. Thinking that I was extremely fortunate to get one of Microsoft’s cutting-edge versions of office for so cheap, I hurriedly installed it, looking forward to diving into the experience of Microsoft’s latest Office offering.

25-04-2013
3 Ways To Make Office 2013 More Like Office 2010
Use Excel & Google Tasks to Create the Best Goals Management Tool Ever

Self Improvement

Use Excel & Google Tasks to Create the Best Goals Management Tool Ever

Lately, I’ve started to realize that I’m working very hard, but if someone asked me whether or not I feel that I’m working toward a larger purpose, I’d have to say that I really don’t know. The current approach feels more like a machine-gun approach, where I’m just trying to accomplish whatever I can, and hope that it gets me where I want to be. That’s not quite the way to achieve one’s life goals. So I decided to create the ideal system from scratch.

24-04-2013
Use Excel & Google Tasks to Create the Best Goals Management Tool Ever
How To Create A Graph From Raw Data Files In Any Office Product

Windows

How To Create A Graph From Raw Data Files In Any Office Product

Wouldn’t it be nice to have the ability to just open up an Excel spreadsheet or a Word document, and without having to do anything at all, data gets read directly out of a text or CSV data file and loads directly into a chart embedded onto your spreadsheet or Word document? This is a form of automation using Office products, because if it’s possible to automate the charting of data in Office, just think of the possibilities.

19-04-2013
How To Create A Graph From Raw Data Files In Any Office Product
How To Be A Better American On The Global Internet

Internet

How To Be A Better American On The Global Internet

The Internet has brought together cultures and nationalities that had previously never really interacted very much. The openness has also fanned perceptions and prejudices on all sides. The following are some of those notions that I realized people from other countries believe about Americans, and how Americans sometimes feed those beliefs through their online behavior.

18-04-2013
How To Be A Better American On The Global Internet
Using Binaural Beats to Improve Gameplay Concentration – Does It Work?

Android

Using Binaural Beats to Improve Gameplay Concentration – Does It Work?

Binaural beats are sounds of different frequencies that play in each ear. The premise is that the brain’s effort to sync up the two sounds into one perceived sound eventually “tunes” the brain to operate at a mental state within that range. The makers of binaural beat products tweak each frequency range to create a sort of “resonant frequency” in the brain that matches known frequencies for things like concentration, relaxation, and excitement. In order to test that theory, I decided to do a personal experiment of my own – completely unscientific, mind you – to see if binaural beats would improve my own concentration.

17-04-2013
Using Binaural Beats to Improve Gameplay Concentration – Does It Work?