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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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I Can’t Find a Single Productive Use For My Tablet [Opinion]

Android

I Can’t Find a Single Productive Use For My Tablet [Opinion]

First off, I have to say that like most of you reading this, I love technology. I love it. I dream about it so much that I just had to write an article about where technology is going to be in 20 years. I imagine a world where everyone is wearing augmented reality glasses, riding in anti-gravity vehicles that run on renewable energy, and everyone is telecommuting from home via a global high-speed wireless network.

23-02-2013
I Can’t Find a Single Productive Use For My Tablet [Opinion]
Lies, Lies, And Status Updates: 4 Facebook Myths You Shouldn’t Believe

Internet

Lies, Lies, And Status Updates: 4 Facebook Myths You Shouldn’t Believe

Why are myths started? At least one definition of myth is “any invented story, idea, or concept.” So why do such stories get invented? How do so many situations arise where people feel the need to keep spreading false information, without bothering to confirm whether or not it’s even true?

21-02-2013
Lies, Lies, And Status Updates: 4 Facebook Myths You Shouldn’t Believe
The Art Of Creating A Successful Blog – Tips From The Pros [Feature]

Internet

The Art Of Creating A Successful Blog – Tips From The Pros [Feature]

In an effort to understand the magic ingredients that make up the recipe of a successful website, I went out in search of successful bloggers that have formed popular, profitable websites. The fruits of that search turned up two big names in the blogosphere. Vitaly Friedman of Smashing Magazine, and Joshua Topolsky of The Verge. I’ve interviewed both of them at length, and here are their thoughts about the two different paths a blog can take to become wildly successful.

15-02-2013
The Art Of Creating A Successful Blog – Tips From The Pros [Feature]
PeopleFinders – Can You Really Find Anyone Anywhere?

Internet

PeopleFinders – Can You Really Find Anyone Anywhere?

Back in 2006 through 2008, I spent many months working with a team of researchers trying to track down the origins of a very strange online hoax. These days, the details of the hoax are not so important as are the lessons that the research project taught me. The most important lesson was that you can accomplish a whole lot of amazing things if you just have the right tools at your disposal.

14-02-2013
PeopleFinders – Can You Really Find Anyone Anywhere?
Keep Your PC Clean of Ads And Viruses With Lavasoft Ad-Aware+ Free [Windows]

Windows

Keep Your PC Clean of Ads And Viruses With Lavasoft Ad-Aware+ Free [Windows]

I continue suggesting to everyone that running Ad-Aware is a good idea. It doesn’t necessarily have to be run exclusively as the only anti-virus software, but I’ve found that the Ad-Aware team has done a fantastic job identifying the adware that exists out there, and it’s always Ad-Aware that spots it, when the standard AV software remains silent.

13-02-2013
Keep Your PC Clean of Ads And Viruses With Lavasoft Ad-Aware+ Free [Windows]
How To Set Up a Paypal Account To Pay For Anything

Internet

How To Set Up a Paypal Account To Pay For Anything

I have to admit that Paypal has become my own vehicle of choice for conducting business online. It has become the most common vehicle that clients prefer for sending in payments for work. This makes Paypal the vehicle of choice for running an online business and it has been for a very long time. However, what you may not realize is how much Paypal has grown, and how many new options are now available these days for paying for things with your Paypal account.

06-02-2013
How To Set Up a Paypal Account To Pay For Anything
Stop Treading Water and Make Progress in Life With the Big Picture

Internet Self Improvement

Stop Treading Water and Make Progress in Life With the Big Picture

I’m sure many of you have thought about whether you’re doing the right things every day, whether you’re getting anywhere, and whether you’re headed in the right direction. To-Do lists and organizational apps will help you keep all of those daily tasks and projects well-organized, but they don’t really help as much with future planning.

01-02-2013
Stop Treading Water and Make Progress in Life With the Big Picture
Master FTP File Transfers On All Of Your Sites With FileZilla

Linux Mac

Master FTP File Transfers On All Of Your Sites With FileZilla

A large number of FTP clients of old had hiccups when it came to large file transfers. The apps experienced the usual timeouts that you would expect when the computer sits there for 15 to 30 minutes, transferring massive files. More recently, noticing so many positive reviews around the web for FileZila, I decided to take a closer look at what the latest iteration of the software had to offer. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised.

31-01-2013
Master FTP File Transfers On All Of Your Sites With FileZilla
How To Set Up A PayPal Account To Receive Money From Anyone

Internet

How To Set Up A PayPal Account To Receive Money From Anyone

For years now, PayPal has solidified itself as the payment system of choice for anyone doing business on the Internet. When people first started doing business over the Internet, you would have thought that some sort of convenient credit-card payment system would have been the system of choice. However, the collective greediness of the major credit card processors created a gap online, where businesses without a lot of available cash flow needed an inexpensive way to offer potential online customers with a fast and convenient way to pay for things online.

30-01-2013
How To Set Up A PayPal Account To Receive Money From Anyone
How To Reduce Lag In Online Gaming

Gaming

How To Reduce Lag In Online Gaming

There was always some amount of lag in the game, especially when there were lots of players logged in. That’s an experience you can have only so often before you realize that it’s either time to optimize your PC to reduce lag as much as possible, or don’t even bother playing at all. To really optimize for gaming, you’ll need to take a very focused approach to fine-tune the areas of performance that really matter.

25-01-2013
How To Reduce Lag In Online Gaming
Regain Control Over Your Inbox With These 5 Tips For Managing Gmail

Internet

Regain Control Over Your Inbox With These 5 Tips For Managing Gmail

Everyone knows that these days, it’s pretty difficult to survive or to manage your affairs without email. In fact, most people have two or three emails to manage, so without a good handle on email management, that busy inbox can get out of control pretty fast. I know, you’re asking yourself do we really need another article about email management? Aren’t we done yet. Well….no.

23-01-2013
Regain Control Over Your Inbox With These 5 Tips For Managing Gmail
Make And Monitor Your Phone Text Messages With MightyText For Chrome

Browsers

Make And Monitor Your Phone Text Messages With MightyText For Chrome

It’s a little more “instant” than e-mail but not as intrusive as a phone call. It’s convenient, but it’s not annoying if managed right. And most of all, it’s one of the most highly addictive forms of communication in the world. It’s for all of these reasons that I went out in search of a way to continue sending text messages with my phone even when my phone is nowhere near me, and that’s when I stumbled across the MightyText extension for Chrome.

18-01-2013
Make And Monitor Your Phone Text Messages With MightyText For Chrome
5 Unusual Music Apps for Android

Android

5 Unusual Music Apps for Android

During the holidays last year, my kids all wanted music players. I actually dislike the whole concept of a music player like an MP3 or an iPod; after all isn’t that the whole point of having a smartphone? If smartphones now come loaded with all sorts of amazing gadgetry and awesome features, like the ability to trace your location or locate cool restaurants around you, then why on Earth wouldn’t it be your first choice to listen to music?

17-01-2013
5 Unusual Music Apps for Android
7 Vegetarian Recipe Sites For The Struggling Former Meat Eater

Internet

7 Vegetarian Recipe Sites For The Struggling Former Meat Eater

Little did I know that there’s a virtual smorgasbord of foods when it comes to vegetables, grains, beans and nuts. I really wish I’d explored these websites before, and I’m pleased to offer them as a resource to anyone else out there that might be getting started in this strange new world called vegetarianism (or veganism…if that’s your flavor).

11-01-2013
7 Vegetarian Recipe Sites For The Struggling Former Meat Eater
Try Multi Commander As An Advanced File Explorer Alternative

Windows

Try Multi Commander As An Advanced File Explorer Alternative

In all honesty, Windows 7 came with a pretty decent file explorer. You’ve got an easy navigation pane on the left, with file and folder listings in the center, and a useful preview pane on the right. You can completely change how files and folders are displayed, map new drive, quickly create new folders and much more. However, even in its latest form, the Windows file explorer leaves something to be desired.

10-01-2013
Try Multi Commander As An Advanced File Explorer Alternative
Check Your PC Fast & Free With Kaspersky Virus Removal Tool

Windows

Check Your PC Fast & Free With Kaspersky Virus Removal Tool

Sometimes, even when you run professional antivirus software and anti-malware apps, your computer may still start acting a bit screwy – leading you to wonder whether it’s possible some new virus somehow made it past your many defenses and onto your computer. Sometimes it’s nice to have a quick app you can run for free to perform a full system scan for all known viruses.

09-01-2013
Check Your PC Fast & Free With Kaspersky Virus Removal Tool
The Quiet Guide: Don’t Let Your Droid Disturb You During The Night

Android

The Quiet Guide: Don’t Let Your Droid Disturb You During The Night

Mobile devices provide lots of tools that allow you to become far more productive than ever before. No matter where you are, on a moment’s notice, you can connect with the outside world, fix problems remotely, and get things finished that otherwise would have had to wait in the generations before mobile devices and mobile Internet. This brave new world is both a blessing and a curse.

04-01-2013
The Quiet Guide: Don’t Let Your Droid Disturb You During The Night
Dump Paper And Use Your Tablet As a Trip Planner Instead [Android]

Android

Dump Paper And Use Your Tablet As a Trip Planner Instead [Android]

This year for the holidays, we decided to do something a little different. Instead of staying at home or visiting family for Christmas, we planned to take a family vacation to Boston throughout the entire holiday. That’s a family vacation for 4 days and 3 nights. The planning phase of this trip had me rethinking my usual process, and how my new Android Prime tablet could help in the process.

02-01-2013
Dump Paper And Use Your Tablet As a Trip Planner Instead [Android]
Forget Gmail – Outlook.com Also Handles Your Own Email Domain

Internet

Forget Gmail – Outlook.com Also Handles Your Own Email Domain

Now, using a webmail service to host your domain email isn’t anything new. Matt covered how you can set up email on your domain using Google Apps. But is Google really the only act in town? Isn’t there any other service out there that provides high-quality free online email service with the added bonus of letting you host mail there for your own domain?

28-12-2012
Forget Gmail – Outlook.com Also Handles Your Own Email Domain
Track Emails, Phone Calls, And Tasks With Outlook Journal

Windows

Track Emails, Phone Calls, And Tasks With Outlook Journal

Since Outlook is about as common as Word and Excel on most work computers around the world, I’d like to share with you a few tips about how you can use the really cool Journal tool in Microsoft Outlook to track your day – including every task, every email, every phonecall and everything that you do throughout the day. This is a one-click time management system that pretty much beats most anything else that you might download for free.

27-12-2012
Track Emails, Phone Calls, And Tasks With Outlook Journal
Make Windows Display Useful Information Even When You’re Not Using It

Windows

Make Windows Display Useful Information Even When You’re Not Using It

One of the things that we’ve always covered well here at MakeUseOf is screensavers. It seems like there’s no shortage of really cool ways to make use of your computer when you’re not using it and it’s idle. Even if you don’t want to give up your CPU time to some outside cause, there’s an endless choice of great free screensavers that’ll have people turning their heads to check out your screen every time your computer goes idle.

21-12-2012
Make Windows Display Useful Information Even When You’re Not Using It
Turn Your Mobile Phone Into a Survival Kit

Android

Turn Your Mobile Phone Into a Survival Kit

Picture this. You’re on vacation up in the mountains. You were hiking along, and decided to explore an interesting side trail. Before you know it, the trail disappears into a mess of weeds and trees, and as you turn around in every direction, you realize that you have no idea where the trail is. Then it dawns on you. You’re lost. Being lost is no fun. I speak from experience. So, let me tell you what helps.

20-12-2012
Turn Your Mobile Phone Into a Survival Kit
What Is THAT? 9 Of The Weirdest Things You Can See On Google Street View

Internet

What Is THAT? 9 Of The Weirdest Things You Can See On Google Street View

I have to say that I have been on some really cool adventures in Google Street View. I’ve strolled down cobblestone streets in Italy, cruised along the mountainous shoreline of northern California, and creeped along the quiet streets of abandoned towns. Every now and then, I will experience a very surreal moment when I spot an extremely odd or unusual object or situation that got captured by the Google Street View team.

14-12-2012
What Is THAT? 9 Of The Weirdest Things You Can See On Google Street View