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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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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 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
Get Your Nitro On With Asphalt 7 Heat [Android]

Android

Get Your Nitro On With Asphalt 7 Heat [Android]

Let me just tell you straight away that when it comes to video games, I absolutely love racing games above nearly any other. War games may be the one exception, but racing games are at least at the very top of my list, and it’s mostly because I’d love to drive like that in real life, but if I get a couple more speeding tickets, I’m likely to lose my license. So, I must live vicariously through video games.

13-12-2012
Get Your Nitro On With Asphalt 7 Heat [Android]
So What Is a Database, Anyway? [MakeUseOf Explains]

Technology Explained

So What Is a Database, Anyway? [MakeUseOf Explains]

For a programmer or a technology enthusiast, the concept of a database is something that can really be taken for granted. However, for many people the concept of a database itself is a bit foreign. SQL calls, queries, tables, records, keys – all of those terms and more make up the field of database design and database management, and there’s not a whole lot that’s simple about it.

12-12-2012
So What Is a Database, Anyway? [MakeUseOf Explains]
Unfortunate Truths about Child Pornography and the Internet [Feature]

Internet

Unfortunate Truths about Child Pornography and the Internet [Feature]

A small blank square and a blinking cursor. A window through which the entire world exists. You only have to say the right word – any word – and your every desire will be delivered. But traveling to the wrong place can bring very real tragedy and horror to a family, and traveling there is as simple as typing in the wrong word into that little square box. Then there’s the question of those monsters and demons. What are they, where are they, and how dangerous are they? We took a long, hard look.

07-12-2012
Unfortunate Truths about Child Pornography and the Internet [Feature]
Using Microsoft Word? Here’s How To Become a Time-Saving Ninja

Windows

Using Microsoft Word? Here’s How To Become a Time-Saving Ninja

Over the years, Microsoft Word has become one of the best word processors in the world. I’m sure there are people out there that disagree – particularly Linux or Mac folks who would really rather not give Microsoft so much credit. But, lets face it, Microsoft has established a very large foothold in this area, and they’ve evolved Microsoft Word over the years to the point where it is extremely efficient and easy to use.

06-12-2012
Using Microsoft Word? Here’s How To Become a Time-Saving Ninja
Become a Wolfram Alpha Expert With These Useful Search Techniques

Internet

Become a Wolfram Alpha Expert With These Useful Search Techniques

Wolfram Alpha. For anyone that has never used it or heard of it, it sounds like the name of one of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. For people familiar with it, it’s like having access to that magical hand-held device Dr. Sam Beckett had in the popular TV show Quantum Leap, that was linked to the computer known as Ziggy. In fact, it’s almost identical to Ziggy. In the show, Ziggy was ultra-specific to the point of being too literal at times.

05-12-2012
Become a Wolfram Alpha Expert With These Useful Search Techniques
6 Tech-Savvy Charities To Give Back This Holiday Season

Internet

6 Tech-Savvy Charities To Give Back This Holiday Season

Regardless of religion or belief, the one common theme that runs throughout all of the end-of-the-year celebrations throughout the world is the idea of slowing down a little bit and showing the fellow humans who we share this planet with, that the world still contains people who care.

30-11-2012
6 Tech-Savvy Charities To Give Back This Holiday Season
What Is a Web Server? [MakeUseOf Explains]

Technology Explained

What Is a Web Server? [MakeUseOf Explains]

If there is one thing that causes the most confusion for people that are new to the web design game, it’s the concept of a web server. When most people think of a “server”, they think of a physical machine like a big computer system sitting in some chilled computer room somewhere, or at the very least some computer system sitting in the basement of some hackers house. The truth is that a server in this sense is technically software.

29-11-2012
What Is a Web Server? [MakeUseOf Explains]
3 Reasons Why You Never Forget Your First Computer

Web Culture

3 Reasons Why You Never Forget Your First Computer

I think for geeks, that first computer is a little bit like a first love. You remember it longingly, even though it isn’t anything that would make you at all happy today. It has nothing that you need at this point in your life, but you still remember all of those feelings. Those emotions that felt so strong and so powerful back then. Yes, for geeks, our first computer is just like that.

28-11-2012
3 Reasons Why You Never Forget Your First Computer
Five Fascinating Uses for Google Maps & Earth

Internet

Five Fascinating Uses for Google Maps & Earth

I think there can be little doubt that writers here at MakeUseOf really love Google Maps and Google Earth. We’ve written about them extensively, such as John’s Google Maps mashups article or Ann’s article on historical mashups using Google Maps. There are a lot of really cool things that programmers can do with Google mapping tools. This was the case over five years ago, and it’s still the case today.

23-11-2012
Five Fascinating Uses for Google Maps & Earth