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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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4 Disqus Widgets That Will Encourage More Comments On Your Blog

Wordpress & Web Development

4 Disqus Widgets That Will Encourage More Comments On Your Blog

Blogging is really hard work. There’s no getting around that fact. Between the technical work involved in designing and maintaining a website, producing regular content on a frequent basis, and editing the work of any writers that you have working for you, the effort is massive. That effort really starts to pay off once you have a regular, steady flow of lots of visitors every day.

21-09-2012
4 Disqus Widgets That Will Encourage More Comments On Your Blog
6 Ways To Guarantee To Offend, Anger & Annoy With Every Email You Send

Internet

6 Ways To Guarantee To Offend, Anger & Annoy With Every Email You Send

Emails are tough. It is really hard to get across what you really want to say in an email, and half the time people will almost always misunderstand you. A lot of the problem comes down to the fact that the people you’re writing to can’t see your face. They can’t see the smile on your face, and you can’t see the expression on their face – the natural human ability to understand the emotion in words through facial expression is completely void in an email.

20-09-2012
6 Ways To Guarantee To Offend, Anger & Annoy With Every Email You Send
How To Use Microsoft Excel To Manage Your Life

Windows

How To Use Microsoft Excel To Manage Your Life

It’s no secret that I’m a total Excel fanboy. Much of that comes from the fact that I enjoy writing VBA code, and Excel combined with VBA scripts open up a whole world of possibilities. However, if you’re serious about using Excel to manage more of your life, then you should take the time to learn how VBA coding works. If you want to enhance your use of Excel, I invite you to follow along as I share a few of these designs.

19-09-2012
How To Use Microsoft Excel To Manage Your Life
The Internet Is Opinion Saturated And Why I Am Quitting The Debates [Opinion]

Internet

The Internet Is Opinion Saturated And Why I Am Quitting The Debates [Opinion]

The Internet is an interesting creature. I know I’m dating myself here, but sometimes I’m thankful that I had the opportunity during my life to personally experience the birth and growth of the Internet. Then, there are times when I wonder whether the evolution of that Internet is headed in the right direction today. Why do I feel that way? It comes down to the nature of discourses on the web.

14-09-2012
The Internet Is Opinion Saturated And Why I Am Quitting The Debates [Opinion]
Speed Up Typing And Other Tasks With Your Head Using Switch Via Cam [Windows]

Windows

Speed Up Typing And Other Tasks With Your Head Using Switch Via Cam [Windows]

Wouldn’t it be really cool if you could wear a headset and use facial and head movements to control your computer? Blink a couple of times and press the enter key. Nod once and press the space bar. Speak, and the sentence appears on the screen. You’ve heard about mouse gestures to control a computer, but what about head or face gestures? Here at MUO, we’ve often covered interesting special effects that you can accomplish with a webcam, but how about combining the two concepts?

13-09-2012
Speed Up Typing And Other Tasks With Your Head Using Switch Via Cam [Windows]
Browse & Email Safely & Anonymously With TorBOX

Internet

Browse & Email Safely & Anonymously With TorBOX

Before two years ago, I never thought that I’d have a need to block my identity while I was using the Internet. Seriously, I though that anonymous use of the Internet was only for hackers, criminals, and in general people that were up to no good. In reality, there are actually lots of legitimate reasons why you wouldn’t want identifying information attached to messages that you are sending to someone.

12-09-2012
Browse & Email Safely & Anonymously With TorBOX
5 Tools To Super-Power Your Netflix Viewing Experience

Internet

5 Tools To Super-Power Your Netflix Viewing Experience

I have to admit that I am a huge Netflix fan. I mean, I like Hulu and Amazon for my instant movies as well, but there’s something about the convenience of streaming Netflix quickly and easily on all of my devices – my computer, our family Wii console, all of our smartphones and of course my Android tablet. We can watch movies everywhere – it’s awesome.

06-09-2012
5 Tools To Super-Power Your Netflix Viewing Experience
Use Your Android Tablet To Boost Your Desktop Computer at Work

Android

Use Your Android Tablet To Boost Your Desktop Computer at Work

Android tablets have a ton of potential, with the ability to use bluetooth, wi-fi, awesome cameras on the front and back, a keyboard and mouse, and a small form-factor that make it highly portable. In my case there is no direct access to my 3G data account, but by tethering my phone, I can remedy that as well and get access to the Internet nearly anywhere in the world, even without a Wi-Fi network. It’s cool, but how could I put it to practical use?

31-08-2012
Use Your Android Tablet To Boost Your Desktop Computer at Work
What Is the Windows 7 Reliability Monitor And How to Get The Most Out Of It

Windows

What Is the Windows 7 Reliability Monitor And How to Get The Most Out Of It

Embedded into Windows 7 is a useful reliability monitor that lets you not only visualize the current reliability level of your computer, but you can also see a historic log of how reliable your computer has performed over time. It is a great tool to research current software errors you may be experiencing. This tool also serves as a historic log and research tool for your Windows 7 reliability level over time.

31-08-2012
What Is the Windows 7 Reliability Monitor And How to Get The Most Out Of It
7 Browsers That Are Better Than the Native Android Browser

Android

7 Browsers That Are Better Than the Native Android Browser

I set out to get a handle on the latest available browsers out there that are better than the native ICS (Ice Cream Sandwich) Android browser. Some of the apps that made it to the top of this list have been covered here at MUO, and for very good reason. Over time, they’ve clearly become the leaders of the pack – the best of the best when it comes to a fully-functional mobile browser.

24-08-2012
7 Browsers That Are Better Than the Native Android Browser
These Guys Didn’t Back Up Their Files, Now Look What Happened

Windows

These Guys Didn’t Back Up Their Files, Now Look What Happened

If there is anything I learned during those early years of working with computers (and the people that use them), it was how critical it is to not only save important stuff, but also to save it in different places. I would back up floppy drives to those cool new zip drives as well as the local PC hard drive. Never, ever had a single copy of anything. Unfortunately, even today, people have not learned that lesson.

17-08-2012
These Guys Didn’t Back Up Their Files, Now Look What Happened
9 Ways To Create a New Folder In Windows

Windows

9 Ways To Create a New Folder In Windows

Have you ever had the urge to find new and innovative ways to do something that is normally quite simple? The other day I was going to save a Word Document, and forgot that I hadn’t created the folder where I wanted to save it yet. “No problem,” I thought to myself, “I’ll just right click and create a new folder right inside the save-as dialog window. Easy!” But then, when did that feature start anyway? I honestly don’t recall. I’m sure some of you out there may know.

16-08-2012
9 Ways To Create a New Folder In Windows
Add A Chart To A Microsoft Document With Office Web Components

Windows

Add A Chart To A Microsoft Document With Office Web Components

Isn’t it amazing how something as simple as creating a chart can feel so complicated sometimes? In this article I’m going to show you how to use a really convenient and simple VBA object from Microsoft Office Web Components that lets you insert a Chart directly into a document, presentation or anything else where you can create VBA code to run it.

10-08-2012
Add A Chart To A Microsoft Document With Office Web Components
5 Best Android Apps to Turn UFOs Into IFOs

Android

5 Best Android Apps to Turn UFOs Into IFOs

The next time you’re out hiking the hills or strolling the city streets, make sure you have the following five apps on your Android phone or tablet, and you’ll never have to worry about misidentifying a star, airplane or satellite as an UN-identified flying object ever again. You can turn those sightings into Identified Flying Objects!

09-08-2012
5 Best Android Apps to Turn UFOs Into IFOs
5 More Cool Things You Can Do With Google Earth

Windows Linux

5 More Cool Things You Can Do With Google Earth

In this article, I’m going to share five really cool features I found in Google Earth. These features are perfect if you’re looking to build a new house or trying to find a place to live, going on an adventure somewhere and need to plot out accurate distances, want to send your friends impressive views of your area from a bird’s eye view, or if you’re a history or an astronomy buff.

08-08-2012
5 More Cool Things You Can Do With Google Earth
How To Use SeaMonkey To Do More Online

Browsers

How To Use SeaMonkey To Do More Online

From the developers of Firefox, SeaMonkey promises to provide you with access to all of your online needs – browsing and email primarily, although an IRC client and WYSIWYG web editor is also included. In my quest to consolidate desktop applications that chew up my precious memory as I’m trying to test other apps and blog at the same time, I thought I would give SeaMonkey a full-out test run and really dig into its features.

03-08-2012
How To Use SeaMonkey To Do More Online
Schedule Your Applications For Worry-Free Productivity

Windows

Schedule Your Applications For Worry-Free Productivity

How many people really make good use of scheduling tasks? I used to be obsessed with finding different PC automation applications that could time the launch of all of my critical applications throughout the day, turning my computer into a self-fueled workhorse. In this article I want to walk you through some of the things that I do to automate my day and increase productivity.

02-08-2012
Schedule Your Applications For Worry-Free Productivity
The Windows Command Prompt: Simpler And More Useful Than You Think

Windows

The Windows Command Prompt: Simpler And More Useful Than You Think

The commands haven’t always stayed the same, in fact some have been trashed while other newer commands came along, even with Windows 7 in fact. So, why would anyone want to bother clicking the start button and typing “CMD” into the Run field? Let me show you why.

01-08-2012
The Windows Command Prompt: Simpler And More Useful Than You Think
What Is DD-WRT And How It Can Make Your Router Into A Super-Router

Linux Windows

What Is DD-WRT And How It Can Make Your Router Into A Super-Router

In this article, I’m going to show you some of the coolest features of DD-WRT which, if you decide to make use of, will allow you to transform your own router into the super-router of your dreams. While DD-WRT isn’t the only router firmware capable of turning your router into a wireless access point, it is certainly one of the easiest.

27-07-2012
What Is DD-WRT And How It Can Make Your Router Into A Super-Router
How To Protect Yourself From Government Cellphone Surveillance [Android]

Android

How To Protect Yourself From Government Cellphone Surveillance [Android]

Let’s face it, these days the likelihood that you are being monitored by someone is rising all the time. I’m not saying that everyone, everywhere faces the threat of cellphone surveillance, but there are plenty of situations where you could be at risk without realizing it.

26-07-2012
How To Protect Yourself From Government Cellphone Surveillance [Android]
Plan & Track Workout Success With Journal of Training

Internet

Plan & Track Workout Success With Journal of Training

When it comes to fitness, one of the things that always makes me give up over time is the inability to actually see progress. Not that I can’t drop 30 pounds if I try, but to feel as though that 30 pounds was something substantial can really give you that boost to continue on and lose the next 30. Planning and tracking your fitness efforts is really the only way to get that feedback.

25-07-2012
Plan & Track Workout Success With Journal of Training