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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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Use 10 Virtual Desktops To Boost Productivity With Just One Screen [Windows]

Windows

Use 10 Virtual Desktops To Boost Productivity With Just One Screen [Windows]

Ever since I started using a second monitor, I realized that I just can’t get enough screen space. Every task seems to require so much display real estate. When I’m editing, I like to have the article I’m editing open, my research websites up in another browser window, and my email client available in the background. When I’m writing articles, I like to have a browser open that’s dedicated to researching, and a separate browser window where I do my writing work.

19-07-2012
Use 10 Virtual Desktops To Boost Productivity With Just One Screen [Windows]
Join Enemies & Allies In A Blazing Tank Battle With NetPanzer [MUO Gaming]

Gaming

Join Enemies & Allies In A Blazing Tank Battle With NetPanzer [MUO Gaming]

I should start off here by saying that I’ve tested out a lot of networked games in my time online, and I think I would only recommend less than half of them. Usually it comes down to either game quality, or lack of participants. Sometimes it’s just the fact that even though the game is awesome and there are lots of people online all the time, the game is set up so that long-time players can just sit there and massacre newcomers.

18-07-2012
Join Enemies & Allies In A Blazing Tank Battle With NetPanzer [MUO Gaming]
5 Free Premium Must-Play Games For Your Android Tablet

Android

5 Free Premium Must-Play Games For Your Android Tablet

There’s more to having a tablet than just blogging, creating spreadsheets and managing your finances. Yes, one of the biggest advantages of having a tablet is, of course, playing games. Here are five games that I consider perfectly made for the larger tablet screen, and that make perfect use of touch screen technology in an intuitive, easy-to-learn way.

13-07-2012
5 Free Premium Must-Play Games For Your Android Tablet
Have All Your Computer Troubleshooting Tools In One Place With D7

Windows

Have All Your Computer Troubleshooting Tools In One Place With D7

Do you sometimes find that you waste time digging around the PC because you can’t quite remember how to check one setting or another? Well, I’m glad to inform you that the folks at Foolish IT (an funny domain-name when you put it into one word though…) have come up with a very cool swiss-army knife application for PC technicians called D7.

12-07-2012
Have All Your Computer Troubleshooting Tools In One Place With D7
The Facebook App Center: An Overview Of The Cool Features You Can Use

Internet

The Facebook App Center: An Overview Of The Cool Features You Can Use

I have to admit that I’ve never really been one to use a long list of Facebook apps. At least, not the sort that are used from right inside Facebook. Of course, technically Facebook apps aren’t just the ones that you use inside Facebook. Any time you connect a browser plugin, a mobile app or a blog add-on to your Facebook account, you’ve just activated a Facebook app,

06-07-2012
The Facebook App Center: An Overview Of The Cool Features You Can Use
Download & Test Run Every Linux OS You Want With Virtualboxes

Linux

Download & Test Run Every Linux OS You Want With Virtualboxes

For a long time, I’ve been curious about Linux operating systems. I’ve used Windows my whole life, so the idea of switching to another operating system is a pretty big deal. I think switching to a new OS could be a lot of fun – something completely new. What made me decide to take a closer look at Linux operating systems out there is the fact that I love the Android OS on my Droid so much – and the fact that I’ve never had to “reboot” it once.

04-07-2012
Download & Test Run Every Linux OS You Want With Virtualboxes
13 Widgets That Make an Awesome Real-Time Data Display

Internet

13 Widgets That Make an Awesome Real-Time Data Display

If you are a busy person that doesn’t really have a whole lot of time to check the news every day, but you like to keep up to date with the latest major events like major storms, the stock market or major changes throughout the world, a graphical display is much more efficient. I’m going to share 15 of the best widgets that I found throughout the Internet.

28-06-2012
13 Widgets That Make an Awesome Real-Time Data Display
How To Stream Live Video From Your Smartphone

Internet

How To Stream Live Video From Your Smartphone

Whenever I mention to people that I am obsessed with streaming video apps, I almost always get the same response – why would you want to stream real-time video from your phone? What about your privacy? Well, when you have journalism in your blood, the ability to transmit as much information from your location, no matter where you are, is invaluable. It’s for that reason that I’ve always wanted to find the perfect app to stream live video.

27-06-2012
How To Stream Live Video From Your Smartphone
Collaborate On Projects With Small Teams Using Wedoist Project Tracking

Internet

Collaborate On Projects With Small Teams Using Wedoist Project Tracking

WeDoist allows small teams to manage up to three projects for free. It helps you collaborate with your group on coming up with tasks associated with a project, and assigning those tasks to members of the team. It’s one of the fastest and easiest ways to manage small groups .

21-06-2012
Collaborate On Projects With Small Teams Using Wedoist Project Tracking
How To Get Kids To Use Facebook Responsibly

Internet

How To Get Kids To Use Facebook Responsibly

Over the last few weeks, news hit the Internet that Facebook is looking at ways to allow kids under 13 to use Facebook under parental supervision. For quite some time now, Facebook has required all registered users to be over 13 years old. Because of this limitation, there are now many children on Facebook that have lied about their age during the signup process – with their parents blessing.

20-06-2012
How To Get Kids To Use Facebook Responsibly
ASUS Transformer Prime Review and Giveaway

Product Reviews

ASUS Transformer Prime Review and Giveaway

When it comes to getting a tablet, I’ve taken a long time to explore all of the possibilities. In the end, I opted to stick with the operating system that I fell in love with years ago – and went with the ASUS Transformer Prime TF201. What follows is an honest, unbiased review of the ASUS Transformer Prime which we bought with our own money. We’re also giving away a brand new 32GB model with a keyboard dock valued at $650! to one very lucky MakeUseOf reader.

18-06-2012
ASUS Transformer Prime Review and Giveaway
Make Web Design More Efficient With Mudcu.be Free Online Tools

Internet

Make Web Design More Efficient With Mudcu.be Free Online Tools

If you’ve ever tried your hand at web design and you aren’t really an artistic type of person, then you know that the actual non-programming “design” part of the equation can get a little challenging. One particular site that provides a whole list of really useful web design tools that anyone can use is Mudcu.be.

15-06-2012
Make Web Design More Efficient With Mudcu.be Free Online Tools
Conduct Easy Performance Reviews at Your Small Business With Rypple

Internet

Conduct Easy Performance Reviews at Your Small Business With Rypple

Employee reviews – everyone hates to do them, managers and employees alike. The process is usually very awkward, with either your peers or your superiors coming up with all sorts of critical comments about your work style. Then, you have to sit through a meeting with your boss, and hope that he doesn’t slam you too hard with some kind of critique from hell. Or you might be one of those perfect employees that never does anything wrong.

13-06-2012
Conduct Easy Performance Reviews at Your Small Business With Rypple
4 Types of Blog Comments That Make You Look Like a Troll

Internet

4 Types of Blog Comments That Make You Look Like a Troll

One of the most fascinating things about writing professionally on the Internet for nearly a decade now is the progression of “commenting” that has evolved alongside the blogosphere. I was first introduced to the whole concept of online “conversations” during my early days on Internet forums.

07-06-2012
4 Types of Blog Comments That Make You Look Like a Troll
Monitor Teenage Computer Use & Detect Inappropriate Content With Care4Teen [Windows]

Windows

Monitor Teenage Computer Use & Detect Inappropriate Content With Care4Teen [Windows]

As my girls grow into young teens, as a father I do tend to worry quite a bit. I worry about them when they go out to a friend’s house, I worry about them when they travel, and yes, I worry about them on the Internet. It isn’t so much a matter of whether they are going to do anything wrong intentionally, it’s a matter of what other people out there could potentially try to do.

06-06-2012
Monitor Teenage Computer Use & Detect Inappropriate Content With Care4Teen [Windows]
Play Guitar Better No Matter How You Read Music With TuxGuitar

Linux Mac

Play Guitar Better No Matter How You Read Music With TuxGuitar

TuxGuitar is an opensource multitrack tablature editor. With TuxGuitar, you will be able to compose music (and learn at the same time) by using features such as tablature editing, score editing, and triplet support. It can open GuitarPro, PowerTab and TablEdit files, and export to standart file-formats such as MIDI, Lilyond and MusicXML.

31-05-2012
Play Guitar Better No Matter How You Read Music With TuxGuitar
Use Data Crow to Organize & Manage All Your Stuff [Windows]

Windows

Use Data Crow to Organize & Manage All Your Stuff [Windows]

Here at MUO, we’ve always offered you tools to organize your things. For example, Justin introduced you to Qigga for organizing academic papers, and Jessica offered up some tools for organizing PDF files. But what if I told you that there’s a tool out there that will help you to organize just about everything? OK, maybe not your gigantic recipe collection but at least the sorts of things that regular people tend to accumulate.

30-05-2012
Use Data Crow to Organize & Manage All Your Stuff [Windows]
How Hollywood Glamorizes Hacking – And Why This Is Deeply Wrong [Opinion]

Internet

How Hollywood Glamorizes Hacking – And Why This Is Deeply Wrong [Opinion]

What if you could hack into your school’s computer system and “tweek” your attendance record? That was accomplished in the 1986 film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, again featuring Matthew Broderick. What if you could hack into ATM machines? Prime Risk, 1985. Did the movies during that generation glamorize hacking and encourage an entire generation of hackers?

25-05-2012
How Hollywood Glamorizes Hacking – And Why This Is Deeply Wrong [Opinion]
9 Fun Shooting Games Not Blocked by Most School Firewalls [MUO Gaming]

Gaming

9 Fun Shooting Games Not Blocked by Most School Firewalls [MUO Gaming]

Let’s face it, shooting games are really fun. Kids love them! I wouldn’t say that kids like them so much necessarily because of the violence. I think it’s more about the whole “tag-you’re-it” mentality. From when kids are very small, they start playing tag. Once kids get into playing online games, “tag-you’re-it” turns into “bang-you’re-dead”. Morbid, I know, but still…follow along with my logic here.

23-05-2012
9 Fun Shooting Games Not Blocked by Most School Firewalls [MUO Gaming]
How SkyDrive And OneNote Web App Can Help Your Online Research

Internet

How SkyDrive And OneNote Web App Can Help Your Online Research

I was really excited to learn was that SkyDrive provides you with a free OneNote web app that you can use to do just about everything you do with your desktop OneNote application. When it comes to creating a digital “file cabinet” where you can store away every form of information you discover during your research, this is it.

17-05-2012
How SkyDrive And OneNote Web App Can Help Your Online Research