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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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The 8 Useful DOS Commands That You Should Memorize

Windows

The 8 Useful DOS Commands That You Should Memorize

Windows 7 still features a command prompt window. so there’s still a place for DOS commands. So for those of you that like the idea of typing in a few commands to avoid the hassle of several mouse clicks, I’m going to review eight of what I consider to be the most essential and helpful DOS commands that are still available in Windows 7.

04-05-2011
The 8 Useful DOS Commands That You Should Memorize
Exchange Secure & Encrypted Emails With VaultletSuite

Windows

Exchange Secure & Encrypted Emails With VaultletSuite

As I was working through writing applications for my site, I came across a reporter who was in a country with a very rigid dictatorship. I went out in search of a free solution that would provide a line of communication that was secure enough so that if anyone wanted to see what we were discussing, they’d have to put quite a bit of effort and resources into it.

29-04-2011
Exchange Secure & Encrypted Emails With VaultletSuite
Easily Create an Informative Website Tour in Minutes With Amberjack

Internet

Easily Create an Informative Website Tour in Minutes With Amberjack

Wouldn’t it be cool if you could go to a brand new website that you’ve never visited before, and just click a button to get a brief tour of the site? Well, now you can offer that service to your own website visitors. A very cool, free service called Amberjack lets you create a quick and easy tour that will highlight all of the best areas and features of your website.

28-04-2011
Easily Create an Informative Website Tour in Minutes With Amberjack
3 Useful Things You Can Do With Amazon Video On Demand

Internet

3 Useful Things You Can Do With Amazon Video On Demand

When most people think of Amazon, they think of shopping. However, the company is starting to appreciate the value of providing free services and products to customers. One example is the ability to download music and movies. There’s so much demand for video content that Amazon renamed the entire streaming section “Amazon Instant Video,” commonly referred to by many fans as “Amazon Video On Demand”.

22-04-2011
3 Useful Things You Can Do With Amazon Video On Demand
CoolPreviews – Browse Through Search Results Faster With Interactive Site Previews

Browsers

CoolPreviews – Browse Through Search Results Faster With Interactive Site Previews

Surfing the web comes down to performing search engine queries and then clicking on links to check if the site has the answers that you want. I’ve used the Google preview option before, but never really found the time to really dig into how much time the right page preview solution could save. That is, until I discovered CoolPreview.

21-04-2011
CoolPreviews – Browse Through Search Results Faster With Interactive Site Previews
Create Your Short Stories & Novels With StoryBook

Web Culture

Create Your Short Stories & Novels With StoryBook

Have you ever had the idea to finally sit down and write that great novel you’ve always wanted to create, but you kept putting it off because the whole process just felt too complicated? Some novels have dozens of main characters and several threads of storyline all going on at the same time. How does the author keep it all straight?

20-04-2011
Create Your Short Stories & Novels With StoryBook
How To Disable Your Windows Screensaver With Motion Detection

Windows

How To Disable Your Windows Screensaver With Motion Detection

While password-locked screensavers are a security necessity at many businesses, in most homes the screensaver’s only real purpose is to…well…save the screen. It can become a little bit of an annoyance to have to tap the keyboard or move the mouse whenever you walk up to the computer to see what’s going on. Wouldn’t it be cool if your computer sensed you were there and responded accordingly?

13-04-2011
How To Disable Your Windows Screensaver With Motion Detection
How To Use Microsoft Word Mailings To Automate Emails

Windows

How To Use Microsoft Word Mailings To Automate Emails

While there are a lot of things I don’t like about Microsoft Word, there are many more things I love about it. In particular, I love the ability to automate many of the tasks that you do often. One of those tasks is sending reports or emails. Most of us are faced with a job where you have to send a report to an entire team of people, so you find yourself spending hours writing up email after email.

07-04-2011
How To Use Microsoft Word Mailings To Automate Emails
5 Tips To Get Your Blog Updates Published On Google News

Internet

5 Tips To Get Your Blog Updates Published On Google News

One day when I was browsing news stories, I noticed that one particular story was published not by CNN, Associated Press or the Washington Post, but instead by a small time blogger who had landed a pretty cool exclusive story. Front page Google News. For a moment I thought about the traffic that must have offered her site. So I set out to learn exactly what it takes to become an authorized Google News publisher.

06-04-2011
5 Tips To Get Your Blog Updates Published On Google News
Quickly Access & Report All System Devices With DevManView [Windows]

Windows

Quickly Access & Report All System Devices With DevManView [Windows]

If you’ve ever had to deal with troubleshooting hardware on your computer, then you probably have some experience with the Windows Device Manager. It is a simple tool that comes with Windows and lets you browse through all of the devices to check for device properties and conflicts.

However, I’ve always found that the stock Device Manager that comes with the Windows OS is a bit lacking. The one thing I like about it is the fact that it’s easy to navigate, as the main screen has all devices nicely categorized, but that’s the extent of anything good I have to say about it.

01-04-2011
Quickly Access & Report All System Devices With DevManView [Windows]
Search YouTube Videos From a Desktop With Desktube TV

Windows

Search YouTube Videos From a Desktop With Desktube TV

With all of the things that I do in my browser, the last thing I need is to open yet another tab in an already busy and cluttered browser session. When it comes to YouTube, I personally use the popular video service for four or five different purposes, including embedding interesting video content into my blog, researching information and sometimes just to sit back and watch random and entertaining videos.

31-03-2011
Search YouTube Videos From a Desktop With Desktube TV
3 Cool Things You Can Do With A Rooted Android Phone

Android

3 Cool Things You Can Do With A Rooted Android Phone

By now you will know that there are a bunch of us here at MakeUseOf that love Android phones. Paul’s article on writing an Android app is a good example of how thoroughly we dig into these little gadgets. However, for a long time none of us were really brave enough to root our phone – it’s a bit nerve-racking to consider that you could turn your expensive new gadget into a brick.

30-03-2011
3 Cool Things You Can Do With A Rooted Android Phone