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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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Play Fast-Paced Paintball Online With Digital Paint

Gaming

Play Fast-Paced Paintball Online With Digital Paint

Most First Person Shooter games are rated too high for younger kids that may want to play games in that genre. Enter Digital Paint, with the free open source FPS offering called Paintball 2. This is a game that is appropriate for all ages – as the only thing that will get hurt in this game is your pride.

07-07-2011
Play Fast-Paced Paintball Online With Digital Paint
How To Install PHPList To Host Your Own Subscriber System

Wordpress & Web Development

How To Install PHPList To Host Your Own Subscriber System

There are a lot of blogs and websites on the Internet that have a subscription list, where you can sign up to receive a newsletter. Maybe you’ve even considered offering such a subscriber system on your own website, but it seems far too expensive and much too complicated to install on your own server. Enter PHPList, a free solution.

06-07-2011
How To Install PHPList To Host Your Own Subscriber System
10 Apps to Make Your Old Windows Mobile Phone Useful

Windows

10 Apps to Make Your Old Windows Mobile Phone Useful

The other night, I stumbled upon my old Windows Mobile phone. Why do I have this great device stashed away in a drawer, when it could be put to good use? Even though there’s no cellular service, it still has Wi-Fi capability, so it can still serve as a little mobile computer. I decided to transform this seemingly useless phone into a highly-useful, productive mobile network device.

30-06-2011
10 Apps to Make Your Old Windows Mobile Phone Useful
Take Control of Your Internet Tracks With MAXA Cookie Manager

Windows

Take Control of Your Internet Tracks With MAXA Cookie Manager

Internet cookies. You’ve heard of them, you’ve been warned about them, and you’ve grown to fear what they are telling the world about your Internet surfing habits. How can such an innocent sounding thing be so evil? Everyone loves cookies, right? Well when it comes to your Internet browser, cookies can be a good thing, but they can also be a bad thing too.

29-06-2011
Take Control of Your Internet Tracks With MAXA Cookie Manager
Offer Free Online Customer Support On Your Website With Mibew Live

Internet

Offer Free Online Customer Support On Your Website With Mibew Live

If there is one thing any business could do to dramatically improve their customer base and boost their bottom line, it’s customer service. If you own your own server and you’d like to have your own self-hosted online chat system where you can offer your website visitors instant, live customer service – then Mibew is exactly what you need.

17-06-2011
Offer Free Online Customer Support On Your Website With Mibew Live
Take a Screenshot & Upload To Your Site In One Step With UpScreen [Windows]

Windows

Take a Screenshot & Upload To Your Site In One Step With UpScreen [Windows]

There are a lot of important reasons why people need to take screenshots and then upload them to the web for online publication. We’ve covered many screenshot apps before but believe it or not, there is another tool that you may want to consider if you want to shave even more time off your screen capturing efforts. You can cut four or five steps from the typical screenshot process by using UpScreen.

16-06-2011
Take a Screenshot & Upload To Your Site In One Step With UpScreen [Windows]
Study The Movement Of The Milky Way With Solar Model

Windows

Study The Movement Of The Milky Way With Solar Model

One of the things I’m always on the lookout for when searching for free apps to review are more cool space explorer apps or websites but most of them amount to nothing more than novelty apps. So I was pretty excited to come across Solar Model 2, because aside from being able to explore space in an advanced graphical rendering engine, it also lets enthusiasts and students “measure” space.

15-06-2011
Study The Movement Of The Milky Way With Solar Model
Customize Your Windows 7 Desktop With Emerge, Enigma & Rainmeter

Windows

Customize Your Windows 7 Desktop With Emerge, Enigma & Rainmeter

Having followed the progression of the Windows operating system, I can comfortably say that Windows 7 is probably the most well polished version of this constantly evolving operating system. With that said, watching cool new operating systems enter the fray, like the lightweight Chrome OS, it seems pretty clear that people are starting to look for something different.

10-06-2011
Customize Your Windows 7 Desktop With Emerge, Enigma & Rainmeter
Free Ride Games Offers Full-Version Premium PC Games For Free

Gaming

Free Ride Games Offers Full-Version Premium PC Games For Free

Recently, I started getting an inkling for a low-key game that would help me unwind, only require a few minutes to learn, and would be entertaining enough so that it would hold my attention. Since I’ve noticed that free downloadable games are usually the ones that are of much higher quality, I struck out in search of that genre. I am happy to say that I struck gold when I discovered Free Ride Games.

08-06-2011
Free Ride Games Offers Full-Version Premium PC Games For Free
Monitor Access & Guard Your Android Privacy With LBE Privacy Guard

Android

Monitor Access & Guard Your Android Privacy With LBE Privacy Guard

We’ve covered a number of security apps for the Android. However, vulnerability on any smartphone doesn’t only come just from possible viruses. It also comes from the potential that malicious software could hijack your data connection. LBE Privacy Guard protects your phone from malicious software as it is monitors all access points and lets you know exactly what’s going on with your phone.

03-06-2011
Monitor Access & Guard Your Android Privacy With LBE Privacy Guard
Create Better Online Shows With The Uprompt Teleprompter

Windows

Create Better Online Shows With The Uprompt Teleprompter

YouTube video bloggers and entertainers make reciting monologues on-screen look so easy! It actually is possible to come across on-screen in much the same professional way as these pros. The trick is to remove the need to memorize what you’re going to say, and instead just focus on saying it as professionally as possible. You can remove that need for memorization with free teleprompting software called uPrompt.

02-06-2011
Create Better Online Shows With The Uprompt Teleprompter
Integrate Google Calendar Into Your Chrome Browser With Checker Plus

Browsers

Integrate Google Calendar Into Your Chrome Browser With Checker Plus

When I think of any online calendar system, I definitely stuck with Google Calendar the longest. It is accessible from Google Mail, or other email clients like Outlook or Thunderbird. After a while, I always tend to stop using my calendar because I’m usually too busy to check it! Well if you’re like me, then you’ll be glad to learn about a useful Google Calendar checker plugin for Chrome that brings your calendar right to your fingertips.

01-06-2011
Integrate Google Calendar Into Your Chrome Browser With Checker Plus
Identity Finder – Cleanse Your Computer Of Sensitive Personal Information [Windows & Mac]

Mac Windows

Identity Finder – Cleanse Your Computer Of Sensitive Personal Information [Windows & Mac]

Most people are familiar with security software tools, but did you know that there is one additional line of defense you can set up to guard yourself from identity theft? It’s a line of defense built on the premise that it isn’t much good for a burglar to break into your home if you store all of your valuables in a lock-box at the bank. This additional line of defense is called Identity Finder.

27-05-2011
Identity Finder – Cleanse Your Computer Of Sensitive Personal Information [Windows & Mac]
The 4 Best Recipe Apps for Android Phones

Android

The 4 Best Recipe Apps for Android Phones

One of the problems many families have today is that no one really has time to make dinner. It’s hard to plan out the meals – so when dinner comes, it’s hard to cook when you don’t even know what to cook. Luckily, I’ve found four Android recipe apps that completely eliminate the time required to think up good meals, and they are also there when it’s time to cook – with easy step-by-step instructions.

26-05-2011
The 4 Best Recipe Apps for Android Phones
Turn Your Android Phone Into a Shared Internet Launching Point With PAW

Android

Turn Your Android Phone Into a Shared Internet Launching Point With PAW

One of the things I’ve been toying with is making portable web servers. What if I could set up a mobile web server on my phone, and then share out any web content that I have? What if I could carry around a customized start page that I could use to access important weblinks on the network? The good news is that using two tools – the PAW Mobile Web Server, and the SPGM – this is all possible.

20-05-2011
Turn Your Android Phone Into a Shared Internet Launching Point With PAW
Create Your Own Hosted Auction Website With WeBid

Internet

Create Your Own Hosted Auction Website With WeBid

There are many cases when non-profit organizations want to create their own online auction site with proceeds going to charity. Or maybe you’d like to host an auction site on your own website that’s focused on niche items related to your site. Whatever your need, you can install a really useful script on your web server called WeBid that lets you host your own fully-functioning auction site.

18-05-2011
Create Your Own Hosted Auction Website With WeBid
How To Regularly Back Up Your Large MySQL Database with MySQLDumper

Windows

How To Regularly Back Up Your Large MySQL Database with MySQLDumper

As I watch my own Wordpress blog grow in both posts and user comments, I’m starting to eye my growing database with a wary eye. What happens if the server goes down, gets hacked or worse? Shouldn’t I be prepared for such a situation with a constant, ready backup of all posts and comments? I finally came across a brilliant free MySQL backup utility called MySQLDumper.

13-05-2011
How To Regularly Back Up Your Large MySQL Database with MySQLDumper
How To Set Up Multiple Portable XAMPP Web Servers On A Single USB Drive

Wordpress & Web Development

How To Set Up Multiple Portable XAMPP Web Servers On A Single USB Drive

For some time now, I’ve been trying to develop a very fast and easy way to create a virtual web server (basically a local web server), on my portable hard drive. Not just one though. I wanted to have the ability to set up multiple web servers that I could just configure as my localhost web server with the click of a button.

12-05-2011
How To Set Up Multiple Portable XAMPP Web Servers On A Single USB Drive
5 Free Android Games To Help You Lower Your Stress Levels At Work

Android Gaming

5 Free Android Games To Help You Lower Your Stress Levels At Work

Ever since I’ve had an Android phone, I’ve always been on the look out for addictive games that have the ability to capture your focus and hold it for a long period of time. We’ve covered a lot of Android games here at MUO, but when it comes to games that force you to become mindful and focused, I think I’ve found 5 of the best.

06-05-2011
5 Free Android Games To Help You Lower Your Stress Levels At Work
Check Out Debt & Fraud Near You With Equifax Mobile [iPhone & Android]

Android

Check Out Debt & Fraud Near You With Equifax Mobile [iPhone & Android]

Equifax has introduced a shiny new mobile app called Equifax Mobile. About half of the application is intended for customers who have an Equifax account and desire instant access to personal credit information, the other half of the application doesn’t require an account at all. You can use it to check out the level of debt, average mortgage payments and even levels of debt fraud in your local area.

05-05-2011
Check Out Debt & Fraud Near You With Equifax Mobile [iPhone & Android]
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