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Simon Slangen

/ Joined 10 June, 2008

I'm a writer and computer sciences student from Belgium. You can always do me a favor with a good article idea, book recommendation, or recipe idea.

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Do More, Better: Enhancing Multitasking in Mac OS X

Mac

Do More, Better: Enhancing Multitasking in Mac OS X

Multitasking is not always a choice. When you have to write up a report, you need access to your text processor, but also to your reference material. While working, I often end up working with five applications at once. Sometimes multitasking is a necessity, but if you’re working off a laptop, it can also be a real annoyance. Windows are lost between countless others, and you switch to the wrong application every five minutes.

25-03-2013
Do More, Better: Enhancing Multitasking in Mac OS X
Your iPad: The Best Way to Enjoy Manga

iPhone and iPad

Your iPad: The Best Way to Enjoy Manga

Having been brought up on western comic books, it’s refreshing to be introduced to a wholly different comic book culture. Those of you that have already had the pleasure to make acquaintance with manga (Japanese comics) will agree on the certifiable wealth of stories contained in this comic book branch. And what better companion than your trusty iPad to journey through the manga landscape?

18-03-2013
Your iPad: The Best Way to Enjoy Manga
How To Connect a Game Controller To Your Mac

Mac

How To Connect a Game Controller To Your Mac

I used to play most of my games on the computer. All of that changed when the next (that is, current) generation of consoles came out. For one, these devices had a considerable assortment of games and great graphics. Another consideration – perhaps most vital in putting me over the edge towards console gaming – was the price-quality. In terms of hardware, consoles function as an opposite of gaming PCs.

11-03-2013
How To Connect a Game Controller To Your Mac
Schedule A Shutdown In OS X With These Tools [Mac]

Mac

Schedule A Shutdown In OS X With These Tools [Mac]

Computers often pose a dilemma of power consumption. You’d like to do batch jobs like downloading, system repair or back-ups at night, when you aren’t bothered by it. Then again, it seems a bit wasteful to keep your computer running all night long, especially if it should finish its work in an hour or three. Sure, it’s easy that way, but it’s also an incredible waste of energy.

04-03-2013
Schedule A Shutdown In OS X With These Tools [Mac]
How to Define Command Line Aliases on Any Operating System

Internet

How to Define Command Line Aliases on Any Operating System

We’ve talked about, and recommended getting to grips with your computer’s command line terminal numerous times in the past. Tina wrote a good primer for Windows users with A Beginner’s Guide To The Windows Command Line. Abraham provided a similar service for Linux users, with An Introduction to the Linux Command Line. In a vast array of articles, MakeUseOf has explored other uses of the command line.

04-03-2013
How to Define Command Line Aliases on Any Operating System
3 Great Menu Bar Apps to Stay on Top of Your RSS Feeds [Mac]

Mac

3 Great Menu Bar Apps to Stay on Top of Your RSS Feeds [Mac]

For me, RSS feeds are the ideal way to keep up to date with all the websites I’m interested in – a centralised news-pool, so you don’t have to check your browser every five minutes just to stay on top of the news. Google Reader does a great job organizing your RSS feeds, and Reeder wonderfully integrates Google Reader on your Mac. There’s no shortage of ways to access those RSS feeds, but part of the problem remains.

11-02-2013
3 Great Menu Bar Apps to Stay on Top of Your RSS Feeds [Mac]
Graphic Display Resolutions – What Do The Numbers Mean? [MakeUseOf Explains]

Technology Explained

Graphic Display Resolutions – What Do The Numbers Mean? [MakeUseOf Explains]

Display resolutions can be a rather cryptic business, with multiple standards used to describe the same display resolution in 10 different ways. All of those technical terms tend to change based on the display’s purpose (television versus computer monitor) and even your region (the meaning of HD Ready). Today, we’ll help you make sense of the different terms people tend to throw around when describing display resolutions.

11-02-2013
Graphic Display Resolutions – What Do The Numbers Mean? [MakeUseOf Explains]
3 Ways To Enhance Google Chrome’s Custom Search

Browsers

3 Ways To Enhance Google Chrome’s Custom Search

In terms of browsing speed and flexibility, Google Chrome has long been my favorite browser. A lot of this speed comes from the browser itself. The remaining speed is the result of its extensibility. Our best of Google Chrome extensions page barely scratches the surface. Another – and vastly underrated – way to crank up your Google Chrome browser is by using Chrome’s custom search engines.

21-01-2013
3 Ways To Enhance Google Chrome’s Custom Search
Getting Cramped? 5 Ways To Increase SSD-only Ultrabook or Netbook Storage

Windows

Getting Cramped? 5 Ways To Increase SSD-only Ultrabook or Netbook Storage

The ultra-portables can’t afford the room for a big, hulking hard drive. SSD comes at a price; literally, and figuratively. These expensive drives (although progress is made every day) still cannot reach the capacity of magnetic drives. Whether you’re limited to a 4 GB Netbook or a 256 GB Ultrabook, worrying about storage space is hardly enjoyable. Here are some tips you can use to increase the available memory of your memory-impaired device.

14-01-2013
Getting Cramped? 5 Ways To Increase SSD-only Ultrabook or Netbook Storage
Give Finder The Upgrade It Sorely Needs With XtraFinder [Mac]

Mac

Give Finder The Upgrade It Sorely Needs With XtraFinder [Mac]

People are always going on about the Mac user experience; how it just works. For the most part, I agree with them. The operating system is like a smooth breeze, and most of the default applications are top notch quality. There’s really only one standard application that’s painfully lacking in power: Finder.

14-01-2013
Give Finder The Upgrade It Sorely Needs With XtraFinder [Mac]
How To Hide Unwanted Default Apps On a Jailbroken iPhone Or iPad

iPhone and iPad

How To Hide Unwanted Default Apps On a Jailbroken iPhone Or iPad

Some of the apps that are shipped on your iPhone or iPad are great. I wouldn’t for the life of me want to replace the default Mail or Notes applications. Nevertheless, the truth is that you don’t use all of those default iOS applications – whether you’ve already found a Calendar alternative, or aren’t interested in using your camera entirely. The default iOS applications don’t take up too much space in your device’s memory. However, they do take up a lot of screen real estate.

07-01-2013
How To Hide Unwanted Default Apps On a Jailbroken iPhone Or iPad
Air Display Gives Your iPad Ultimate Control Over Your Windows Or Mac

iPhone and iPad

Air Display Gives Your iPad Ultimate Control Over Your Windows Or Mac

However much fun your tablet and computer are when used separately, I like to believe there’s a little more fun – and utility – to be had when using these devices together. More often than not, this goal is pursued by synchronising files across platforms, but things get really interesting when you start combining hardware features. Imagine you could use Mac OS X or Windows on your iPad.

17-12-2012
Air Display Gives Your iPad Ultimate Control Over Your Windows Or Mac
Practice Piano Scores The Fun Way With Synthesia And Your Keyboard

Mac Windows

Practice Piano Scores The Fun Way With Synthesia And Your Keyboard

Computer-aided learning, although not always a substitute for a music teacher, gives you the feedback you wouldn’t get from a plain old piano book. Moreover, gamification can make practice easier, and a lot more fun by introducing elements usually found in computer games. There are many ways to describe Synthesia, which is a free application available for Mac OS X and Windows computers.

26-11-2012
Practice Piano Scores The Fun Way With Synthesia And Your Keyboard
How To Sync Multiple Google Calendars To Windows 8

Windows

How To Sync Multiple Google Calendars To Windows 8

A decent calendar service is indispensable. No matter what alternative I tried using – Windows Live, iCloud – I’ve always turned back to Google Calendar. It’s easy to use, and widely supported. Even most (desktop and mobile) operating systems now provide out-of-the-box support. However, for some unknown reason, synchronising multiple calendars has always been at least a bit tricky to set up. It’s no different for Windows 8.

19-11-2012
How To Sync Multiple Google Calendars To Windows 8
3 Ways To Manage Display Settings In Mac OS X Mountain Lion

Mac

3 Ways To Manage Display Settings In Mac OS X Mountain Lion

With Mac OS X Mountain Lion, Apple introduced a number of changes; some small, some big. One of those tiny changes that impacted my workflow most is the disappearance of the menu bar display menu. Before the update, ticking off a checkbox in the Mac OS X display preferences pane would introduce a nifty display icon in the menu bar at the top of your screen. That menu bar icon is now gone.

19-11-2012
3 Ways To Manage Display Settings In Mac OS X Mountain Lion
5 Great Tips For Recording Audio With Any Smartphone Or Tablet

Android iPhone and iPad

5 Great Tips For Recording Audio With Any Smartphone Or Tablet

Your phone is very smart. With Angry Birds, Facebook and mobile office applications, it’s all too easy to forget that some of the features we use most were often available on those very old mobile phones as well. Obviously, that includes calling and texting, but recording audio isn’t a cutting-edge technology either. Nevertheless, recording audio with your smartphone or tablet hasn’t always been a walk in the park.

12-11-2012
5 Great Tips For Recording Audio With Any Smartphone Or Tablet
Use CloudApp Across Operating Systems With These Five Clients

Windows Linux

Use CloudApp Across Operating Systems With These Five Clients

If I was asked to name my favorite Mac OS X application, CloudApp—or Cloud, for short—would definitely make the shortlist. It’s a nifty menubar utility that makes it incredibly easy to upload and share small files. CloudApp developer team has also published an API for their service, meaning other developers can create third-party CloudApp clients. Below, we’ll be looking at five different CloudApp clients to use the service on most popular operating systems, desktop and mobile.

05-11-2012
Use CloudApp Across Operating Systems With These Five Clients
Why Your MacBook Air Has No Optical Drive & 4 Reasons Why This Isn’t a Problem

Mac

Why Your MacBook Air Has No Optical Drive & 4 Reasons Why This Isn’t a Problem

The MacBook Air is one of the thinnest and lightest computers available today; thin as your finger, and so light every computer after will feel like you’re hauling a sack of potatoes. In fact, ever since Apple set the trend with its MacBook Air, the ultrabook genre has been gaining ground in the Windows scene. But you don’t get a laptop as thin and light as the MacBook Air without making compromises.

29-10-2012
Why Your MacBook Air Has No Optical Drive & 4 Reasons Why This Isn’t a Problem
Flutter Lets You Control Your Media Using Your Webcam

Mac Windows

Flutter Lets You Control Your Media Using Your Webcam

We’re always looking for new ways to control our electronics. Another trend—gestures and movement—can be found by looking at game consoles. Most notably, the Kinect of Microsoft’s XBox. Lacking one of those fancy Kinect cameras, Flutter lets you use your run-of-the-mill webcam to control your computer as if you were featuring in Minority Report.

22-10-2012
Flutter Lets You Control Your Media Using Your Webcam
How To Post To Facebook & Twitter From The Notification Center In Mountain Lion

Mac

How To Post To Facebook & Twitter From The Notification Center In Mountain Lion

Similar to its iOS counterpart, the Notification Center (which can be accessed using the right-most icon in your menu bar, or by using a hotkey) is designed to keep track of the multitude of information broadcasted by the assorted applications installed on your computer. Apart from the expected—news about incoming emails, calendar events, and the like—you can also use the Notification Center to interact with Facebook and Twitter.

22-10-2012
How To Post To Facebook & Twitter From The Notification Center In Mountain Lion
5 Tips For Making The Most Out Of The Notes App [iOS]

Mac

5 Tips For Making The Most Out Of The Notes App [iOS]

In any application round-up – mobile or otherwise – about work, education or GTD, you’ll see the most advanced conglomeration of note-taking applications. Often, the applications already present on the operating system are ignored. Likely, this is because these applications generally don’t amount to much. However, on Apple products, they do. The iOS Notes app is a remarkable, capable, and easy to use application

15-10-2012
5 Tips For Making The Most Out Of The Notes App [iOS]