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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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How to Access Region Locked Video on Your iPad or iPhone [iOS]

iPhone and iPad

How to Access Region Locked Video on Your iPad or iPhone [iOS]

People are willing to go to great lengths to access video content, and great lengths are indeed required when content often doesn’t become available for a big part of the world until months after its initial release. More so, even though there are websites like Hulu and Netflix boasting the infrastructure to offer that media globally, they actively work to keep people out. If you want to watch region-blocked content on your iPhone or iPad you’ll have to take matters into your own hands.

29-04-2013
How to Access Region Locked Video on Your iPad or iPhone [iOS]
AirParrot Brings AirPlay Mirroring to Windows and Older Macs

Windows Mac

AirParrot Brings AirPlay Mirroring to Windows and Older Macs

Although AirPlay – a system that allows you to stream video and audio between AirPlay-enabled Apple devices – works great in a lot of situations, it isn’t a perfect system. Perhaps most importantly, Apple’s AirPlay system is proprietary, meaning it’s only officially implemented by Apple and thus only available on Mac OS X and iOS devices, leaving a lot of Windows-Apple crossover users out in the cold. Luckily, both of these problems are solved by AirParrot.

22-04-2013
AirParrot Brings AirPlay Mirroring to Windows and Older Macs
Control Spotify on Your Mac Using Spot Remote [iOS]

Mac iPhone and iPad

Control Spotify on Your Mac Using Spot Remote [iOS]

With Spotify and similar music-streaming services on the rise, the run-of-the-mill stereo installation is starting to look more and more inadequate. The main problem with this setup is that if you’re sitting with friends, computer-stereo-hybrid blasting away at the other side of the room, it’s often a chore to play DJ… unless you start involving your mobile devices and an app like Spot Remote for iOS.

22-04-2013
Control Spotify on Your Mac Using Spot Remote [iOS]
Manage Your Mac Windows Efficiently With Moom

Mac

Manage Your Mac Windows Efficiently With Moom

One of the clumsiest things to do on Mac OS X is Windows management. I don’t usually look back on my Windows years with longing, but window management has been integrated far less sloppier on Windows 7 than it has on Mac OS X. The buttons at the top of the screen sometimes seem to act illogically. But worse, moving and resizing windows has to be done manually using the mouse. This may seem like a trivial task, but believe me, it adds up.

16-04-2013
Manage Your Mac Windows Efficiently With Moom
Stream Music From Your Menu Bar With CloudPlay [Mac]

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Stream Music From Your Menu Bar With CloudPlay [Mac]

A more portable laptop (in my case, an ultrabook) comes with all kinds of problems for the music enthusiast. The sound quality of Apple’s built-in speakers is better than most, and I love iTunes’ capabilities for organising my media library. However, anything resembling a decent music collection takes up most – if not all – of the available hard drive space. Without a gigantic hard drive, keeping a local music library simply isn’t feasible.

15-04-2013
Stream Music From Your Menu Bar With CloudPlay [Mac]
How To Migrate From Shelfari To Goodreads

Internet

How To Migrate From Shelfari To Goodreads

Shelfari and Goodreads are both online tools to manage your book collection. Both websites help you create lists of books read and books yet to read, with reviews to help you decide and tips from friends to keep you going. I got started with Goodreads, but moved to Shelfari for its visual appeal. Shelfari’s integration with Amazon also added to the bargain.

25-03-2013
How To Migrate From Shelfari To Goodreads
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
5 Great Download Companion Utilities For Your Mac

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5 Great Download Companion Utilities For Your Mac

So you like to download. Maybe we’re talking eBooks, comic books, or TV shows. We already wrote a lot of articles concerned with the act of actually downloading things. In fact, MakeUseOf wrote an excellent primer on torrents, with The Torrent Guide for Everyone. Just last year, I wrote about 3 Mac OS X applications to speed up your downloads. Today, I’d like to show you the other Mac OS X utilities that help me while downloading (anything).

18-03-2013
5 Great Download Companion Utilities For Your Mac
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
What Is a MAC Address & Can It Be Used To Secure Your Home Network? [MakeUseOf Explains]

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What Is a MAC Address & Can It Be Used To Secure Your Home Network? [MakeUseOf Explains]

Network structure and management have their own lingo. Some of the terms thrown around will likely already sound familiar to you. Ethernet and Wi-Fi are largely self-obvious concepts, although it may require a little bit more effort to understand the intricacies of the different Wi-Fi standards. Knowing the meaning of these terms, and grasping the underlying concepts will help you to get a better grip on your own home or office network.

25-02-2013
What Is a MAC Address & Can It Be Used To Secure Your Home Network? [MakeUseOf Explains]
How To Build An Email To RSS Notification Machine With Zapier

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How To Build An Email To RSS Notification Machine With Zapier

We’ve previously covered different ways to create automatic workflows that separate important tidbits of information from the mundane. This article is about how you receive the information. The most obvious (and often also the easiest) choice is to keep notified via email. A relatively simple way to separate one from the other is to reroute selective notifications to a personal ‘notifications’ RSS feed.

18-02-2013
How To Build An Email To RSS Notification Machine With Zapier
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