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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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Tweak The Mac OS X Finder And Find Files Even Faster!

Mac

Tweak The Mac OS X Finder And Find Files Even Faster!

A major part of our time is spent on the web, but for a lot of people the computer file system makes for a close second. Finder, Apple’s file browser, provides a very slick way to do this by default, and you’ll be able to clock good time even if you don’t know all the finer points of the application. Getting to know those fine points, however, can provide an additional (and always much welcome) boost to your productivity and overall file-handling speeds.

08-10-2012
Tweak The Mac OS X Finder And Find Files Even Faster!
5 Interesting Ways to Create Your Own Forum Without Having to Run a Website

Internet

5 Interesting Ways to Create Your Own Forum Without Having to Run a Website

If you’re looking for a private, or more specialized discussion board—you can always create your own forum. One possible approach would be to pay for server space, and install the necessary forum software yourself. However, in some situations it’s possible to avoid these costs entirely, and cut down on maintenance by creating a forum without first purchasing server space. We’ll show you how.

08-10-2012
5 Interesting Ways to Create Your Own Forum Without Having to Run a Website
Manage Attachments In Mac Mail

Mac

Manage Attachments In Mac Mail

Mail, the default email application on Mac OS X, is a surprisingly slick and feature-rich application. I’ve used a lot of different email clients, both in the cloud and on my desktop. No matter what, I tend to keep coming back to using the Mail application for day-to-day email management. Mail provides a lot of help with day-to-day email management. In this article we’ll show you exactly how.

01-10-2012
Manage Attachments In Mac Mail
Edit Videos For Free On Windows With These Handy Tools

Windows

Edit Videos For Free On Windows With These Handy Tools

For almost every big software name, there’s a great free (or even open-source) application alternative. The same is true for video editing software. Yes, we’ve all heard about Adobe Premier Elements, Pinnacle Studio, Avid Media Composer, and Sony Vegas; amazing software, every last one. Below are a few tools, ranging from simple to advanced, offering a large part of video editing functionality without charge.

24-09-2012
Edit Videos For Free On Windows With These Handy Tools
What You Need To Know About Syncing Spotify With An iPod

iPhone and iPad

What You Need To Know About Syncing Spotify With An iPod

For iPod owners, iTunes has long been the most obvious choice of music management and synchronisation software. Despite its bulkiness on Windows computers, iTunes is a highly capable piece of software, and suffices for a large majority of people. With the advent of cloud music, it might be time to reconsider. It feels strange — awkward, almost — to use iTunes solely for syncing with an iPod.

17-09-2012
What You Need To Know About Syncing Spotify With An iPod
How To Try Out Windows 8 On Your MacBook Air

Mac

How To Try Out Windows 8 On Your MacBook Air

If you’re reading this article, you’re probably a user of Mac OS X, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be intrigued. If Windows 8 has captured your interest, why not take it for a test run? While the operating system hasn’t launched, you can download a free preview! In this article, I’ll show you how to install it on a separate partition on your MacBook Air.

10-09-2012
How To Try Out Windows 8 On Your MacBook Air
How to Use an Android Device as a PC Webcam

Android

How to Use an Android Device as a PC Webcam

If you need to make a few Skype calls or want to start a Hangout on Google Plus, but don’t have the necessary equipment at hand, don’t run off to the hardware store just yet! If you have an Android smartphone with camera, you can simply use your phone instead. Given, the framerate will not be on par with a decent store-bought webcam, but it’s more than good enough for a sporadic video chat.

03-09-2012
How to Use an Android Device as a PC Webcam
What’s AirPlay, And How To Use It In Mac OS X Mountain Lion

Mac

What’s AirPlay, And How To Use It In Mac OS X Mountain Lion

Imagine you want to play your favorite album in Spotify. Naturally, you’ll be hooking your computer up to a better sound station. But what if you’re lying in bed, or sitting on the couch? Ideally, you’d just stream the music to your speakers. Streaming your content locally, between devices, is where AirPlay comes in. With Apple’s latest operating system release — Mountain Lion — it’s easier than ever.

27-08-2012
What’s AirPlay, And How To Use It In Mac OS X Mountain Lion
Your Cloud Media Center: How To Stream Videos From Dropbox

Internet

Your Cloud Media Center: How To Stream Videos From Dropbox

You’ll want to watch your videos on your laptop one day, and on your media center the next. A simple solution to this problem can be found with Dropbox, but not the way you’re thinking. Instead of synchronising your videos across multiple computers, you can use Dropbox to stream your video on any internet-enabled computer.

27-08-2012
Your Cloud Media Center: How To Stream Videos From Dropbox
The Top 3 YouTube Apps For The iPhone & iPad

iPhone and iPad

The Top 3 YouTube Apps For The iPhone & iPad

Google and Apple have been butting heads in the competition over the mobile and tablet market for a long time, and now that the temperature keeps on rising, the effects of this face-off have become even more apparent to the common user. With iOS 6, Apple will not only get rid of Google Maps as the default map provider, but also axe the YouTube application that was previously shipped with iOS.

20-08-2012
The Top 3 YouTube Apps For The iPhone & iPad
4 Ways to Copy iTunes Purchases From One Mac to Another [OSX]

Mac

4 Ways to Copy iTunes Purchases From One Mac to Another [OSX]

With music purchased from the iTunes Store, it’s not always clear what you can or cannot do. This is largely due to the maze of DRM restrictions, and iTunes’ design, which is obviously focused on managing your files in the application rather than in Finder. One of the things you can do – and as it turns out, quite easily – is copying your iTunes Store purchases from one Mac’s iTunes to another.

20-08-2012
4 Ways to Copy iTunes Purchases From One Mac to Another [OSX]
3 Tips To Make Skype More Enjoyable [Mac]

Mac

3 Tips To Make Skype More Enjoyable [Mac]

Skype, in terms of software design, continues to baffle me. It’s beautifully designed, and most of the time it’s also charmingly easy to use, but once in a blue moon you discover these little quirks that rain on your Skype parade. It may be how the application masterfully ignores basic interface guidelines. Here are some three very basic tips to make your Skype experience on Mac OS X a more enjoyable one.

13-08-2012
3 Tips To Make Skype More Enjoyable [Mac]
4 Cool Things You Can Do With The Mac Terminal

Mac

4 Cool Things You Can Do With The Mac Terminal

The Terminal is the Mac OS X analogue of the Windows command prompt, or CMD. It’s a tool, as you probably already know, that allows you to control your computer using text commands, as opposed to a graphical user-interface. Although using the Terminal can seem a little daunting at first, it will pay off to get familiar with it.

13-08-2012
4 Cool Things You Can Do With The Mac Terminal
Manage Mac OS X Icons & Themes For Free With iCondubber

Mac

Manage Mac OS X Icons & Themes For Free With iCondubber

Mac OS X is already a very beautiful operating system. Perhaps that’s why it’s so hard to customize its interface elements, especially compared to other operating systems. It’s easy to understand where they’re coming from, if you want to keep the average Mac computer from looking like one of the old MySpace profiles. On the other hand, sometimes it’s nice to be able to put your own touch on the look of your computer.

06-08-2012
Manage Mac OS X Icons & Themes For Free With iCondubber
How To Share Screens Using Applications That Are Already On Your Mac [OSX]

Mac

How To Share Screens Using Applications That Are Already On Your Mac [OSX]

Working together on a project for work or school, looking at a computer screen over someone’s shoulder can grow tiring very quickly. The same goes for trying to help someone with their computer. If we’re only talking about a minute or two, you can take a breath and get it over with, but for longer timespans it might pay off to look into alternatives.

30-07-2012
How To Share Screens Using Applications That Are Already On Your Mac [OSX]
3 Useful And Free iPad Apps For Starting Musicians

iPhone and iPad

3 Useful And Free iPad Apps For Starting Musicians

Learning to play an instrument can be pretty hard, but it’s never too late to get started. At these times, the best way to keep going is to facilitate those engagements; make them accessible and fun. One way to do that is to make use of modern technology. In this article, we’ll be looking at iPad applications that are aimed at starting musicians.

23-07-2012
3 Useful And Free iPad Apps For Starting Musicians
InSync Is Google Drive For Power Users

Internet

InSync Is Google Drive For Power Users

Dropbox has long been considered the main player in cloud data synchronization, but services like Google Drive and Microsoft’s SkyDrive are busy making a comeback. With a big and familiar user base, and more competitive pricing, it’ll be hard on Dropbox to maintain its current position in the market. Personally, I’ve always been a Google fanboy, so when Google Docs changed into Google Drive, I was naturally very excited.

16-07-2012
InSync Is Google Drive For Power Users
3 Tools To Unleash Your Mac OS X Menu Bar

Mac

3 Tools To Unleash Your Mac OS X Menu Bar

The menu bar on my Mac gets more attention these days than the Dock. The reason for this is quite simple – it’s incredibly compact and dynamic in comparison. One menu bar application will show you an unread count of your email inbox, but remain unobtrusive. That application is accompanied by numerous useful tools and system settings that are within easy reach without taking up a lot of screen real-estate.

16-07-2012
3 Tools To Unleash Your Mac OS X Menu Bar
5 Initially Premium MMO Games That Are Now Free To Play [MUO Gaming]

Gaming

5 Initially Premium MMO Games That Are Now Free To Play [MUO Gaming]

It’s hard to say where the gaming industry is heading, but freemium games are likely playing a big part in it. Where traditional games ask for your sixty dollars up front, freemium games take their cut through micro-payment, and advertising systems. It’s shown to be a popular business model, and although the overall quality of these games is not always on par with their big-budget counterparts, they’re quickly catching up.

02-07-2012
5 Initially Premium MMO Games That Are Now Free To Play [MUO Gaming]
Circumvent Social Reader Applications With Unsocialize [Chrome & Firefox]

Browsers

Circumvent Social Reader Applications With Unsocialize [Chrome & Firefox]

In the beginning, Facebook integration was bliss. It allowed you to skip the often tedious sign up process by pressing that single blue button. But like almost every other interesting invention to date, there’s potential for misuse and abuse. Mind you, it’s nothing that should keep you up at night. Rather, the abuse I’m talking about comes in alternating doses of annoyance and discomfort.

25-06-2012
Circumvent Social Reader Applications With Unsocialize [Chrome & Firefox]
How To Split Double Paged Or Double Columned PDF Files [Mac]

Mac

How To Split Double Paged Or Double Columned PDF Files [Mac]

I’m all in favor of paper conservation and keeping our collective environmental footprint in check, so naturally I understand why some people feel obliged to print two ‘pages’ side by side on one physical page; a phenomenon I like to call ‘double-print’. But even though PDF’s are often destined for print, the fact is they are just as often distributed digitally.

25-06-2012
How To Split Double Paged Or Double Columned PDF Files [Mac]
How Browser Extensions Can Mess Up A Captcha & What To Do About It

Browsers

How Browser Extensions Can Mess Up A Captcha & What To Do About It

The ‘captcha failed’ notification is constantly lurking in the shadows. At times, it’s almost as if some dark, twisted entity is getting a laugh out of you. You’ve just painstakingly entered every stupid detail about yourself into a sign-up form, and then it strikes. Business as usual, right? You bite back a curse and diligently go through the entire ordeal once more.

18-06-2012
How Browser Extensions Can Mess Up A Captcha & What To Do About It