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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 Sync Multiple Google Calendars To Your Windows Phone

How To Sync Multiple Google Calendars To Your Windows Phone

By default your Windows Phone does not synchronize multiple calendars. Here’s how to fix this, and enjoy all Google Calendar goodness on your Windows Phone without purchasing any third-party synchronization applications. But you can add your Google Calendar account to your Windows Phone rather easily.

07-05-2012
How To Sync Multiple Google Calendars To Your Windows Phone
3 Applications To Speed Up Your Downloads [Mac]

Mac Browsers

3 Applications To Speed Up Your Downloads [Mac]

Browsers have much improved over the past few years. I remember a time when downloading large files in-browser was the chore of legends. Every modern browser now has a fairly decent download manager built in. I must be getting old. Things have improved, but we’re not there yet. Download resume capabilities have been added in some of these browsers, but more often than not they only work haphazardly.

23-04-2012
3 Applications To Speed Up Your Downloads [Mac]
How To Turn A Personal Domain Into Your Own Personalized Link Shortener

Internet

How To Turn A Personal Domain Into Your Own Personalized Link Shortener

Link shorteners are a dime a dozen. Even Google and StumbleUpon have joined the fray, because a shortened URL doesn’t just look good. They also go a long way to improving the usability of links. Even if you’re not limited by 140 characters, shortened links are easier to remember, and it keep your shares, and those of your readers, uncluttered.

23-04-2012
How To Turn A Personal Domain Into Your Own Personalized Link Shortener
How To Make Your Own Computer Game [Part 2]

Gaming

How To Make Your Own Computer Game [Part 2]

In part one we saw how to create your own text-based game, platformer, or first person shooter in the blink of an eye, often with mere drag-and-drop procedures. Those tools already allowed you to tell your own interactive story, but your influence on gameplay mechanics remained limited. This week features tools of intermediate complexity.

16-04-2012
How To Make Your Own Computer Game [Part 2]
How To Configure Your Own iPad FTP Server [Jailbreak]

iPhone and iPad

How To Configure Your Own iPad FTP Server [Jailbreak]

If you’ve jailbroken your iPad, there are many ways to transfer files to and fro between your trusty tablet and your computer. However, most of them require you to open some kind of application on the iPad-side. If you’re willing to invest some little time in initial preparations, SFTP is one hard to beat candidate for iOS file transfers.

15-04-2012
How To Configure Your Own iPad FTP Server [Jailbreak]
How To Make Your Own Computer Game [Part 1]

Gaming

How To Make Your Own Computer Game [Part 1]

There’s only so much gaming glee you can take, before you start wondering about creating your own game. To answer your first question: yes, making your own game is very doable. In this first installment, we will take a look at a number of quick and easy ways to create a customized game. There will be no or minimal programming required.

09-04-2012
How To Make Your Own Computer Game [Part 1]
3 Techniques for Using Eye Manipulation Effects in Photoshop

Windows Mac

3 Techniques for Using Eye Manipulation Effects in Photoshop

One of the most difficult aspects of a picture, both to capture in a photograph and to correct little blemishes, are the eyes. Below are three relatively simple ways to touch up the eyes of a picture’s subject, arranged in increasing difficulty: removing red glares, taking care of bags under the eyes, and changing the eye color entirely.

09-04-2012
3 Techniques for Using Eye Manipulation Effects in Photoshop
Send Text Messages From Your Browser With MightyText & MobiTexter [Android]

Android

Send Text Messages From Your Browser With MightyText & MobiTexter [Android]

One of the main differences between a phone call, text message and messenger bird is the so-called deadline of reply. That’s in an ideal world. In the real world, people forget their cellphones at home, or are prone to ignore them in favor of some other — more interesting, or more pressing — activity. That’s one motive behind synchronizing text messages with your computer.

02-04-2012
Send Text Messages From Your Browser With MightyText & MobiTexter [Android]