Category: Tips and Tricks

October 30, 2011 /

USBDummyProtect is a small utility that employs a clever trick to prevent spreading of viruses through USB drives. This open source tool creates a dummy file that takes up all free space available on the drive. With every byte of free space gone there is no room for viruses to get into the drive. Simply copy the executable file of USBDummyProtect to the USB flash drive and run the tool. A dummy.file will be created and the drive will show 0 bytes remaining. You can now plug this drive on any infected PC and remain safe. This is of course, assuming…

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October 30, 2011 /

Sometime last year, Facebook overhauled the Facebook profile page implementing several new cosmetic features. The most prominent among them is the way Facebook profile picture and recently tagged pictures of yourself are displayed. The profile picture was changed from the regular rectangular shape to a vertically elongated one, and at the top of the page a row of the five most recently tagged photos of yourself on Facebook was now visible.Some creative users with enough time in their hands started taking advantage of the new layout to create impressive profile pages. Several Facebook apps were developed that enabled less creative…

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October 7, 2011 /

When you imagine being able to do cool stuff with your phone, what do you think of? Finding your way out of the middle of a forest with nothing but GPS to guide you? Looking for buried treasure with just the geomagnetic sensor? How about walking in the house after work, touching just a couple of buttons and automatically turning on all of the computers in your house? Science fiction? Nope, science fact. It’s called PCAutoWaker, and in my opinions it’s one of the coolest apps to arrive in the Android Market in a long time.  Many MUO readers that…

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October 1, 2011 /

If you have a digital camera you already have a basic scanner, except photographs from your camera just doesn’t look like a scanned copy. The problem with using a camera as a scanner is perspective. Perspective is a great thing when you know how to use it to your advantage. Photographers and digital artists love to toy with perspective to produce astonishing optical illusions like tilt-shift and 3D. But when scanning documents, perspective is the ultimate spoilsport. Perspective makes photos of documents look skewed – get too close to the document, and the camera will produce a fish-eye like effect;…

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October 1, 2011 /

Whether you’ve bought a new computer or just re-installed Windows on your old one, one chore that we all hate doing is reinstalling programs. A tool that has some potential of transfering installed programs to another system is PickMeApp. As obvious from the title of this post, PickMeApp is a new tool that allows one to transfer applications installed on one computer to another. PickMeApp ‘captures’ applications and creates a compressed package of the installed program. Then using PickMeApp again on the new computer you can install the programs from the created application package. The left panel on the program…

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August 3, 2011 /

Laptops tend to lose their charm quickly when you’re constantly looking for the nearest power outlet to charge up.  How do you keep your battery going for as long as possible?  Here are 15 easy ways to do so. 1. Defrag regularly –  The faster your hard drive does its work – less demand you are going to put on the hard drive and your battery.  Make your hard drive as efficient as possible by defragging it regularly. (but not while it’s on battery of course!) Mac OSX is better built to handle fragmentation so it may not be very…

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June 22, 2011 /

Whether you are writing a school essay or an article for a website or your local newspaper, pictures are a great way to grab the attention of the readers. Images enhance the visual impact of a blog and make it more likely a post will be read. Aside from paragraph breaks, strategically placed pictures can go a long way into turning a huge wall of text into an appealing article. To turn a good picture into a great picture requires a good image editor to work on. Fortunately, with Microsoft Office 2010 you no longer have to jump back and…

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