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Latest Hilarious Picks [MakeUseOf Geeky Fun]

Posted: 06 Jun 2011 12:00 AM PDT

Check out the top picks from MakeUseOf Geeky Fun during the last couple of days.

  1. Exclusive iOS 5 Preview (Video)
  2. If Only Shortcuts Worked In Real Life (Pic)
  3. Shopping: Before & After Smartphones (Pic)
  4. Depressing Truth (Pic)
  5. USB Cables (Pic)
  6. Typical Gamer (Pic)
  7. Online You Wrote That You Were A Model! (Pic)
  8. Weapon Evolution (Pic)

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Cool Websites and Tools [June 5th]

Posted: 05 Jun 2011 08:31 PM PDT

Check out some of the latest MakeUseOf discoveries. Most of the listed websites are FREE or come with a decent free account option. If you want to have similar cool website round-ups delivered to your daily email, subscribe here.

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HTTP Archive – Most of us are familiar with Google Analytics and how it helps us understand visits to our website. But if you are more interested in technical stuff like load times, JavaScript loading, file requests, performance scores, and more, then you should check out HTTP Archive. This tool lets you play around with different data. Read more: HTTP Archive: Measure Website Performance & Loading Times


Free Logo Creator – Not everybody has hundreds of dollars to spend on a professional logo design. But there are tools like Free Logo Creator that allow you to create a logo online without doing any actual designing. Start by entering the name for your brand and clicking the generate button. Read more: Free Logo Creator: Free & Simple Logo Designer Online



Lorem Pixum – While creating a website design, you often fill your image frames with sample images. This helps visualize what the final site version will look like with pictures. To get such sample placeholder images, you should visit a site called Lorem Pixum, a free web tool that lets you get colored and black-and-white placeholder images for your web designs. Read more: Lorem Pixum: Get Free Colored & Black And White Placeholder Images



When To Tweet? – Your audience on Twitter has a lot to read in their streams. To ensure that your tweets do not get ignored, you need to share at times when most of your followers are actually reading. These times can be found out by using a tool called When To Tweet, a simple web service that helps you find out when most of your followers are reading tweets. Read more: When To Tweet?: Find Out The Best Times Of Day To Tweet



Memrise – Learning a new language is like playing a new game – there is always something new to learn, and you won't move to the next level until you master the basics. Memrise is a cool app that makes language learning easier and more fun by using memory training and mnemonics. Read more: Memrise: Learn Languages With Fun Mnemonics


These are just half of the websites that we discovered in the last couple of days. If you want us to send you daily round-ups of all cool websites we come across, leave your email here. Or follow us via RSS feed.

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Thank You To MakeUseOf Friends!

Posted: 05 Jun 2011 07:31 PM PDT

It’s time to say thanks to our friends who, once in a while, tip us great articles, help out on projects and in some cases offer their services at discounted prices. Thank you, guys!

    [1] ShrinkTheWeb – Website Screenshot Thumbnail Service

    Ever wanted to add website screenshots to your website? ShrinkTheWeb is one of the best services for that, both in terms of performance and pricing. The free account gets you a whopping 250,000 impressions. See it in action in our daily Cool Websites and Tools series.


    [2] LapDawg “" Hands-free Laptop Stands

    Hands free laptop stand
    The hands free laptop stand holds your laptop or books in any position you want with it’s unique 360 degree rotating joints. Perfect for holding them in bed while lying down. Made from anodized aluminum with a beautiful black matte finish.

    [3] Walyou “" Cool Gadgets for Geeks

    new cool gadgets
    Walyou is a fun blog covering all sorts of new cool gadgets and other stuff every geek is likely to find entertaining. Everything from world’s largest Gunny Bears to E-hookah gadgets. Make sure to check them out.


    [4] rade | eccles – iPhone Application Development

    The perfect iPhone development team, rade | eccles managed to put our iPhone app together in record time yet exude professionalism and dedication every step of the way. Our collaboration wasn’t happenstance. We would make the same decision all over again. Our only recommendation for an iPhone developer – rade | eccles.


    [5] TrueKolor – Affordable Quality Logo and Banner Design

    If you’re looking for a cheap, original and quality logo or banner, check out TrueKolor. We often contact these guys when we need a logo or a banner made, some of the stuff they did for us listed on their portfolio page. Highly recommended.


    [6] Sendible – The easiest way to market your brand online

    We’re strong believers of the service Sendible provides — we use it on a daily basis and it has never failed us! Sendible is an online marketing service to promote, grow and track brands through the use of social media, email and SMS messaging. It has the ability to post to multiple services at once, schedule social network updates and analyse their success. We love it!


    [7] Sourcebits – Android Development

    Sourcebits did a bang up job of helping us put together our long-awaited Android app. For that, we are eternally grateful!


Thank you, guys!

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How Much Hard Drive Space Do You Have? [MakeUseOf Poll]

Posted: 05 Jun 2011 03:30 PM PDT

Last week we asked which of the up-and-coming new browsers might sway you from Chrome and Firefox. It looks like if anyone’s leaving Firefox and Chrome it’s because they’re going to Opera or Chromium.

From the 660 votes collected, we had the following breakdown: 32% would move to Opera 11; 24% would never consider leaving Firefox/Chrome; 20% would move to Chromium; 10% would head to Internet Explorer 9; 7% would take up RockMelt 2; SRWare Iron gained 5% of the voters; 2% would go to Wyzo; 2% would leave for Maxathon 3.0; and 1 person would go to something else entirely.

Full results and this week’s poll after the jump.

Opera 11 and Chromium are the hottest new browsers out!

This week’s poll question is: How Much Hard Drive Space Do You Have?

We all seem to have a couple of computers around the house: maybe a laptop, a desktop and a server. Maybe more. But what’s your total hard drive space in those machines?

If you use a very small amount of hard drive space, or a very large amount, we’d love to hear why! Let us know in the comments!

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Hot Tech Deals – Western Digital My Book Essential 3TB USB 3.0 + more

Posted: 05 Jun 2011 01:30 PM PDT

Who doesn’t like more storage? Today’s featured deal is the Western Digital My Book Essential 3TB USB 3.0 external hard drive which is going for $139.99 — a whopping $90 off its market price. Plus, being USB 3.0, you get the added benefit of higher transfer speeds.

For more fresh hot deals, visit our Hot Tech Deals page, which is constantly updated.

  1. TODAY ONLY Mitsubishi WD-60C10 60in 3D-Ready DLP HDTV (1080p) $759.99 Free Ship
  2. Western Digital My Book Essential 3TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive $139.99
  3. Kingston SSDNow V-Series 64GB Solid State Drive (2nd Gen, Trim) $69.99AR
  4. TDK 61883 16GB USB Flash Drive $19.99 Free Shipping
  5. Onkyo HT-S3400 5.1ch 110W/ch Home Theater System $279.99 Free Shipping
  6. Lenovo IdeaPad Z565 AMD Phenom II N660 3GHz 15.6in Laptop (3GB/320GB) $349.99
  7. Dell Inspiron 560 Intel Celeron 450 2.2GHz Desktop Computer (2GB/500GB) $279 via code HLSKSR06S9ZG0F (Exp Soon)

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10 Free Music Albums From People With Stories [Sound Sunday June 5th]

Posted: 05 Jun 2011 12:30 PM PDT

Move to a Sound Sunday!

Music is made by people and they all have their own compelling story. In this edition of Sound Sunday you will find music from the mysterious Moses Luster, the former surf professional Timmy Curran, the student and entrepreneur Peter Sobot, the Sci-Fi songwriter John Anealio, a Man Mantis, and many more. Their music doesn’t necessarily tell their story, but it’s certainly no less compelling.

Feedback and suggestions via email [tina at makeuseof dot com] or comment is very welcome.

Moses Luster and the Hollywood Lights – I’m The Lion

Genre: alternative, electronic, folk, country, noir

Moses Luster is an elusive man whose album is spreading far and wide on the net. Except for his Bandcamp page, he has no known online presence and few know the man. One Arthur Brown of Unclean Magazine writes that he saw Moses play in an off strip casino in Vegas in the late nineties. Over a decade later, Moses Luster has released an album, which will leave an imprint.

I’m The Lion is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

Timmy Curran – Options

Genre: alternative, americana, folk, pop

From Wikipedia: “Tim Curran is a musician, retired professional surfer and a spokesperson for the Surfrider Foundation. During his successful surfing career, he was one of the best surfers on the World Championship Tour, and was consistently in contention for the world championship.” In 2004 Timmy released his first EP, followed by three full-length albums.

Options is a free wav album download from Timmy Curran’s Homepage.

Peter Sobot – The Idea

Genre: alternative, electronic, rock, metal

Peter Sobot is a musician, web developer, entrepreneur, and student from Ontario, Canada. The Idea is his second solo album, which came to life amidst other projects, including a chiptune album, an open-source web journal, a space management start-up, and many others. Peter was previously featured on Sound Sunday with his debut album Story of Flight.

The Idea is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

John Anealio – Angry Robot Remix

Genre: folk, geek, nerd, rock, remix

This album shows the power of remixes. John Anealio originally wrote Angry Robot with Matt Forbeck, author of Angry Robot Books. In a remix contest held by ARB the winners could earn a spot in an upcoming novel. In addition, five artists had their remix featured on this album.

Angry Robot Remix is a free download from Bandcamp.

Tiger Mountain – selftitled

Genre: indie, lo-fi, pop

New York’s latest rock and roll sensation named themselves after a mountain in the US state of Washington. The band features singers/guitarists Mike Jackson and Tyler Lenane, formerly of Girltoucher, ex Murphy’s Law bassist Dean Rispler, and ex Nada Surf drummer Aaron Conte.

Tiger Mountain is a free download from Bandcamp.

Man Mantis – Cities Without Houses

Genre: indie, instrumental, downtempo, electronic, avant garde, hip hop

From his World Around Record page: “Man Mantis is a DJ, producer and multimedia artist living in Madison, Wisconsin, where he's spent the last several years establishing himself as a major presence in the local music scene. Since the release of his first album, Dawn of the Def, he has continuously polished his unique sound, which seamlessly blends the soulful, organic feel of samples with glistening synthesizers and crisp drums.

Cities Without Houses is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

The Body Electric – Positive Charge

Genre: rock, punk, hard rock

free album downloadFrom their Facebook Biography: “Rock & Roll that sometimes sounds like Punk and Indie Rock. For Fans of Alkaline Trio, The Cure, Bayside, Coldplay, The Kinks, Bad Religion, The Beatles, Foo Fighters. Yep, you will find a little bit of all that here.

Positive Charge is a free download from Heartthrob Media.

Polar Aviation – Narvik

Genre: experimental, electronic

The man behind Polar Aviation is UK born Andrew Haines. From his Energostatic artist page: “The Polar Aviation audio/visual project aims to be experimental in outlook whilst developing an eclectic series of distinct and characteristic works. The project hopes to draw upon various aspects from several notable contemporary electronic music genres, whilst negotiating a path between the ‘deep analogue’ and ‘innovative digital’ schools of electronics. Thus, a symbiosis of modified experimental software and vintage analogue hardware are intended as the primary tools of the project. Aspects of experimental graphic design and photography are also intended to enhance and accompany audio material.

Narvik is a free download from the Internet Archive.

Remuziq – Music For Humans

Genre: instrumental, pop

Remuziq :: Music For Humans :: Album Taster from Remuziq on Vimeo.

From Remuziq’s about page: “Have you ever listened to an old song and thought: “..they don’t make music like that anymore!” Well you’re right, they don’t! Much of modern music relies heavily on digital recording techniques, and is primarily driven by market forces and fashion trends; the whole process of recording and producing music has fundamentally changed. Our philosophy is simple: Record great music that people can enjoy again and again.

Music for Humans is a free download from the Remuziq Homepage.

Geotic – Mend

Genre: ambient, electronic

Geotic – The Sprawling, Glorious Newness by snipelondon

From Snipe: “Geotic is the ambient side-project of California electro-pop whizzkid Baths, a.k.a. Will Wiesenfeld. Maintaining the lo-fi aesthetic but eschewing the scatter-gun beats of his day job, he's recorded an album of fuzzy, guitar-led instrumentals called 'Mends' and made the whole thing available for free via his website. Recorded in four days over the xmas period (in a toilet presumably), Mends wraps itself around you like a warm towel, as all records legally should at this time of year.

Mend is a free download from Geotic’s Angelfire page.

New to Sound Sunday? Past editions of Sound Sunday are available here.

Feel free to get in touch with me [tina at makeuseof dot com] to share free material, suggestions, and feedback or simply add your comments below.

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9 Easy Ways To Never Get A Virus

Posted: 05 Jun 2011 10:30 AM PDT

how to never get a virusIn 20 odd years of using computers, I can safely say that I’ve never been a victim of any computer virus, and yet I’ve also never run anti-virus software. It’s a curious fact that the people who are most worried about viruses get them more often.  With a little basic training you can completely avoid the problem of viruses and malware, so you can calm down and enjoy the internet!

1. Beware of Fake Download / Play Buttons:

Usually these are targeted on torrent sites or anything with a download keyword on it, so users are fooled into clicking it and downloading something completely unrelated. It’s a dirty trick, and the only way to defeat them is to be careful and think twice before hitting the download button. It helps if you already know the site in question, because you should be able to realize the location of the download button has changed – but what about new users?

Check the status bar. Though this can be faked with JavaScript, I’ve noticed these ads in particular don’t usually do that. If the domain in the status is different to the site you’re on, it’s probably a malicious advert.

Another method is to use logic. If you have download some software for example, and it’s showing a PLAY NOW button, you should know instantly that’s completely unrelated. The visual style is a giveaway too.

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2. Don’t use Internet Explorer:

In every hacking convention so far, Internet Explorer has always been the first to fall. It has been claimed that a fresh install of XP with IE6 will be infected within minutes of browsing the internet. While the latest IE9 may have toughened up a little, the fact is that IE is specifically targeted by hackers on a daily basis, precisely because the number of people who don’t even consider switching browsers makes it a profitable target. Go download Chrome.

3. Hang Up on Cold-Calling Indian Technical Support Agents:

In the UK at least, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of scam telephone calls from supposed Windows technical support agents. Here’s how it starts:
A: Hi there, I’m from (indecipherable) and we’ve registered an error from your Windows – have you been experiencing any issues with it lately?

At this point, 90% of people will be thinking their Windows is broken and yes, of course they have been experiencing issues, because who doesn’t have Windows problems? You’ll then be walked through how to give this called complete remote control access to your PC, where they perform some BS technical checks and try to get you to purchase a support contract. Check out this video so you know what to expect.

4. Ignore Pop-Ups That Have Anything To Do With Security or Viruses:

These are difficult if you are actually running anti-virus software, because they pop up and fool you into thinking your AV software has found something.

For a start, ignore anything originating from your browser – which you can check by completely closing it down. As a general rule of thumb, ignore any and all security related messages if you didn’t initiate them youself – by clicking on your AV software’s SCAN button, for example. If you get a message from an AV app on windows you never installed, it’s likely you’ve already been infected.

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5. Avoid Public Torrent Sites Like The Plague:

Most public torrent sites are teething with malware and fake torrents. I don’t care what you download, but make sure you do it from a private tracker. They’re a few exceptions to the rule, some of which we’ve covered in the best new torrent sites. - because if the film is here, it’s been checked already. – with millions of users, the comment system is usually full of reports of fake files or viruses – but stick to uploads from trusted power users (ones with a little pink or green skull and crossbones next to them).

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Private trackers are only open to members, so it’s sometimes hard to find some that are accepting new registrations. We wrote before about how to find trackers that are open. Be warned though, private trackers don’t take kindly to leeching, and if your ratio drops you can get banned.

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6. Fake Torrents That Need a Specific Video Player:

If you’ve ignored my advice and downloaded some movie from a public torrent site, there’s a very good chance it’s a fake. These are difficult to detect because the file is usually padded to be about the right size, but upon playing them you’ll see a message that you need to download a new video player because it’s encoded specially or words to that effect.

Don’t download movies from public sites, and use VLC player to check a file. VLC player has every codec under the sun built-in, so if it doesn’t play correctly in that, it’s not a real movie.

how to never get a virus

7. Don’t Open Anything Forwarded To You:

While you can be as careful as you like, your friends might not. If you have the kind of friends who forward you fun little flash games packaged up in .exe files, or anything other than a simple picture, just delete them.

8. Don’t search for common utilities in Google:

We covered this a little while ago – the worrying trend of malware ridden sites ranking highly in Google for various common utilities. Thinking you are downloading the best video player around, you actually get a virus infected copy instead from a dodgy third-party site. The solution – Have no fear, we have an extensive list of the BEST software for Windows (and now Linux, with Mac OSx one in the works – not that osx or linux users need to worry about viruses…) with verified links that you can trust. If you’re unsure of a particular app – where to download it officially or if it’s worth it – you can always ask around on our helpful tech questions community.

9. Create a non-admin account for general use and family members:

If you allow yourself and members of your family to use the administration account, you are asking for trouble. Creating a limited privileges user account protects you somewhat by preventing anything run by that user (malicious or not) from doing any permanent damage. You can find out more about user accounts and everything else Windows 7 related in our fantastic free ebook.

The internet can be a dangerous place, but not if you follow these simple rules. Got some other useful tips? Do share, please! Let’s put an end to the madness of anti-virus now!

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