How to Download Torrents Using RSS Feeds

How to Download Torrents Using RSS Feeds

Bittorrent is a useful tool for downloading large files over the internet. In recent times it has been at the forefront of legal wrangling between major film production and music recording corporations and end-users who use the protocol for illicit purpose. Leaving aside the legal niceties, bittorrent is a robust tool with many uses. uTorrent […]

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Improve Your Windows Boot Time With Soluto

Improve Your Windows Boot Time With Soluto

In the early days, an error in Windows meant you were stuck unless you knew how to fix it. After Google indexed the entire internet, crowdsourcing a solution became a viable option. However, while Google may still be the “best computer diagnostic tool”, it is hardly an ideal solution. Enter Soluto. At the moment, Soluto […]

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PrivacyDefender: Easy Way to Control your Facebook Privacy Settings

PrivacyDefender: Easy Way to Control your Facebook Privacy Settings

My last article detailed Facebook’s new privacy settings. While these settings have simplified much of the privacy options available, there are still a number of settings that are so deeply buried that it is often difficult to find and change. Hence, I outlined four tools that assisted in unscrambling your privacy settings to ensure your […]

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Managing Facebook’s New Privacy Options

Managing Facebook’s New Privacy Options

A while back I wrote about four tools that helped unscramble Facebook’s privacy settings. Recently, Facebook announced that they were launching a revamped privacy settings menu. Essentially, while the more complex and “granular” options still remain, there is now an easier method of selecting which options are viewable by whom.

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SyncToy: Yet Another Useful Windows Backup/Sync Tool

SyncToy: Yet Another Useful Windows Backup/Sync Tool

I am obsessive about backing up. In addition to using Dropbox for backing up to the cloud and Genie Timeline to backup my data to an external hard drive, incrementally, I also keep an up-to-date copy of all my data on another external hard drive using Microsoft’s SyncToy.

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Genie Timeline: Time Machine-like Windows Backup Software

Genie Timeline: Time Machine-like Windows Backup Software

Backup is easily the most important step in computer maintenance. No matter how secure you believe your computer to be, having a complete copy of all your data is essential to ensure that your most important memories are safeguarded. My backup solution has evolved from the perennial “copy and paste” method to incremental backups using […]

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How To Make the Most of Dropbox – Part II

How To Make the Most of Dropbox – Part II

Following on from last week’s Dropbox guide, I will demonstrate some of the more advanced tricks that can be performed using Dropbox’s sync tool. 1. Remotely launch Bittorrent downloads. I like to keep my various Linux distributions up-to-date and one of the ways I manage this is to ensure that as soon as the latest […]

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Snippet: Keep Your PC Safe from Rogue PDF Files

Snippet: Keep Your PC Safe from Rogue PDF Files

Symantec’s latest white-paper reports that the top web-based attacks observed in 2009 were primarily targeted towards vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer and applications that process PDF files. Apparently 49% of all web attacks (up from 11% in 2008) was based on injecting malicious code into a perfectly innocent looking PDF file. This new type of exploit […]

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6 Screen Rulers to Make Your Image Fit

6 Screen Rulers to Make Your Image Fit

Since I started blogging for Make Tech Easier, I have had to ensure that all my photos and screenshots did not exceed the maximum size for the post. While there are numerous photo-editors that could cut down a pictures dimensions, it is often better to ensure that the original screenshot you take is of appropriate […]

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Snippet: Quickly Shorten Links from Address Bar

Snippet: Quickly Shorten Links from Address Bar

With so many blogs and websites floating around on my address bar everyday, I find myself sending more and more “shortened” URLs to my friends. Generally the process is a bit of a pain as I have to first I have to copy the URL from the address bar, then I need to go to […]

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4 Tools to Unscramble Your Facebook Privacy settings

4 Tools to Unscramble Your Facebook Privacy settings

In the past month there has been a great uproar over Facebook’s laissez faire attitude towards the privacy of their users. A wonderful infographic shows how, over time, Facebook’s overall default privacy setting has become more and more “public”. The problem is not that our information on Facebook is visible to the world, indeed the […]

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How To Make the Most of Dropbox – Part I

How To Make the Most of Dropbox – Part I

Dropbox is a file syncing and backup application. Files in the “My Dropbox” folder are synced to the cloud and are then accessible from a wide range of devices, including the iPhone and Android. What initially attracted me to Dropbox was the fact that it was one of the few file syncing applications that worked […]

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