Snippet: How to Prevent WordPress From Creating Thumbnail Images

Snippet: How to Prevent WordPress From Creating Thumbnail Images

By default, when you upload an image in WordPress, it will generate several thumbnails (large, medium and small) from your images. If you have no uses for these thumbnails, they will become a liability to your site, take up valuable database and storage space. If you have a thousand posts in your blog and each […]

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Kadaza – A Logo Based Personal Start Page

Kadaza – A Logo Based Personal Start Page

Everyone has their personal favorite start page for their browser. Some like iGoogle, some need a little more information. There have been several articles written on Make Tech Easier about different options. Reviews of 43Marks, iGoogle, myHomepage and a homepage battle have all graced the pages here. This will add another style homepage to the […]

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A Complete Guide to Google Special Search – How to Use Google A Lot More Creatively

A Complete Guide to Google Special Search – How to Use Google A Lot More Creatively

Google is no doubt the most popular search engine till date. Millions of people across the globe use it everyday to search for content, pictures, blogs and everything else. The reason of the huge popularity of Google is because the results are so relevant and match closely with what the user is searching for. Apart […]

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Embedding Google Font to Your WP Blog

Embedding Google Font to Your WP Blog

How many of you actually tested your website design on different browsers and computers before you launch the site? I bet few of you do. Do you know that what looks good on one OS (for example, Mac) can really look bad on another, such as Windows? The main reason is because the fonts used […]

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Improve Your WordPress Performance With W3 Total Cache

Improve Your WordPress Performance With W3 Total Cache

If there is any plugin that can improve the performance of any WordPress blog by a great deal, it has to be W3 Total Cache. This is a well-designed cache plugin used by many popular sites, as well as this Make Tech Easier blog. Why the need for a cache plugin? Whenever you load a […]

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The Battle For Your Browser’s Homepage: iGoogle vs. Netvibes vs. Pageflakes

The Battle For Your Browser’s Homepage: iGoogle vs. Netvibes vs. Pageflakes

Many people fall into one of two categories when talking about their browser homepage. One side wants it minimal, something that loads fast and gives them only what they need, like a blank page or the Google search. Others like their homepage to pack a punch, and include utilities to monitor and manage their web […]

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How to Set Your Own Default Gravatar in WordPress

How to Set Your Own Default Gravatar in WordPress

You have seen it in most WordPress blogs: If the commenter’s profile does not come with its own gravatar, the Mystery Man icon is shown instead. Kind of ugly, isn’t it? What if you can add your own custom gravatar and make it show up in the comments, won’t that be a good way to […]

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Memonic: A Web Clipping Tool to Capture And Share Web Content

Memonic: A Web Clipping Tool to Capture And Share Web Content

Suppose you are reading a webpage with long paragraphs of content and want to share it with your friend. The good old way of sharing content is shorten the URL and send to your friend via Twitter, Facebook or Email. But there is a problem when your friend opens the webpage and starts reading. He/she […]

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3 Useful WP Plugins to Add a Floating Social Sharing Bar Beside Your Content

3 Useful WP Plugins to Add a Floating Social Sharing Bar Beside Your Content

Fans of Mashable will notice the floating social sharing bar that they are using at the side of their content. As you scroll down the page, the social sharing bar will move along and acts as a constant reminder to get you to share the content. If you are thinking of implementing such cool trick […]

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AppBrain: Easily Install Android Apps From Your Desktop Browser

AppBrain: Easily Install Android Apps From Your Desktop Browser

AppBrain is a powerful web-interface for installing any app onto your Android phone. Instead of navigating through the default Android Market app, you can browse the apps on the AppBrain website and install/uninstall from the comfort of your desktop. Since installing AppBrain and now Fast Web Installer I have completely stopped using the default Market application. […]

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Schedule Meetings Easier with Tungle

Schedule Meetings Easier with Tungle

One of the hardest things about a meeting is the scheduling. I know when it is time to schedule a board meeting, I run into all kinds of schedule conflicts. To make things even harder, people use different email clients and smart phones. This makes it harder to send meeting requests by email. Tungle.me helps […]

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Sync Your Desktop Browser to Your Android Phone

Sync Your Desktop Browser to Your Android Phone

Let’s say you are doing research on your desktop browser and you need to leave your computer to run some errand. Wouldn’t it be great if you can sync what you are reading to your mobile phone so that you can continue your research on the move? If you are using an Android phone (running […]

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Been Searching From The URL Bar? Now You Can Tweet From It As Well!

Been Searching From The URL Bar? Now You Can Tweet From It As Well!

When Firefox 3 first debuted, its “awesome bar” is only capable of searching from the history and bookmarks (and of course, load URL). Then, we teach you how to perform a search from the URL bar. Now, you can add another feature to it: send a tweet from the URL bar. There is no lack […]

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Want Your Privacy Back? Install and Run Tor in Ubuntu

Want Your Privacy Back? Install and Run Tor in Ubuntu

Have you ever felt that you are being watched in whatever you do online? Websites seem to know who you are and can greet you with your name when you visit them. Google always seems to know what you are searching, even before you started the search. Getting scared? Perhaps it’s time to turn your […]

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Using Google Public DNS to Speed Up Your Internet Connection

Using Google Public DNS to Speed Up Your Internet Connection

DNS (Domain Name System) is the online service that maps a web url to an IP address. Whenever you surf the web, your ISP will perform a DNS lookup to translate the URL to its IP address before it can render the pages. As web pages become more complex, the number of DNS lookup increase […]

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Favitt: Add Useful Features to Your Browser Start Page

Favitt: Add Useful Features to Your Browser Start Page

Quite some days back, we showed you how to spice up your browser’s start page. The article described how you can use browser extensions to add useful features to your browser’s start page and increase productivity. But what if you work on multiple computers every day? What if you use your home computer, portable laptop, […]

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How To Play Multiplayer Games Over Garena

How To Play Multiplayer Games Over Garena

Multiplayer games over local area networks (LAN) took off once the “cybercafé” became ubiquitous. The ability to play games with friends opened up a whole new realm of possibilities for the casual and determined gamer. I personally, started playing computer games at cybercafés since 1999. At the time playing at home over the internet was […]

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6 Tips for a Better Bing Search Experience

6 Tips for a Better Bing Search Experience

Are you a die hard Google search user? It is hard not to be. Everything comes preset to search Google by default. Why wouldn’t it? That being said, there are some built in features I prefer to use in Bing. You know, that search engine by Microsoft. Many search engines have areas where they excel […]

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Keep Your Files in Sync With SpiderOak

Keep Your Files in Sync With SpiderOak

There are a myriad of online file storage, backup, and sync services on the Web. Some of them are specific to particular devices, such as the Asus EeePc. Others are tailored for specific operating systems, like Windows or Ubuntu. Then, there are some that work well with all kinds of devices and OSes and keep […]

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Organize Your Life With Springpad

Organize Your Life With Springpad

Most popular applications usually have a lesser know competitor with very similar features. The better know software is more heavily marketed and the freeware versions – which are equally as good – usually are not. Springpad is one of these freeware apps. You hear a lot of people talking about how if they did not […]

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How to Sync Your Firefox Settings Across Various Devices

How to Sync Your Firefox Settings Across Various Devices

When you close a Firefox browser with many active tabs, it will usually prompt you to save your session so that the next time you open the browser, the tabs will be restored. What if you can get the tabs/session to restore automatically on a Firefox browser in another computer? Just imagine, you can do […]

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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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How to Perform a Language Specific Google Search On The Web

How to Perform a Language Specific Google Search On The Web

Thanks to Google, the largest provider of online web information, searching on the Internet has become loads easier. The search engine officially made public on 1997 as “Google Inc” provides almost any information within a fraction of a second. User’s worldwide has adored the search engine due to its efficiency and huge collection of information […]

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How To Easily Embed Twitter @Anywhere In Your WordPress Blog

How To Easily Embed Twitter @Anywhere In Your WordPress Blog

With the rising popularity of Twitter, it is no surprise that more and more bloggers are looking for ways to distribute their content via twitter. With the launch of Twitter @Anywhere, bloggers are now given an easy way to embed the Twitter @anywhere on their blog and allow their readers to quickly post a tweet […]

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Recharge your Google Reader Experience with FeedSquares

Recharge your Google Reader Experience with FeedSquares

There was a time when I wouldn’t even think of moving all the RSS feeds that I read to the cloud and I swore by desktop-based applications like FeedDemon. This was before I discovered Google Reader. Nowadays, I use Google Reader to keep up with all my RSS feeds and while I’m not entirely in […]

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How to Perform Encrypted Google Searches From Firefox and Google Chrome

How to Perform Encrypted Google Searches From Firefox and Google Chrome

Quite some days back, Google introduced encrypted Google searches. The concept of encryption comes into play when Internet services use secure socket layers, better known as SSL connections to encrypt the information that travels between your computer and their service. An encrypted service is recognized by a web address that starts with “https” and this […]

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How to Upgrade Your WP Blog to Multi-Users Blog Network With WordPress 3.0

How to Upgrade Your WP Blog to Multi-Users Blog Network With WordPress 3.0

In the past, for those who wanted to set up a WordPress multi-users site, the only solution is to use WPMU. Unfortunately, setting up a WPMU site can be difficult and tricky. Furthermore, migrating your existing WordPress blog to a multi-users site is almost impossible. With WordPress 3.0 (currently still a release candidate as of […]

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6 More Greasemonkey Scripts for Your Browsing Enjoyment

6 More Greasemonkey Scripts for Your Browsing Enjoyment

We’ve previously covered Greasemonkey, an unbelievably useful Firefox extension that allows you to run user-created scripts that enhance what Firefox can do. Now, these scripts are no longer confined to Firefox. Chrome, Opera, and Safari also have support for user scripts, although sometimes with limitations. These scripts provide a huge range of capabilities, like revising […]

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Backup Your Web Presence with Backupify

Backup Your Web Presence with Backupify

Over the past few months I have written several posts on different ways to back up your digital life. Part of the reason I keep writing about different backup options is, people STILL don’t do it. The majority of people I know are in the “I wish I had a backup.” camp. The more people […]

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How to Clone Your Live WordPress Blog to a Local Server

How to Clone Your Live WordPress Blog to a Local Server

Bloggers, have you ever been in the situation where you want to make changes to your site (such as changing of theme, installing new plugins etc), but afraid that it will break your site? A lot of time, we wish to implement some changes and see how it looks like on the live site, without […]

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Beginner’s Guide To Watching HTML5 Video In Your Browser

Beginner’s Guide To Watching HTML5 Video In Your Browser

There has been much news and debate regarding HTML5 video, which is not even considered an official standard yet. The urgency from some individuals and organizations (particularly Apple), reflects the bad taste that Adobe Flash Player has left in many mouths. HTML5 video is an effort to make streaming video on the web more accessible, […]

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6 Ways to Reclaim Your Privacy When Using Google Products

6 Ways to Reclaim Your Privacy When Using Google Products

Google knows a lot about you. To date, they’ve been pretty good about handling that information responsibly, but many people are still concerned over the quality and quantity of information held by the search giant. Additionally, other websites have learned to expect that we all use Google and have created tools to harvest as much […]

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5 Ways to Protect Your Twitter Account

5 Ways to Protect Your Twitter Account

Last week we discussed some safety tips on Gmail and how you can completely secure your email account from getting hacked. Twitter is not an exception and you should be very careful with your Twitter activity. There are a lot of “phishing scams” spreading on Twitter and other social networking sites everyday. People use insane […]

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How to Add Image Thumbnails to Related Posts in WordPress

How to Add Image Thumbnails to Related Posts in WordPress

Q: Your site is very helpful to me. Could you please tell me how to embed that related posts like in your site in mine? I have tried a lot of alternatives, can you please tell me how you add that related posts with thumbnails? If you are frequently browsing the Web, you will notice […]

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How To Create Your Own Tinyurl Style URL Shortener

How To Create Your Own Tinyurl Style URL Shortener

A URL shortener is a service that takes in a long URL and  gives you a short and memorable URL that you can distribute to anyone you want. The service takes care of redirecting users who land up at the shortened URL to the original URL. TinyURL, of course, was one of the pioneers in […]

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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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myHomepage: An Useful Bookmark And Password Manager

myHomepage: An Useful Bookmark And Password Manager

With all of the sites people frequent on a daily basis, it is hard to keep everything straight. Password and bookmark managers have been around for a while and are widly used and talked about on the web. Custom homepages like iGoogle and 43marks have also been written about many many times. Myhomepage.com is a […]

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7 Ways to Protect Your Gmail Account From Getting Hacked

7 Ways to Protect Your Gmail Account From Getting Hacked

Email is the most invaluable asset of anyone’s identity on the web. You use email everyday and have all the important information stored in your inbox. All your social networking accounts, website registrations, Paypal accounts etc are connected and controlled by your email and thus it makes sense to completely secure your Gmail account and […]

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4 Other Online Storage Options That Are NOT Dropbox

4 Other Online Storage Options That Are NOT Dropbox

It is usually easier to have things backed up or stored in the clouds than it is to remember to back up your important info. Personally, I have a weekly backup set for my laptop, but do I remember to have the app running and my external hard drive plugged in every Tuesday? Nope. Because […]

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4 Useful Chrome Extensions To Spice Up Your Browsing Experience

4 Useful Chrome Extensions To Spice Up Your Browsing Experience

Microsoft’s Internet Explorer had an almost vice like grip on the browser market till a few years back and then Firefox came along and a lot of us geeky types moved to it, not only for the superior browsing experience, but also for the huge number of really awesome extensions available for the browser that […]

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8 Sites to Find Stunning Wallpapers For Your Desktop

8 Sites to Find Stunning Wallpapers For Your Desktop

If there is one thing which adds a personal touch to your computer, it’s the Wallpaper on your desktop. Wallpapers breathe life in a desktop and sets the right mood for computing. There is a wallpaper for everyone – may be you are a writer, a designer, a student, a musician, a teacher or a […]

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Get Compiz-like 3D Effects In Your Firefox

Get Compiz-like 3D Effects In Your Firefox

If you are into eye-candy and are always looking for ways to impress your non-geek friends with 3D graphical effects, here is another one to add to your collection. FoxTab is a Firefox extension that transforms Firefox into a 3D browser with Compiz-like graphical effects. The good thing about FoxTab is that it is cross […]

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7 Tools To Make Flickr More User Friendly

7 Tools To Make Flickr More User Friendly

Flickr is an useful place where you can upload and share your photos with your friends, and also a source to find interesting and attractive photos. Being an active Flickr user, I used Flickr frequently to store my photos and also to find relevant pictures for my blog post. Despite the great interface, there are […]

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How to Add More Control To Your Gmail Inbox With Syphir

How to Add More Control To Your Gmail Inbox With Syphir

I bet a lot of Gmail users out there would like a little more control over their inbox. I know I have felt a little limited at times. The nice thing about most Google products, is they allow other applications to add to the core Google application. The other day I was scanning my Twitter […]

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6 Easy Ways to Spy on Your Competitor Sites in Google Chrome

6 Easy Ways to Spy on Your Competitor Sites in Google Chrome

Being a business owner, it is very common to spy on your competitors, see what they are up to so you can take proper actions to prevent them from snatching your market shares. This applies for websites and online business as well. You have to constantly check out your competitors’ site to see if they […]

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