A dozen real desks of a dozen real techies

A dozen real desks of a dozen real techies

How does your desk compare?

09/17/14

What would you do if you lost access to your Gmail account?

What would you do if you lost access to your Gmail account?

Hopefully you've enabled Google Two Factor Verification but even if a hacker doesn't steal your account, other things can go wrong and then poof! No more Gmail for you. You can do something about this and the answer is simple; backup...

09/13/14

GREmailRobot: Powerful email automation (and cheap!)

GREmailRobot: Powerful email automation (and cheap!)

GREmailRobot is a powerful SMTP and POP3 Windows utility that can perform sophisticated email filtering, modification, and routing tasks at an incredibly low price.

09/13/14

28 crucial checks to make before launching your Web site

28 crucial checks to make before launching your Web site

Every day you come across Web sites that are just plain wrong. Either they’re over-designed with way too much going on or they look like someone built the site with their eyes closed. And even if they’re well-designed there are...

09/08/14

Illustris: The most amazing (and biggest) computer simulation of the universe so far
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Illustris: The most amazing (and biggest) computer simulation of the universe so far

The Illustris simulation represents an unprecedented combination of high resolution, total volume, and physical fidelity … The calculation tracks the expansion of the universe, the gravitational pull of matter onto itself, the...

09/06/14

How-to: Automate image editing with GIMP
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How-to: Automate image editing with GIMP

I needed to remove the white background from several hundred images in PNG format and replace it with transparency. I know you can automate Photoshop but that’s like getting into a Sherman tank to go shopping at your local...

09/05/14

Amy, your personal AI-driven scheduling assistant (and I have accounts to give away!)

Amy, your personal AI-driven scheduling assistant (and I have accounts to give away!)

Scheduling meetings is a pain but x.ai's artificially intelligent assistant "Amy" makes it painless by interacting through email just as a human assistant would

09/05/14

Why there will always be leaked celeb nude photos

Why there will always be leaked celeb nude photos

Last week's leak of nude celeb pics from hacked iCloud accounts isn't surprising

09/02/14

Wally: A high-tech networked water leak detection system

Wally: A high-tech networked water leak detection system

The Wally system is a wireless sensor network that effectively addresses the problem of detecting water damage from broken or leaking pipes at a very reasonable price.

08/22/14

Is Wi-Fi killing us...slowly?

Is Wi-Fi killing us...slowly?

What would it take to get you to stop using cellphones and Wi-Fi completely? How about the threat of cancer against children?

08/21/14

Freeware: Febooti Hash & CRC verification utility.

Freeware: Febooti Hash & CRC verification utility.

Making sure what you download is what you think it is requires the publisher to publish a hash or checksum for each files and a tool to do the verification. Febooti has an answer and it's freeware.

08/20/14

Zipbuds: Earbuds with great sound, great design (particularly for travellers), and a great price

Zipbuds: Earbuds with great sound, great design (particularly for travellers), and a great price

You can spend a lot of money on earbuds but Zipbuds, currently a Kickstarter campaign, not only sound good, they're well-designed, and remarkably low-cost and great for travel

08/20/14

Fluid: Turning Web content into OS X apps

Fluid: Turning Web content into OS X apps

If you've got too many browser tabs open and it's hard to find the one you want why not make the Web content into OS X apps?

08/16/14

Get a handle on repetitive tasks with Febooti Automation Workshop for Windows

Get a handle on repetitive tasks with Febooti Automation Workshop for Windows

Repetitive systems tasks can suck away your time if done by hand and your patience if you try to perform task automation with scripting or (yech) batch files. On Windows, Febooti's Automation Workshop is a great answer.

08/16/14

Update on my Amazon Fire Phone review
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Update on my Amazon Fire Phone review

After my review of the Amazon Fire Phone, Amazon's PR People got in touch ...

08/14/14

Installing Ubuntu on an old netbook with hair tearing and profanity

Installing Ubuntu on an old netbook with hair tearing and profanity

Installing Ubuntu from a USB drive on an older machine is easy if you have one key bit of information ...

08/14/14

Aiia SSSSSpeaker: Cheap and cheerful BT audio
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Aiia SSSSSpeaker: Cheap and cheerful BT audio

You want a small, very cheap, and cheerful Bluetooth speaker that, for its price, has reasonably good sound? Check out the SSSSSpeaker from aiiia.

08/07/14

Amazon Fire Phone: Nice but nothing to get fired up about

Amazon Fire Phone: Nice but nothing to get fired up about

Amazon's Fire Phone is really nice but when you weigh up the pros and cons it’s just another smartphone with less brand recognition and no outstanding edge over the competition.

08/06/14

How to get your Google contacts back

How to get your Google contacts back

Lost your Google contacts? Have they disappeared, vanished with nary a trace? Before you start drinking heavily, here's how to get 'em back ...

08/06/14

Bluedriver: Vehicle data capture for geeks

Bluedriver: Vehicle data capture for geeks

If your car was made in 1996 or later it has an OBD-II connector and with Bluedriver, you can slice and dice its performance and problems and with Bluedriver's data sharing feature you're adding your vehicle to the IoT.

07/31/14

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