Tips, Tricks, and How-To's
The Tips and Tricks section includes quick tips, how-to guides, and introductions to interesting apps and websites. A special emphasis is placed on productivity tips and applications. These are generally posted every Tuesday and Friday.
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When it comes to decorating rooms and designing spaces, wouldn’t it be great if you could create a visual image of it first, before investing in expensive furniture or buying a bunch of accent pieces in a specific color?
Especially when you’re contemplating something a little off the beaten path or experimenting with your color palette, being able to picture the end result (literally!) before embarking down an uncertain road would be priceless, right?
Fortunately, you can! Smartphone apps that allow you to become your own interior designer are getting better every day and many of them are price “less”…as in, they’re free!
Perhaps the best part is that the technology isn’t exclusive to design professionals and interior decorators. So, before you waste one more old-school minute creating sketches that are inevitably not to scale, check out a few of these apps that allow you to hold the power of a professional designer in the palm of your hand.
Want YouTube videos to automatically play in HD? Don’t like autoplay? Is your subscriptions feed getting too cluttered?
YouTube’s site accepts a limited number of parameters, such as playing a video in 720p HD, but if you want to take it one step further, the Chrome extension YouTweak for YouTube can help.
Did you upgrade to Windows 8 or purchase a Windows RT tablet? Microsoft is heavily promoting its new touch friendly interface, but for some reason, decided not to make a file explorer and instead relies on the Desktop mode for browsing files. Windows Explorer is great, but its clearly designed for a mouse, not your finger.
Need an easy touch-friendly way to browse your files? EaseUS FileManager is a free Modern UI file explorer from the Windows Store.
Are you a Firefox user? Like other browsers, Firefox provides a Private Browsing mode, which until Firefox 20, forced you to save and close your normal browsing session.
What if you wanted to take this one step further and open private tabs alongside normal tabs in the same window (feature found in Opera)?
Do you need to quickly upload and share your files? Need to convert an image to a PDF document?
The newly redesigned Cometdocs service can help quickly convert, share, and store files online.
Do you open too many tabs? When too many tabs are open, each tab becomes tiny. In fact, tabs eventually become so tiny that the favicon isn’t even visible anymore. It becomes impossible to tell which tab is which.
Fortunately, an extension appropriately named TooManyTabs can help. It is available for both Chrome and Firefox.
Do you spend too much time on the computer? When we’re on the computer, whether its to do real work or just browse cat videos, many of us forget to take breaks and end up sitting in front of a screen for hours. However, this can be harmful for your eyes, neck and back.
Here are 3 free applications that will remind you to take regular breaks to relax your eyes.