By taking the power of the of the open source Drupal 7 Content Management System and combining it with turnkey-style site management, Drupal Gardens offers up a Drupal-a-Service platform allowing users to go from nil to an up and running site in well under and hour. With Drupal Gardens, there’s no need to worry about backend administration, working with frustrating FTP uploads or paying scads to a talented web developer for his years of dedicated technical education. Simply sign up for an account, set up your site and get posting. We show you how to get started.
With the advent of E-readers like the Kindle, the publishing industry has been blown wide open. Before, getting your book in front of somebody meant flying to New York and scaling the granite walls of giant publishing houses. Failing that, you could always go to some shady vanity publishing company, but their primary concern was separating you from your hard-earned money.
Nowadays it's much easier to get your work into the hands of your eager audience. Whether you're looking to publish the next great American novel or just want to get your family cookbook on the Kindle, we'll show you how you can use a couple of free tools to get your work on the Amazon bookstore.
Spotify’s a pretty awesome streaming music service, but the Facebook integration it’s rolled out in the past week has left users with a pretty not-awesome taste in their mouths. Never mind the fact that new users need a Facebook account just to sign up now; even old users woke up the other morning to find their Spotify listening selections blasted on their Facebook feed. That sucks, so here’s how to disable it from either application.
If you’ve invested heavily in Steam’s growing portfolio of games, you’ll know that aside from offering a large enough selection of PC games to make GameStop blush in shame, the service also has a slick Graphic User Interface that makes keeping track of your downloaded titles a breeze. With very little effort, you can leverage Steam’s awesome library interface to keep track of and open all of your favorite web browser-bound games in exactly the same way.
From the get-go, the Steam client is designed to allow users to add executable files to their game list, but isn’t too keen on command line switches. That means that if you want to, you could add Google’s Chrome browser to your Steam library, but not a particular website or Chrome web application like Angry Birds. In order to do that, you’ll need to build your own executable file. Doing so is a lot easier than you might think.
We think it’s fair to say that the majority of people in the world today take technology for granted. We drive to work without understanding how an internal combustion engine works. Our leftovers are mysteriously re-heated in the microwave without any knowledge of how its non-ionizing radiation affects what the food we’re about to put into our mouths. The same goes for computers: We turn our PCs on and get down to the serious business of checking our mail, paying a few bills online and wasting what’s left of our lives on Twitter without so much as a thought to how any of these services operate. (Well, maybe not Maximum PC readers, but...) While ignorance can be bliss, knowledge is pretty sweet, too. That’s why Codecademy is our Cool Site of the Week.
The last thing that you ever want to see through your pretty plexiglass is a PC that’s covered in dust. It can lead to system overheating, it’s gross, and it only gets worse the longer you put it off. We always joke that spring cleaning is the perfect time to bust out the ol’ can of compressed air and get to work but, truthfully, cleaning one’s system shouldn’t just be a yearly affair.
So allow us to shave a few seconds off of your quarterly clean with a quick walkthrough of how to best prepare your assault on dust, dirt, and grime. Leave no survivors!
Google+ is kind of like Darryl Hannah in Attack of the 50 Foot Woman: sexy, wealthy, and growing at an exponential rate. The search giant's stab at social media brings a lot of really cool things to the table, like the almost-BBS stylings of Stream, the almost-RSS approach to Sparks, and the oh-so-awesome video chat power of Hangouts. As nifty as the service is, there's one thing we abso-freakin'-lutely hate about Google+; the inbox flood that comes with it. Hey Google, we don't need an email notification every time somebody comments on a Stream thread!
The process for disabling notifications is pretty quick, but not completely obvious. Read on for our quick How-To!
Of the many new features introduced in Windows 7, the humble Problem Steps Recorder was one of the least talked-about. At first glance, the application—which combines an automatic screenshot utility and a sort of low-grade keylogger—appears to be nothing more than a tool to make life a little easier for Microsoft’s legion of support personnel. Upon closer inspection, there’s actually much more to the Problem Steps Recorder.
Our budget gaming rig is all about instant gratification: a way for you to fill your gaming hunger with a state of the art, speedy machine, capable of playing today’s games at 1080p resolutions, for less than $700. With our instructions, you will see how you can build it yourself in less than hour. On top of that, we’ll tell you how you can easily supersize your budget box with future upgrades.
In the forever war between CPU vendors, AMD and Intel have traded places many times—one leads, then the other. Since the advent of Intel’s Core i7, though, AMD hasn’t been able to touch the performance of Intel’s high end, and Sandy Bridge further increases the gap. But, well, you couldn't buy Sandy Bridge motherboards when I wrote this build-it story in February for the May print issue—something about a bad chipset—and I'd been meaning to build an AMD-powered machine for a while now—with CrossFire, even. Why? Partially because I can, but I also want to witness the performance delta firsthand.