If you're a PC gamer, you probably use Steam. Maybe originally it was because Steam was the only way to get at juicy morsels like Half Life 2, but these days Valve's online marketplace is pretty much the best thing going, with a huge library of titles, hyper-competitive pricing, and a strong set of social features. Keep reading for 13 tips, tricks, and addons that'll help you get the most out of your Steam games!
You’re on Facebook. So is the guy sitting next to you on the bus. Your brothers, best mates, old classmates, demented neighbors, former coworkers, your grandma – they’re all on Facebook. The social networking behemoth now boasts over 500 million (active) members (that’s 1 in every 13 people on earth) and everything from your Mountain Dew Code Red to your sneakers has a fan page (and some of you have sneakers that are themselves modeled after your social networking site of choice). But, far beyond being just a marketing tool, or a meme-factory, or a way for fourteen year olds to engage in endless flame wars over CoD scores, Facebook is becoming an integral (and at times, claustrophobic) part of how we access the Internet.
It’s becoming increasingly difficult to avoid the fact of FACEBOOK – the social networking mega-site now holds 71.2% of the U.S. internet audience as users. But in an age where 57% of people talk more online than they do in real, actual life is that a real surprise? After all, nothing is official anymore until it’s Facebook official.
So, how to best handle this beast? Let us guide you through the ins-and outs of security and privacy settings, photo uploading and sharing, scripts, apps and add-ons so that you can manage your Facebook experience in a way that works for you. Or at least as close to it as Zuckerberg will let you.
Dropbox is, in a word, awesome. From its humble beginnings back in 2007, the robust cloud-storage service has grown by leaps and bounds in the past few years. Now, in addition to its browser-based interface, the service boasts clients for Windows, OS X, Fedora, Ubuntu, as well as smartphone support provided you’re rocking either an Android or iOS-based handset. With the low, low starting price of absolutely free, and an interface with one of the lowest learning curves in the business, its hard find an argument for why anyone wouldn’t want to give Dropbox a spin. To help get you started, we’ve put together ten tips on how to make one of our favorite cloud-storage solutions even more functional than it already is.
Microsoft Word. The name's practically synonymous with "productivity app." If you're reading this article at work (shame on you!) there's a pretty decent chance you've got a Word doc open right now, and you probably think you've got a good handle on Microsoft's word processor. We'll bet you don't know as much as you think you do.
Don't believe us? Read on for 10 quick tips and tricks for Microsoft Word--we think at least a few will suprise you. If you're such a Word expert that they don't, hit the comments and share some of your favorites tips.
Excel isn't the sexiest application in the world--it has an unfortunate association with the type of Milton-esque office drones we all wish we weren't. All the same, it's a program that most people will end up having to use at some point in their life, and it's one with a lot of arcane secrets. Read on for 10 quick Microsoft Excel tips and tricks that will get you accounting like a pro in no time flat.
Even though it's the new kid on the block (relatively speaking), Google's Chrome browser is rapidly becoming the standard that other browsers are measured against in terms of speed and usability. There's a ton to be written about how to get the most out of Google's deceptively-simple browser, but today we're focusing just on the brass tacks. Read on for 10 quick tips to help you make the most of Google Chrome and when you're done, hit the comments and tell usyour own favorites!
After installing a new OS, most people just jump right in and start driving it through all their favorite applications and games. Makes sense, right? The operating system, after all, should be a background player in the computing experience—a means to an end, with the end being web surfing, content editing, and wanton destruction in the first-person shooter of one’s choice.
The problem, however, is that most people, even a lot of self-described power users, never take the time to really tune the new OS, exploring its menus and setting up the interface for the fastest, most convenient operation based on personal preferences. And as operating systems offer more and more user controls, it’s the curious, performance-minded enthusiast who has the most to gain from tuning an OS to his or her liking.
It’s been about six months since Windows 7 hit the market, so we figure most of our readers have made their upgrades. For those who’ve made that jump, we present a bottle of our favorite Windows 7 tips, each designed to help you extract the very last bits of convenience and GUI-navigating performance from your own personal dream machine. And if you haven’t yet upgraded to Win7, we trust you will after reading this article, as its core features—let alone its actual Lab-benchmarked performance—kicks Vista and XP ass.
We close out our tuning session with a tip designed to supercharge the process of installing the OS. By loading Windows 7 onto a USB key, and making that key a bootable drive, you can do an end-run around slow optical-drive technology and install your OS in (pardon the pun) a flash.
It’s time to get started. Park your computer, but don’t shut down. This is one PC tune-up that can only be done with your engine running.
From a distance, the Windows 7 GUI resembles its predecessor, Windows Vista. However, the closer you look, the more you'll see that Windows 7's take on the GUI is a big improvement, adding more power, more customization, and better ways to open frequently-used programs and files. Join us after the jump to learn how you can tap into the power of the Windows 7 desktop, Taskbar, and Start menu.
Previous versions of Windows have included separate folders for documents, music, videos, and photos (such as Windows XP's My Documents, My Pictures, My Videos, and My Music folders). These folders made it convenient to organize and open different types of files - as long as they were stored in the appropriate folder. However, with the increasing popularity of using network shares and external hard disks for media storage, Windows users have faced challenges in file management.
Although shortcuts to additional media locations, symbolic links to other locations (introduced in Windows Vista), and changing the default location used by a user's media files have all been used to cope with the problem, the results for Windows users have been:
A lot of clicking to find media files
No easy way to see all of the media files of a particular type in different locations at the same time
Enter the new Windows 7 libraries feature. To learn how libraries make media management easier and more powerful, join us after the jump.
It's been over a week since the Windows 7 Beta was released to the public. You've read our initial impressions and even followed our guide to installing the OS using a USB key. So what now? Microsoft's post-Vista Windows experience is more than the obvious Taskbar and user interface updates; there are plenty of hidden features and shortcuts that haven't been advertised. But fear not: we've compiled a list of every known Windows 7 tweak and secret. Follow these 20 tricks to make the most out of this beta and become a Windows 7 power user.