• How to turn off Android's screen lock for yourself (but keep it for everyone else)

    Posted April 9, 2013 - 5:49 pm

    Here's how to keep your Android phone easily unlocked whenever it's near familiar Wi-Fi networks and Bluetooth devices.
  • Master the Camera app on iOS

    Posted April 6, 2013 - 7:52 am

    An iOS device isn't perfect for every photographic need. But it can serve awfully well in many situations where you might once have needed a digital camera.
  • Setting an active menu item based on the current URL with jQuery

    Posted April 5, 2013 - 8:00 am

    This problem pops up over and over again when building websites - how do I determine the user’s current location so I can highlight the active section in the navigation menu? It’s such a basic need but the solution seems to be reinvented on every new build.
  • Getting started with SkyDrive and Windows Phone 8

    Posted April 3, 2013 - 11:27 am

    How to get the most from Microsoft's cloud storage service.
  • 10 Steps to becoming an Internal IT Consultant

    Posted April 1, 2013 - 4:12 pm

    I’m tired of feeling like an order taker for the business group I support. How do I get them to ask me what’s needed, not just tell me what to do and what reports to build?
  • How to remotely inspect the DOM on a mobile device

    Posted March 27, 2013 - 8:00 am

    How often have you as a mobile web developer struggled to diagnose a style or layout issue on a particular device through trial and error? Wouldn’t it be so much easier if you could just inspect the DOM on the mobile device as you would on the desktop through Chrome or Firebug? It turns out there is a tool for that.
  • Back up, wipe and restore your iPad

    Posted March 26, 2013 - 3:43 pm

    If you're planning to sell or give away your iPad, then it is essential that your personal information and data be erased from it. If it's running sluggish after a few years, sometimes backing up your data, erasing it from the tablet and restoring it might improve performance.
  • Unix: When pipes don't make sense

    Posted March 24, 2013 - 5:17 pm

    While pipes are one of the things that make Unix such a powerful and versatile operating system, they don't always make sense. Many people still fall into the "useless use of a pipe" habit while still others use pipes in situations in which pipes simply don't function at all. Knowing when to pipe and when not to pipe remains a sign of Unix mastery. If you want to look Unix savvy, use pipes only when they provide a critical service and never when they're superfluous or downright wrong.
  • 8 ways to hide files and folders in OS X

    Posted March 15, 2013 - 10:17 am

    There are plenty of good reasons you might want to hide some of your files or folders. Maybe you carry around a laptop and you just want to be extra safe. Maybe you share an account with others and need to keep some things private. Whatever the reason, here are eight ways to do it in OS X.
  • How to advertise on social media: Step-by-step on 4 networks

    Posted March 15, 2013 - 10:01 am

    Since the rise of Google AdWords, pay-per-click advertising has been the de facto way to promote just about anything online, whether you're selling bottle openers or want to sue over asbestos-related illnesses.
  • How to script: A Bash crash course

    Posted March 8, 2013 - 11:13 am

    An easy step-by-step guide to the Bash command-line shell and shell scripting.
  • Step by Step photo guide to setting up twitter widget pro for wordpress

    Posted March 7, 2013 - 9:00 am

    You were warned that it was coming and it has come. Blackouts of the Twitter API v1 have begun and sites are starting to be affected. This transition is comparable to airport security pre and post 9/11. Welcome to the new normal.
  • Keep it stable, stupid! How to stress-test your PC hardware

    Posted March 2, 2013 - 8:42 am

    If you're not stress testing your new (or newly overclocked) PC hardware, danger may be lurking.
  • Automatic conversion of web form submissions to AJAX with jQuery

    Posted February 27, 2013 - 9:00 am

    If you’ve got a data heavy web application, chances are you’re doing a lot of form posting. Here is a quick solution to automatically convert all of your full form posts into quick and user friendly AJAX posts.
  • Unix: Under the spell of magic numbers

    Posted February 24, 2013 - 8:09 pm

    If you've ever wondered how Unix systems identify files, you might be surprised to learn that file names really aren't an important factor. Unix systems reach into files looking for special codes called "magic numbers" to figure out what your files really are. They also examine other file content to pick out additional details.
  • Google Chrome: How to make it faster, smarter and better than before

    Posted February 23, 2013 - 8:45 am

    If you aren't using Google Chrome yet, you should be. When it comes to browser speed--and especially JavaScript performance--Mozilla and Microsoft can't compete with Google. But Chrome can go even faster if you're willing to make some adjustments under the hood.
  • How to browse the Kindle Lending Library on your PC

    Posted February 23, 2013 - 8:33 am

    As an avid reader, and an especially big fan of ebooks, I thought subscribing to Amazon Prime seemed like a good idea.
  • How to jailbreak your iPhone

    Posted February 23, 2013 - 8:13 am

    Jailbreaking--the process that enables you to install unauthorized-by-Apple third-party apps and additional features on your iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad--has been in a largely dormant state since the release of iOS 6. In that version of the mobile operating system, Apple closed many of the avenues jailbreakers had once used to crack it open.
  • The how-to guide to Windows 8

    Posted February 19, 2013 - 12:49 pm

    Windows 8 features, challenges and competition.
  • How to build your own Steam Box today

    Posted February 16, 2013 - 8:45 am

    Manufacturers have tried to put PCs in our living room for years, with mixed success. One of the most recent example is Alienware's X51, which looks great in a home-theater rack, but delivers underwhelming performance when you use it to play high-end games with all their graphic settings cranked up.
  • How to sacrifice your online privacy for fun and profit

    Posted February 16, 2013 - 8:25 am

    You have value--and not just as a good friend, loving family member, and upstanding member of society. You're also a valuable commodity that companies buy and sell. Your age, browsing habits, and friends lists are all hot properties. And yes, all this data is recorded, packaged, and sold to the highest bidder by your favorite websites.
  • Making Dropbox your default folder

    Posted February 16, 2013 - 8:10 am

    Reader Gil Cranston would like to save a step or two when saving files. He writes:
  • Adding keyboard shortcuts to your web application

    Posted February 15, 2013 - 9:00 am

    Keyboard shortcuts might seem kind of old school since they’re mainly associated with desktop applications, but bringing some basic shortcut functionality into your web application can easily enhance the user experience.
  • Unix: Looking at files this way and that

    Posted February 10, 2013 - 2:46 pm

    Don't throw up your hands if your boss won't buy you Tripwire and a modern debugger. There are a lot of things that your Unix system -- right out of the box -- can tell you about files and processes.
  • How to get Google Voice Search on your PC

    Posted February 9, 2013 - 8:45 am

    If you own an Android-powered smartphone or use the Google app on your iOS device, it's a good bet you've fallen in love with Google's voice-powered search. It works freakishly well.
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