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Use This Google Form Budget Trick to Control Your Spending. Why is it so hard to keep track of spending? Why is it that most people can go a lifetime before figuring out how to get their finances under control (if they ever do)? The answer is because people rarely opt to simplify. How can simplifying help? The cold, hard truth is that many people are actually quite clever at coming up with very extravagant and well-organized budgets, but few people have the willpower and motivation to log and analyze their actual spending over the long haul.

The following combination of Google Form / Spreadsheet / Pivot Chart will help you quickly log your spending from your PC or your mobile device, and it’ll also let you analyze your spending in some pretty interesting ways. Creating Your Purchase Tracking Form The whole idea here is to track your spending for a while, to identify patterns and see where you might be bleeding money without realizing it. To get started, go to Google Drive, click the New button, and choose Google Sheets. Collecting Spending Data. 10 Simple Firefox Extensions to Protect Your Privacy. Security and privacy are constant concerns these days as we and our children are browsing the Internet. There are antivirus protection and other software tools that help to keep us safe from major threats. But, sometimes we just want to protect our privacy from simple tracking, cookies, or Web requests. These 10 extensions for Firefox are just that – simple tools that can help with keeping your privacy private.

Please Stop Tracking Me Many Google users are not fond of being tracked. They want the sites they visit to be their own business and do not want their clicks recorded. Both the Google Search Link Fix and Google Redirects Fixer & Tracking Remover extensions work well. Google Redirects Fixer & Tracking Remover only works on Google, but also covers you on Google News, Google Blogs, Google Images, and Google Videos. No, I Don’t Want To Try Your Cookies We have heard plenty about cookies over the years and how websites use them. I Am Cleaning House When I Leave What Type of Link Is That? GNOME 3 Beta - Welcome To Your New Linux Desktop. Recently a beta version of the new GNOME desktop environment was released for testing, before the final scheduled release some time in April. As GNOME is the preferred graphical user interface for a considerable amount of Linux distributions, it’s only right that we check it out.

Many Linux users will already be using GNOME 2 which made its way into Ubuntu, the most popular desktop Linux distribution. GNOME’s main counterpart is KDE, often preferred for its look and customizability. The next version of Ubuntu (11.04) should be using GNOME 3, albeit with its own custom “Unity” shell and not the GNOME-Shell featured here. Evolution Or Revolution? The desktop has evolved – or so say the many bloggers and pundits who have laid their hands on the latest GNOME 3 beta.

So there’s a learning curve – your familiar desktop with its taskbar, window buttons and application menu is about to be blown out of the water in favour of a radical overhaul, partly written in JavaScript. The Activities Window. Enjoy A Clean, Improved Desktop With KDE 4.7 [Linux] However, this new version does not provide a drastic change such as GNOME 3, as most changes are under the hood and are not visually reflected. Needless to say, you will still see an improvement while working, but they do not fall under the aesthetics category.

Major Improvements To KWin KWin, the compositing window manager for KDE, has had quite a lot of work put into it in the last six months. All of this work is supposed to help make the Plasma Workspaces (the overall desktop of KDE) more portable so that it can be used on mobile platforms. This has been achieved by making use of new Qt technologies (Qt being the application framework) and adding support for OpenGL ES 2.0. However, regular desktop users can benefit from all of this work done to KWin, as I can say that KWin’s performance has improved quite a bit. Updates To The Application Suite As with every KDE release, the KDE suite of applications has received a nice update as well. Emerging New IM Platform Conclusion. It's Your Choice: The Top 10 Linux Desktop Environments. Don’t know which Linux desktop environment is for you?

From Gnome to KDE, from MATE to Unity, there’s a lot of choice out there. Where should you start? Windows and Mac both basically offer one desktop interface: the default one. Linux is another beast entirely. Gnome 3 Gnome is one of the two major desktop environments available, alongside KDE. Gnome 3 features Gnome Shell, a new paradigm for a computer desktop. Many disagree, but I still think it’s a good desktop environment to use. KDE is the other major desktop environment, alongside Gnome.

Like I mentioned earlier, you do need a bit more muscle to run a KDE desktop at acceptable performance. Xfce Xfce is a much lighter desktop environment that is based on the GTK framework. LXDE is arguably the lightest option available for a desktop environment, at least among those that the traditional desktop paradigm. Unity Unity is the default desktop for Ubuntu, and piggybacks off of Gnome. Cinnamon Cinnamon is another alternative to Gnome. 7 Warning Signs That You're Meant to Switch to Linux. You might be a Linux user and not even know it yet.

It happened to me: I was a Windows user for years, but was doing all kinds of things that should have taught me I’m a Linux user at heart. Only when I switched did all these things make sense to me. Wondering if you’re a secret Linux user? Here are the warning signs, see if they apply to you. You Constantly Tweak The Windows Interface You’re about to get started on your work, but then you notice…something…that’s not quite right.

Whatever it is, you just can’t seem to stop customizing Windows to your needs. And that’s great, but if you really want to get tweaking you should check out Linux. Seriously: there are tons of different desktop environments for you to look into, all unique in their own way and all with plenty of customization options. Each makes your system’s GUI look and behave completely differently, and one of them is probably just right for you. You Only Use Free Software You Constantly Try Out New Software Enter Linux. Making Linux A Genuine Windows Replacement. With Windows 8 casting a long shadow over the PC industry and Valve committing to create Linux-based gaming PCs, there’s never been a better time to start using Linux.

For many users, the Linux desktop is now there — so many applications have moved to the cloud, hardware support has improved, and the desktop has been polished. You can even watch Netflix and play a variety of games on Steam — two big holes that have been filled recently. We’ll be starting with Ubuntu 12.10 for this tutorial. Ubuntu 12.10 is a more complete desktop than Windows out-of-the-box, coming with the LibreOffice office suite, Firefox and Thunderbird for web browsing and email, Transmission for BitTorrent, and applications for everything from watching videos and playing music to instant messaging and tweeting. Installing Ubuntu While installing Ubuntu, you’ll be asked whether you want to install some third-party software. Videos & DVDs To install Netflix Desktop, open a terminal and run the following commands: Make Switching From Windows To Linux Easier With Zorin OS.

Despite the many reasons why people preach the use of Linux, actually going through with the switch is a completely different story. I know this only too well as I went through the exact same process before everything came together and I fell in love with Linux. However, I have to admit that it took a while with numerous attempts at using Linux for more than a week. It’s not that Linux is hard to use or understand, but it simply doesn’t fit the Windows mindset that most people have. Expecting to do everything in Linux exactly like in Windows is where problems start appearing, which can easily deter a good number of users. Thankfully, there is now a Linux distribution that could make the process a whole lot easier. About Zorin OS Zorin OS is a Linux distribution based on Ubuntu, but besides identical packages and base system there are some major differences between the two. Downloading You can download the ISO for Zorin OS by going to this page and downloading their “Core” ISO.

Desktop. What Are OEM Products & Why Are They Cheaper? [MakeUseOf Explains] If you’ve shopped for computer parts of software online you’ve likely come across a three-letter acronym. OEM. This stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer, and it’s usually tagged on to hardware or software that’s less expensive than normal retail products. Which may make you wonder – should you buy an OEM product, or is there a catch that’s setting you up for trouble? The truth is that they do differ from retail products and the differences can be a big deal. OEM – What Does It Mean, & Is It Legal? As mentioned, OEM stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer. In this case, however, the acronym isn’t commenting on who sells the product as much as who the product is meant to be sold to. OEM hardware and software is packaged for distribution to companies who build systems. And they’re usually not. Some users find themselves wondering if OEM software is legal for a consumer to buy.

Software The lack of documentation is part of the deal. Hardware OEM isn’t hardware to find on the web. Make Switching From Windows To Linux Easier With Zorin OS. Make Switching From Windows To Linux Easier With Zorin OS. Using An Old Computer? Give It New Life With LXDE. As Linux is arguably the most customizeable operating system between it, Windows, and Mac OS X; there’s plenty of room to change just about whatever you please. Proper customizing can potentially lead to massive performance improvements, giving even the oldest hardware a new leash on life. I previously reviewed Xfce quite a while back as a great choice for resource-conscious users, but apparently there’s a new kid on the block that is even more lightweight and great for the crappiest hardware imaginable. About LXDE LXDE, which stands for Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment, aims to provide a usable and feature-filled desktop environment with the least impact on your system resources.

Therefore, this is great for users who are using very low-end or old hardware such as netbooks or computers that are more than 7 years old. Additionally, it’s also good for users who are paranoid about the resource usage of their operating system, even if they have ultra-high end machines. Where To Get It. Using An Old Computer? Give It New Life With LXDE. Why I Switched From Windows 7 To Elementary OS Luna. Bye bye, Windows. Hello, Linux! I have been a Windows user for 15 years now – unhappy with many of its ways, but not willing to give up what’s familar. The only time my computers saw an OS that was not Windows was during a short-lived Linux Mint installation and a failed Hackintosh attempt.

But thanks to the Ubuntu-based Elementary OS Luna, I’ve given up Windows for good. What prompted me to try Luna? I Took The Linux Plunge When… I recently replaced my six-year-old Lenovo laptop with a lightweight Asus netbook fitted with a Celeron Dual Core processor and 2 GB of RAM. I was ready to give up and resign myself to Windows again when I stumbled upon Luna. Why eOS Luna Over Windows 7? Windows always demanded constant tweaks, because it never behaved the way I expected or wanted it to. It’s Stress-free Many apps that come pre-installed on Windows are either just so-so or tied to Microsoft services. While installing apps on Windows is not difficult, it is not straightforward either. The Best Linux Distributions For Windows XP Refugees. Are you a Windows XP user needing to upgrade your operating system?

Do you dislike the idea of Windows 8, or are you hesitant to spend any money? For many people, installing a Linux operating system onto their computer is a sufficient and free way to keep your computer running and still get security updates. But there are a lot of Linux distributions, or “flavors”, out there.

If you’re new to the Linux world, which distributions would be best for you? What’s Linux and a Distribution? Before I start recommending various distributions, what exactly is Linux and a Linux distribution? Linux is simply the name of the kernel – that is, the core piece of software that bridges communication between apps and the hardware. Installing (most) Linux distributions is free, and keeps you secure. Although Linux is a completely different system than Windows, and isn’t compatible with all the same software, switching can be relatively painless.

Zorin OS Linux Mint elementary OS Ubuntu and Co. Conclusion. The Best Linux Distributions For Windows XP Refugees. What Are ISO Files & How You Can Create, Use & Burn Them For Free In Windows 7. ISO files can be created from any CD or DVD you have lying around. They’re called “disc images” because they’re an exact image of a disc. An ISO file contains an exact representation of the contents of a disc, allowing you to create backup copies of discs and store them digitally. These ISO files can be used as if they were physical discs, making them particularly useful I you have a computer without a disc drive, such as an ultrabook. You can also burn the ISO image to another disc, creating a copy of your original disc. What Are ISO Files? An ISO file is a complete copy of a CD or DVD. You can use an ISO image in a variety of ways. The ISO file can also be “burned” back onto another CD or DVD, creating a copy of the original disc.

Creating An ISO File From a Disc We’ll be using WinCDEmu to create and use ISO files. To create an ISO file after installing WinCDEmu, insert a CD or DVD into your computer’s CD or DVD drive and open the Computer window from your Start menu. Using An ISO. How to Control Windows 10: The Settings Guide. The control panel, one of the most important interfaces in Windows, is being slowly retired. In its place, Microsoft has introduced a successor, a process that began in Windows 8 and continues in Windows 10 with the new Settings app. You may recall the introduction of the restyled control panel in Windows XP. This offered two views, although most power users quickly switched from the “category” view back to the “classic” option (first seen in Windows 95).

Eventually, this was replaced by the control panel interface made popular in Windows 7, and still present in Windows 8.x. Windows 10 pairs the intuitive new Settings app alongside the Windows 7 control panel, just like Windows 8 did; this time around, however, the requirement to access the desktop app control panel has been greatly reduced, with many more options transferred into the new Settings app. How to Access Settings and Control Panel So where is the new Settings screen?

Easily Find Windows 10 Settings Manage Your System. How to Control Windows 10: The Settings Guide. 6 Coolest Things You Can Control with Cortana in Windows 10. Working with Windows 10? Find out how Cortana can help make things quicker and easier. Cortana is undoubtedly one of the biggest additions to Windows 10. Microsoft has spared no opportunity to talk up the capabilities of the virtual assistant, demonstrating various pieces of functionality at the many pre-release events put on to publicize the operating system.

Now, Cortana is finally out in the wild for PC users. Windows Phone advocates might already be familiar with her intricacies, but anyone who hasn’t spent any amount of time with a virtual assistant might feel a little lost. Whether you’re completely new to this sort of tool, or just wondering what Windows 10 adds to the broth, these uses of Cortana are all well worth a try. Search the Web This is just about the most basic functionality that Cortana has to offer, but it does work very well. If Bing is a deal-breaker, don’t panic. Open up Apps Draft an Email Control Your Music Schedule a Meeting Turn Your Wi-Fi Off.

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