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Wireless Feng Shui: How to Optimize Your House For Best Wi-Fi Reception. Setting up a Wi-Fi network should be an easy prospect, shouldn’t it? I mean, a house is a closed-in box, and you’d think when you place a device that transmits wireless signals in all directions that achieving a perfect signal everywhere in the house would be insanely easy.

Well, that’s not exactly the case. There are a lot of things that can cause problems with a Wi-Fi signal, and a house is full of them. There are walls made of all different materials, blocks of masonry, electronic devices creating both inductive noise and emitting frequencies of all sorts. We’ve covered a few wireless issues before here at MakeUseOf. Just like real Feng Shui suggests placing your living environment in harmony with naturally-occurring energies, wireless Feng Shui requires that you allow your wireless signal to flow effortlessly throughout your house, dancing harmoniously with all of the other noise and interference that may be going on. Avoid Walls & Obstructions Well, not entirely. Can’t Stand The Slowness? The Top 10 Reasons for Poor PC Performance.

Has your computer loaded this webpage yet? If it has, you’ll be halfway toward working out just why it seems to be running so slowly. There are many reasons for desktop and laptops to chug along at their own, slow pace, defying the system specs and performing more like a relic from the 1990s. Where you’re browsing the web, word processing or gaming, poor performance will cause problems. The irony is that in most cases, these problems are avoidable, or in the worst case scenario, easily resolved. From relying on old hardware to poor application management, bad airflow and the need to defragment your hard disk drive, the following list will tell you everything you need to know about finding the reason for your computer’s poor performance.

You’ll be able to deal with these problems quickly and in most cases with zero outlay. 1. Booting Windows typically takes around the same length of time on any computer – it’s when it comes to loading the drivers and startup files that things slow down. 5 Free Password Generators For Nearly Unhackable Passwords. In this increasingly hostile computer environment, it is essential to have a strong password for everything.

Whether it’s email, computer account or online banking, using your cat’s name as a password is a very bad idea. And if you’re afraid of not going remembering it because it’s too long and complicated, I’m going to show you how I do it. What characterizes a strong password? First of all, its length. The longer the password, the stronger it is and the longer it takes to be cracked. Secondly, the entropy or randomness of the generation process. If the attacker can make some statistical assumptions based on the method of generation, even a alphanumerical 8 character password can be cracked within hours.

The only completely secure method to generate passwords is to use an open-source generator stored on your computer, preferably running Linux. Perfect Passwords “4q){4′{y]SWt]796Ay|9= If you’re asking yourself,”How I can use 12 random ASCII characters for every password I have?” PCTools. 5 Of The Best Desktop Email Clients That Don’t Cost a Dime [Windows] Specialization is the key to efficiency, especially in the realm of software. Programs that try to “do it all” end up becoming bloated, messy, and subpar in most of what they do. On the other hand, programs that have a specific focus tend to excel. Email clients are no different. Having a specialized desktop email client that handles your email for you is a great way to stay organized and free up time.

There’s nothing wrong with using the actual web interface provided by most email services like Gmail and Hotmail, but having a dedicated desktop client is great when you don’t want to keep your browser open 24/7 with a permanent email tab. Personally, I use Postbox for my emailing needs, but it’ll set you back around $10. Thunderbird When Mozilla Firefox came onto the scene in 2004 (known as Firebird back then), it gave Microsoft’s Internet Explorer a run for its money. Thunderbird is packed full of features without being slowed down by excess.

eM Client Windows Live Mail Zimbra Desktop. For The Scientific Spirit: 7 Websites For Science Questions & Answers. The web is the Grand Oracle. It sees all and answers all. I wish we had the educational and self-learning edge it gives to today’s generation. In a snap, you can tap it to ask anything about the world we live in, and generally it is pretty accurate answering back. Perhaps, apart from the ‘question of life’ it can answer anything. We have our own platform for questions and answers, and that’s where a reader asked us about some good websites on questions related to science, particularly physics and chemistry? How Stuff Works My colleague Tim started off the discussion with How Stuff Works. New Scientist The URL reads, “last word”. Mad Sci Network The site resembles the ones we used to browse through during the early days of the web, and every second site had frames. Stack Exchange Stack Exchange needs little introduction.

Reddit That’s just one of the sub-Reddits I have linked to. The New York Times Wolfram Alpha Wolfram Alpha is a unique website and a very powerful one. What Is The Difference Between A Netbook, Notebook, Ultrabook, Laptop, & Palmtop? In a time not so long ago, the only choice to make between computing devices was between a hulking great desktop, or a laptop … which was still fairly huge. The constant miniaturation of technology and need for manufacturers to differentiate their products has now given us a smorgasboard of sizes; each with their own name. Let me show you the differences. Order of size Generally speaking, we can actually give a fairly broad ranking of these names by size, from smallest to largest: PalmtopNetbookUltrabookNotebookLaptop It may be more accurate to say this is in order of portability – since you can get a bigger screensize on a particular ultrabook than you would on a particular notebook; however, the notebook would be thicker and heavier.

With that out of the way, let’s look at some examples of each and their defining characteristics. Palmtops Netbooks With a screensize of around 9 –10 inches, netbooks were quite popular before the iPad launched. Ultrabooks Notebooks and Laptops. How To Synchronize Your Gmail, Google Calendar, And More With Your Linux Computer. A good number of users highly value the services provided by Google, including emails, calendars, tasks, documents, and so much more. But Linux users also love their desktop applications, and how they often integrate very nicely with the desktop. So what can people do who use Linux but love Google’s products? Thankfully, there are a good number of Linux applications which can connect very well to both Google’s products as well as your Linux desktop.

Let’s take a look at how this can be accomplished. Gmail Arguably, the most important product from Google which people will often want to integrate into their Linux desktops is Gmail. There are plenty of articles here on MakeUseOf about the benefits of Gmail and why virtually all staff members of MakeUseOf use it. Calendar Google Calendar can also be set up in similar fashion. Tasks While I’m personally not a huge fan of Google Tasks, but there’s a decent amount of people who enjoy it as well. Contacts GTalk Do you have a lot of friends on GTalk? How To Synchronize Your Gmail, Google Calendar, And More With Your Linux Computer.

USB belleklere 5 alternatif kullanım alanı. 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. 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 OEM software is probably not as common as hardware, but there are some important products that are wildly available in their OEM version.

The lack of documentation is part of the deal. Hardware Is Buying OEM Worth It? Clear Out Your Inbox: Quickly Unsubscribe From Multiple Newsletters With These Tools. Unsubscribing from newsletters is about more than just spam. Most of the newsletters that fill our inbox are not selling medicine or offering prize money – they’re genuine newsletters from trusted companies we ourselves subscribed to at some point in the past. It might have been absentmindedly, when creating an account on a website, or willingly, for something we really wanted to stay up to date about.

The problem starts when there are just too many of these newsletters, and the really important emails get drowned in a tide of things we don’t really need. If there’s one or two newsletters you want to get rid of, you can always unsubscribe from newsletters manually, but what if you want to do a real spring cleaning? Unroll.me Unroll.me is a brilliant solution for those who want to completely get rid of some newsletters, and stay on top of their favorite ones without the inbox clutter.

Swizzle Inbox Manager (Formerly Unsubscribr) A little while ago, Justin told you about Unsubscribr. How To Be A Smarter Learner By Using The Method Of Spaced Repetitions. Unlike computer memory which is increasing with time, human memory takes the opposite route. In simple words – we forget. Our ability to retain what we learn is a downward graph not only with age, but also with time that’s counted in days. Consider the fact that it takes us so long to go up the learning curve, but only a few days to go down.

As any A-grader student will tell you, there’s no magic memory pill but only repeating what you learn and practicing it at regular intervals. Spaced repetition is a method that can help you plateau out the downward curve of your forgetfulness and help you memorize large amounts of data. What Is Spaced Repetition? Quite simply we forget what we learn if we don’t revise or repeat it. Hermann Ebbinghaus discovered this. As soon as schedules and tracking time periods comes into the picture, it’s clear that we need to fall back on a computer program (or a web application) to do the job of spaced repetitions for us.

Improve Your Recall with Mnemosyne. Best Windows Software. As a Windows user, you have access to countless free applications. Which ones can you trust and which ones are the best? Consult this list for ideas and discover apps you didn’t know existed. We’re continuously seeking out the best Windows software, and places to download them, for all your needs. Most applications recommended here are free and you can quickly find what you need by browsing the listed programs by category. Note that some installers pack bloatware, useless adware that’s pre-selected to install. It’s the bane of freeware. Antivirus ^ Antivirus software is a cornerstone in protecting your computer from external attacks. The Best Computer Security and Antivirus Tools The Best Computer Security and Antivirus Tools Need a security solution for your PC?

Panda Free Antivirus Panda offers a full antivirus, anti adware and anti spyware suite that is light on your computer’s resources. Download: Panda Free Antivirus (Free) Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition Avira Free Antivirus 2018. 100 Websites You Should Know and Use. Entertainment Meet David Peterson, who developed Dothraki for Game of Thrones There are seven different words in Dothraki for striking another person with a sword. Among them: “hlizifikh,” a wild but powerful strike; “hrakkarikh,”a quick and accurate strike; and “gezrikh,” a fake-out or decoy strike. But you won’t find these words in George R. R. Martin’s epic series A Song of Ice and Fire, which is where Dothraki originated as the language […] Culture My Year of TED: How 54 talks changed a life By Kylie Dunn What do you get when you cross a 39-year-old perfectionist with 54 TED Talks and far more honesty than any person probably needs to experience?

4 Things You Absolutely Must Check Before Upgrading Your Desktop PC. Upgrading your desktop computer is an excellent idea. You can extend the lifespan of a PC indefinitely by changing out components over time. Absolutely everything can be replaced. Computers are complex, however, and this can lead to headaches when trying to upgrade. Nothing is more frustrating than finding out that you have a compatibility issue while you’re in the process of installing new hardware. The Power Supply A desktop computer consists of various components, each of which needs power. Some of the power connections in desktops have remained the same over time, but some haven’t. Overall power draw can sometimes be an issue, as well. The Motherboard Everything inside a computer must connect to the motherboard for it to function.

Always check how a new piece of hardware will connect to your motherboard. Once you’ve discovered what is required, verify that your motherboard can accommodate the upgrade by opening up your desktop and inspecting it. The Enclosure The Operating System. 15 More Retailers Accept PayPal For In-Store Payments [Updates] Google and the credit card companies aren’t the only organizations trying to nudge into the field of mobile payments. PayPal is now in the mix and has just received a boost by adding fifteen additional retailers to its list of partners. PayPal’s mobile payment system allows customers to pay using two different methods. All users who sign up receive a “payment card” that acts like a credit card but is connected to a PayPal account. Users can also pay by entering their mobile phone number and PIN, but only after signing up for in-store payments on the company’s website. Which retailers have partnered with Paypal?

Here’s the list: Abercrombie & FitchAdvance Auto PartsAéropostaleAmerican Eagle OutfittersBarnes & NobleFoot LockerGuitar CenterJamba JuiceJC PenneyJos. These new stores join the mobile payment provider list with the solitary original PayPal retail partner, Home Depot. Unlike Google Wallet and other competitors, PayPal’s system does not rely on near-field communications (NFC). 6 Of The Strangest Video Games Ever Made [Stuff to Watch] In the world of video games, weird is regularly confused for wonderful. Some of the best received franchises of all time sound pretty damn weird on paper.

Katamari Damacy is a shining example; combining bonkers gameplay, unique controls and one of the finest original soundtracks ever into a string of fun arcade games. Not every game is quite so successful however. Some are a little too weird, remembered purely for their obscurity than game-changing design or playability. It’s time to take a look at some of the strangest video games ever released. Octodad (PC/Mac, Free Download) In Octodad, you play an octopus with children. The main challenge faced by many players who pick up Octodad are the controls. Hand mode gives you the ability to pick up and manipulate objects, though again this is no easy feat.

JRA Japan World Cup (PC) The first of a string of Japanese titles, JRA Japan World Cup just about qualifies as a game on the basis that it’s somewhat interactive. Muscle March (WiiWare)