50 Kick-Ass Websites You Need to Know About It's time to update the entries in your browser's links toolbar. But with recent estimates putting the size of the internet at well more than 100 million distinct websites, it's getting harder and harder to get a handle on all the great stuff that's out there. That's why we've compiled this list. And unlike some lists you may have seen, which try to name the very "best" websites, but end up just telling you a lot of stuff you already know, we've chosen instead to highlight 50 of our favorite sites that fly under most people's radar. You might have heard of some of these sites, but we'll bet you haven't heard of all them. Demoscene.tv See What Can Be Done with 4 Kilobytes If you’re any kind of nerd at all, you probably know about the demoscene, where talented programmers create complex videos rendered in real-time, stored in incredibly small files. But what if you just want to see what all the fuss is about without actually downloading and running an executable? lite.Facebook.com
43 Ways to Start Making Money Right Now I often hear people saying that they’d like to start making some extra money to complement their full time job, but they don’t know what to do. I know there are a lot of things one can do, especially with basic computer skills, so I sat down and wrote a list of activities I could do to make some money right now. Many of these tips will certainly not make you rich, while other have some great potential. The goal of this list is to inspire you to act and do something right now. Sell used stuff on ebay. Image courtesy Manual Rainmeter displays customizable skins, like memory and battery charge, RSS feeds and weather forecasts, right on your desktop. Many skins are even functional: they can record your notes and to-do lists, launch your favorite applications, and control your media player - all in a clean, unobtrusive interface that you can rearrange and customize to your liking. Rainmeter is at once an application and a toolkit. You are limited only by your imagination and creativity. Getting started with Rainmeter After downloading and installing Rainmeter, the very next stop should be Getting Started. Getting Started is a new user introduction to Rainmeter, covering both how to use the application, and starting guides and tutorials for creating and editing skins. Using the rest of this documentation, and the experience of using and learning Rainmeter, will be much easier and more enjoyable with the overview Getting Started provides. Using the Rainmeter application Creating and editing skins More information
The 32 Totally Essential (and Free) Apps for Every New PC You have to admit, Windows is a pretty barebones operating system, feature-wise. After a fresh install of XP or Vista (perhaps following a Clean Start), you're faced with a barren Start Menu and an empty desktop that's beaming with limitless potential. The problem is that it's up to you to hunt and download those applications that you really need in your day-to-day computing experience. And chances are, it's often difficult to find good software that's also free. That's where this guide comes in. We've put together a list of what we think are the most essential PC apps for every Maximum PC reader. And at the end of the feature, we'll even show you how to install these apps in one fell swoop with a special configuration file we've created. WinDirStat Have you ever sorted a folder by file size, hoping to track down a hard disk hog, only to be frustrated by the fact that Windows doesn’t let you see the size of nested folders’ contents? AnyDVD Foxit PDF Reader VMWare Server Steam Dropbox
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50 Skills Every Real Geek Should Have Back in our September 2008 issue, we published a list of 9 Skills Every Nerd Needs – a lighthearted examination of the essential abilities Maximum PC readers should have in their geek arsenal. We still stand by that list, but we were somewhat one-upped last month when we saw that Gizmodo had since run its own list of 50 key geek skills. Their list was very respectable, but we thought that we could do better by not only expanding and refining our original story, but actually teaching you these skills. The highest echelon of geeks will be able to do everything in this list, and this is by no means a full categorization of the complete geek skillset – only what we consider to be the most indispensable abilities. Name These Connectors! Finding hidden hardware gems in bins of archaic cards at computer shows and swap meets is an ever-so-crucial nerd skill. A. Run All Your Essential Apps on a USB Stick Any real nerd is almost sure to have a USB thumbdrive in his pocket at all times.
keybr.com typing lessons Six open source projects you should be using | Enterprise architecture The IT world has overcome much of its skittishness regarding the use of open source projects. It obviously wasn't always that way, and plenty of IT shops still refuse to consider open source alternatives to commercial solutions. But most folks have come around to the fact that open source tools are a great asset to any organization and won't actually set fire to your data center or ransack the break room, no matter what the sales droids say. In many cases, the use of open source tools starts in the skunkworks of the IT organization, where a few individuals leverage open source projects to perform a specific task that is either unfunded or underfunded. Once the proverbial camel's nose is in the tent, more open source applications and frameworks find their way into critical IT systems. Nagios: Open source network and system monitoring and notificationI've been a fan of Nagios for a long time. The Web interface is easy to use, and most anything that uses SNMP can be monitored.
20 Essential Tweaks and Tips Every Firefox User Should Know Firefox may be your default browser, but that doesn’t mean you really use it to its full potential. Mozilla’s browser is a big threat to Microsoft not because it’s fast and full of unique features, but because it’s also extremely customizable. Add-ons, style scripts, and hidden preferences let you personalize your Firefox experience to meet your tastes and needs. Undo Closed Tabs and Windows This is actually a feature that has been around since before Firefox 3, but we’re often surprised by how many people don’t know about it. Speed Up Browsing Firefox 3.5 is fast at loading pages, but its operational speed can get bogged down by overloading extensions. Set network.http.max-connections to 96 – This sets the total number of HTTP connections Firefox can make to a web server. Set network.http.max-connections-per-server to 32 – The default is 15, but you can raise it to increase the number of connections made to a single server. Use Gmail as Your Default Mail Application
Maximum PC It's time to update the entries in your browser's links toolbar. But with recent estimates putting the size of the internet at well more than 100 million distinct websites, it's getting harder and harder to get a handle on all the great stuff that's out there. That's why we've compiled this list. And unlike some lists you may have seen, which try to name the very "best" websites, but end up just telling you a lot of stuff you already know, we've chosen instead to highlight 50 of our favorite sites that fly under most people's radar. Think of it as the Maximum PC blog roll (remember those?). You might have heard of some of these sites, but we'll bet you haven't heard of all them. Demoscene.tv See What Can Be Done with 4 Kilobytes If you’re any kind of nerd at all, you probably know about the demoscene, where talented programmers create complex videos rendered in real-time, stored in incredibly small files. lite.Facebook.com Clutter-Free Social Networking You can admit it. Soyouwanna.com