Your Windows Media Center makes organizing and enjoying your music, videos, movies and other media incredibly easy--but if you want to listen or watch remotely, you've been out of luck. The free, wonderfully named Remote Potato steps in to let you use that media from any Web browser. Here's how to use it:Download and install Remote Potato Server on your Windows computer. While installing, you'll need to set up a user name and password to access your media remotely. Remote Potato should launch once it's installed, and guide you through a wizard to … Read more
One of the most noticeable changes of the recent Twitter redesign, is the relocation of the timeline from the left column to the right.
If you liked it the way it was, How-To Geek has written a browser script to switch the timeline column back to the left. Google Chrome browser users can just click on the script link and allow it to install.
Though the script directions state that it supports Firefox with the Greasemonkey extension, we couldn't get it to work with Firefox 8.0.1 and Greasemonkey 0.9.13.
If you want to have a … Read more
AirDroid is an Android app that allows you to control your device remotely from your computer. If your device is charging in another room or otherwise out of reach, or you're really busy and can't be bothered to constantly pick up your device to respond to alerts, this is a great way to stay connected while not hurting your productivity (as much). Follow these three easy steps to set it up:
Step 1: Open AirDroid and hit the Start button to launch the server.… Read more
QR codes are cool, but they haven't quite caught on en masse yet, because finding cool uses for them have been challenging.
One popular use for QR codes is printing them on business cards. Sharon Vaknin also showed you a clever way to make a personalized QR code gift tag. In this tutorial, we're going to show you how to add a QR code to a digital photo.
Digital photos contain lots of data in them, like locations, dates, and camera type, but once they're printed, you're left with just the photo. With a QR code, … Read more
If you haven't grabbed the app yet, get Google Currents for Android, or Google Currents for iPhone.
Step 1: Open the app and make sure you're on the Library tab.
Step 2: Swipe through the edition tiles to find the one labeled "Add more" and then press it.
Step 3: Scroll down to Google Reader in the list that loads.
Step 4: You'll see the RSS feeds you're subscribed to through Google Reader. Just press the Add button next to the ones you want to add to Google Currents.
Step 5: You'll … Read more
Working within the Cloud using Google Docs is a great way to ensure that your content is available whenever you need it. Well, almost whenever, as there are some situations (power/Internet outage, Google services down temporarily, etc.) where relying on the Cloud can leave you stuck.
KumoSync is a tool that can prevent you from being stranded without your data. It works by syncing your Google Docs data to your PC (even your shared content), so you can work on your computer at work or home and have the changes uploaded for you automatically. Follow these seven steps … Read more
If you're a Twitter.com user, you may have been caught off-guard earlier today with the complete redesign of the Web site.
Though the UI has been redesigned, Twitter.com's keyboard shortcuts still work with a few new additions. To get around the Twitter redesign without worrying about where everything went, try these shortcuts:
Actions n : new Tweet r : reply t : retweet m : direct message f : favorite Enter : toggle detail pane l : close all open tweets (new)
Navigation j : next Tweet k : previous Tweet space : page down / : search . : refresh Tweets ? : display keyboard shortcuts
Jumping g then h : home … Read more
If you've noticed some suspicious activity on your Facebook account--messages you never sent, Wall posts you never published, or Notifications you never checked--someone might be logging into your account.
And because they can use your username (unique URL) to log in, all they need is your password to access your account.
Luckily, Facebook recognizes this possibility and has implemented some security tools to ease your worries and help you keep track of any mischief on your account.
To get started, head to Account Settings > Security. Then consider the following security options:
1. Keep tabs on hackers with log-in … Read more
Twitter rolled out a clean redesign for its Android and iOS apps today, and while it might seem like only a cosmetic change, some big updates are buried in the new app.
But as you dive in, you might notice that some features are missing, too.
Here's what's fresh (and what's missing) in the new Twitter app for iOS (iPhone only) and Android:
1. Keep tabs on important topics with Discover Perhaps the most obvious change, the new "Discover" tab is a revamped portal for hash tags and trending topics. Trending hash tags--which were initially … Read more
QR codes make life easier for everyone these days, but that just means it also makes life easier for the bad guys. There may not be that many QR scams out there--yet--but it's still prudent to keep from scanning codes from sources you don't trust. Chrome users can check things out before scanning with QRreader, a nifty extension that will let you know what lurks beneath the pixels. Here's how to use it:Install QRreader from the Chrome Store. When you see a QR code on a Web page, just right-click it and select "… Read more