28 Great Windows Programs and Apps for Professionals

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Windows is an excellent operating system for professionals. Apple itself admitted this throughout its Get a Mac campaign that spanned several years and featured two friends, Mac and PC, which pointed out some of the useful advantages to owning a Mac. PC, played by …continue reading

Best OS X Downloads for Any New Mac


That new Macintosh that you have is probably looking lonely without its fair share of applications. At some point we all get a new computer and, if it’s a Mac, it will come bare-boned and ready for all types of applications to suit your needs …continue reading

How to Find a Successful Freelancer


If you’re a project manager, you may have thought about outsourcing a project that your team no longer has the resources for, either because the project requires skills you do not have or time that is better spent elsewhere. Temporarily hiring a freelancer can help …continue reading

How Not to Screw Up Your PC with Windows Optimization Tools


Those of us here at LockerGnome have all heard this story before. One of our relatives, friends, neighbors, associates, co-workers, or acquaintances tells us they saw an advertisement on TV — or maybe an advertisement on the Internet — claiming that [fill in the name …continue reading

Secret Facebook Timeline Tips


It’s official: Facebook is now rolling out Timeline to all of its nearly one billion users, and will shortly make it the one and only option for profile designs. If you’ve already jumped the shark and tried creating a developer account to …continue reading

Cellphone Deal That Won’t Break the Bank

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I recently wrote an article comparing paid cellphone plans to pre-paid plans, in which I mentioned an exclusive pre-paid plan from Walmart that offered a 4G phone and used the T-Mobile network. In the article, I told readers that I would be …continue reading

How to Send a Letter Without Going to the Post Office Using NotesToFriends

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Every day I dread waking up to check my inbox, which is usually littered with spam, to-do lists, and other dreaded emails. Part of my routine while working from home is checking our PO box late in the morning, which is where I can usually …continue reading

How to Install Windows 8 Developer Preview on a Mac

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The Windows 8 Developer Preview is just that: a preview of what the OS is expected to look and feel like once development is complete. While we may be months, or even a year away from seeing the release version of Windows 8, you can …continue reading

Best Windows Downloads for Any New Computer


It’s hard to believe that, just over a month ago, the holidays rolled around and it was time to exchange presents with friends and family. If you were among the lucky ones, you may have gotten a new computer. If so, chances are that you …continue reading

Five Web Technologies You Should Be Using


I’ve been developing Web applications for a few years now, and the pace at which things are evolving recently is mindblowing. All these new technologies, like HTML5 and WebGL, completely rewrite the book in how and what we can use the Web for.

Developers …continue reading

How to Save Money on Auto Repair


I’m sad to say that this past year has been rough on my budget. Not because of gadgets, gizmos, or other geeky purchases, but due in part to a series of misfortunes related to our family vehicles. It seems the entire year has been one …continue reading

The Pareto Principle: the 80/20 Rule and How It Works


Chris Pirillo, the lead Gnomie here at LockerGnome, has chosen a new direction for our organization. I call those of us who gather here at LockerGnome an organization, because we are a group of organized geeks who share a common thread. That common thread is …continue reading

What’s the Best Day and Time to Blog?


One of the questions I get asked most often by beginning bloggers is when they should blog. The most important thing for any blogger to know is that there is a critical difference between when you sit down to write your blog and when you …continue reading

How to Save Money on Computer Repair

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Spending too much money on computer repair can be a real drag. Some shops charge as much as $200 for an hour of service that includes relatively simple processes such as upgrading the RAM and performing system restores. In many cases, these high charges can …continue reading

Seven Things to Know Before Becoming a Freelancer


Do you hate your job or spend hours at your cubicle daydreaming of the freedom to work for yourself, setting your own hours and rules as a freelancer? I can personally say I’ve been there and know exactly how it feels to hear stories from …continue reading

How to Install an FTP Server in Windows 7


One of the oldest and most popular methods for sharing files over the Web from one central location is the File Transfer Protocol (FTP). FTP clients allow people from across the globe (or even next door) to share a mutual storage space and/or remotely update …continue reading

How Music Critics Adapt to the Social Media Landscape


Remember when music critics were a little bit like respected, but much-feared royalty? They wielded the power of life and death over the musicians they both loved and hated, and they were courted almost as lavishly by record labels as the spotlighted stage denizens, themselves. …continue reading

Good Deeds and the Evolution of Piracy


Knowing a group of people with similar interests can be more than just a social thing. There are often other benefits as I have once again learned. This week I received an email from one of the other members of a group I attend. He …continue reading

How to Increase Frame Rates in First-person Shooters

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Playing first-person shooters is a favorite pastime of geeks from all walks of life. Winding down at the end of the day by taking part in a competitive game that takes all of your concentration to play is a great way to get your mind …continue reading

Sharing a Cab: Is the Fare Unfair?


After an emotionally challenging post last time, I hunted around for a more light-hearted puzzle for this week. When looking for puzzles (which is a puzzle itself), sometimes the neatest ones pop up in the most unexpected places. I found the idea for …continue reading

Paid or Pre-paid Cellphone Service: Which is Right for You?


I believe that I may have become somewhat enamored with Straight Talk (a prepaid cellphone service that uses networks from AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon), causing me to want to tout its newest entry to the Android smartphone arena: an Android phone manufactured through LG. …continue reading

How to Save Money on Your Next Pair of Glasses


The association between glasses and geeks is one that has withstood generations. While one may not always be connected with the other, long hours in front of the computer can take their toll on your vision as your eyes strain to keep focused through countless …continue reading

How to Block Tweets About the Super Bowl XLVI


The Super Bowl is not only one of the most anticipated sporting events of the year, but one of the most watched events around the world. In fact, this year’s 46th Super Bowl is expected to be the “most watched TV show, …continue reading

Why RSS Readers Suck and the Best Alternatives


RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication (or RDF Site Summary, depending on who you ask). If you hear someone talking about an “RSS feed,” this is something that many websites offer (including LockerGnome) that contains a list of their articles in one place — or …continue reading

Nine iPhone Apps to Get You out of Bad Situations

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We’ve all experienced a bad situation once in a while. Either it’s an uncomfortable conversation with the in-laws, being stranded on the side of the road when your car breaks down, or any number of difficult situations that you find yourself in during day-to-day life. …continue reading

How Not to Blog


Anyone these days — from the young kid to the old-timer — can be a blogger. Everyone wants to be an award-winning machine of exquisite content creation who will be the envy of his or her peers, but there’s a lot of noise out there …continue reading

How to Protect Your Electronics from Theft


Having something of yours stolen can be one of the worst feelings in the world. Even more so when that particular item contains your personal information. These days we keep more and more of our personal data on our electronics. My iPhone, for example, has …continue reading

How to Avoid a Bad Group Deal

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Eating healthy can be expensive — especially when you’re allergic to most unhealthy foods and are forced to shop in the vegetarian, dairy-free, and gluten-free aisles of specialty food stores. As a result, a recent Living Social deal piqued my interest, offering $50 of gluten-free …continue reading

What is the First Gadget You Would Save in a Fire?


I recall a situation in the early ’90s when a wild fire ravaged a plush L.A. neighborhood. One of the most notable memories from that event was the footage from a news reel showing luxury homes ablaze, with one in particular with its wooden roof …continue reading

Four Great Alternatives to Picnik

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Photo editing tools can be expensive. For most average consumers, features like cropping, color enhancement, and the ability to add text comprise the essentials for photo editing needs, and many online apps provide these services free of charge. For several years, Picnik …continue reading