The Best Way, Other Than iTunes, to Rip CDs to the AAC File Format

ffmpeg-is-best-for-converting-cds-to-aac

Breeze_23 asks:

What is a great program that rips your Compact Discs (CDs) into Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) files instead of the MP3 files? I know iTunes can do this, but I’d rather not use iTunes if that’s possible.

Have you ever heard the saying …continue reading

Is Gaming and Tech Journalism Dying Out?

paperboat_main

It used to be so simple, you know? 10 years ago, this “industry” was swollen and sweating from the quality of writers that filled its tight seams. We were heavy-handed and quick to review, pick apart, and really delve into the next generation of gaming. …continue reading

How to Improve Your Website’s Reputation

Social Networks

On LockerGnome.net, Harold asks:

How do I improve my website’s reputation? What tools are available to do this?

Reputation management has changed a lot in the past 10 years. Previously, your website’s reputation was built largely on your advertising and less so on …continue reading

Will Apple Make a Cheaper MacBook Air?

Will apple make a cheaper Macbook Air?

Josh Walls writes:

Will Apple ever make a laptop that costs around $600 or $700? It would make sense, right? Drop the price of a MacBook Air around $300 and people would start buying! I know I would, but $999 just for a MacBook Air …continue reading

Chrome Vs. Safari on OS X

iMac

At LockerGnome.net, SteliosTsl asks:

Which browser is the best for my iMac: Chrome or Safari?

Browsers are typically a very personal choice. Few browsers are as alike in both backend scripting and general capabilities as Chrome and Safari. Both of these browsers …continue reading

How to Avoid Identity Theft on Social Networks

Identity Theft

On LockerGnome.net, Tyler Hoang asks:

I’ve got a friend who is thinking about joining his first social network, but he’s scared of identity theft. I couldn’t help him out that much because I’ve never had my identity stolen before. How do you guys …continue reading

iOS Camera Lens Three-Pack

ios-camera-lens

Honestly, I’m under no illusion that I’m the world’s most amazing photographer. No, I don’t believe that using Instagram filters qualifies me as some kind of artistic prodigy. No one’s ever mistaken me for a budding Edward Weston or Lee Miller from …continue reading

Ubuntu for Phones Vs. Android

Ubuntu

At LockerGnome.net, freedmerica writes:

I understand it would be cool to get a new operating system, but are there actually any major benefits to using Ubuntu on a phone or tablet? Is it just user interface?

Ubuntu and Ubuntu for Phones do a …continue reading

Can I Add a Second Monitor to My Retina MacBook Pro?

can I add a second monitor to my rMBP

Alan Dickinson writes:

Hi, Chris. I was wondering what you would recommend as an external monitor for an rMBP; is it as simple as the Thunderbolt display, or are there other good (if not better) options out there? Primarily I’m looking toward a 27″ monitor; …continue reading

Do App Developers Have Influence over the Mobile OS Industry?

Hackathon

Mario Yeltsin asks:

How much influence do app developers have over the mobile OS industry?

I believe that app developers have a huge influence over the entire mobile OS industry. Not only do they create the very software that makes an operating system more appealing …continue reading

Getting and Keeping Your First 1000 Customers

first-1000-customers

If you aspire to run your own business — whether you sell t-shirts from a van down by the river, design soup can labels, or haul quick-dry cement to well-dressed yacht enthusiasts at the marina without asking too many questions — the …continue reading

Wedding: Matching Tablets for the Honeymoon and Beyond

Which tablet would you choose - on a budget?

Christopher Smith writes:

I have a question for you and was hoping that you can help. I plan on using my tax return this year to purchase a new tablet (or possibly two, but more on that later) or similar device. The problem I have …continue reading

Do You Really Need a Mobile Data Plan for Your Tablet?

do-you-really-need-a-mobile-data-connection

Ben Freshwater asks:

Do you really need a tablet computer with mobile data? It seems that the majority of people who would take their tablet out of a Wi-Fi area would most likely have a smartphone which they …continue reading

Why is the Default OS Drive Assigned the Letter C?

Floppy

At LockerGnome.net, IamTechCrazy writes:

I’ve always wondered why the default letter for Windows OS drive is “C.”

This is a good question, and the answer date backs to the early days of personal computing. Believe it or not, personal computers didn’t start out …continue reading

Roaring with the OS X Mountain Lion Server Course

osx-mountain-lion-server-learn

You’re the envy of your colleagues and an object of unending desire among those who admire you from afar and anear, alike. You enjoy the rush of knowing everything under the sun about every potential server and network configuration available, and you’re …continue reading

Will Adding Music to My YouTube Channel Get Me into Trouble?

How does adding music effect my YouTube Channel?

Peter O’Underfire writes:

I would like to put music on YouTube. However, I don’t want to get in trouble and have my account suspended. Am I allowed to upload videos with music on YouTube, just as long as I don’t monetize it? I would like …continue reading

Why Would I Want to Consider Apple’s Ecosystem over Microsoft’s?

considering-apple-over-microsoft

Jaren Lopez writes:

Although the Microsoft ecosystem is young and completely different from Apple’s, what are the major benefits of investing in Apple products instead of Microsoft products? I would prefer to keep myself in one ecosystem rather than having one Microsoft product, one Apple …continue reading

About the Mobile World Congress: a Gadget Lover’s Take

mobile-world-congress-barcelona

One of the biggest events about mobile gadgets is about to unfold, and I can’t help but feel giddy as I count the days to February 25. No, I won’t be going to Barcelona for the coming Mobile World Congress, but staying on …continue reading

Raspberry Pi Vs. Arduino: Simple Technology for a Complex World

arduino-vs-raspberry-pi

Someone was asking me the other day about Raspberry Pi vs. Arduino. I had no idea how to answer. Luckily, once again, Lance Seidman was able to come to the rescue! He writes:

Hi, Chris.

To be very honest, …continue reading

Make Beautiful Art from Instagram

instagram-art

Remember when you’d have to drive a roll of film down to the pharmacy for developing, crossing your fingers that the 20 or so photos you took on that amazing vacation to Hollywood — including the one of you meeting David Hasselhoff …continue reading

What is the Most Fuel Efficient Convertible in America?

beetle-convertible

Legend has it that when spring rolls around, many a young man’s fancy turns to love. Of convertibles. There’s nothing quite like motoring about on a beautiful day in the countryside with the top down. Of course, this strange affliction hits a wide …continue reading

Chromebook or Nexus 7?

Chromebook or Nexus 7

At LockerGnome.net, lorddresefer writes:

I am torn between Samsung’s Chromebook or the Nexus 7 tablet as they are at the same exact price point. Both seem great for surfing the Web / email / usual things that every single person mentions.

What I …continue reading

Is Miracast the Universal Solution for Television Consumption?

is-miracast-the-universal-solution-for-tv

Nathan Shively writes:

I would love to know your opinion on the future of Miracast. For a very long time now, I have been interested in the ability to mirror devices to a television. I’m aware of AirPlay for the Apple ecosystem, but …continue reading

Is It Worth Putting an SSD in My Mac?

is-it-worth-putting-an-ssd-in-my-mac

LockerGnome.net user ryebread761 writes:

Hello. I have a mid-2010 13.3″ MacBook Pro. It has a 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4 GB RAM, and (I believe 5400 RPM) 250 GB HDD that came with it.

If I don’t get a new computer this year, …continue reading

Tips for Raising Money for a MacBook Pro

Money

At LockerGnome.net, Edward991 writes:

I’m a 13-year-old boy and I do a lot of filming and editing. I really want a MacBook Pro; what is the best way to make money for a it?

This is an excellent question, and one many members …continue reading

Fusion Drive Vs. HDD

iMac

At LockerGnome.net, Roadrunner writes:

I’m going to buy a 27-inch iMac for video editing with Final Cut Pro x. Should I upgrade to a fusion drive?

Congratulations on your upcoming purchase. The new iMac is certainly an excellent choice for users interested in …continue reading

Retina Displays: Not Seeing Pixels for Almost Half a Year

macbook-pro-retina

It all started in October. I ordered my new MacBook — a Retina Display MacBook Pro 15-inch with all the base specs — as a half-gift. When I say that, I mean I saved a majority of the money, and my mom covered the rest …continue reading

The Best LEGO Sets You Can Buy and Build Today

lego-pc-tower

Recently Jackster1337, a member of our LockerGnome.net community, shared his concept for a PC tower built out of LEGO bricks.

The concept, which appears to have …continue reading

Learn to Design Website Landing Pages

design-website-landing-pages

Knowing how to build websites is sort of like gardening. Some people enjoy taking it up as a casual hobby, while others commit themselves to it as a full-time career. And just as with hobbies and full-time jobs, some people are naturally …continue reading

The Max PC Bundle

max-pc-bundle

Hey, Windows users! I know that it sometimes feels like the Mac OS X kids get to have all the fun (I know how it feels because I, too, am a Windows user). Recently, we talked about a Mac Essentials Bundle here at …continue reading