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Final Titan Tech Tip for Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

Well, it’s been a great few years doing the tech tip, and I’ve really enjoyed everyone’s support in reviving it from the middle school days. I’ve had lots of fun! It being Webster Thomas’ last day of school, I decided to give a rather appropriate tech tip for the coming summer months. Everyone enjoys sitting out in the sun, perhaps by a pool, with a nice cold beverage in hand. However, after a while, say you don’t want to hold that beverage any longer. You need a cupholder! Give this a try, it should fix your problem!

Titan Tech Tip for Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

There are so many places to get music from today that are… of questionable source, legality, and whatnot. Well, I don’t have a solution to that, other than pony up the cash, but here’s perhaps the simplest way to find music that’s hiding deep within the recesses of the Internet. MPPP.it (pronounced MP3) is a website which searches the Internet for the song that you’re looking for, and provides you a download link for it. Just type in the name of the song, and wait for it to appear in the list below the search box. Then, click on it to download it, or even play it on the website to make sure it’s what you want. Again, the legality of this, I’m not entirely sure… that’s up to you to find out! Do with it what you may!

Titan Tech Tech for Thursday, June 2, 2011

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

So, you buy a new computer, which is sweet! Love new computers! And you start it up for the first time, and instantly, the problems begin. Offers of “Free Internet Access”, and “Free Trial of Such-n-such-a-program” pop up. It’s official. Your brand-spanking-new computer has crapware.

Crapware is software that the computer manufacturer installs on your new computer at the factory, generally in the form of “free” trials and such that force you to buy the full version of the program. Normally, you’d have to uninstall all of the “crapware” individually, but the PC DeCrapifier takes care of all of them, automatically! Give it a try!

Titan Tech Tip for Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

This week’s tech tip is about a web service which aims to provide its users with a suite of “powerful creative applications”, right within your browser. So, sort of like the Adobe suite of programs (Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere, Soundbooth, etc) except that it’s all free, and online. Take a look at Aviary (aviary.com), and check out their eight online, web-based creative programs: image editor, screen capture, vector editor, effects editor, music creator, audio editor, image markup, and swatch editor. It’s a really neat collection of programs, and I highly suggest playing around with them!

Titan Tech Tip for Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

So, last week I mentioned HomePipe, which allows you to access all of the files and music on your home computer using its web interface. Our very own Mr. Turner gave it a try, and thought it was neat, and then was inspired to find something that does it better. So what did he find? TeamViewer! TeamViewer is a service that allows you not only to exchange files with your home computer, but also to remote access your desktop from another computer, so it’s like you’re sitting in front of your computer at home! It’s also extremely useful for messing with people, and making your little brother or sister think that the computer is haunted. Give it a try, TeamViewer.com is where it’s at!

Titan Tech Tip for Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

I’m afraid that I’ve found perhaps the most useful Tech Tip in the history of Forever. You will probably both love and hate me at the same time for it. Know how you used to be able to tell your teachers, “Ohhhh, I left my assignment at home, on my computer…” Well. Those days are over. Good news is, if you LISTEN to this tech tip, you’ll be able to actually get the assignment (provided that you *did* do it) using this neat service called HomePipe. Install the HomePipe client on your computer at home (make sure to leave it running and connected to the Internet) and you can access all of your files via your HomePipe account on HomePipe.net. This is a free service and it actually works REALLY well, I even tried it out! (Thanks to Dave, K2DSL, for a correction on the URL)

Titan Tech Tip for Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Ever felt that your internet connection is being slow? Not sure whether it really is, or if it’s your imagination, and you don’t want to call RoadRunner, or Frontier, or your ISP to sit on hold for 50 billion years? I understand completely… I love hold music as much as the next guy, but sometimes, I just want an answer: is my internet connection performing up to par? Well, SpeedTest.net is an excellent place to test that! It will run a connection speed test, and show you charts comparing your connection speed to that of others using the same internet service provider as you, and other neat statistics. Give it a try, make sure your connection is up to par!

Max Kelley's Test Results

Titan Tech Tip for Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

I can’t think of any better way to usher in the month of March than with a finely crafted Tech Tip! Luckily, Ms. Alyssa Goodness had her thinking cap on over February break and found a neat site called Pageflakes! Unfortunately, she was incompetent in her copy-and-pasting skills, so all I received as a like from her was www.pageflakes. PageFlakes.what, you ask? Well, I didn’t know either… Luckily, I did some research for you, and determined that it’s www.PageFlakes.com, which allows you to create your own homepage which you can fill with little “Flakes,” or bits of info like forecasts, calendars, photos from your friends, etc. So, when you open your browser, all of the things you want are right there! Perhaps next week’s tech tip will be on how to properly send your friends FULL website addresses? ;)

Titan Tech Tip for Thursday, February 10, 2011

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

This week’s tech tip was suggested to me by a Thomas student, Gabby Longmore, who claimed that she “totally had a tech tip for me” and, I quote, that it “shows you every video in the world.” What the heck does she mean? Who knows… but I took it upon myself to do a little bit of research on the subject, and discovered… that she was right! Cooliris is a plugin for your web browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Chrome) that organizes all of your Facebook photos, Google Image searches, videos, and numerous other multimedia items into one flowing, organized wave in your browser. It’s hard to explain… you’ll just have to try it, from cooliris.com.

Titan Tech Tip for Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Are you sick and tired of settling for poor quality streaming TV shows you get from that OTHER website? Me too… Well, lucky for you, mere mortals, as I have devised a guide to show you how to download TV shows for your watching pleasure (even in HD!) There are five simple steps:

  1. Download a BitTorrent client (for simplicity’s sake, try the official BitTorrent.com client)
  2. Visit Wikipedia and look up the list of episodes for your particular show.
  3. Visit Nerrot.com and type in the name of the show followed by the season and episode numbers. For example, type in Glee S02E06 for the 6th episode of the second season of Glee. For HD, suffix it with HD or 720 or 1080 Click GRAB!
  4. Open the torrent file in your BitTorrent client, pick a folder for it to save the video file to, and let the download start.
  5. Sit back, and wait, then enjoy your video with a media player like VLC Media Player (videolan.org)…