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Practice And Simulate SLR Settings Without An Actual Camera With CameraSim

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Like any other activities, when you practice using Digital Single-Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera, you skills will get better. The choice between a point-and-shoot and SLR camera comes down to how much control you want to have over your camera settings. Professional and wannabes choose SLR to take better control over the lighting, ISO, aperture, shutter, and distance to get the best and personalize settings for their shoot. Changing these settings will affect the camera exposure which will lead to the final product. Experimenting with exposure is not easy, you may end up taking hundreds of photos until you achieve your desired output. To help you understand and experiment without an actual camera is a simulation tool called CameraSim. It is an online simulator where you can learn about ISO, aperture and shutter speed settings, and shooting under various lighting conditions without using an actual SLR.

Practice And Simulate SLR Settings Without An Actual Camera With CameraSim

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Check Who Unfriend You On Facebook

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Notifications for friend request and accepted friend request are available in Facebook. If you have large list of friends, one thing you won't know is if someone from your list removed you from their friend list. You may notice that the friend counter is declining but you wont able to determine who's missing until you check your friend list thoroughly. If you wish to know which one of your friends removed you from their list then user script Unfriend Finder is for you. Unfriend Finder keeps record of your friend list and compares its local database to Facebook each refresh.

Check Who Unfriend You On Facebook

It displays a red counter in the menubar with the amount of unfriends you have. It also uses Facebook notification to alert you on these events. Unfriend Finder is compatible with Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera and Safari.

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Refresh PC Windows To Original Or Factory State

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Unusual problems in Windows is not so unusual anymore. Problems may start from building when you start installing applications that alter Windows registry and services. Although Restore point can reverse back these changes in your machine, some users don't or forget to use it. The next best option are free tools that can restore your Windows to its original state and Refresh PC is one of them. RefreshPC is a free application that allows you to reset your PC to its original registry settings and set all Windows services to their default state. This can fix most of configuration errors caused by newly installed application and even malwares. All that is required is to launch the application and click "Refresh My Windows 7 Settings" button.

Refresh PC Windows To Original Or Factory State

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Set Website News As Your Desktop Wallpaper

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Most people read news early in the morning before they start their day at work. If your into news, then probably you may want to make them as your wallpaper. With the website News Wallpapers, you can do such by downloading any one of the available themes from various news site. Just select from the list of available themes to download it. Once downloaded, click the theme file to install and that's it, you'll have news wallpapers. To know more, watch this demo video.



These are RSS themes meaning your news wallpaper will change automatically with the latest headlines at predefined intervals.

Checkout News Wallpaper

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Accept And End Calls Just By Shaking Your Phone With ShakeCall

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The conventional way to accept calls is to hit the green phone icon on your mobile and red icon to end calls. This is pretty acceptable but more difficult when doing something else like driving. If you want a different and easier way to accept and end calls then try shaking it with ShakeCall android apps. With ShakeCall, you can easily take any call just by shaking your phone. Once installed, the app monitors for incoming and outgoing calls and uses the proximity sensor to detect shake movement to invoke call acceptance and ending.

Accept And End Calls Just By Shaking Your Phone With ShakeCall

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Infographic: Evolution Of Email

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What do you know about email aside from being a communication tool? If you wanna learn how it evolves over the decades then take a look on this infographic



This infographic is provided by the Microsoft Outlook team to highlight key moments in email history.

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Share Your Presentation Through The Web In Office 2010

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If you still don't know, With MS Office 2010, you can broadcast your presentation to the web so others may view it from another computer and mobile device as long as they have internet browsers on their device. Broadcasting slide show is simple, once your done with your presentation, just click the "Broadcast Slide Show" under Slide Show tab as shown below.

Share Your Presentation Through The Web In Office 2010

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Reformat Website Font To Make It Readable

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Web designers use different themes to make their websites unique from others. It is very seldom to see websites that have the same exact design. Correct Font is one aspect web designers always look into when building a website theme. Different themes may render differently from different browsers which sometimes affects the readability of the website. To solve such difficulty, some websites provide an option to convert web pages into printer friendly version where formatting styles are strip out from the website. But this printer version is primarily for printing ofcourse. If you want a more personalize readable format of the website then you can convert them using Readable Bookmarklet. This bookmarklet helps you reformat text any website according to your preference. Visit the readable's website and set the format you prefer. You can choose the font family, size, fonts of the headers, colors of the fonts, and the color themes.

Reformat  Website Font To Make It Readable

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Add Symbols To Your Facebook Status Updates With FbSym

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One thing Facebook lacks is the ability to add more smileys or icons in your status messages and comments. Here is where FbSym becomes useful. It spice up your message by adding symbols to it. It is simple to use, just visit the website and choose from the variety of symbols available. Doubleclick any symbol and press Ctrl+C and paste it in your Facebook status by pressing CTRL+V.

Add Symbols To Your Facebook Status Updates With FbSym

The symbols can also be used anywhere else in Facebook such as status, comments, descriptions, etc.

Checkout FbSym

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View Two Web Pages At The Same Chrome Tab With Split Screen Extension

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There are situation that you need to view two web pages in the same tab/window at the same time. This is different from switching tab to another tab. By default you can't split tab/window in Google Chrome but you can do so with the help of Split Screen Extension. Once Split Screen is installed, an icon will be added at the end of the address bar. When you clicked this icon, you'll be presented with a new window that has two sections. Enter the URLs for each window to browse them at the same time as shown below.

View Two Web Pages At The Same Chrome Tab With Split Screen Extension

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Video: Computer Ergonomics Reminder

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Using computer is fun and some people can go for hours staying in front of it. Unless it is part of your job, or event it is, prolong usage and poor egonomics are bad for your health. Here is a video reminder courtesy of Spanish division of Vodafone. It reminds you the common ergonomic problems such as poor spine alignment, poor chair ergonomics design and etc.



Use these tips to improve your posture, change bad computer habits, and prevent future health problems. Remember it may be difficult for you to adapt to these tips but keep in mind that this will help you in the long run.

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Switch From One Gooogle Account To Another With Account Switcher for Google Gmail

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If you have more than one account in Google, you usually logout the currently used account and login again the second account. This could be time consuming specially if you check on your emails regularly. To make your life easier, Account Switcher for Google Gmail extension was created. To start using the extension, add the different accounts you use from the extension's options. The information you enter are stored in the browser only. Once the extension is installed, a "Switch account" option will be displayed on your GMail Top bar.

Switch From One Gooogle Account To Another With Account Switcher for Google Gmail

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eBook: Windows 7 Power Users Guide

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Although it was confirmed that the next installment of Windows which is Windows 8 is already on its way, Windows 7 is still the new kid in the block and some users are still adapting to it. To become a power user of Windows 7, I recommend you to read this free ebook from gHacks titled "Windows 7 Power Users Guide". This 16 chapter book has full color step-by-step guides, screenshots and diagrams on every page. It covers topics from installation to configuration, troubleshooting and tweaking.

eBook: Windows 7 Power Users Guide

This book is authored by the same author of Troubleshooting Windows 7 Inside Out from Microsoft Press.

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Decorate Your Photos By Adding Border, Watermark and Text With BorderMaker

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Since digital photos can be copied easier, you would want to personalize it more by adding some decoration such as borders, text and even watermarks so you can easily identify photos that were originally yours. BorderMaker is one tool that surely can help you on this. BorderMaker allows you to resize and decorate pictures with borders, text and watermarks. You can have a personalize and professional looking images photos in 3 simple steps.

Step 1: Browse for the folder containing the photos(s) to decorate under the Source menu.

Decorate Your Photos By Adding Border, Watermark and Text With BorderMaker

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Add Vintage Look To Your Photo Without Using Photoshop

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With Photoshop, you can almost do any enhancement to your photo. For an instance, you can make your photo looks old by applying some effects. You can do the same online without Photoshop using vintageJS. It is a online tool where you can upload your photos and apply a custom vintage look to them for free. Its usage is simple, just visit the website and upload your photo by clicking Try It Out, you will be forwarded to a page where you can apply the vintage effect and share the retro final image to your friends via facebook or twitter.

Add Vintage Look To Your Photo Without Using Photoshop

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Save Money And The Environment By Decreasing Your Printing Cost With iPrint

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One of the biggest chunk on company's operating expenditures is the cost the organization spends each year on paper and ink. With a utility called iPrint, you can save as much as 60%. iPrint rearrange the structure of the document to print to be uniform and compact so it will have fewer pages. It automatic detects empty pages and allows deleting unwanted pages. Once installed, you can always choose iPrint from the list of available printers. Pressing OK will popup the iPrint window where you can configure, remove and integrate pages before printing the document. You can also view how much you saved from altering the structure of the document by clicking on Saving button at the bottom.

Save Money And The Environment By Decreasing Your Printing Cost With iPrint

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FilesTube Is A Search Engine For Files

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With Google search, you can search for files by specifying the file format from the Advanced Search.



For not so savvy users, this may be a little complicated. If you want a straight forward search engine specially for files then use FilesTube instead. FilesTube allows you to search for shared files from various file hosting sites like Mediafire, RapidShare, FileServe, FileSonic, Megaupload, 4shared, and many others. Its usage is simple, similar to an ordinary search engine, just type the keyword, choose the file type from the dropdown list and hit Search.

FilesTube Is A Search Engine For Files

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e-Book: Office 2010, Ultimate Tips and Tricks

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With the release of the latest Microsoft Office suite, Office 2010, many users may wonder if their current MS Office skill sets would still be applicable with this version. To keep yourself up to date to new things and features that might have changed, here is a new eBook from MakeUseOf.com: "Office 2010, Ultimate Tips and Tricks". This manual, written by Matt Smith, points out all the best new features of Microsoft's latest office suite, and explains them all in one handy guide.

e-Book: Office 2010, Ultimate Tips and Tricks

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Use MoveOnBoot To Delete, Rename Or Move Locked Files By Windows Process

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File or folder used by Windows or other process is automatically locked from being renamed, moved or deleted. Windows doesn't provide details so you won't have an idea what application holds the lock and how you can proceed. MoveOnBoot is a free tool designed for such situation. You can get delete/rename/move of these annoying files/folders at the next system restart. Its usage is simple, just launch MoveOnBoot and the tool will display all the files/folders that are currently locked. To move or rename a file/folder, just click Move from the toolbar and choose the desired action the next system boot. For example if you wish to move file, click on Move then specify the source and destination folders.

Rename, or Move Locked Files And Foloders With MoveOnBoot

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