TechnoZen

Your computer is a scanner

Here’s a back-to-school tip that can help notebook computer-owning students cut down on photocopying fees – just use the camera and your computer’s software to make copies of books.

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Social networks at work – yes or no?

At many workplaces, debate rages over whether to allow Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and the other usual suspects into the office. This debate can happen regardless of whether access has been granted or not. The InfoSec Institute shared an article with me that explains the good and bad

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Let MIT map your life

Ever wonder how much the folks at Google really know about your life? Intrepid researchers at MIT can help you find out.

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Thoughts on the humble web browser

Web browsers tend to reliably deliver the Internet most of the time. But sometimes people experience problems surfing the web. If other Internet-reliant applications, like Skype or a cloud backup program, work just fine, that may be a hint that the web browser may be wonky. Here’s

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The best web browser home screen, bar none

Web browsing can be the bane of my productivity. There. I wrote it. Actually, I did write it once before, in this blog post about RescueTime. I recently figured out another way to use RescueTime to boost my productivity, and it’s so simple I can’t believe I

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Slow Internet connections

I wish I could tell you this common problem had an easy solution, but all too often it doesn’t. That said, consider these basic tips before you call your Internet service provider to sound off.

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Limit your screen time

If you know me, this might sound funny coming from me: I encourage people to get away from screens of all kinds, computer, TV, phone and otherwise, as often as they can. I actually follow this advice. For instance, the main reason I don’t have an iPad

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10 smartphone security tips

Ryan Fahey at InfoSec Institute sent me an article about security tips for Android phones. After I read it, I realized the title of the article implies a scope much narrower than the article offers. The tips in this article go beyond just Android – they apply to

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Getting website statistics

For a self-described geek, I don’t spend enough time tracking my website’s performance or improving upon it. Then I got a message via my website’s contact form that got me thinking about my site’s place on the web.

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Pulling text out of PDFs

My favorite way to research is to ask questions of subject matter experts. They take you right to the core of a topic and help you consider angles you didn’t know about. My second-favorite way to research is to read documents online and pull text from them

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