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10 Top Health Forums Online For Expert Support

November 20, 2014

From: MakeUseOf.

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A strange rash on the side of your face. A scary lump on your chest. These are the kinds of everyday health concerns that people deal with, but thankfully there are places online where you can get help.
Here at MakeUseOf, we’ve offered resources for animal healthcare, websites where you can check medical symptoms, and even mobile apps that let you look up medical advice. But, what if you want to ask a medical professional about your specific health concern?
Usually, when medical concerns first crop up, they are minor. Whether it’s a skin issue, a small pain in your stomach, or a chronic cough, it isn’t always the physical ailment that is hard to tolerate — it’s the idea that it could be an early symptom of something serious. How do you know?
The answer might be as simple as visiting one of the following forums and asking a certified medical professional for their medical opinion.

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The Best Of: Free Windows Software

April 1, 2011

From MakeUseOf

On this page you will find the best 102 free Windows programs for all your needs. We’ve taken the effort to categorize the apps and picked only those we believe to be the best ones and which will most likely be useful to you.

With these categories: Anti-virus, Malware removal, Firewall Apps, Defragmenters, File Recovery, ininstallers, Backup Apps, System Maintenance, Browsers, Email Clients, Communication, Photos/Images, Audio Tools, Video Tools, Files/Drives, Documents, Productivity, Archive Managers, CD/DVD Tools, Downloads & Others

See the list at http://www.makeuseof.com/pages/best-windows-software

The Easiest Way To Move Your iTunes Library To An External Drive

March 1, 2011

From: MakeUseOf.com

Storage space is one of the biggest problems for laptop users. You can run out of those bytes in no time at all, especially if you fill your laptop with multimedia files like music and movies – the types of files that you keep and manage using a multimedia manager like iTunes.

A quick look at the folder sizes inside my MacBook hard drive shows that the iTunes folder occupies a large area on that near-full storage space. To regain some room to breathe, I decided to move my collections to an external drive.

If the problem is only moving everything inside the iTunes folder to the external drive, a simple cut and paste would solve it. The trick however is to keep everything intact. Nobody wants to re-fill hundreds (or thousands) of song information, re-assign all the ratings, re-paste all lyrics and re-hunt for the cover art. The only thing that should be different after the move is the location.

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10 Websites For TV Show & Movie Soundtracks

November 30, 2010

From MakeUseOf.com

Sometimes it’s the music that makes the movies. You just have to watch ‘Sound of Music’ or ‘Saturday Night Fever’ to understand what I am talking about. You have to be a Martian not to have heard about either of those two. Then let me throw ‘The Wizard of Oz’ at you, a movie that entered the musical consciousness of a lot of people, as time went by.

Yes, it’s the magic of movies. But even as the movie unspools, music lends a bit of its own too. Just for the nitpickers, let’s use the more precise term of soundtrack. The word ‘soundtrack’ has obviously come from the sound recording on a narrow strip of a motion picture film, which runs with the images. Today, we also know it as a Film Score or more promotionally as OST (Original Soundtrack). It’s music by another name and quite similarly, it can uplift, it can sadden or it can give us goose pimples.

If you have seen ‘Chariots of Fire’, then the opening scene with Vangelis’ score is as energizing as the scene of the athletes. Or take the space imagery that’s shaped by ‘The Blue Danube’ in Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece (2001: A Space Odyssey).

Am I coming off like a besotted fan of movie tunes? I guess you can call me that. Once upon a time, I used to wait for the end credits just to see who performed which song even as everyone moved towards the exit.

These days, I tap a few keys and access a listing of movie soundtracks from websites such as these:

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5 Video Channels For Learning Basic Job Interview Skills

November 5, 2010

From Makeuseof.com

Having a job interview probably comes second to a stage performance when it comes to calling up butterflies in the stomach. An average man or woman will change quite a few jobs in their lifetime. And unless their father-in-law owns all the places, they have to sit in front of a grand inquisitor at least once in their lifetime.

Let’s just say that job interview skills are something that shouldn’t be left to rejections and experience: especially when you have a web-full of resources to coach you towards interview success.

A previous post on 5 Sites with Job Interview Tips to Help You Ace Your Interview is a great place to start.

YouTube gets the fifth mention. Coaching yourself using videos helps a lot because you can see for yourself not only what’s being spoken, but also how it’s being spoken.

So, let’s scour the web for some videos on interview skills that just might help you nail the next one that comes along.

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10 Free Computer Tech Help Sites You Might Have Overlooked

August 20, 2010

From MakeUseOf

We at MakeUseOf always try to answer a call for help whenever it is put up in the comments or in our Answers section. Of course, we don’t have all the answers. Nobody does. At best, you can shout for some free help and hope it echoes around the World Wide Web and somebody with the troubleshooting skills answers back.

We generally take to the search engine and type in the error or problem. The search results tap into the many computer support sites, troubleshooting discussion boards, and Q&A sites on the hunt for a similar problem.

Instead of forgetting the website that helped us out from the soup, it pays to bookmark it, for errors are always around the corner.

Some of you must have bookmarked a few from our previous post on computer troubleshooting advice. Meanwhile scroll through ten more free computer tech help that stand ready to lend a hand with disaster control.

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5 Great Tutorial Websites To Learn How To Do Something

April 25, 2010

From: makeusof.com

The internet can be a very powerful tool to learn how to do things that you might need to do but don’t really know how to do it. Finding how to do something is much easier now then it was 20 years ago. The internet is full of useful resources and you don’t even have to leave your own home to get access to it.

No more driving to the library to find a book that’s not even there. No more reading the entire book only to find it doesn’t help you at all. Finding how to do something on the internet is as simple as typing what you want into a search engine and the results are right at your fingertips.
But where do we find all this information? Although search engines such as Google and Bing are good, you may want to narrow your search and have a look at these great “How To” tutorial websites.

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How To Remove Computer Viruses At Home For Free

April 17, 2010

From makeuseof.com
To the average computer user, contracting a virus is like contracting a rare disease – it brings life to a halt, it is expensive to remove, and worst of all, the probability of catching a virus is much higher than that of catching a serious disease.

After the dreaded infection, removal procedures usually include taking the computer to a service center, where technicians charge hundreds of dollars to remove the virus. But what many users don’t know is that viruses are actually not very difficult to deal with.

In fact, there are hoards of free tools on the internet that make it simple enough to remove viruses for free, for anyone with even a bit of technical savvy. These tools render spending ridiculous sums of money for a virus removal a thing of the past.

The bulk of the work is brute forcing: repeatedly attacking the virus with different scans until it gives into deletion. If you have a decent amount of time on your hands, virus removal becomes a very simple process.

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How To Easily Download All Facebook Photos You’re Tagged In

March 2, 2010

One of the best features of Facebook are the photos albums, which allows you and all of your friends to upload an unlimited number of pictures to share with your personal networks.

You can also create Facebook “tag” photos, which means a person’s profile is linked to the specific picture they appear in. This gives you the very useful ability to quickly view pictures of specific people – all without ever having to dig through a photo album.

While it’s great having all of these pictures online, you aren’t guaranteed that they will always be available. You can easily lose access to these photos if Facebook removes an album, if the internet is unavailable, or if the friend who uploaded the photos decides to remove them. It is possible to save Facebook pictures individually, but that can be incredibly tedious if you have a large amount of photos you’d like to download.

In this guide, I’ll show you how to download all of the Facebook tag photos that you and your friends are in with a great application called PhotoGrabber.

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Update: Also see this 5 Free Software to Download Facebook Photos and Albums

Top 10 Resources For Computer Troubleshooting Advice & Remote Help

December 14, 2009

In the past, we here at MakeUseOf have covered sites that you can learn how to repair your own computer, but what happens when you need that one on one computer advice as you have no idea why your computer does not work?

The first thing most people go and do is to Google it, but when you can’t find a solution, the next thing to do is ask someone to help you.

That is why I present to you a list of websites and forums where people are willing to help you get your computer fixed.

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