Articles Tagged with: power users

Google Reader Dies on July 1, 2013: Why It Matters


Let me preface this article by saying I am not a regular user … of anything.  I use the web differently than most people.  I use my phone differently than most people.  I even use my tablet differently than most people.

However, among the regular users of Google Reader?  I’m a pretty average user.  That’s why I feel qualified to explain why Google Reader closing its doors is a catastrophe and why there are not substitutes currently available that meets the needs of users like me. Read more

About Shane Monroe

Shane R. Monroe has been doing technical and social commentary writing for over 20 years. Google+

Directory Opus 10: The Power User File Manager


I’ve written reviews for Directory Opus v6 and v8 – and reused content from the former for the latter. In this review of Directory Opus v10, I’m starting from scratch. Surely I will cover similar topics but I’m going to take a new approach to this review than the others.
Stock Directory Opus Screen

At first look, Directory Opus could easily be mistaken for “just another file manager”. There are many of them around, too. It seems the “enhanced file manager” concept finally started taking off and there are no less than a half a dozen, fairly well-known file managers floating around out there. Despite this fact, Directory Opus (Dopus from now on) still remains a mystery to most people – largely due to the fact that it costs money while so many other ones are free. Read more

About Shane Monroe

Shane R. Monroe has been doing technical and social commentary writing for over 20 years. Google+

Filed under : Computers, Software, Windows

Google Drive: Why You Should Care


Introduction

Cloud storage is big business. Everyone wants to handle your online storage needs. If you go searching for a storage host, you’ll see venerable names like DropBox, Box, SkyDrive, Amazon – and some names you may not be familiar with like SpiderOak and SugarSync. There are a lot of potentials out there, but which one is for you? Read more

About Shane Monroe

Shane R. Monroe has been doing technical and social commentary writing for over 20 years. Google+

Secret Treasures: SpaceSniffer (Windows)


If you work with computers long enough, you’re bound to create an arsenal of “secret treasures”; little programs that you may only use once a year – but are indispensable when you do need them.  Every time you use it, you think to yourself, “What would I do without this?” and you wonder whom else you know that might be able to make use of it.

Of course, you forget to share it; and another year goes by before you address it again.

My series of Secret Treasures will attempt to share with you some of the “toys” I hang on my Windows “bat utility belt” and see if I can help someone else out by unleashing a little known product into the masses.

Drive space.  Storage.  Strange times with hard drive storage space.  In the old days, we treasured storage space as if it were more precious than gold – because we had SO LITTLE OF IT.  Then, suddenly – hard drives were cheap.  People had a surplus; and nobody cared anymore about “wasting space”.  No need to clean up your drive; PLENTY OF ROOM. Read more

About Shane Monroe

Shane R. Monroe has been doing technical and social commentary writing for over 20 years. Google+

Five Reasons Why Everyone Should “Root” Their Android


Often incorrectly referred to as “jailbreaking your Android”, “rooting” your Android device can offer a wealth of new options and applications that can seriously enhance and enrich the time you spend with the little green robot.

ROOT is a Unix term for the “ultimate privilage user” on an operating system. Windows users can think of ROOT access as logging in as an Administrator level user. You aren’t actually “cracking” anything – you’re simply allowing apps you install “system level” access as a “super user” or simply put – “ROOT”.

The process for “rooting” or enabling root access varies by device. Some devices, like Google’s Nexus line (Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7, etc.) are designed to have root enabled very easily. Some devices are locked down hard by the carriers – making it practically impossible to enable root access. The good news is – nature (and the developers at XDA) will always find a way. Read more

About Shane Monroe

Shane R. Monroe has been doing technical and social commentary writing for over 20 years. Google+