Windows Applications

There are a few Windows applications I use that I couldn’t live without. I install many of these programs on my personal Windows computers immediately upon a fresh install of the OS, and I urge you to do the same. Here is an alphabetical list of 20 Windows applications that I find incredibly useful.

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With Instagram 5.0 (Google Play Store, Apple App Store), released earlier today, you can now send photos to specific people with a feature called “Instagram Direct.” It’s obvious that Instagram developed this feature to compete with Snapchat. I’d like to weigh the pros and cons of Instagram Direct, and hopefully steer you away from using Snapchat when you want to share a normal picture with a friend. I also want to discuss Instagram as a photo sharing platform by itself and when compared to email or MMS, the old standards.

Instagram Direct is going to disrupt the “sending pictures to your friends” space, just like Snapchat did.

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Arctic

I’ve been building custom PCs for nearly 10 years now, and I greatly enjoy helping others build their own computers. Friends, acquaintances, and strangers often approach me, asking for advice on their next custom PC build. Every time I part out a new custom PC for someone, something I have done hundreds of times in the past, I will update this post. I hope it comes in handy when you’re building a PC of your own!

Please feel free to contact me if you’d like me to design a custom PC for you!

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Updated on November 4, 2016!

Users of Google’s Android operating system have access to over 1,000,000 apps on the Google Play Store. With such a huge catalog of applications, it can be difficult for new and veteran Android users alike to discover applications outside of Facebook and Snapchat. I would like to share with you a few of my favorite apps, and simultaneously answer a question I receive from many new Android users: “Which Android apps should I install?”

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Chrome is the most-used Internet browser in the world, and for good reasons – it’s fast, powerful, and well-designed. Users can also install extensions for Chrome via the Chrome Web Store, which further expand its functionality. I’ve compiled a list of 16 of my favorite Google Chrome extensions, most of which are integral to my browsing experience.

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iOS 7

I like Apple. Their hardware, which epitomizes modern design, is powerful and revolutionary. Their sleek software embodies a near-perfect user experience for a majority of their audience. When Apple revealed iOS 7, their latest mobile OS, I was very excited for the radical redesign. But after using the new operating system for just a couple of seconds, I discovered that Apple had made a huge mistake with their design of iOS 7: Navigation buttons – arguably one of the most important design elements of a touch-based interface – are completely borderless.

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Android custom ROMs such as CyanogenMod 10.1 and 10.2, AOKP, and ParanoidAndroid enable users to apply a custom theme or skin to their device. These themes modify graphics such as the status bar, various icons, selection boxes, and list backgrounds. They come from multiple sources, including the Google Play Store and the XDA Developers forums. I have compiled an alphabetical list of 24 beautiful themes for all CM Theme Chooser ROMs. Enjoy!

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Project M

UPDATED download links on December 8, 2015 after Project M officially ceased development. 

Project M is an incredible mod for Super Smash Bros. Brawl for the Wii which changes the gameplay to more closely resemble its more competitive, more skill-based, and faster predecessor, Super Smash Bros. Melee. Even though Project M is designed to be played on a genuine Wii console, it is possible to run Project M on the Dolphin Wii emulator on your Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux computer!
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I tried to play Dark Souls PC today and couldn’t sign into Games for Windows Live. Event Viewer says this is error 0x80151909. There’s a thread on the Xbox forums about this issue – Microsoft knows about it.

Games for Windows Live Problems

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Here’s a simple Processing sketch that renders some 2D graphics. Maybe it’ll inspire or help you if you’re looking to get into 2D graphics using Processing.

As part of my Computer Graphics course, I’m required to write multiple 2D and 3D programs throughout the semester. This was my very first assignment!

You can find more information about the Processing programming language at Processing.org.

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