3 tips for taking better iPhone photos

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I’m a fastidious photographer.

My personality isn’t so exacting in every other sphere of my life, but when it comes to taking pictures the lighting, composition and focus are imperative.  It doesn’t matter if I’m taking pictures with my Nikon D7000 or my iPhone 6 Plus.  In every case, I want my photos to look as sharp and compelling as possible.  I don’t always achieve this (as you’ll see with my crappy photos inside this article) but it’s always my goal.

The photo should engender an emotional response.  It should elicit an emotion in the eyes of the viewer but most importantly it should tell a story.

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FileHippo goobered my PC

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FileHippo, Softronic and Download.com are megamarts for snagging software but how safe are the goods?

Today I wanted to conduct a little experiment to see what would happen if I installed the top five programs from FileHippo.com

The results were astounding…

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The real reason for Ctrl + Alt + Del

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What’s the purpose of pressing Control, Alt Delete?

We all know it reboots or locks your box but have you ever wondered why you have to mash this famous key sequence at the login prompt?

Today we’re going to plumb the depths of Microsoft’s rationale and get to the bottom of Ctrl Alt Del.

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The intelligent way to bypass junkware with AntiAdware

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Junk is everywhere.

  • My son’s diaper bin is a putrescent mass of funk.
  • My inbox is inundated with stupid offers to enlarge my penis and vexing invitations to date desperate dames in Russia.
  • The streets of New York City are replete with used Metrocards, cigarette butts and crumpled newspapers.

Junk is everywhere.

But one place I refuse to tolerate junk is my computer.  I won’t stand for it and neither should you.  A few days ago I showed you how to hack your way through the junkware jungle and today I’m going to arm you with even more tools to vanquish those unwanted offers.

Come with me… we’re going on a mission.

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How to display your Screen Saver immediately after locking the screen in Windows 8.1

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Let’s say you want to instantly display your gorgeous screen saver after locking the screen.  Is there a way to pull that off?

By default, Microsoft let’s you display:

  • Scintillating 3D text in any font you want:  You can add textures, solid colors or even custom reflections.  It works as long as it’s less than 20 characters.
  • Blank:  You can simply tell the screen to go black and marvel at the infinite abyss before you.
  • Hypnotic Bubbles:  Remember when you were a kid blowing soap bubbles through the ring wand?  You can do the same thing to your desktop when it’s idle.
  • Abstract art: Enabling the Mystify setting is like having someone wipe a prismatic squeegee across your windshield in thought provoking patterns.
  • Photos: This is probably my favorite screensaver because you can have Windows cycle through a collection of photos maximized to full screen.
  • Ribbons: Have you ever seen rhythmic gymnastics?  You know what I’m talking about right?  It’s when a dexterous dancer twirls with a ribbon that gracefully flows around her body.  That’s what the Ribbons screen saver option will remind you of (except there’s no dancer to captivate you).

Here’s how to make Microsoft immediately (not after 1 minute; immediately) leap to your screen saver whenever you lock the screen.

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