What’s Not to Like About Windows 8?

Sure, people like to talk about all of the things that they don’t like about Windows 8. But has anyone bothered to chalk up the things about Windows 8 that actually seem like some pretty strong steps in the right direction? On another front, can you be truly happy with a cheap Android tablet? A few modifications away from factory defaults can make a bigger difference than you might think.

If you use a camcorder to capture video, do you check these five things before pressing the record button? When it comes to Facebook, do you let non-intuitive settings bring you down, or are you prepared to rise above minor annoyances with a few tips that will make everything all better more easily than you imagined? Do you use Google+ Hangouts, but wonder how they can be better?

Most important: Does this mustache make me look fat?

Why I Like Windows 8

What’s not to like about Windows 8? Well, a lot of things if you want to poll current popular opinion and media coverage of the upcoming update to Microsoft’s famous Windows operating system. But really, if you give it a little time to grow on you and adapt to some of its radical changes, you might be surprised to find that some of these changes are actually long-overdue improvements. Here’s Maximilian Majewski’s positive take on Windows 8 and what it’s got in store for us.

Can You Be Happy with a Cheap Android Tablet?

Can you be happy with a cheap Android tablet? It depends on what you want to do and how fast you want to do it. Also, exploring options beyond the default operating system — with custom ROMS — is well worth your time if you want to get the most out of it. Here’s the story of one fellow’s adventures before and after he found a custom ROM that made his inherited cheapie Android tablet worth his while.

Five Things to Check on Your Camcorder Before Recording

Recording video is a fairly straightforward process on most devices. Some pocketable camcorders make are simple enough to use that a single button is all you really need to press before capturing whatever it is you wish to have video of. Though these devices can certainly make life easier for most casual users, there is something to be said about a camcorder that gives the user a little more control over how it captures audio and video. It doesn’t take a big budget to take advantage of these features, but you do need to have the right camcorder to make the most of each shot. In most cases, there are five big things you should check in either your camcorder or your recording environment before hitting the record button.

Common Facebook Annoyances and How to Fix Them

While Facebook has become a connection for many, it can also serve as a venue for frustration. In fact, during the past few years as Facebook has expanded and made a multitude of changes, it’s not uncommon to see friends complaining about various problems they’ve had with Facebook — from sudden disclosure of previously private information to invasive game requests from every direction. However, these frustrations may have been avoided if these people had taken the time to learn some simple basic options. Here are some common Facebook annoyances and how to fix them.

How to Have a Better Google+ Hangout Experience

One of the coolest things about Google+, Google’s latest social network, is Google+ Hangouts. This combination conference call and chat room has an abundance of useful tools and apps to help make your time spent with friends, colleagues, or new acquaintances an enjoyable and productive one. In addition to the tools provided by Google, there are several key tips that can help you and others in the hangout have a better experience with the service. With these tools in hand, Google+ Hangouts could be an incredibly rewarding experience for everyone involved. Here are some Google+ Hangout usage tips.

Pirillo Vlog 031 – The Mustache Man Woos Diana

I’ve written about the history of shaving before, but with Diana’s encouragement, I’ve decided to go a different way. Because she agreed with YouTube viewer h4lk7, who said that I should grow a mustache, I’ve decided to give it a whirl. While I realize that this could be a not-so-elaborate hoax at my expense and she’s saving the really hearty laughter for when the thing grows in a little more, I may have the last laugh. After all, Diana’s the one who’s got to be seen in public with me! But first things first: is it mustache or moustache?

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