You've been on Google+ for a few weeks now. You're loving it. You're exchanging thoughtful posts, pictures with your friends, meeting new people and following lots of interesting, intelligent people. There's just one problem. You're still stuck in Facebook and/or Twitter beca ...more
Yes, screen savers are fun to look at for a few seconds, but those animations actually used to serve a purpose beyond simple entertainment. In older CRT and plasma monitors, and even newer OLED ones, leaving a static image on the screen for an extended period of time could cr ...more
Back in the day when computers relied on CRT monitors, having a static image displayed for too long actually resulted in the image being burned into the screen. For this reason, screensavers were developed, which display animated images in constant motion to prevent burning in ...more
Are you a fan of our Wonderment blog? Did you know that you can read each post in its entirety on your RSS reader? To do so, all you have to do is subscribe to WonderHowTo on your RSS reader, whether it's Google Reader, RSS Feed Reader, or Sage RSS. To subscribe to Wonderment ...more
Last week, I demonstrated how to go a little deeper into your Google+ profiles, photos, and introduced cross-posting. This week, I'm highlighting a bunch of different unofficial resources that have sprung up that will help improve your Google+ experience, and give you the late ...more
Earlier last month, I wrote on how to subscribe to Google+ users using PlusFeed. I used it, and then I realized that I wasn't getting my own feed anymore. I discovered that the free service had been disabled due to cost issues, as detailed by the creator +Russell Beattie. The ...more
When an Apple TV remains idle, it will eventually trigger its majestic video screen saver that includes aerial views New York, San Francisco, China, Hawaii, and more. Now, thanks to developer John Coates, you can have the exact same screen saver on any Mac running OS X Maveric ...more
You might notice that there's been a few changes around here. All of us here at WonderHowTo have been working hard to create fun new spaces and topic areas to dig our heels into. We've created a few brand new websites, spiffied up our design, and today we're launching the Won ...more
Patrick Norton and Dave Randolph show you several ways to hack or mod your new AppleTV to increase functionality. Namely, you can increase the hard drive space, set up an RSS feed, and get your Apple TV running SSH and Xvid.
This week, Google held back on introducing a slew of new Google+ features, and introduced new Chrome extensions instead. The new additions won't replace of your favorite Chrome extensions, but they are very useful, and elegant. Google+ Chrome Extensions From Google +Timothy ...more
If you've never done it before, making a podcast can be tricky, with multiple programs to use and multiple file types to deal with. But, this video series helps you through the complete process of creating a podcast, everything including recording, editing, images, exporting, ...more
Today, on our first episode of Steampunk Research and Development, we'll be interviewing Thomas Willeford, owner and operator of Brute Force Leather. Thomas is a man of many talents, and has worked in a vast array of fields. His Steampunk work can be seen in his book, Steampun ...more
Starting your morning right is an essential first step to a productive day. Whether you're running late, rushing to catch up on the day's news, or lagging behind with early emails, little hiccups like these can have a trickle-down effect and ultimately ruin your day. Like with ...more
This instructional video shows you how to make a RSS ("Really Simple Syndication") feed using the free program RSS builder. RSS is a script that can be put up on a website that other users can subscribe to in order to get notified when the website gets updated. The xml code be ...more
This tutorial teaches you how to create an RSS feed with PHP using DomDocument. You can generate the items with a database loop, and this example uses a very simple array. Take a few minutes and add some more knowledge to your PHP world.
Google Reader is ostensibly just an RSS aggregator, a tool that lets you catch up on your favorite blogs. How could Google have anticipated that getting rid of its social features could have angered so many people who were actually using it as their default social network, and ...more
In this tutorial, Gary Rosenzweig looks at how to pull in an updated list of photos from Flickr or an RSS feed and use them as your Mac screensaver in OS X. Watch and learn how to create your own dymanic, self-updating screensaver.
This video tutorial belongs to the Computers & Programming category which is going to show you how to use Wordle to create word clouds. Go to Wordle and click on the 'create your own' link. In the first box, type in your text, and in the second box enter the URL of any blog, b ...more
Looking for a way to keep up with your favorite YouTube channels via RSS? This clip will show you how it's done. It's easy! So easy, in fact, that this handy home-computing how-to from the folks at Tekzilla can present a complete overview of the process in about two minutes' t ...more
This week on the Steampunk Research and Development Podcast, our guest is Joey Marsocci, better known to the world as Dr. Grymm. He's a full-time, professional Steampunk maker, and is the owner and operator of Dr. Grymm Laboratories. He's written several books and has worked a ...more
The DeskPDF programs, published by DocuDesk, offer several methods for converting files in one format to an entirely different format - such as turning an HTML table on a web page into an Excel file or turning an RSS feed into an ebook file.
This week, another guest returns to our Steampunk R&D show for the second time, Thomas Willeford. In our very first podcast, Thomas talked to us about creating his empire; this time we most notably talk about his recent appearance on the Science Channel's program Odd Folks Hom ...more
In this episode of Steampunk Research and Development, our guest is Matt Silva, the co-founder and art director of Penny Dreadful Productions. While his current love is producing, Silva is also responsible for bringing to life some amazing creations in PDP's Remnant line, whic ...more
We all have that friend. You know, the one who can't resist posting pictures on Facebook of every single thing their newborn does. Babies are cute and all, but new parents don't seem to get that not everyone wants to see a play-by-play of every moment of their child's existenc ...more
This tutorial shows you how use Blackboard, a popular content management system, to make a podcast available to your students. Blackboard provides an easy an easy way to upload a podcast and make an RSS feed for it available to your students. The tutorial is available on the c ...more
In this how to video, you will learn how to make an RSS feed as an alarm clock. To do this, you can use the Microsoft speech program. Open the alarm batch file. Modify the Perl script so that it downloads the RSS feed from the Digg website. It will strip all the tags and html ...more
What sets a podcast apart from another MP3 file is that you enclose it in an RSS feed. RSS is Really Simple Syndication and it’s used to set up your channel so your listeners can subscribe to your content and have it automatically downloaded to their computer and portable MP3 ...more
Justin Stanley, better known to many as the Emperor of the Red Fork Empire, is both an artist and a personality within the Steampunk community. His contributions range far and wide, and in this episode of Steampunk Research and Development, he talks a lot about his artistic vi ...more
The mighty Arduino microcontroller can be used to show children how robots work, it can be used to hack into hotel rooms, or it can be used to let you know when you've got a new job opportunity! Mikerb0t was tired of being glued to his computer all day long waiting for new jo ...more
You've probably seen that little bright orange "RSS" or XML square floating around on lots of websites and if you don't know what it is (or you do) and don't know how to use it, check out this video. Jimmy explains what RSS feeds are, how to subscribe to them and then how to r ...more
So, you're entering into the world of podcasts with little to no knowledge on the subject...? This video might just come in handy. In this short video tutorial, learn how to add an RSS feed to Firefox's bookmark toolbar to help make it easier to track and manage.
This video tutorial from TruTricks presents how to setup Google customized alerts.Open your internet browser and search for Google Alerts using Google search engine.Click first result that says Google Alerts.You will need to sign in to use this Google feature.Google or Google ...more
Learn how to browse the Internet at work and get away with it. Load Excel (Any version will do). Click on the Data tab. Click 'Import External Data'. Click 'New Web Query'. Once the window has loaded, click through the prompts, selecting Yes. When the window has loaded complet ...more
The Emperor of the Red Fork Empire, aka Justin Stanley, joins us again on Steampunk R&D. This time the subject matter is a little more meandering than last time when I interviewed him about his background as an artist, maker, and performer. If you want, you can check out that ...more
In this tutorial, Gary Rosenzweig of MacMost.com briefly goes through the steps to create a basic audio podcast. You must first set up a blog, then create the audio content, then link the audio to the blog posts, and then publicize your RSS feed.
An RSS feed is a dynamically generated XML summary of information or news published on a website. The Feed2JS tool provides an easy way to display RSS feeds on your website, all without knowing the least bit about XML. All you need to enter is the URL for the RSS source and de ...more
If you are ready to make your podcast more professional, have a look at this tutorial. In this video, you will learn how to take an ordinary, amateur podcast and use different programs to make it sound more polished. This will bring your podcast up to professional grade and ma ...more
Fetch is an FTP program for Macs (Smart FTP can be used if you don't have a Mac). These can be downloaded from Download.com Fetch can be used to get in to your FTP server and upload your mp4 files for your podcast. You will also need web hosting in order to have a podcast. Upo ...more