Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Web Secret #109:

I have randomly stumbled upon before. The site is a daily blog that promises cool websites, computer tips, and downloads that make you more productive. YAWN.

I was about to click away yet again, when I somehow noticed they have a section called MakeUseOf Guides. I decided to check it out because I just bought my mother an iPhone, and quite frankly she needs major help (more than I have patience to give) using it.

You know what it feels like when you just discovered something that immediately makes your life better - even in small ways?

A manual? Isn't that so 20th century?

Not these manuals - they are awesome. They use pictures! Screenshots! Simple explanations! There are about 25 of them, ranging from the practical "How to Build a Great Media Center for Your Home", to the obscure "The Big Book of BitTorrent", to the challenging "The Idiot’s Ultimate Guide to Building Your Own Computer" (not sure why I would want to do that...)

I immediately downloaded, "The Underground Guide to the iPhone" for my mom and, "The Incredible Free Manual for Every Mac User," for myself. (Quite frankly, I am still on that Mac Snow Leopard learning curve having recently somehow deleted my "downloads" folder from my dock...)

You can view the manuals online or download them to your computer - in which case you will be asked to subscribe to the blog (you can easily unsubscribe.)

Either way, you will thank me.

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