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By Scott Fegette | Saturday, January 31, 2015

Using Siri: How to Get the Most out of Your iPhone Assistant

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When Siri first debuted on the iPhone 4, I upgraded immediately. The thought of voice-activating my life drew me in like a magnet.

But after my first few tries, the reality of using Siri day-to-day fell far short of what I’d expected.

I didn’t give up, though. And despite periods of frustration, I finally learned how to get the most out of Siri. Now I use her many times a day, with great success. Here’s how:

By Scott Fegette | Monday, January 26, 2015

New Feature: Download Your Notes on lynda.com Courses!

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Starting today, you can download the course notes that you’ve saved at lynda.com!

Since last year, our members have been able to take notes on their courses—but until now they were only handy while you were logged into your lynda.com account online.

Now you can export any note you’ve taken to three different file formats, and two popular cloud services.

By Scott Fegette | Friday, January 09, 2015

Use the Popular MEAN Stack to Build Web Apps

What's the MEAN Stack?

Web technology evolves at Internet speeds, so finding the right combination of solutions for your web apps can be tricky for a web developer. From front-end frameworks to back-end server and database environments, arriving at the right blend of technologies for your projects takes experimentation, trial, and error.

If you’re looking to streamline your existing web app development workflow, the increasingly popular MEAN stack (a handy acronym referring to the combination of MongoDB, Express.JS, Angular.JS, and Node.JS) is a great choice. Here’s what it is, and how to get started with it.

By Scott Fegette | Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Learn How to Build a Website with Dreamweaver — Start to Finish

Learn How to Build a Website with Dreamweaver

Having a website is now table stakes for today’s working professionals (and darn near a requirement for anyone doing business in this day and age), and Dreamweaver’s always been a great choice for building and maintaining websites.

However, Dreamweaver is also a professional application with tons of functionality packed inside, and can prove difficult to learn. Here’s a roadmap showing you how to build a website with Dreamweaver — as well as a strong foundational skill set for building websites in general.

By Scott Fegette | Wednesday, December 24, 2014

How to Take a Screenshot on a Mac

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It’s said that a picture’s worth a thousand words, and when you need to communicate what’s happening on your Mac screen, getting a clear screenshot of what you’re talking about can make all the difference.

Taking a screenshot in OS X isn’t difficult if you know the “secret key combinations”, but they’re not as obvious as the Print Screen key on Windows systems. For the Mac power user, there are also several handy utilities that can supercharge your screenshots with annotations, graphics, and various ways of sharing. Here are some great options for taking a screenshot on a Mac.

By Scott Fegette | Saturday, December 13, 2014

Celebrate 12 Days of Learning — with Free Online Courses

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Stuck indoors? Need a break from holiday revelry? Join us at lynda.com, where we’re celebrating 12 Days of Learning by offering 12 free online courses over the next 12 days.

Join us each day and learn something new as we unlock a free course in each of the following topic areas.

By Scott Fegette | Sunday, November 30, 2014

It’s Blue Beanie Day! Celebrate Web Standards with Us

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As you surf across your social networks today you may notice a number of them are now sporting blue beanies, or toques, or skull-caps. What’s the deal?

Are we being invaded by dopplegangers from an alternate, slightly colder dimension?

Nope. It’s just Blue Beanie Day.

By Scott Fegette | Thursday, November 06, 2014

6 Truly Useful Gadget Gifts for the Tech-Savvy

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If you’re considering holiday presents for your techie friends and relatives—or hoping to score some fun new gadget gifts yourself—you should know about these six cool tech toys that make life just a little smoother, hipper, and more high-tech.

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