How To Organize Your Files In College The RIGHT WAY

There are certain phrases I have heard far too many times for my liking. Some of phrases need only be uttered once to join this category. This is one of them:

“Shit, where did I save that file?”

College is full of classes. Classes are full of projects and assignments. And those things are usually done on computers.

Add in resumes, cover letters, notes, applications, and other random things, and you arrive at a single, inescapable conclusion: you’re going to be saving lots of files throughout your college career.

Unfortunately, not every student knows how to properly organize those files. Either that, or they’re just lazy and short-sighted. Regardless, you don’t want to be one of these students.

Nothing sucks more than frantically searching through your pictures folder for EnglishPaperFinalVersion6-ActuallyFinalThisTime.docx right before it’s due, only to realize a moment too late that you lazily put it in your Borderlands 2 game saves folder.

Today I’ll show you how I’ve organized my computer files since I started college. The benefits should parallel my own experience:

  • I’ve never lost an important file since starting college
  • I’ve never been in a situation where I didn’t have access to an important file (thanks to Dropbox)
  • It takes me almost no time at all to locate any file I need

Contrast this to my high school experience, in which I lost several flash drives and had probably the most convoluted and unorganized computer ever (it didn’t help that I shared it with my brother).

The benefits come at a small price, though. Firstly, you have to take the time to properly set up your file system. This might take longer if you’ve already got a ton of files, but it’s worth it in the end.

The other price you have to pay is… Read More…

22 Essential iPad Apps For College Students (+5 Awesome Games)

At some point during the course of my last semester in college, I decided that it would be a good idea to buy myself one of those new-fangled iPad Mini… thingies.

Also, at some point during last semester, I also thought it would be a good idea to sit in a shopping cart playing imaginary Guitar Hero while a shirtless guy pushed me around a parking lot in freezing weather. But that’s besides the point.

This is about the iPad Mini.

To be frank (ha.haha.), I love it. I actually owned a 1st-gen iPad back when I was a sophomore, but I didn’t use it much because I found it just a tad too big to use as a reading device.

The Mini, however, is perfect. With a 7.9″ screen and a much lighter body, it’s a great device for reading, gaming, and even doing a little work here and there.

There are also like 440 Guam-billion apps in the app store. Or maybe just 375,000. (I can’t remember which of my friends decided to start using Guam as a number)

With that many apps to sift through, how do you find the best ones for college students?

Well, this is one humble man’s attempt to do just that. Here are my top 22 apps for college students. I’ve also thrown in 5 of my favorite iPad-only games for good measure, since I know you’ll all have to sit through a boring econ class at some point… Read More…

31 Epic Wallpapers Featuring Robots, Mechs, And Similar Badassery

Ok, let’s be honest here. Do you always want to read about productivity/homework/being an adult stuff? No. And I don’t always want to write about it.

So let’s do a wallpaper post! It’s been quite a long while since I’ve done one (last one was November 2011, actually), so I think it’s high time to start the trend again. Instead of randomly taking wallpapers I’ve been using, I’ve decided to go with a theme this time!

Let’s face it. No matter how cool you are… you’re not cooler than robots. And mechs. And Gundams. And especially not Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann.

So why would you set your desktop background to some dumb picture of you and your friends climbing Denali? Use one of these awesome robot wallpapers instead.

P.S. – did you know that in Japan, they call Baskin Robins “31”? 


5 Computer Tweaks You Should Make Now To Save Yourself From Disaster

Earlier this morning, I was scrolling through my Facebook feed and saw a posting that is all-too-common for college students: someone’s computer rebooted in the middle of the night and they lost the massive Word document they’d been working on before they went to be.

Of course, the first comment was, “Save your work bro.”

And of course, the original poster’s reply was, “Gee, thanks for telling me now asshole.”

This, my friends, is why I’m writing this flimsily-disguised rant. I’m tired of seeing people use their computers like morons. I’m tired of people not doing obvious things to protect themselves from easily-avoided disasters.

And most of all, I’m tired of seeing said people complain about their misfortune on Facebook and then get all defensive when someone very rightly tells them why they’re a bonehead and what they could have done.

So here’s my blanket statement, which isn’t pointed directly an any one person but at everyone:

If you lose a large amount work to a computer problem, you were most likely being an idiot. It’s not Microsoft’s fault. It’s not Dell’s fault. It’s not the fault of those three old hags in Hercules that share one eye and cut threads all day. It’s your fault.

Thoroughly offended yet? Read More…

Iron Man’s Holographic Computer Is One Step Closer With Leap

Remember the scenes in Iron Man and Iron Man 2 where Tony Stark is able to project computerized images and data in mid-air – and then manipulate them with his hands?

That technology is now a hell of a lot closer to reality.

No, we don’t yet have a perfect way to project 3D images in mid-air without a screen, but what we do have is a new way to control computers – with our hands.

The technology that enables this is called the Leap, and it’s going to change the way we interact with computers. Mice and keyboards have been around for dozens of years, and they’re woefully obsolete. Even touch technology looks old-school compared to Leap. Just take a look… Read More…

Adobe CS6 And Creative Cloud Are Unveiled And Coming Soon

Even though this is primarily a college blog, it should be pretty obvious to you guys now that I’m a huge design nerd. Almost every featured image on this blog is in some way designed by me, as well as a lot of the other elements here. I spend a lot of time in Photoshop and other Adobe programs.

That’s why I’m super excited that Adobe CS6 was announced yesterday. When I attended Adobe MAX back in October, I got a taste of some of the new features coming out. Now, the time when I’ll get to use those new features is just around the corner.

The biggest announcement here is that the core Creative Suite programs are all updated. Photoshop, Dreamweaver, InDesign, Premiere Pro, and all the others have been updated with a ton of new features,including:

  • Enhanced performance with the updated Mercury engine (example: Illustrator is now 64-bit)
  • A new interface for each program
  • A focus on designing for multiple devices (such as InDesign’s new templates for iPhones and iPads)
  • Tons of individual features (such as Photoshop CS6’s new content-aware tools)

To get a taste of what’s coming, check out some of the new content-aware features in Photoshop CS6 (remember, you can still try out the beta) Read More…

A Review Of The New iPad – Is It A Fit For Students?

This is a guest post by Shep McAllister, one of my close friends and the former editor of HackCollege.

Students have often asked me if they should get an iPad. Since I first got my hands on an original model, my answer has always been:

“If you have the money, yes.”

The new iPad doesn’t change that assessment. It’s still a luxury item. You will almost certainly need a laptop or desktop to go with it. It won’t fundamentally change your academic experience.

Caveats aside though, the new iPad has absolutely improved as a college-oriented device, and any student who owns one will undoubtedly use it on a daily basis, both for business and pleasure. Read More…

Photoshop CS6 Beta Is Here And Free To Try

Last year, when I attended the Adobe MAX conference, I got to see a ton of cool new stuff Adobe had been working on – lots of features that weren’t yet available in current versions of their software. At that time, there was no way to actually try those features out, so I just had to, you know, wait.

That wait is now over, as Adobe has just recently launched the Photoshop CS6 Beta, which is available to download and try for free. If you’ve been looking to try out Photoshop, or maybe want to design yourself a logo for a personal website or your own business cards, this is a great opportunity. Read More…

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