Christian Cawley

Joined December 2011

Christian Cawley is MakeUseOf's security editor, Windows Phone mentalist, and Doctor Who fan. Follow him on Twitter and catch his Android tutorials in

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How To Convert, Rotate & Edit Mobile Phone Videos

10th October, 2012

I was recently searching my hard disk drive looking for a specific video clip recorded at a Christmas party a few years ago. While browsing the resulting clips, I noticed that some wouldn’t play back; others were at the wrong orientation for viewing on a computer, while others needed some serious editing. Fortunately there are many tools available online that can help overcome these problems


Some Crazy Ideas for Homemade Cases For The Raspberry Pi

5th October, 2012

As the owner of a Raspberry Pi, I’ve spent a bit of time looking for a suitable case for my versatile miniature computer. For a time I settled on the popular “punnet” design that other RaspPi users can download, print out and construct from card, but this wasn’t the most ideal solution. While useful, the punnet case wasn’t quite what I was looking for. Instead, I hit the web.


How To Speed Up Steam & Get Games Now

4th October, 2012

I’ve been using Steam for game delivery for some time now. Even when I own physical copies of the games I use the service to download them, safe in the knowledge that the original media is safe. As I write this, I’m fortunate that I have a high speed Internet connection – 50 Mb/s – however it wasn’t always this way. The benefits of optical cables aside, the distance from my home to the local telephone exchange meant that ADSL was never going to offer more than 2 Mb/s.


Not Just Email: Your Voice Mail Can Be Hacked, Too – Here’s How To Secure It

3rd October, 2012

Much has been made throughout 2011 and 2012 of the dangers of phone hacking. While many of the victims of the practice – in this case sponsored by major news organizations – were celebrities, politicians and sportsmen, many more were real, regular people who may or may not have been involved with slightly more famous […]


Updating Your HP TouchPad: The Next Step

28th September, 2012

Over the past few months we’ve looked at how to get the most out of your HP TouchPad, something that invariably means installing Android on the device. This is made possible thanks to the development work of the CyanogenMod team, to whom the many TouchPad owners running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich are all eternally grateful. However, there are a couple of problems with the build as it stands.


What You Need to Know About Running Zune & WP7 On VirtualBox

27th September, 2012

I’ve been toying with the idea of switching to one of the popular Linux distros as my primary OS for a while now, but one thing has been holding me back, which is the lack of support for Zune, the Windows Phone sync software, on that platform. There are no sync tools available for my mobile phone of choice, sadly, which places a big limit on what I can and cannot use as an operating system. This isn’t uncommon.


The Guide To Installing & Removing Office 2013 Preview

27th September, 2012

It isn’t every day that a new version of Microsoft Office comes along, but it is a suite of productivity applications that many users have become accustomed to over the years, either at work or at home. Even if you’re unable to purchase the full suite, there are stripped down alternatives, such as the mobile version on Windows Phone and the browser-based Microsoft Office Web Apps that are free to use for Microsoft account holders.


The Car Of Tomorrow – Today: Top Tools To Put a Computer In Your Car

21st September, 2012

It is becoming an increasingly popular pastime to add a new element to cars, a new hub for entertainment, GPS and communications. The carputer seems to have been inspired partly by TV shows such as Knight Rider and movies from the James Bond series as well as the progress of technology in the modern age. But now, anyone can build a car computer!


The Guide To Replacing a Damaged Mobile Phone Display

20th September, 2012

If you have damaged the screen of your mobile phone – perhaps you dropped it or sat down while the device was in your pocket – you’ve immediately given yourself a headache. Can the phone be repaired, and if so, what are the costs? There are many services available online that will repair your mobile phone, but if you have access to the parts and they’re inexpensive, why not perform the procedure yourself?


How To Make Sure Windows 7 Will Boot After Changing The Motherboard

19th September, 2012

How many times have you installed copies of Windows on a computer following a major hardware change? A case in point is probably Windows XP – although flexible, popular and easy to use, the operating system wasn’t great at dealing with hardware changes, in particular new motherboards. This shouldn’t come as any surprise, really.


Using A Tiny SSD? Slim Down Windows 7 With Minimal Installs

14th September, 2012

How big is your hard disk drive? 80 GB? 300 GB? 5 TB? You might well have more than enough space, but if you own a device with a small SSD – perhaps a netbook, for instance – there is very little to worry about. There are several tools and tricks that you can use to make sure that the OS runs efficiently and without filling your SSD (or indeed any other small storage device).


How To Setup Gmail Accounts On Windows Phone

13th September, 2012

Due to a severe spam issue (and to take the storage load away from my PC) I decided to migrate my email accounts to Google Mail. This has had an interesting effect on my ability to collect messages on my Windows Phone. While it isn’t a problem to set up a Gmail account if your email address ends in, the situation is a little different for Windows Phone users if they’re trying to access an email service that uses Google Mail but has its own domain name.


How To Make Your Raspberry Pi Into a Home Theater System

12th September, 2012

Four weeks on and I’ve been playing with my Raspberry Pi in various ways, from using it to browse the web and standard day-to-day computing tasks to playing around with the various configurations that are possible for networking (Ethernet vs USB wireless). But is there an ultimate point to this device, or will it remain a curiosity on my shelf, to be switched on whenever a useful purpose rears its head?


Things You Should Keep In Mind Before Taking Your Laptop Or Smartphone To Tech Support

7th September, 2012

Given that some of these employees were among the most intelligent people in the country, the way in which they misused their devices was astonishing, from general irresponsible behaviour concerning the devices (drops, scratches, broken screens, etc.) to leaving material saved or even open on the desktop that you certainly wouldn’t show to your grandmother. As for the confidential information that sat open an ALT+TAB away…


Windows 8 In Daily Use: What Is It Really Like?

6th September, 2012

You hate Windows 8, don’t you? You’ve never used it, you haven’t even seen it in action (other than via a few YouTube videos) but you hate it. It’s pointless, it’s ugly, it’s unwieldy… you know all of these things, yet you haven’t used it. Perhaps, just perhaps, you’ve been misinformed. I’ve been running Windows 8 for several months now in its various pre-release versions and I can tell you right here, right now, that it really isn’t all that bad.