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Chris Hoffman

/ Joined 8 December, 2011

Chris Hoffman is a tech blogger and all-around technology addict living in Vancouver, BC. Connect with him on Google+ or Twitter.

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10 Windows Annoyances You Could Rid Yourself Of Right Now

Windows

10 Windows Annoyances You Could Rid Yourself Of Right Now

We make do with Windows, but it isn’t perfect. In fact, Windows computers can be extremely annoying. They’re full of all sorts of annoying features that just get in our way and slow us down, distracting us from getting work done or doing whatever else we want to do. We’ll help you disable some of the most annoying little features in Windows. Many of these features exist for good reason and are useful to some people.

01-03-2013
10 Windows Annoyances You Could Rid Yourself Of Right Now
How You Can Make Twitter a Better Place

Internet

How You Can Make Twitter a Better Place

Whether you’re an organization, blogger, video producer, or just someone with something to say, you probably have a Twitter account. However, there are right ways and wrong ways to use Twitter. The wrong way is sending out tweets to all your latest content on autopilot, ignoring questions from your followers, and spamming them. Twitter is a social media site, and your presence on Twitter should be real, human, and interesting.

27-02-2013
How You Can Make Twitter a Better Place
Not Just for Porn: Other Uses For Private Browsing

Internet Browsers

Not Just for Porn: Other Uses For Private Browsing

Private-browsing mode has many other names, including “incognito mode” in Chrome and “InPrivate Browsing” in Internet Explorer. Some people refer to private-browsing mode as “porn mode”, but it isn’t just for porn addicts. It can be used for a variety of other useful things, including determining whether an airfare or shopping website is showing you higher prices.

25-02-2013
Not Just for Porn: Other Uses For Private Browsing
Fun & Useful Alternatives For Windows Explorer

Windows

Fun & Useful Alternatives For Windows Explorer

Windows Explorer – now known as File Explorer in Windows 8 – is a mainstay of the Windows desktop. No matter how many alternative programs Windows tweakers use, most people seem to stick with the familiar Windows Explorer. Windows Explorer is a solid application, no doubt – but what if you want a dual-pane interface, tabs, or any number of other features Windows Explorer doesn’t include?

22-02-2013
Fun & Useful Alternatives For Windows Explorer
Why Does My Motherboard Have A Battery?

Technology Explained

Why Does My Motherboard Have A Battery?

Whether you’re using a desktop computer or a laptop, your computer’s motherboard contains an integrated battery. Unlike a standard laptop battery, the motherboard’s battery doesn’t power your computer while you’re using it. Quite the opposite, actually – the battery is tiny and only active when you’re not actually using your computer.

20-02-2013
Why Does My Motherboard Have A Battery?
How To Change, Reset, And Picturize Your Windows 8 Password

Windows

How To Change, Reset, And Picturize Your Windows 8 Password

Windows 8 brings quite a few password-related changes. It uses Microsoft accounts by default, which means that your log in password is the same as the password for your Microsoft account online. You can reset this password online if you ever forget it. Windows 8 also allows you to create picture passwords, an ideal feature for touchscreen tablets.

18-02-2013
How To Change, Reset, And Picturize Your Windows 8 Password
Convenience Before Freedom: How Tech Companies Are Slowly Trapping You [Opinion]

Internet

Convenience Before Freedom: How Tech Companies Are Slowly Trapping You [Opinion]

Computers were once under our control. We could run any software we wanted on them, and the companies that manufactured the computer had no say. Today, computers are increasingly being locked down. Apple and Microsoft rule over their app stores with an iron fist, deciding what we can and can’t do with our devices. We live in a world where changing an iPad’s default web browser or email app is a crime.

15-02-2013
Convenience Before Freedom: How Tech Companies Are Slowly Trapping You [Opinion]
New To Google+? Quick Tips You Need to Know

Internet

New To Google+? Quick Tips You Need to Know

Google+ was never quite the Facebook killer it was hyped up to be, but it’s been growing steadily ever since it’s been introduced and now has over 100 million active users. Whether you’re just getting started with Google+ or you signed up a while ago and never gave it a chance, these tips will help get you up to speed with Google’s social network.

13-02-2013
New To Google+? Quick Tips You Need to Know
VPNs Are Old: Better Ways to Access Region-Blocked Video

Internet

VPNs Are Old: Better Ways to Access Region-Blocked Video

Internet users outside of the United States are blocked from accessing the wealth of streaming video and music content available to Americans. Even Americans are deprived of international services like BBC iPlayer. Faced with this, many people choose VPNs. However, VPNs are not the ideal way to access region-blocked videos and music. There are better ways.

11-02-2013
VPNs Are Old: Better Ways to Access Region-Blocked Video
Configuring Antivirus Software for Efficient Scanning That Doesn’t Slow Your PC

Windows

Configuring Antivirus Software for Efficient Scanning That Doesn’t Slow Your PC

Antivirus software is important on Windows, but it can slow down your computer. The on-access scanning that protects you from malware means your antivirus has to scan every file you access before it actually opens. Luckily, there are a variety of ways to speed things up without losing security. Heavy antivirus programs can slow down a computer – particularly an older computer running an older, poorly optimized security suite.

08-02-2013
Configuring Antivirus Software for Efficient Scanning That Doesn’t Slow Your PC
What Is TrustedInstaller & Why Does it Keep Me From Renaming Files?

Windows

What Is TrustedInstaller & Why Does it Keep Me From Renaming Files?

TrustedInstaller is a built-in user account in Windows 8, Windows 7, and Windows Vista. This user account “owns” a variety of system files, including some files in your Program Files folder, your Windows folder, and even the Windows.old folder that is created after you upgrade from one version of Windows to another. To rename or delete these files, you’ll have to take ownership of them away from the TrustedInstaller user account.

06-02-2013
What Is TrustedInstaller & Why Does it Keep Me From Renaming Files?
Windows Live Essentials For Windows 8 – What You Need To Know

Windows

Windows Live Essentials For Windows 8 – What You Need To Know

Microsoft is in the process of phasing out Windows Essentials, formerly known as Windows Live Essentials. Microsoft has included Modern-style replacements for many of the Essentials applications in Windows 8 – email, calendaring, contacts, messaging, photo management, and cloud file storage are all built in. However, some Windows Essentials applications have no Modern equivalent, and you may want to the desktop versions of some applications.

04-02-2013
Windows Live Essentials For Windows 8 – What You Need To Know
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