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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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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.

Chris Hoffman February 15, 2013 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.

Chris Hoffman February 13, 2013 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.

Chris Hoffman February 11, 2013 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.

Chris Hoffman February 8, 2013 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.

Chris Hoffman February 6, 2013 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.

Chris Hoffman February 4, 2013 04-02-2013
Windows Live Essentials For Windows 8 – What You Need To Know
Everything You Need to Know About Managing Chrome Bookmarks

Browsers

Everything You Need to Know About Managing Chrome Bookmarks

Chrome has a number of features to help you sync, easily access, manage, sort, and tidy your bookmarks. Some people manage just fine without bookmarks, but not most of us. If you use the Chrome browser — and bookmarks — we’ll help you make maximum use of bookmarks in Chrome. Bookmarks are deceptively simple, but there’s a lot you can do with them.

Chris Hoffman February 1, 2013 01-02-2013
Everything You Need to Know About Managing Chrome Bookmarks
Making Linux a Genuine Windows Replacement

Linux

Making Linux a Genuine Windows Replacement

With Windows 8 casting a long shadow over the PC industry and Valve committing to create Linux-based gaming PCs, there’s never been a better time to start using Linux. For many users, the Linux desktop is now there — so many applications have moved to the cloud, hardware support has improved, and the desktop has been polished. You can even watch Netflix and play a variety of games on Steam — two big holes that have been filled recently.

Chris Hoffman January 30, 2013 30-01-2013
Making Linux a Genuine Windows Replacement
8 Things You Didn’t Know About Steam

Gaming

8 Things You Didn’t Know About Steam

Steam started out as an annoying program that came with Half-Life 2, but it’s grown into the PC game store of choice for most PC gamers. Although some people aren’t fans and prefer alternative stores, it’s a powerful platform that offers a lot of features. Even if you’re a Steam fan, there’s likely a lot you don’t know about Steam. Steam is constantly gaining new features. We’ll be seeing a Linux-based “Steam Box” challenging the consoles in the living room this year, too.

Chris Hoffman January 28, 2013 28-01-2013
8 Things You Didn’t Know About Steam
Not Just Search: 10+ Google Services You Have to Know About

Internet

Not Just Search: 10+ Google Services You Have to Know About

We all know Google is more than just a search engine: It’s an suite web-based applications and services for everything from email to calendaring, document editing, and file storage. It’s even an online media store. However, that isn’t all Google can do. There are quite a few useful but lesser-known Google services you should know about. There’s something everybody can make use of here.

Chris Hoffman January 25, 2013 25-01-2013
Not Just Search: 10+ Google Services You Have to Know About
Make Windows 8 Sexier With These Background & Theme Tweaks

Windows

Make Windows 8 Sexier With These Background & Theme Tweaks

Does your Windows 8 system look too bland with the default settings? You can customize it in a variety of ways, changing a variety of backgrounds and colors — whether on the Start screen, lock screen, or desktop. Your Windows 8 system can be a subdued interface with dark colors and muted backgrounds, a tableau of bright colors and colorful flowers, or anything in between.

Chris Hoffman January 23, 2013 23-01-2013
Make Windows 8 Sexier With These Background & Theme Tweaks
7 Windows 8 Niggles Resolved

Windows

7 Windows 8 Niggles Resolved

Windows 8 has a number of features that can be annoying to experienced users of the traditional Windows desktop. From adding a Start menu to disabling the bulky ribbon, noisy live tiles, and unnecessary lock screen, you can easily fix a variety of problems you have with Windows 8. Some of these tricks will also help you master Windows 8 as it’s meant to be used.

Chris Hoffman January 21, 2013 21-01-2013
7 Windows 8 Niggles Resolved
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