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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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Bring Back The Google Search Sidebar With These Tools

Internet

Bring Back The Google Search Sidebar With These Tools

Change is the only constant. This is becoming even more true as we rely on web apps that can change out from under us. One day you’re using a familiar interface with features you rely on, and the next day you open your browser to realize that the interface you rely on is gone. We’re naturally wired to dislike change – even positive change – but not all change is for the best.

Chris Hoffman December 17, 2012 17-12-2012
Bring Back The Google Search Sidebar With These Tools
What You Need to Know About Securing Your Twitter Account

Internet

What You Need to Know About Securing Your Twitter Account

Twitter accounts are juicy targets for scammers and malware distributors. Once someone compromises your Twitter account, they can send out tweets with links to scams and malware, bombarding your followers with their junk. Strengthen your Twitter account’s security and prevent it from being used to attack your followers with these tips.

Chris Hoffman December 14, 2012 14-12-2012
What You Need to Know About Securing Your Twitter Account
Modern Or Broken? Important Tips For Troubleshooting Windows 8 Apps

Windows

Modern Or Broken? Important Tips For Troubleshooting Windows 8 Apps

Windows 8 is shiny and new, bringing an entirely new and different application model and ecosystem. No matter how experienced you are at troubleshooting previous versions of Windows, you won’t be fully prepared to start troubleshooting Windows 8 when you first sit down with it. We’ve gathered some Windows 8 app troubleshooting tips. This is all still new to everyone, so this isn’t the ultimate guide to troubleshooting Windows 8 apps. That will come later.

Chris Hoffman December 12, 2012 12-12-2012
Modern Or Broken? Important Tips For Troubleshooting Windows 8 Apps
How to Make Windows 8 Go Faster: 8 Tips For Improving Performance

Windows

How to Make Windows 8 Go Faster: 8 Tips For Improving Performance

Whatever you think of Windows 8 (at MakeUseOf, our opinions are mixed), it’s certainly speedy. Windows 8 boots faster than previous versions of Windows, has lower memory usage, and has a desktop that feels nice and snappy. Like all versions of Windows, Windows 8 has a variety of settings you can tweak to speed things up and make it even faster. Some of the tips here also apply to previous versions of Windows, but Windows 8 has some new tricks up its sleeve.

Chris Hoffman December 10, 2012 10-12-2012
How to Make Windows 8 Go Faster: 8 Tips For Improving Performance
Top 12 Jelly Bean Tips For A New Google Tablet Experience

Android

Top 12 Jelly Bean Tips For A New Google Tablet Experience

Android Jelly Bean 4.2, initially shipped on the Nexus 7, provides a great new tablet experience that outshines previous versions of Android. It even impressed our resident Apple fan. If you have a Nexus 7, Nexus 10, or another tablet running the latest version of Android, be sure to read these tips to make full use of your tablet.

Chris Hoffman December 7, 2012 07-12-2012
Top 12 Jelly Bean Tips For A New Google Tablet Experience
4 Surprising Ways To Encrypt Your Data

Linux Mac

4 Surprising Ways To Encrypt Your Data

Encryption is often considered the playground of geeks alone, but it doesn’t have to be. Encryption just means that information is scrambled and you can only access the real information with a special password or key. On an Internet where we don’t want our credit card numbers and other sensitive data exposed to prying eyes, encryption is an important tool.

Chris Hoffman December 5, 2012 05-12-2012
4 Surprising Ways To Encrypt Your Data
Run For Your Life With Canabalt HD [Android]

Android

Run For Your Life With Canabalt HD [Android]

You’re in your office when the city is attacked. You start running, leaping over a chair and out the window of a skyscraper, landing on the roof of a nearby building. An airship whizzes by, disorienting you, and suddenly a missile falls from the sky and lands in front of you. You try to jump, but it’s too late – you didn’t make it. You’re playing Canabalt HD, an enhanced version of the popular flash game Canabalt.

Chris Hoffman December 3, 2012 03-12-2012
Run For Your Life With Canabalt HD [Android]
Get Your Tablet On: 11+ Epic Android Apps Optimized For The Nexus 7

Android

Get Your Tablet On: 11+ Epic Android Apps Optimized For The Nexus 7

When Apple released the iPad Mini – jumping on board the 7″ tablet trend pioneered by Amazon and Google – they said Google’s Nexus 7 lacked good tablet apps. While Android may not have the selection of tablet apps available for Apple’s iPads, the Nexus 7 does have many great tablet apps that are optimized for the larger screen. Here are some of them.

Chris Hoffman November 30, 2012 30-11-2012
Get Your Tablet On: 11+ Epic Android Apps Optimized For The Nexus 7
Make Windows 7 & 8 Libraries Work For You

Windows

Make Windows 7 & 8 Libraries Work For You

Libraries, found in Windows 7 and 8. are more than a list of suggested folders for saving documents, music, pictures, and video. Customizing your libraries isn’t just tweaking for the sake of tweaking – with libraries, you can streamline the way you organize your files and make yourself more productive. If you’ve ignored libraries so far and opted to organize your files the traditional way, be sure to give libraries a try.

Chris Hoffman November 28, 2012 28-11-2012
Make Windows 7 & 8 Libraries Work For You
It’s Not Easy, But You Can Uninstall Windows 8 And Revert To Your Old OS

Windows

It’s Not Easy, But You Can Uninstall Windows 8 And Revert To Your Old OS

If you’ve installed Windows 8 and found yourself wishing that you could go back to Windows 7 or another operating system, there’s a way to do this. If you installed Windows 8 in a dual-boot environment and kept your old operating system around, it’s not too hard – but if you’ve installed Windows 8 over your old operating system, you’ll have to reinstall the old operating system from scratch.

Chris Hoffman November 26, 2012 26-11-2012
It’s Not Easy, But You Can Uninstall Windows 8 And Revert To Your Old OS
Not Sure About Upgrading? Then Why Not Dual Boot Windows 8 With Windows 7?

Windows

Not Sure About Upgrading? Then Why Not Dual Boot Windows 8 With Windows 7?

Are you interested in Windows 8, but don’t want to abandon Windows 7 just yet? Well, why not dual-boot Windows 8 and Windows 7, selecting the operating system you want to use each time you turn on your computer? This allows you to test Windows 8 while keeping Windows 7 around as an escape hatch if you want out. This process will install Windows 8 on its own separate partition, leaving your Windows 7 system intact.

Chris Hoffman November 23, 2012 23-11-2012
Not Sure About Upgrading? Then Why Not Dual Boot Windows 8 With Windows 7?
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