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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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Unmissable Addons For Firefox On Your Android Device

Android Browsers

Unmissable Addons For Firefox On Your Android Device

Firefox for Android has a trick up its sleeve: Add-ons. Just as Firefox offers a more powerful extension system than Chrome on the desktop, it beats Chrome for Android by supporting extensions. You can install a variety of add-ons from the Mozilla Add-ons website. There are nowhere near as many as there are for the desktop version of Firefox – only about 80 at the moment – but there are some good ones.

Chris Hoffman January 14, 2013 14-01-2013
Unmissable Addons For Firefox On Your Android Device
Get There Faster – 10 Google Maps & Navigation Tips

Internet

Get There Faster – 10 Google Maps & Navigation Tips

Google Maps is still the most powerful mapping service ever, despite what Apple might say. Whether you’re using Google Maps in a browser on your desktop or an app on your mobile phone, Google Maps is packed with useful features, some of which are a bit hidden. Even better, the Google Maps app works in concert with the Google Maps website on your computer.

Chris Hoffman January 11, 2013 11-01-2013
Get There Faster – 10 Google Maps & Navigation Tips
Race To Your Smartphone Or Tablet’s Limits With Riptide GP [Android & iOS]

Gaming

Race To Your Smartphone Or Tablet’s Limits With Riptide GP [Android & iOS]

Riptide GP shows just how much graphical power modern smartphones and tablets have. This game offers more than just great graphics, however – there’s a great racing game here. It even uses realistic water physics that affect the gameplay. You’ll need a device with some graphical power to really enjoy this game. We played Riptide GP on a Nexus 7 and the graphics were great – don’t let anyone tell you Android don’t have great games.

Chris Hoffman January 7, 2013 07-01-2013
Race To Your Smartphone Or Tablet’s Limits With Riptide GP [Android & iOS]
7 Windows Frustrations You Can Quickly Fix

Windows

7 Windows Frustrations You Can Quickly Fix

Windows might be popular, but it isn’t perfect. There are a number of frustrating things that can occur while using a Windows desktop – from windows disappearing off your screen to annoying pop-ups and notification messages. We’ll show you how to quickly fix these common Windows frustrations and get back to work (or play).

Chris Hoffman January 4, 2013 04-01-2013
7 Windows Frustrations You Can Quickly Fix
Want Internet Explorer 9 for Windows XP? Try These Browser Alternatives

Browsers Windows

Want Internet Explorer 9 for Windows XP? Try These Browser Alternatives

Google has dropped support for Internet Explorer 8, and they aren’t the only organization to do so. While you can’t use Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 9 without upgrading to a newer version of Windows, there are a variety of modern browsers that still support Windows XP. Let’s be honest – IE 8 isn’t much better than Internet Explorer 6. Even Internet Explorer 9 offers much better support for HTML5 and other modern technologies.

Chris Hoffman January 2, 2013 02-01-2013
Want Internet Explorer 9 for Windows XP? Try These Browser Alternatives
Run Multiple Operating Systems At Once With VMware Player

Linux Windows

Run Multiple Operating Systems At Once With VMware Player

We’ve lavished attention on VirtualBox here at MakeUseOf, and for good reason. However, VirtualBox isn’t your only option for creating and using free virtual machines. VMware Player, VMware’s free product, is every bit as good as VirtualBox for many users. You may even prefer it to VirtualBox. VMware Player runs on Windows and Linux.

Chris Hoffman December 28, 2012 28-12-2012
Run Multiple Operating Systems At Once With VMware Player
Process Explorer – The Most Powerful Task Manager Replacement [Windows]

Windows

Process Explorer – The Most Powerful Task Manager Replacement [Windows]

Let’s be honest, the Windows Task Manager isn’t that great for understanding and managing the processes running on your computer. Even on Windows 8, where it’s much-improved, the task manager can’t come close to the power of Process Explorer. It’s part of the Sysinternals set of tools that Microsoft purchased – and for good reason. They’re among the most powerful system utilities for Windows.

Chris Hoffman December 24, 2012 24-12-2012
Process Explorer – The Most Powerful Task Manager Replacement [Windows]
8 Ways To Email Large Attachments

Internet

8 Ways To Email Large Attachments

Email was never made for large file attachments. Many email servers won’t even accept emails with attachments over 10 MB in size. To send large files via email, you’ll need to upload your email attachments to a file storage and sharing service. The email recipient will receive a link they can click to download the email attachment, allowing you to send gigabytes of attachments without clogging up inboxes and running into size limits.

Chris Hoffman December 21, 2012 21-12-2012
8 Ways To Email Large Attachments
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
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