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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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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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

05-12-2012
4 Surprising Ways To Encrypt Your Data
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