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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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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
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
Not Sure About Upgrading? Then Why Not Dual Boot Windows 8 With Windows 7?
Tired Of Your Mouse Cursor? Replace It With Something Fresh & Beautiful [Windows]

Windows

Tired Of Your Mouse Cursor? Replace It With Something Fresh & Beautiful [Windows]

Let’s face it, the mouse cursors included with Windows are getting a bit old. While it’s seen a few tweaks over the years, that white mouse cursor has remained largely the same for over a decade. You don’t have to wait for Microsoft to give Windows a new mouse cursor set – you can easily download and use beautiful user-created mouse cursor sets for Windows.

Chris Hoffman November 21, 2012
Tired Of Your Mouse Cursor? Replace It With Something Fresh & Beautiful [Windows]
Make a Better Recycle Bin With These Great Tools & Tricks

Windows

Make a Better Recycle Bin With These Great Tools & Tricks

Most of us are very familiar with the Recycle Bin. We use it regularly, and it seems like a feature we can’t do much to customize – deleted files go there, and we can permanently delete them later. But there’s a lot more you can do to customize and tweak your Recycle Bin, from placing it in your system tray and automatically clearing old files to changing its icon and name. The tips here apply to Windows 7 and should work similarly on Windows 8 and Vista, too.

Chris Hoffman November 19, 2012
Make a Better Recycle Bin With These Great Tools & Tricks
How To Safely Clean Your Tablet Or Smartphone’s Touchscreen

Android iPhone and iPad

How To Safely Clean Your Tablet Or Smartphone’s Touchscreen

Cleaning a touchscreen is simple. You don’t need a special cleaning kit or cleaning solution to safely clean your tablet or smartphone’s touchscreen – you can do it with materials you probably have on hand. However, you do need to know what to avoid – many common types of cloths and cleaning solutions can damage a touchscreen. Once you understand what to do and what not to do, you can safely clean a smartphone or tablet’s touchscreen in just a few seconds.

Chris Hoffman November 16, 2012
How To Safely Clean Your Tablet Or Smartphone’s Touchscreen
Why Do Chrome Plugins Need Access To ‘All My Data’ and ‘Browsing Activity’?

Browsers

Why Do Chrome Plugins Need Access To ‘All My Data’ and ‘Browsing Activity’?

If you’ve installed Chrome plugins, you’ve probably seen a warning that they can access your data on all websites, your tabs and browsing activity, or even all the data on your computer. This warning can be scary, especially if you’re installing a simple browser extension that looks harmless. Unfortunately, the way web browsers and web pages work means that extensions must ask for quite a few permissions to do simple things.

Chris Hoffman November 14, 2012
Why Do Chrome Plugins Need Access To ‘All My Data’ and ‘Browsing Activity’?
How To Test Windows 8 On A Tablet

Windows

How To Test Windows 8 On A Tablet

It’s no secret that Windows 8’s new interface is a “touch-first experience” – Microsoft said it themselves. If you’re curious about upgrading to Windows 8, you can try Windows 8 on your PC – but unless you’re using a PC with a touch screen, it just isn’t the same. Assuming you have an iPad or Android tablet lying around, you can test Windows 8 with a touchscreen before you purchase a new Windows 8 PC or tablet.

Chris Hoffman November 12, 2012
How To Test Windows 8 On A Tablet
Linux Gaming, an Overview: What You Can And Can’t Expect

Linux

Linux Gaming, an Overview: What You Can And Can’t Expect

While desktop Linux may be a tempting platform, there’s one thing stopping a lot of people from making the plunge: PC gaming. Like it or not, Windows is the de facto platform for PC gaming. You can’t count on Linux supporting your favorite games, but you may be surprised: some Windows games work on Linux using the Wine compatability layer.

Chris Hoffman November 9, 2012
Linux Gaming, an Overview: What You Can And Can’t Expect
Updating Ubuntu OS & Applications: The Essentials Any Ubuntu User Should Know

Linux

Updating Ubuntu OS & Applications: The Essentials Any Ubuntu User Should Know

Updating your Ubuntu operating system and its installed applications is a fairly simple process, but it works very differently from Windows. All the software you install from the Ubuntu Software Center comes from Ubuntu’s software repositories, so you can get updates in one place – think of it like an app store for your computer. When a new version of Ubuntu is released, you’ll be able to upgrade right from within Ubuntu.

Chris Hoffman November 7, 2012
Updating Ubuntu OS & Applications: The Essentials Any Ubuntu User Should Know
Are You Getting The Broadband Speed You’re Paying For?

Internet

Are You Getting The Broadband Speed You’re Paying For?

How fast is your Internet connection, really? Your Internet service provider quotes you speeds, but how do you know if you’re actually getting the speed you’re paying for? You can find out using one of these free tools. And, if you’re not, there are some things you can do to increase your Internet connection speed.

Chris Hoffman November 5, 2012
Are You Getting The Broadband Speed You’re Paying For?
Missing Or Broken Mouse? Operate Windows Completely From Your Keyboard

Windows

Missing Or Broken Mouse? Operate Windows Completely From Your Keyboard

Your computer’s mouse may seem like an essential peripheral, but it’s not – it’s just nice to have. If you don’t have a working mouse around – or if you just feel like learning some new keyboard tricks – you can use your Windows computer entirely from the keyboard. These keyboard tricks can help make you more productive even if you have a mouse.

Chris Hoffman November 2, 2012
Missing Or Broken Mouse? Operate Windows Completely From Your Keyboard
How To Use a Digital Camera With Linux

Linux

How To Use a Digital Camera With Linux

The days when working with digital cameras and other common consumer hardware on Linux was a chore that involved fiddling with terminal commands are over. Using a digital camera with modern Linux distributions like Ubuntu is an extremely simple process. In fact, the built-in software on Ubuntu and other Linux distributions is better than Windows for this, as it allows you to easily do basic photo-editing and upload your photos to web services.

Chris Hoffman October 31, 2012
How To Use a Digital Camera With Linux
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