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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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Before The Windows Store – Package Managers & Software Repositories [Windows]

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Before The Windows Store – Package Managers & Software Repositories [Windows]

App stores are everywhere these days. Whether you’re using iOS or Android, you can get all your apps from a single location and have them automatically update in a consistent way. If you’re using Mac OS X, you can use the Mac App Store to get your software. Linux users use package managers with large software repositories to easily install all the software they need. There’s just one platform that seems untouched by time: the Windows desktop.

Chris Hoffman October 24, 2012 24-10-2012
Before The Windows Store – Package Managers & Software Repositories [Windows]
How To Install Windows 8 From A USB Stick

Windows

How To Install Windows 8 From A USB Stick

If you’re looking to install Windows 8 and your computer doesn’t have a DVD drive, you’re not alone. Whether you have a Windows 8 DVD or a Windows 8 ISO file you’ve downloaded from Microsoft, you can use a free Microsoft tool to copy the Windows 8 installation files to a USB drive and install Windows 8 from the USB drive.

Chris Hoffman October 22, 2012 22-10-2012
How To Install Windows 8 From A USB Stick
Use PDFSam To Easily Split, Merge, & Reorder PDF Pages

Windows

Use PDFSam To Easily Split, Merge, & Reorder PDF Pages

PDFSam, short for “PDF Split and Merge,” is a great utility for quick PDF editing. You can combine multiple PDF documents into a single PDF document, split a PDF into multiple files, extract pages from a PDF, reorder the pages in a file, or create a new PDF file that contains pages from multiple files. If you want to do some basic PDF splitting, merging, and reordering, PDFSam is the application for you.

Chris Hoffman October 19, 2012 19-10-2012
Use PDFSam To Easily Split, Merge, & Reorder PDF Pages
How To Sync Windows Live & Google Calendar

Windows

How To Sync Windows Live & Google Calendar

Both Google and Windows Live calendars can be synced with the other calendar service, allowing you to see your calendars in one place. This can be useful for effortless syncing – for example, if you add your Windows Live calendar to your Google Calendar account, it will appear in the Android calendar app with no additional account setup required. The same goes for Windows Live applications.

Chris Hoffman October 17, 2012 17-10-2012
How To Sync Windows Live & Google Calendar
What Are ISO Files & How You Can Create, Use & Burn Them For Free In Windows 7

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What Are ISO Files & How You Can Create, Use & Burn Them For Free In Windows 7

ISO files can be created from any CD or DVD you have lying around. They’re called “disc images” because they’re an exact image of a disc. An ISO file contains an exact representation of the contents of a disc, allowing you to create backup copies of discs and store them digitally. These ISO files can be used as if they were physical discs, making them particularly useful I you have a computer without a disc drive.

Chris Hoffman October 15, 2012 15-10-2012
What Are ISO Files & How You Can Create, Use & Burn Them For Free In Windows 7
Save Hard Drive Space By Finding And Removing Duplicate Files

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Save Hard Drive Space By Finding And Removing Duplicate Files

Duplicate files come in a variety of flavors. In addition to exact copies of files, you may have very similar images, music files that contain the same song ripped from different sources, or text documents that are almost the same but contain a few lines of unique text. These tools will help you whip your file collection into shape and free up valuable disk space.

Chris Hoffman October 12, 2012 12-10-2012
Save Hard Drive Space By Finding And Removing Duplicate Files
The MUO Security Checklist: What You Need To Do Right Now To Be Safe

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The MUO Security Checklist: What You Need To Do Right Now To Be Safe

Security can be an overwhelming subject – there are so many potential problems we need to think about when securing our computers, our online accounts, and our wireless networks. This list should help simplify things – follow this checklist and you’ll be well on your way to staying safe on a dangerous Internet. Many security problems are caused by other people, whether it’s a company releasing software with dangerous security holes or a website getting hacked.

Chris Hoffman October 10, 2012 10-10-2012
The MUO Security Checklist: What You Need To Do Right Now To Be Safe
How To Setup Free SMS Alerts When Your Website Is Down

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How To Setup Free SMS Alerts When Your Website Is Down

Many services offer website uptime monitoring and SMS alerts when your website goes down, but most of them charge money for this service. Using a clever Google Docs trick and the SMS capability built into Google Calendar, you can quickly set up free text message alerts when your website goes down. This script will try to connect to one or more websites every five minutes. If it can’t connect, you’ll receive a notification by email and text message so you can deal with the problem immediately.

Chris Hoffman October 8, 2012 08-10-2012
How To Setup Free SMS Alerts When Your Website Is Down
How to Set up Bluetooth in Windows 7, Make PC Discoverable & Add Devices

Windows

How to Set up Bluetooth in Windows 7, Make PC Discoverable & Add Devices

Bluetooth is an alternative to wires – with Bluetooth, you can connect Bluetooth-enabled phones, mice, headsets, printers, keyboards, tablets, and many other devices with a Bluetooth-supporting computer. You can transfer files back and forth, use a mouse or keyboard as a wireless input device, or use a wireless headset for audio input and output – Bluetooth can do many things, depending on the type of Bluetooth device you have.

Chris Hoffman October 5, 2012 05-10-2012
How to Set up Bluetooth in Windows 7, Make PC Discoverable & Add Devices
How To Save Websites To Read Later On Your Kindle

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How To Save Websites To Read Later On Your Kindle

Our computers aren’t made for reading long-form articles, but Kindles are. You can send websites to your Kindle and read them later, just like you’d read eBooks on your Kindle. This lets you use your Kindle to read long articles in comfort, outside in the sun on an e-ink Kindle or sitting on your couch with a Kindle Fire. If you’ve got a Kindle Fire, you’ll also want to check out Pocket, a great application for saving webpages to read later.

Chris Hoffman October 3, 2012 03-10-2012
How To Save Websites To Read Later On Your Kindle
Know Your Rights: Are You Using Safe & Friendly Online Services?

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Know Your Rights: Are You Using Safe & Friendly Online Services?

Do you know how the web services you choose use your data? Do they claim a broad copyright to it, remove your rights to a class-action lawsuit in the USA, or share your information with other companies? Or are they a well-behaved service that respects your rights? The answer to this is in each website’s terms of service – unfortunately, no one has the time to read those.

Chris Hoffman October 1, 2012 01-10-2012
Know Your Rights: Are You Using Safe & Friendly Online Services?
Is Java Unsafe & Should You Disable It?

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Is Java Unsafe & Should You Disable It?

Oracle’s Java plug-in has become less and less common on the Web, but it’s become more and more common in the news. Whether Java is allowing over 600,000 Macs to be infected or Oracle is sitting on their hands and only patching a serious Java vulnerability four months after it’s initially reported, news about the Java plug-in is rarely good. The reality is that you probably don’t need Java installed.

Chris Hoffman September 28, 2012 28-09-2012
Is Java Unsafe & Should You Disable It?
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