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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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Get More from Windows 7 ALT+TAB App Switching: Tricks You Didn’t Know About

Windows

Get More from Windows 7 ALT+TAB App Switching: Tricks You Didn’t Know About

There’s more to Alt+Tab than just pressing Alt+Tab to switch between windows. There are a variety of hidden keyboard shortcuts that make the Alt+Tab switcher quicker and easier to use. There are also ways to customize the Alt+Tab switcher, reverting to the old-style, classic Alt+Tab switcher or disabling the window previews that appear while Alt+Tabbing. You can even go beyond the Alt+Tab switcher that comes with Windows.

Chris Hoffman October 29, 2012
Get More from Windows 7 ALT+TAB App Switching: Tricks You Didn’t Know About
Automatically Shut Down Your Computer After Downloading Has Completed [Windows]

Windows

Automatically Shut Down Your Computer After Downloading Has Completed [Windows]

Leaving your computer on to download files can be a smart move, but what happens when the download completes? Your computer will stay powered on, doing nothing but wasting electricity and costing you some money. If you want to leave your computer on to download files, you can have it automatically shut down after the download process completes.

Chris Hoffman October 26, 2012
Automatically Shut Down Your Computer After Downloading Has Completed [Windows]
Before The Windows Store – Package Managers & Software Repositories [Windows]

Windows

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
Before The Windows Store – Package Managers & Software Repositories [Windows]
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
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
How To Sync Windows Live & Google Calendar
What Are ISO Files & How You Can Create, Use & Burn Them For Free In Windows 7

Windows

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
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

Windows

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
Save Hard Drive Space By Finding And Removing Duplicate Files
The MUO Security Checklist: What You Need To Do Right Now To Be Safe

Windows

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
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

Internet

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
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
How To Set Up Bluetooth in Windows 7, Make PC Discoverable & Add Devices
How To Save Websites To Read Later On Your Kindle

Internet

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
How To Save Websites To Read Later On Your Kindle
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