Chris Hoffman

Joined December 2011

Chris Hoffman is a tech blogger and all-around technology addict living in Vancouver, BC. Connect with him on Google+ or Twitter.

Feel free to contact at choffman@makeuseof.com

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Windows XP: What’s Happening To It Now?

9th April, 2014

Windows XP may be dead, but it’s not yet gone. Over 27% of computers connected to the Internet still run Windows XP. Here’s exactly what “end of support” means for Windows XP systems.

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Forget The End Of Life Woes: Windows 8 Has An XP Mode

8th April, 2014

Windows XP mode is restricted to Professional versions of Windows 7. But there’s a way to get Windows XP Mode running on Windows 8 anyway. All you need is a computer running Windows 8.

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Bypass Georestrictions By Changing Your Smartphone’s DNS Settings

4th April, 2014

Services like UnoDNS and Unblock-Us aren’t just for your computer. They’ll work on smartphones, tablets, and even game consoles.

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Which Browser Is Most Secure On Your Old Windows XP System?

29th March, 2014

You should be upgrading from Windows XP, but we have to face facts — many people won’t upgrade before the end-of-support date. If you’re still using one of those XP computers, the best thing you can do is ditch Internet Explorer for a more modern browser. This is the main thing you can do to […]

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5 Reasons Why You Love Windows XP & What You Sacrifice

26th March, 2014

Nearly 30% of computers are still running Windows XP. It was a stable and reliable system for years, but all good things come to an end. Almost no good reasons to keep using Windows XP remain.

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5 Tools To Migrate Your Data From Windows XP

25th March, 2014

Are you looking for easy ways to migrate your personal data from Windows XP to a modern operating system? It’s long past time to upgrade from Windows XP and we have got you covered.

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Is It Illegal To Root Your Android or Jailbreak Your iPhone?

19th March, 2014

Whether you’re rooting an Android phones or jailbreaking an iPhone, you’re removing the restrictions the manufacturer or cellular carrier placed on the device you own – but is it legal?

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Compress PDFs & Reduce File Size With Free Windows Tools & Tricks

17th March, 2014

PDFs can be very large. If you ever need to compress a PDF file to email or upload it somewhere, you have multiple options. This article offers a summary.

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Does Your Mac Really Need Tools Like MacKeeper?

13th March, 2014

System cleaning tools and utility suites aren’t just for Windows PCs. But what do these tools do, exactly? And should you use them?

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Try This When Windows Software Won’t Install

10th March, 2014

Did the installer refuse to run, report an error code, say it’s unable to write to a folder, or fail silently. We help you troubleshoot and fix the problem.

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3 Browsers With Cool Touch Features For Windows 8

4th March, 2014

The last thing you want on a touch-enabled Windows 8 device is a desktop browser that’s poorly designed for touch screens. Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Chrome all have modern interfaces optimized for touch input.

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Should You Buy A Smartwatch Now, Or Wait?

27th February, 2014

Everyone is talking about smartwatches and other wearables as “the next big thing.” So, should you buy a smartwatch today, or wait for the smartwatches to come?

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Troubleshoot and Share Your Wireless Internet in Windows 8

24th February, 2014

Wi-Fi problems can be obnoxious, but most can be fixed without a degree in computer networking. Your Windows 8 wireless Internet connection can be shared via cellular data, Ethernet, or even another Wi-Fi connection.

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Native Security and Privacy Options For Windows 8.1 Explained

21st February, 2014

Windows 8.1 security and privacy features include anti-malware, automatic device encryption, or built-in fingerprint reader support. We show you how to make your touch-first tablet, traditional PC, or other Windows 8.1 device more secure.

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How Easy Is It To Sync Google Mail, Contacts & Calendar To Your iPad?

20th February, 2014

You can use Apple’s iCloud for email and contacts on your iPad, but there’s a good chance you already use Gmail and Google Calendar.