Guy McDowell

Joined December 2008

The Hi-Tech Redneck ® has 20+ years of IT and Technical Trades experience. Working with people, or on my own, I strive to do the best job possible in the best manner possible. Keep in touch: Twitter - Google+

Feel free to contact at guy@makeuseof.com

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Why You Should Use Browsers for Browsing, Not Saving Information

22nd November, 2014

It’s nice that we can just fill out a form with one click and get things done. It really makes things simple. Thank goodness that modern web browsers have that capability. Oh, sure it makes it easier for you to get things done, but did you know it also makes it easier for the bad guys […]

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Buying Your Next Sports Watch: What You Need To Know

13th November, 2014

Ever tried running a marathon with your iPhone strapped to your arm? Or tried to check tide charts on your Android phone while boating in rough water? You probably need a sports watch.

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How To Stop The POODLE Exploit From Biting Your Browser

25th October, 2014

When do people not like a puppy? When they know it’s not a puppy, but a browser exploit aimed at stealing their vital information. The POODLE (Padding Oracle On Downgraded Legacy Encryption) we’re talking about is a serious security attack. As a security exploit, it can affect all web browsers, and therefore any one of […]

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3D Printing and Rapid Prototyping: Future or Fad?

17th October, 2014

What went through your mind the first time you saw 3D printing in action? Did you think, “Hey that’s moderately cool”? Or did you think, “Wow. I could build ANYTHING with that!”

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Chrome 64-bit Vs 32-bit For Windows – Is 64-bit Worth Installing?

27th September, 2014

Anyone who is using Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 on a computer with a 64-bit processor can use Chrome 64-bit. What’s the difference? I’m glad you asked.

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Ten Android Apps Every College Student Needs

24th September, 2014

If you’re at College or University this semester, you need these ten apps.

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Types Of Internet Access Technologies Explained, And What You Should Expect

22nd September, 2014

What kind of Internet access do you really have? Broadband? High Speed? Wireless? Satellite? Fibre?

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Metadata – The Information About Your Information

11th September, 2014

Do you care about your privacy? You should. Or are you one of those people that thinks, “I’ve got nothing to hide, so they can look at whatever they want!” Sorry, you may have something to hide and not even know it. “What?”, you ask, “I just told you I have nothing to hide. I’ve never done […]

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8 Fun Social Media Knick-Knacks You Can Actually Buy

26th August, 2014

Did you know that there are many cool gadgets out there that will help you interact with your friends over the Internet without being on Twitter or Tumblr?

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6 Awesome YouTube Videos To Help You Learn Android Development

30th June, 2014

Want to learn how to develop Android apps? Then these YouTube videos are perfect for you.

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10 Easy & Quick Online Mockup Tools That Help You Imagine Anything

27th June, 2014

Make the best use of instant-creation technologies, with your own mock-up designs. Mock-ups help evaluate, fix flaws, and tweak designs before creating them. Design just about anything with these tools.

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DIY Droid: 6 Apps To Help With Your Next Home Improvement Project

6th June, 2014

Imagining your summer home renovation project? Get started with some Android apps to help you every step of the way, from inspiration to planning to building.

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Keep Up With The Latest Data Leaks – Follow These 5 Services & Feeds

5th June, 2014

Oh eBay! How could you let this happen!? All of those passwords lost, all of us scrambling to change our passwords. Why doesn’t this happen to anyone else? It does. Daily. And it will continue to happen if companies and governments continue to ignore the security of your data. For you, Joe Sixpack and Joan […]

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How To Securely Delete Files From Your HDD Or SSD In Windows

3rd June, 2014

Did you know files never actually get deleted? That’s why they can be recovered; by you or someone else. If this makes you feel uncomfortable, learn how to securely delete files.

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9 Proven, Tested Tips To Extend Your Android’s Battery Life

30th May, 2014

No matter how long your phone’s battery life lasts, there are ways that you can definitely make it last longer. Let’s take a look at some different ways.