Guy McDowell

Joined December 2008

With 20+ years of experience in IT, training, and technical trades, it is my desire to share what I've learned with anyone else willing to learn. I strive to do the best job possible in the best manner possible, and with a little humour. Keep in touch: Twitter - Facebook - Google+.

Feel free to contact at guy@makeuseof.com

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Guy's Latest Posts

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Learn How to Solder, with These Simple Tips and Projects

5 days ago

Are you a little intimidated by the thought of a hot iron and molten metal? If you want to start working with electronics, you’re going to need to learn to solder. Let us help.

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DIY Dad & Mom: Raise Your Kid to Be a Tinkerer with Cool Home Projects

6th April, 2015

Do you and your kids tinker together? If not, start today. Teach them to create things and you teach them to take control of their world.

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Is RSS Dead? A Look At The Numbers

25th March, 2015

RSS isn’t dead: millions of people still use it. Let’s look at a few numbers.

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Stuck on CHKDSK? How to Use & Fix It the Right Way

9th March, 2015

CHKDSK can seriously deflate your Windows boot time. More importantly, it indicates that something’s not right. Here’s what Check Disk does and how you can use it.

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Are You Nearsighted or Farsighted? Tips to Make Windows More Accessible for Young & Old

3rd March, 2015

Computers use print that’s too small, your eyesight changes, you get headaches, and the computer gets called a lot of dirty names. Consult this guide to Windows Accessibility tools for some stress relief!

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Why Your Finger Will Never Replace a Pen: Refuting Satya Nadella

2nd March, 2015

Satya Nadella, the CEO of Microsoft, was asked by ABC News what he expects to be obsolete technology in ten years. As the commander of the technology juggernaut, he ought to know. His quick answer was the fountain pen.

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How To Make a Bootable USB, CD or DVD to Install Windows Using an ISO File

17th February, 2015

Need installation media to reinstall Windows? In this article we’ll show you where to get Windows 7, 8, 8.1, and 10 installation files and how to create a bootable USB, CD, or DVD from scratch.

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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 […]