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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Test Windows 7 RC on a Virtual Machine [Part 2]

12th May, 2009

Since my last article you’ve been sitting there with your freshly installed virtual machine, just waiting with baited breath to install Windows 7 Release Candidate. Wait no more, my friend, wait no more. Now we’ll install Win7RC on your virtual machine. Step 1 – Download the Windows 7 Release Candidate ISO Head on over to […]

Test Windows 7 RC on a Virtual Machine [Part 1]

Test Windows 7 RC on a Virtual Machine [Part 1]

9th May, 2009

In the past, beta’s and release candidates would normally be released to IT professionals who had an extra computer kicking around to test things like this on. Yet, what if you just have the one computer at home and really want to test Win7RC, what do you do? Here’s the answer and it’s not as scary as you might think. Install a virtual machine (VM).

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3 Remarkable File Recovery Tools

6th May, 2009

Have you been recently separated from a loved file? Bereaved the loss of that special database or text file? Maybe you just stopped seeing your saved images, or your significant digits ran off without notice. I’ve got just the mate for you to help you recover from your loss. Welcome to the Data Game!  So, […]

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How To Use Xirrus To Figure Out WiFi Network Problems

1st May, 2009

For some unknown reason, my WiFi connection at home drops out. Sure, it drops when the microwave is turned on high, but I understand that. It’s the plate in my head. I pee my pants and forget who I am for about a half-hour or so……Yet, there are other times when nothing seems to change […]

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Plan Walking Routes with Gmaps Pedometer

27th April, 2009

A little while back I wrote about how I’m trying to change shape from something like a sphere to more of an upside-down triangle. I’ve got my tunes all adjusted for the pace, now I just need my walking routes. It’s been three years since I’ve done any jogging or walking for exercise, so I’d […]

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5 English Foreign Newspapers That You Should Read

23rd April, 2009

Before the flaming starts, let me qualify that headline – I mean ‘foreign’ as in ‘foreign to me’. Yes, the web is worldwide and you may be reading from one of the countries that I reference. That’s cool. Welcome. The goal of this article is driven by the axiom that when there are two opposing […]

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How To Convert Any Windows Program to Run on a U3 Drive

20th April, 2009

Have you ever been working on a different computer and thought, “Drat, I wish I had ProgramX with me. That would really help.” Or am I the only one that still uses the word ‘drat’? Yes, you could carry around a binder of CD’s and DVD’s with you, but that’s really cumbersome and doesn’t look […]

Free Network Monitoring Software With Spiceworks

Free Network Monitoring Software With Spiceworks

16th April, 2009

Are you the guy that got stuck with the office IT just because you can work an iPod? Got the usual small family business budget of zero for IT? Maybe you’re like me and have 8 or so computers in your house and want to get a grip on them. Spiceworks offers free network monitoring […]

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How To Make Your Own Workout Music With The Right Beats

13th April, 2009

If you’ve been to my personal blog, you know I’m a kind of big guy. Some say I’m big-boned, but really, I’ve never seen a fat skeleton. Anyway, enough self-deprecation. The point is, I would like to get healthier and that means leaner and that means exercise. Walking is probably the best exercise for me, […]

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How To Use SpeedFan to Remotely Monitor Computer Health

10th April, 2009

In the Oil and Gas industry, our computer users are often several hundreds of miles away from a hamlet, let alone a city. The average user is also much more of a hands-on kind of person and is usually a novice computer user. The environment they work in is rife with dust and dirt and, […]

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Join a Cult Online: How I Joined, Started & Finally Recovered

6th April, 2009

Cults are awesome. Well not really but that got your attention didn’t it? As I was contemplating Easter approaching and the fact that just a couple thousand years ago, Christianity was considered a cult, I got to thinking. I thought, “Hey, Christianity was a cult. Maybe some cults aren’t so bad. Maybe I should join […]

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How To Teach Kids Programming From Scratch!

3rd April, 2009

Is there a child in a developed country that doesn’t interact with a computer in some fashion everyday? Probably not. Yet still, many of these kids have only a vague idea of what makes a computer tick. It also appears that, for the most part, kids don’t get into the inner workings of programming until […]

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Fantastic Funeral Websites – What A Way To Go!

15th March, 2009

It’s been a few millenia since I took this gig, and I’m telling you, it’s getting boring. Same thing, day in and day out. First the hearse, then the crying, then those old hymns. Although, they do put a nice jazz swing in them in New Orleans. Well, since I can’t take a vacation, what […]

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The 7 Websites Every Man Should Be Reading

12th March, 2009

Sure you were on the high school football team and had a wicked Camaro. You may have even done bungee jumping and joined the century club in college. Yet there’s more to being a man than testosterone, gasoline and whiskey. Here’s the seven manliest websites to aid you in perfecting your manliness, my good man. […]

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The Seven Wonders of The World (Wide Web)

7th March, 2009

This amazing technology called the World Wide Web has been in the mainstream for just a little over 10 years, yet we are already taking it for granted. Much like we take the natural world around us for granted. Every once in a while though you’ll stop and stare at the sky, or be struck […]