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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The Best Valentine’s Day Gifts For Various Geeks

3rd February, 2014

When it comes to the cerebral type, it really is the thought that counts.

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New Android Phone? Here Are The 4 Apps You Must Install Right Away

13th January, 2014

Were you the lucky recipient of a new Android phone over the holidays? If you were, you are in for a real treat.

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Mount and Use .IMG Files With These Free Tools

31st December, 2013

Don’t let the terminology mislead or turn you off! .IMG files are useful for everyone who uses CDs or DVDs on a regular basis. We demonstrate how to use them.

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3 Unique Ways To Remotely Control Your Windows Desktop

23rd December, 2013

Care for a little remote desktop control magic? We present non mainstream methods for accessing your computer remotely using a Chrome extension, SSH clients, or over the air using your mobile device.

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Holiday Shopping List: For Those Who Live At The Bleeding Edge Of Tech

9th December, 2013

What do you get the person who has everything before everyone else?

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Finally Joined Pinterest? These 5 Boards Will Get You Started

22nd November, 2013

Did you finally jump on the Pinterest band wagon? If you haven’t got a Pinterest account just yet, go and create one. Then come back here, you’ll be glad you did.

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Best Android Remote Desktop Apps Compared: Which Is Right For You?

20th November, 2013

There are any number of reasons why you might want to use your Android device for Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) access to a Windows computer.

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Beat The Thieves – Keep Your Tech Secure At Home

13th November, 2013

You don’t have to live in fear. The key to keeping your gadgets secure is simple, ordinary, camouflage.

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4 Android Apps You Need to Manage Your Own Business

9th November, 2013

Your business is on the grow, you are on the go! How do you manage it all without being tied to the desk?

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Dead USB Port? Here’s How to Diagnose and Fix It!

17th October, 2013

When your USB port stopped working, did you just plug your device into another one? Well, you might need that port one day! The fix could be easy, so let’s give it a try.

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Resetting Your Device? Find the Default Username and Password

9th October, 2013

Someone performed a factory reset on their wireless router and now they’re calling you for help. “I don’t remember the username or password!” they lament. As the go-to tech person for all your friends, you know what it is, or at least where to find it, right? You do, right?! Don’t worry if you don’t […]

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Enable Dyslexics to Read Better with Dyslexie

4th October, 2013

Could changing the font really help dyslexics?

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Find Free Birthday Gifts for Family and Friends

3rd October, 2013

Free. That’s my favourite brand of anything! It’s probably your favourite too. You know what’s even better than plain old free stuff? Free stuff on YOUR BIRTHDAY! Around where I live, there are a couple restaurants that offer a free meal or dessert on your birthday. I know, they just want you and and fifty […]

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Emergency Battery Hack – Make an AAA Battery Work as an AA Battery

10th September, 2013

Did your TV remote control suddenly go dead? Wireless mouse died near the end of your term paper? Need AA batteries and all you have are AAA? I’ve got a quick hack for you to get you through those last minutes until you can get to the shops for some proper batteries. Time needed is about 5 minutes, supplies needed cost about 50 cents – not including your AAA batteries. You may very well have all these items on hand.

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Gadgeteer – Microsoft’s Hardware Hacking Platform You Haven’t Heard Of

4th September, 2013

Microsoft is still in the innovation business. If you don’t think so, you haven’t heard about Microsoft’s open source electronics prototyping platform called Gadgeteer. You read that right – Microsoft and Open Source in the same sentence. Wanted to build a little invention you had in mind? Maybe you’re already programming C# and would like to work with some different hardware. Are you a technology teacher looking for a platform with which to teach? From the student to the professional, Gadgeteer can help you make your ideas a reality.