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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How to Speed Up Your Computer with Just One Double-Click [Windows]

16th November, 2009

Now that I have your attention, I can tell you that there are a few things that you have to do first, before you can learn how to speed up your computer with that one double-click. When those things are done, though, it will always be a simple double click to speed up your computer. […]

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3 Great Sites For Old Wives’ Tales & Superstitions

11th November, 2009

Hiccups are just stupid. I’m certain that hiccups, poison ivy and mosquitoes are evidence that whoever runs this universe sometimes does things for no good reason. When I get hiccups, sometimes I can get rid of them by breathing just so – sort of like a Chi exercise. If I can’t get rid of them […]

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Wootalyzer – Alerts You Woot! Super Sales and Other Sites

9th November, 2009

Have you heard of Woot? Lots of people have and lots haven’t. The concept is this: get a bunch of  cool merchandise and sell it at a great price for 24 hours or until the stock runs out. Everyday, add a new item and do it over and over again. There are some amazing deals […]

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3 Great Sites To Get The Truth On MLM Pyramid Schemes

7th November, 2009

Looking to earn some extra cash for the coming holidays? Feeling the pinch of the economic downturn? Just want to make a little more money for a rainy day? When people feel this way, one of the opportunities that will evenutally knock on their doors is Multi Level Marketing (MLM). There are other names for […]

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3 Great Sites To Help You Achieve A Lower Cost Of Living

4th November, 2009

The key to cost of living is being frugal. It doesn’t mean cheap, or stingy or being a tightwad. What it does mean is getting the most bang for your buck! Ever heard the saying, “A penny saved is a penny earned.”? Well, that’s only half of the story. For every penny I spend, up […]

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3 Simplest DIY Computer Repairs Anyone Can Do

3rd November, 2009

You must understand that what I am about to reveal to you puts me in mortal danger. Men in black and white fuel-efficient vehicles may show up at my door and threaten me with terminating screwdrivers. Those are the easy ones to spot. It’s the independent contractor that you never see coming. They could be […]

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How To Troubleshoot Weak Wireless Connections

31st October, 2009

A few months ago, our dog chewed through the cables for our satellite TV. That’s her in the picture. She also chewed $300 worth of computer cables, but that’s not the point. A few weeks ago, we got sick of not having television, so we bought a D-Link DivX Connected device that allows us to […]

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3 Sites To Get News That’s Good For A Change

28th October, 2009

U.S. might invade Iran. Click. 2 Canadian Soldiers Die in Afghanistan. Click. Unemployment Up 15%. Click. Click. Click. No matter where you look, it seems like the apocalypse is upon us. Websites, television, radio, Twitter. It’s no wonder antidepressants are one of the most popular medications these days. What is there to be happy about? […]

3 Top Sites For Cool Games Using Your Hands

3 Top Sites For Cool Games Using Your Hands

26th October, 2009

What do you do when the XBox 360 has gone down, your Nintendo DSi is on the fritz, and even your board games aren’t around because you sold them at your yard sale? You and some friends, sitting around on your thumbs is no way to spend Saturday night. What you need are Hand Games! […]

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3 Free Microsoft Software Offerings You Might Not Know

23rd October, 2009

The best things in life are free. How trite. I think the best things in life are free things that don’t suck from a company that gets picked on a lot. Don’t worry, I’m not standing up for Microsoft. They’ve got broad shoulders and can take care of themselves. You should know, however, that Microsoft […]

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Free Software Apps to Limit Your Kids’ Online Time

21st October, 2009

Tomorrow evening, just after dinner, I’d like you to do me a favour. All of you. When you get up from the supper table, go look out your window and count the number of kids playing outside. If you see more than 3, count your blessings. Chances are, you won’t see any. Now think back […]

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How Does A Digital Camera Work? [Technology Explained]

19th October, 2009

The digital camera is another great example of a technology we take for granted. Because we had film-based cameras for so long, the idea of capturing an image isn’t that miraculous to us any more. So, with  the natural progression of technology making picture taking more and  more instant, we all seemed to just kind of […]

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Top Five Superhero Fan Web Sites

12th October, 2009

Doesn’t it seem like the world could use a superhero right now? One who would do what they said they’d do. One who would help end wars and roust out the real criminals; not just the street-level punks, but the people that turn the world upside down daily. We have the super villains, but where […]

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How Does a Router Work? [Technology Explained]

10th October, 2009

Lately, the Technology Explained articles have talked about the Internet and communications in general. This article will add to that series by explaining a very important piece of equipment – the router. In order for a computer to connect to more than one other computer, you need a router or a hub. Two very different […]

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Understanding The Internet Speed [Technology Explained]

7th October, 2009

Have you ever done a speed test on your Internet connection? A lot of people have, and they see Internet speed numbers like 500 kbps or 2 Mbps or sometimes even higher numbers. Then they turn around try to watch a streaming video on YouTube and the video stutters or stops for seconds at a […]