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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Virtual HAM Radio – No License, No Gear, All Fun

5th March, 2013

HAM radio. If you even know what it is, it conjures up images of grown men hiding in dark places with glowing vacuum tubes and devices with knobs and twiddle-bits. They’re talking across the world about who knows what. They’re part electronics guru, part mad scientist, part excited kid. These are the guys that preceded the computer gurus of today. These are the guys that could reach across the world when no one else could.

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8 Amazing iPad Mods And Hacks

1st March, 2013

Are you content leaving all the cool design to Apple to do for your iPad? Or do you want to push it a bit further yourself? Maybe you saw what someone did with a PC case once and thought, “I wish I could do that to my iPad.” You can. It’s yours, do what you like with it. Just don’t expect to have any warranty coverage once you do.

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5 Amazingly Geeky Easter Eggs To Unwrap

26th February, 2013

The odds that you’d find these particular Easter eggs is somewhere between slim and none. And Slim just left town. These little treats reside in your software, operating systems, and even in your art. Since Easter falls on April Fool’s Day this year, I thought I’d let you in on a little secret about these Easter eggs. Really, they are bloatware as you’ll find in a lot of older Windows software. It’s extra code in a program taking up space on your hard drive.

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10 Ways Your Smartphone Camera Can Make Life Easier

22nd February, 2013

“Does your phone have a camera on it?” said no one since 2005. Nobody even asks how many megapixels your phone’s camera has anymore. With the ubiquity of smartphones today, and the resolution of the cameras they have in them, why does anyone even sell a point-and-shoot digital camera anymore? All you need is a decent smartphone to take your vacation pictures and click a button to upload them to Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr, wherever.

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Bring The News To Life With These Slick Google Reader Alternatives

19th February, 2013

Google Reader works and lead the way in RSS feed readers for a long time, but it’s boringly simple, even for Google design ethics. These readers add new dimensions! They add new ways to physically interact with your news. They grow with you and if life does anything, it grows. So, prepare to breathe new life into the way you use news!

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DNS Is Just A Proxy – Use A VPN To Access Region Blocked Video

15th February, 2013

For copyright reasons, certain media companies only allow their content to be viewed in certain geographic areas. In plain English, what this means is that they are meanies who suck. And what does the Internet do to meanies who suck? We find workarounds. Before I get to the tools, I’d like to talk about the process of geographical Internet Protocol (IP) address blocking and circumventing those blocks.

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So Who Created The Internet? [Technology Explained]

25th November, 2009

Who created the internet? One might think that such a simple question about such a monumental technology could be answered in one sentence. Now that would make for a short, boring article, wouldn’t it? Of course it would. Indeed, I do have a one sentence answer and I believe it to be the most accurate […]

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Got a Copyright Infringement Notice From ISP? What’s Next

23rd November, 2009

The other day, a friend of mine got an e-mail from his Internet Service Provider (ISP) about a copyright infringement. He didn’t know what this was all about so he had me take a look at it. What I’d like to do for you now is to break down the letter and address important things […]

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How to Easily Protect & Encrypt Files with Conceal (Windows)

18th November, 2009

There are a number of free programs out there that you can use to encrypt or protect your files. Some of them seem complicated and some of them are very simple to use. Conceal is a newer program that falls in the very-simple-to-use category. Conceal is meant for use on Windows XP, Vista and Windows […]

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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 […]