Matt Smith

Joined May 2010

Matthew Smith is a freelance writer living in Portland Oregon. He also writes for Twitter or .

Feel free to contact at mattsmith@makeuseof.com

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15 CMD Commands Every Windows User Should Know

25th July, 2014

The command prompt is an antiquated tool from an era of text-based input. But some commands remain useful and Windows 8 even added new features. Find out which ones.

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Reclaim Your Focus: 5 Ideas To Deal With Short Attention Spans

24th July, 2014

We have more information available than every before, but this ironically has damaged our ability to absorb any of it. However, you can take action to improve your attention with a few simple steps.

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Understand Windows 8 Libraries To Master Storage Space

23rd July, 2014

Managing a computer’s storage has always been a challenge. Microsoft’s addition of libraries to Windows has in some ways made organization easier, but this important feature isn’t self-explanatory, and using it to overcome some of Windows 8′s shortcomings requires specific knowledge. Here’s everything you must know to get the most out of libraries. What Are Libraries? […]

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Protect Your Mac Browsing With CyberGhost For OS X

21st July, 2014

OS X users haven’t been able to use CyberGhost until recently, but now the new Mac client provides the same features Windows users enjoy.

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What Is Data Corruption And How To Prevent It

17th July, 2014

Data corruption is among the most common computer errors. Unlike a bug, which occurs because of improperly written or executed code, data corruption happens when code is intentionally or unintentionally changed from its original, correct form. Corruption can be systematic or random, and even a small change can fundamentally break a program or render a file useless. […]

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What Is Refresh Rate?

14th July, 2014

The term “refresh rate” is hardly new, but over the last few years it’s become a prominent specification boasted by televisions and monitors. Each manufacturer wants to offer a higher refresh rate because it’s another big number they can put on the box. But how does this specification actually impact your experience? What Does Refresh Rate […]

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5 Amazing Things About Destiny That Will Blow You Away

9th July, 2014

This will be the game that defines “next-gen” gaming – and here’s why.

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How To Make Windows 7 Look Like Windows XP

7th July, 2014

Some people have a hard time letting go of Windows XP. If you know someone like that, follow this tutorial and they won’t even know you upgraded them to Windows 7.

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How To Install Chrome Extensions Manually

4th July, 2014

Google recently decided to disable the installation of Chrome extensions from third-party websites, but some users still want to install these extensions. Here’s how to do it.

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3 Real Security Risks Threatening Your Smart TV Entertainment

3rd July, 2014

The humble television is the latest in a long line of devices to receive “smart” enhancements that make it operate like a stripped-down computer rather than a simple display device. Features like a web browser and social network support can add convenience, but they also introduce potential security flaws. Here are three ways a hacker […]

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Browser Wars: Firefox vs. Chrome vs. Opera, The Definitive Benchmark

2nd July, 2014

If you could only choose one browser, which one would it be? Which is best: Firefox, Chrome or Opera? We’ll show you.

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5 Desktop Apps To Give An Instagram-Like Effect To Your Photos

1st July, 2014

Instagram makes your photos shine applying standardized filters. Now you can do the same on the desktop, using these tools.

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How To Buy A Laptop On A Budget

28th June, 2014

But how do you choose the right laptop, and what can you expect from its performance?

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Bandicam, Tune Sweeper And Microsoft Office Arrive In July [Rewards]

27th June, 2014

Have you been saving your MakeUseOf Rewards points? If so, get ready to spend them, because July is going to be a great month for the program. Here’s a preview of what’s around the corner. Wait, What’s Rewards? Are you new to the site, or simply haven’t heard of Rewards before? If so, here’s the […]

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Does Your Mac Take Too Long To Shut Down? Try These Fixes

25th June, 2014

In rare instances the proper OS X kill processes go wrong, greatly increasing shutdown times. Here are a few potential fixes.