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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Use Microsoft Office for Free with Microsoft Web Apps

4th July, 2010

Google Documents has its problems. Its features are not comprehensive enough for truly serious office work, and it can be a bit slow and finicky when compared to a traditional office program. Still, Google Documents has started a revolution. The ability to access a document from any computer and share it with co-workers is immensely […]

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How To Use The New YouTube Video Editor

3rd July, 2010

YouTube has had ways to editor your video for some time now, but it would probably be a stretch to call those features an actual video editor. They were more of a¬†supplement, making it possible to add annotation and other notes to your video. If you needed to cut or change your video you had […]

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The 2 Good Mac File Sharing Apps Compared: CloudApp vs Droplr

2nd July, 2010

Sharing files with friends is something that most people do quite often. Photos, documents and other such items are commonly passed out among friends through social networks. However, actually sharing the files can be a bit of a pain, particularly if you use multiple social networks. This is a problem which two applications, Droplr and […]

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How To Sync Files & Folders Between Computers With Windows Sync

30th June, 2010

One of the greatest problems that comes with owning more than one computer is figuring out how to sync files and folders between computers. You can of course do manual transitions with a USB drive. This is a real pain however and simply forgetting once can be frustrating. Imagine heading down to your local coffee […]

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Why TRIM is Important to Solid State Hard Drives? [Technology Explained]

28th June, 2010

If you have ever owned or have considered owning an SSD you may have heard reviewers and other commentators talking about TRIM support. You may also have picked up on the fact that TRIM support is a rather big deal. News posts on major tech sites constantly report that brand X has added TRIM support, […]

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The Three Best Free FTP Clients for Windows

28th June, 2010

<firstimage=”http://www.makeuseof.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/freeftp.png” />Most of today’s web hosting provider supply some sort of web-based solution for uploading files. These work well enough for¬†basic purposes, but they tend to have a slow and clunky interface and limited features. Downloading or uploading huge directories of files can be a pain. That is where a dedicated free FTP client comes […]

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The Best Free Email Clients for Windows 7

23rd June, 2010

Windows 7 features a lot of improvements over Vista, but Microsoft did decide to drop some features in its latest operating system. One of the features dropped was Windows Mail, a basic email client which had been available in Windows Vista. It was not replaced by a version of Outlook, either – Windows 7 simply […]

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Run DOS Applications Through A GUI Interface With DOSShell

21st June, 2010

If you have never used DOS yourself, you may find it hard to believe that anyone ever did. Jumping in and getting started with DOS is difficult even for computer-savvy individuals because DOS uses an entirely different form of interface than modern operating systems. Everything today is a GUI (Graphical User Interface). But you’ll find […]

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How to Manage Tabs in Opera Like a Pro

20th June, 2010

It wasn’t so long ago that tabbed browsing didn’t exist. If you wanted to open a website but you didn’t want to leave the website you were viewing you had only one option – open a new window. Tabbed browsing was first made popular by Firefox, and it has caught on. Now every browser uses […]

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How To Completely Restore Your Windows Computer To Factory Settings

19th June, 2010

Most computers from PC vendors come with certain pre-configured factory settings which are important to the computer’s operation. This is particularly true of laptops, which usually have special function buttons, and touch screen computers, which require special drivers in order to function. Of course, a computer from a factory also has default Windows settings and […]

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How To Record Skype Video Calls For Free With Vodburner

17th June, 2010

Skype is one of the easiest ways to video chat with others across the globe for free. Using Skype is easy, and most video calls provide solid quality and connection stability. So many use Skype video calls for business, while others might use them to keep in touch with friends and family across the globe. […]

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The 3 Best Free Online Strategy Games

16th June, 2010

Strategy games. They tend to be less glorious than shooters, and they tend to have narratives which are paper thin when compared to role playing games. What they do provide, however, is the¬†opportunity¬†to¬†creatively¬†flex your brain muscle. You are given a toolbox of possible strategies and tactics – which you choose are up to you. There […]

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The Most Common Windows 7 Compatibility Issues

15th June, 2010

Windows 7 has been very well reviewed. Most technology websites have been happy with the new release of Window 7, particularly when compared to the¬†disastrous¬†Windows Vista. One of the reasons why Windows 7 has gone over better than Vista is compatibility. Windows 7 is a less drastic departure from Vista than Vista was from XP, […]

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How to Set Up an Affiliate Program on a New Blog or Website

14th June, 2010

Pay-per-click advertising through services like Google Adsense can make your blog profitable, but it usually isn’t the most efficient way to bring in money from a blog. The problem with pay-per-click is that the payout for each click is simply too low. The advertisement you show may be for a product which cost hundreds or […]

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The 3 Best Free MMO Games Available Online

12th June, 2010

The roots of of massively multiplayer online games, or MMOs, are deep in the realm of subscription based gameplay. While today the idea of charging a subscription fee for a game seems cliche, it was revolutionary when MMOs began to gain popularity roughly a decade ago. Everquest, while not the first MMO, was the genre’s […]