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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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 […]

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The Five Best Netbooks To Buy Today

9th June, 2010

The Netbook craze has died down a bit, but that’s hardly surprising. Netbooks were something of a revelation, and when they first started to become available their popularity exploded. This is now starting to level out – having taken about 20% of the mobile PC market – and they are also starting to mature significantly. […]

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How To Benchmark & Troubleshoot Game Performance Using Fraps

9th June, 2010

Synthetic benchmarks are a great tool for finding out how well your computers can play games. They provide a baseline which allows you to compare how upgrades and changes to your computer have improved or degraded performance. Synthetic benchmarks can also be used as a point of comparison to other systems with similar specifications, which […]

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The Three Best Free Firewalls for Windows

7th June, 2010

The Internet is a dangerous place.¬†Viruses, worms, Trojan Horses – there seems to be all manner of threats just waiting to spring on your computer and cause trouble. One way of protecting yourself is, of course, through the use of antivirus program. An antivirus can detect a problem and quarantine the file which is attempting […]

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How To Convert A Movie Into An Animated GIF

5th June, 2010

The animated .GIF is a strange form of expression. It is only twenty or thirty frames, completely devoid of sound, repeating in an endless loop. Yet there is something intoxicating about an animated .GIF, like staring into the eyes of a hypnotist. Creating your own animated .GIF from a movie can be a lot of […]

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3 Easy Steps To Repair Internet Explorer 8

4th June, 2010

Internet Explorer 8 is Microsoft’s best web browser yet. Unlike some previous versions, Internet Explorer 8 is actually competitive with Firefox, and since it comes standard with Windows 7, its popularity will only grow as people switch to Microsoft’s new operating system. The improvements made to Internet Explorer 8 doesn’t mean however that it is […]