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Christian Cawley

Deputy Editor / Joined 2 December, 2011

Christian Cawley is a Deputy Editor at MakeUseOf, covering security, Linux, DIY, and programming, with extensive experience in desktop and software support. Also a contributor to Linux Format magazine, Christian is a Raspberry Pi tinkerer, Android user, foodie, and pro podcaster.

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Accessing The Cloud With Windows 8 Consumer Preview

Windows

Accessing The Cloud With Windows 8 Consumer Preview

One of the key aspects in which Windows 8 differs from previous releases is its provision of access to cloud storage, particularly SkyDrive. While earlier versions of Windows require you to access SkyDrive via your browser or Windows Live Mesh, in Windows 8 you can browse it as readily as you would any local drive.

23-03-2012
Accessing The Cloud With Windows 8 Consumer Preview
What You Need To Know About Installing The Windows 8 Consumer Preview

Internet

What You Need To Know About Installing The Windows 8 Consumer Preview

Released in late February, the Windows 8 Consumer Preview is live, ready and waiting for anybody to download it and install to sample the beauty of the Metro UI and gain an appreciation as to how this might work on a tablet and whether it is a usable interface for a mouse-controlled device. If you’re interested in upgrading, then this is your opportunity to find out if Windows 8 is suitable for you and the way you use your computer.

21-03-2012
What You Need To Know About Installing The Windows 8 Consumer Preview
Why Pinterest Could Point To the End Of Twitter (Opinion)

Internet

Why Pinterest Could Point To the End Of Twitter (Opinion)

Are you aware of just how Pinterest can change the current landscape of the Internet? Traditional social bookmarking services such as Digg and the dominant method of sharing links, Twitter, are both at risk from the polished presentation and simple features of Pinterest. In fact, Twitter could be seriously at risk from this new service.

16-03-2012
Why Pinterest Could Point To the End Of Twitter (Opinion)
The Secret Of Changing Backgrounds On The HP TouchPad

Web Culture

The Secret Of Changing Backgrounds On The HP TouchPad

Looking at a boring plain background isn’t going to pique anyone’s interest but fortunately there are various ways in which you can liven up the HP TouchPad with fun, attractive wallpapers. These devices have a selection of images stored natively which can be applied; there is also the option to add your own backgrounds.

15-03-2012
The Secret Of Changing Backgrounds On The HP TouchPad
The Secret Of Using A Kindle Fire Outside North America

Android

The Secret Of Using A Kindle Fire Outside North America

There are restrictions to using a Kindle Fire in territories in which it isn’t currently available. However Amazon would be shooting themselves in the foot if they prevented its use – after all, it is basically an eBook reader – anywhere except the USA. Let’s take a look at just what the situation is with using the Android-based Kindle Fire overseas.

09-03-2012
The Secret Of Using A Kindle Fire Outside North America
10 Free Or Very Cheap eBooks Suitable For Children Under 14

Internet

10 Free Or Very Cheap eBooks Suitable For Children Under 14

With such a wide selection of eBooks available, sorting the wheat from the chaff can prove difficult. As with mobile phone and tablet apps, making a choice depends on much more than a quick look at the summary and cover image. You will also need to spend a bit of time checking reviews, looking at star ratings and considering the price. Alternatively, you could let us do it all for you!

07-03-2012
10 Free Or Very Cheap eBooks Suitable For Children Under 14
The Secret To Unlocking Your Windows Phone

The Secret To Unlocking Your Windows Phone

Windows Phones come locked by default, with users only able to install apps from the Windows Phone Marketplace on a region-specific basis. This can result in some disparity between users based in different territories and also prevents amateur developers from testing their apps on the platform. Fortunately, two unlock methods are currently available across all Windows Phone devices.

02-03-2012
The Secret To Unlocking Your Windows Phone
5 Little Known Ways To Troubleshoot The HP TouchPad

Internet

5 Little Known Ways To Troubleshoot The HP TouchPad

Like all pieces of hardware, however, there are occasional problems with the HP TouchPad. This might be due to running an application that requires too much RAM, or it might be because your tablet is low on power. Alternatively all that might be required is an update to the latest release of webOS.

01-03-2012
5 Little Known Ways To Troubleshoot The HP TouchPad
A Step-by-Step MySQL Tutorial For Self-Hosted WordPress Bloggers

Wordpress & Web Development

A Step-by-Step MySQL Tutorial For Self-Hosted WordPress Bloggers

If you’re a blogger, the chances are that you use WordPress. There are two ways in which you can use WordPress, ideal for those with some technical know-how and those without. The first is to use the hosted blog service at WordPress.com, But for those who prefer more control over their blogs and have some technical ability, then the self-hosted option available from WordPress.org is probably preferred.

29-02-2012
A Step-by-Step MySQL Tutorial For Self-Hosted WordPress Bloggers
Should You Consider Buying Insurance For All Your Gadgets?

Product Reviews

Should You Consider Buying Insurance For All Your Gadgets?

With portable hardware costing more and more you could be quite easily carrying around $2,000 worth of equipment simply by taking a smartphone and a laptop on a train. Mobile phones and tablets can represent over $1,000 if taken out to a cafe or bistro together, and with potential for damage, loss or theft at every turn, the importance of protecting your investments is obvious.

24-02-2012
Should You Consider Buying Insurance For All Your Gadgets?
How To Quickly & Easily Disable The Metro User Interface In Windows 8

Windows

How To Quickly & Easily Disable The Metro User Interface In Windows 8

One of the most striking things about Windows 8 – beyond the Metro user interface – is the lack of a traditional Start menu in favour of tiles. However with a desktop view available for running legacy apps, it seems likely that users will appreciate the ability to use a Windows 8 computer in much the same way as they have used each other version of Windows. Of course, this means manually switching from the Metro view – or does it?

23-02-2012
How To Quickly & Easily Disable The Metro User Interface In Windows 8
How To Revert To The Old Version Of Tweetdeck If You Don’t Like The New Version

Windows

How To Revert To The Old Version Of Tweetdeck If You Don’t Like The New Version

Capable of supporting multiple accounts, Tweetdeck was arguably the best Twitter app for Windows, but the new version has failed to live up to the legacy, largely due to problems signing in. As a result there are many users looking for alternatives – but fortunately it doesn’t take much effort to revert to the “classic” Tweetdeck and carry on using the software as before.

17-02-2012
How To Revert To The Old Version Of Tweetdeck If You Don’t Like The New Version
How To Get Rid Of Kindle Fire Syncing Problems Once & For All

Internet

How To Get Rid Of Kindle Fire Syncing Problems Once & For All

Whether you plan on reading books that you have bought from the Kindle Store or downloaded from elsewhere, the Kindle Fire is the ultimate eBook reader, enabling the user to read books, magazines, comics and documents of virtually any format for under $200. However for this functionality to be achieved the Kindle Fire must first be synced. Typically this is done wirelessly, although syncing by USB cable is also possible.

16-02-2012
How To Get Rid Of Kindle Fire Syncing Problems Once & For All
What Everybody Ought to Know About Securing Their Mobile Phone

Android iPhone and iPad

What Everybody Ought to Know About Securing Their Mobile Phone

As the processing power of mobile phones continues to increase, so their use as a de facto communications and storage device gains more and more users. The end result is a society of connected individuals carrying around expensive hardware holding all of their most important data from contacts to document, music to movies and photos and games.

09-02-2012
What Everybody Ought to Know About Securing Their Mobile Phone
The Secret To Installing Apps On The Kindle Fire Both Inside & Outside The US

Android

The Secret To Installing Apps On The Kindle Fire Both Inside & Outside The US

Held firmly in your left hand, the new Amazon Kindle Fire tablet that you might have received at Christmas or for your birthday is great for reading books, browsing the web, checking emails and enjoying movies and music. But installing new apps can be particularly trying if you don’t know exactly where to look.

08-02-2012
The Secret To Installing Apps On The Kindle Fire Both Inside & Outside The US
10 Reasons To Buy Windows Phone 7 [Opinion]

Internet

10 Reasons To Buy Windows Phone 7 [Opinion]

The usual wisdom coming from salesmen and the “experts” among your friends is that Android or iPhone are the way to go, especially with the current decline of BlackBerry. However, a third choice is becoming more popular day by day: Windows Phone. But why should you ignore the endless screens of shortcuts and widgets on an iPhone or Android in favour of a platform that is centred on you, the user, rather than the apps?

01-02-2012
10 Reasons To Buy Windows Phone 7 [Opinion]
The 5 Most Popular Stand-Up Comedians On Facebook

Internet

The 5 Most Popular Stand-Up Comedians On Facebook

It’s easy to find yourself aimlessly browsing Facebook looking for ex-lovers and long-lost school friends or former work colleagues, when really you should be telling the world about the stuff you really like. Facebook features fan pages – official and fan-run – for many entertainers. Among the most popular are stand-up comedians, some of whom have over 6 million fans on the social networking site alone.

27-01-2012
The 5 Most Popular Stand-Up Comedians On Facebook
The Secret To Making Your Own Micro SIM Card

Technology Explained

The Secret To Making Your Own Micro SIM Card

With the arrival of the iPad, micro SIMs have become commonplace for anyone wishing to connect to the mobile web from a tablet device. More and more mobile phone handsets are also using these chips which are around half the size of a standard SIM. However, there are a few drawbacks. To begin with, swapping a micro SIM between a tablet and a standard mobile phone isn’t practical.

25-01-2012
The Secret To Making Your Own Micro SIM Card
Why Microsoft Should Not Be Pushing Their New Metro UI Onto Their Other Products [Opinion]

Windows

Why Microsoft Should Not Be Pushing Their New Metro UI Onto Their Other Products [Opinion]

With the introduction of the Windows Phone platform in 2010, Microsoft unveiled the Metro user interface, designed to make accessing information quick and easy. Rather than litter their new mobile platform with endless rows of icons, Microsoft’s tile-based interface proved that there was another way to make mobile phones functional.

19-01-2012
Why Microsoft Should Not Be Pushing Their New Metro UI Onto Their Other Products [Opinion]
The Secret And Time Saving Benefits Of Using Twitterfeed

Internet

The Secret And Time Saving Benefits Of Using Twitterfeed

With social networking services threatening to eat up all of our time, finding a solution that can help to manage all of your vital announcements and updates without overwhelming your time (and perhaps your state of mind) seems to be increasingly important.
Over the past couple of years the free TwitterFeed service has been developed to allow users the ability to automatically update Twitter, Statusnet, Hellotxt, Facebook, and LinkedIn

18-01-2012
The Secret And Time Saving Benefits Of Using Twitterfeed
What You Should Know About Setting Up Your Kindle Fire For The First Time

Android

What You Should Know About Setting Up Your Kindle Fire For The First Time

Amazon’s latest entry into the eBook reader market is a step up from the e-ink devices that traditionally bear the name “Kindle”. The Kindle Fire is a 7 inch tablet running a customized version of Android 2.3 Gingerbread and enables users to access the Kindle store, download media provided by Amazon Prime and surf the web, check emails and download apps, much as you would with any other Android slate.

13-01-2012
What You Should Know About Setting Up Your Kindle Fire For The First Time