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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. Christian is a regular contributor to Linux User & Developer magazine, as well as specials including Raspberry Pi for Beginners, and Raspberry Pi for Kids. He's a Raspberry Pi tinkerer, Android user, podcaster and foodie.

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Why Won’t My Windows 7 Updates Install?

Windows

Why Won’t My Windows 7 Updates Install?

Windows Update is one of the key elements of Microsoft’s operating system for keeping your computer working and up to date. Without it, your computer would freely collect malware, unpatched security holes would be exploited and generally things would run pretty slowly. Fortunately, your computer does have Windows Update, capable of adding new functionality, fixes, service packs and device drivers to your Windows 7 PC or laptop. But what happens when Windows Update goes wrong?

30-08-2012
Why Won’t My Windows 7 Updates Install?
How To Save A Wet Cell Phone Or Tablet

Android DIY

How To Save A Wet Cell Phone Or Tablet

I’ve got bad news for you. Dropping your phone in a puddle of water, bath, sink, toilet – even getting caught in a heavy shower – will leave it irreparably damaged. The same goes for tablet computers. No more apps, games, Facebook, phonecalls or browsing. All gone. That is, if you leave it switched on. Switching it off right away is probably the best solution, but it’s not all bad news. In fact, there are a number of ways in which you can stop your phone or tablet computer from being left as nothing more than an expensive brick following prolonged contact with water.

29-08-2012
How To Save A Wet Cell Phone Or Tablet
How To Get Windows 8 For The Lowest Possible Price

Windows

How To Get Windows 8 For The Lowest Possible Price

Whether the mixed reviews of the preview releases of Windows 8 have influenced pricing or Microsoft are simply taking a leaf out of Apple’s book isn’t quite clear, but the price of a new copy of Windows 8 will be noticeably lower than a comparative copy of Windows Vista or Windows 7. Indeed, there is a chance of purchasing Windows 8 for under $15!

23-08-2012
How To Get Windows 8 For The Lowest Possible Price
What You Need to Know About Getting Started with Raspberry Pi

DIY

What You Need to Know About Getting Started with Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi computer is the latest in a line of compact, multi-function devices, shipped as a barebones package so that end users can use the hardware for virtually any computing project that comes to mind. For instance, the device – designed originally to aid school children learn programming skills – is ideal for media streaming, or using as the key element in a MAME gaming unit.

22-08-2012
What You Need to Know About Getting Started with Raspberry Pi
Hotmail Account Blocked? Here Is How to Fix It

Internet

Hotmail Account Blocked? Here Is How to Fix It

Over the last few years, Microsoft has expanded the Hotmail/Windows Live services to include a dazzling array of browser-based services. With so many features offered for free you might think that this is a pretty good deal – and it is. But what happens to your emails and data when your account is blocked? How might this happen, and is there a way of overcoming it?

17-08-2012
Hotmail Account Blocked? Here Is How to Fix It
The Top 5 Amazing Uses For Your Raspberry Pi Computer

DIY

The Top 5 Amazing Uses For Your Raspberry Pi Computer

I’ve recently received my Raspberry Pi after a long wait – and I’ve got quite a few plans for it. The problem is, I’m not totally sure which project I want to attempt first. While the idea of a carputer is a compelling one, my mobile phone and GPS unit seem to fulfill this purpose already. Meanwhile, I’ve long had ambitions to build a MAME arcade machine unit, but never quite got around to it.

16-08-2012
The Top 5 Amazing Uses For Your Raspberry Pi Computer
How To Prevent Updates On Your Rooted Kindle Fire

Android

How To Prevent Updates On Your Rooted Kindle Fire

If you’re one of the many Kindle Fire owners that have rooted their device in order to add functionality (such as access to Google Play) then you will want to prevent the update being sent to your Kindle Fire. Once an update is applied, it undoes the root! Fortunately, several apps can be installed on your Kindle Fire that can be used to prevent future Kindle Fire updates.

10-08-2012
How To Prevent Updates On Your Rooted Kindle Fire
The Secret Of Designing & Building Custom Paper & Card Models With Pepakura

Windows

The Secret Of Designing & Building Custom Paper & Card Models With Pepakura

Recently on MakeUseOf we showed you how to find, download, print and build your own card models. This got me thinking about just what card models I would enjoy printing out and building. After all, when you’re downloading templates, you’re accepting a prescribed design and method of construction. Like me, you might prefer to create different models, preferably with a better focus on building rather than a heavy bias on the end product.

09-08-2012
The Secret Of Designing & Building Custom Paper & Card Models With Pepakura
How To Connect Your Wiimote To Your PC

DIY

How To Connect Your Wiimote To Your PC

How do you prefer to interact with your computer? Sometimes a mouse and keyboard just isn’t enough. Depending on what you’re doing, a completely different interface method is required for you to get the most out of your computer. Personally, I use a trackball and keyboard, for gaming as well as standard use, and there are many Windows computer owners who prefer to do the majority of their work using a graphical tablet and stylus.

08-08-2012
How To Connect Your Wiimote To Your PC
How To Print & Build Your Own Free, Beautifully Detailed 3D Models

Web Culture

How To Print & Build Your Own Free, Beautifully Detailed 3D Models

Having been enthused by the continuously dropping prices of 3D printers, I was recently checking out the latest models and making a decision on which one to choose when I had a moment of what can only be described as a nostalgic epiphany. There I was, wishing I could build toy boats and planes and cars with a new 3D printer when I suddenly realised that it was already possible to do all of this and more with my existing printer!

02-08-2012
How To Print & Build Your Own Free, Beautifully Detailed 3D Models
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