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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. He has extensive experience in IT desktop and software support. Christian is a regular contributor to Linux User & Developer, as well as a number of specials from Future Publishing, including Raspberry Pi for Beginners, and Raspberry Pi for Kids. He's also a Raspberry Pi tinkerer, Android user, podcaster and foodie.

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Why Microsoft Sucks – Again (Opinion)

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Why Microsoft Sucks – Again (Opinion)

In 2011 I wrote an op-ed piece (for a different website…!) about how I felt that Microsoft had moved away from being the many-tentacled corporate beast with no interest in providing a solid, working operating system and every interest in raping dollars out of customers. I argued that after the failure of Windows Vista, Microsoft had emerged as a company in touch with its user base, listening and almost caring.

31-05-2012
Why Microsoft Sucks – Again (Opinion)
How To Create Valid MP3 Files With Audacity

Linux Mac

How To Create Valid MP3 Files With Audacity

One of the more popular open source audio applications, Audacity, has recently upgraded to version 2.0 and is now no longer in Beta. Audacity has some great tools and effects that can be used to deliver great results. However, despite the facility to save your audio in a number of different formats, Audacity doesn’t natively allow you to export data as MP3.

25-05-2012
How To Create Valid MP3 Files With Audacity
The 10 Best Twitter Feeds To Follow

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The 10 Best Twitter Feeds To Follow

There are an awful lot of guides out there listing the so-called best feeds to follow on Twitter. Narrowing down a list of the ten best feeds can be tricky. There are so many users, so many fascinating topics – presenting only ten is barely scratching the surface of Twitter utopia. So my approach has been this – I like MakeUseOf, you like MakeUseOf – so there is a very good chance that you’ll like some or all of these Twitter feeds.

23-05-2012
The 10 Best Twitter Feeds To Follow
Why I Haven’t Repaired My Xbox 360 and Probably Won’t

Gaming

Why I Haven’t Repaired My Xbox 360 and Probably Won’t

In the corner of my room, collecting dust, sits the component pieces of my Xbox 360. Purchased as a Christmas present for me and my better half in mid-2007, it has been in a state of disrepair since Christmas 2011 when it decided that – for one reason or another – it didn’t want to play anymore. As most of you reading this will know, most Xbox 360s from that era came with certain… “issues”.

18-05-2012
Why I Haven’t Repaired My Xbox 360 and Probably Won’t
How To Restore Data Following A Failed Windows Phone Update

How To Restore Data Following A Failed Windows Phone Update

Updating a Windows Phone should be a pretty straightforward process. Sadly, however, the process doesn’t always work as intended; updates can fail. In most cases when an update fails and with no usable data on the device, your phone will be more or less bricked.
Fortunately, there is a way around this problem.

17-05-2012
How To Restore Data Following A Failed Windows Phone Update
Steps To Downloading & Managing Your Podcasts With The Zune Client

Windows

Steps To Downloading & Managing Your Podcasts With The Zune Client

Have you ever run into problems using iTunes or any other podcast-downloading app, concerned that they either do too much or seem to take a while to load up? Perhaps you use Windows Media Player or a different desktop application and have been looking for an alternative? You might even be using a Windows Phone and are already familiar with using Zune. But did you know that Zune can also be used for managing podcasts?

16-05-2012
Steps To Downloading & Managing Your Podcasts With The Zune Client
How To Install Android Ice Cream Sandwich On The HP TouchPad In Minutes

Android

How To Install Android Ice Cream Sandwich On The HP TouchPad In Minutes

As slick, smooth and functional as webOS is on the HP TouchPad, and wherever the future of the platform may lie, there remains a problem – the shortage of apps. The fact remains that there are a whole host of application types and games that could run on the HP TouchPad, if only the developers had a mind to do so. HP TouchPad owners (and there are a lot of us!) have one alternative…..

10-05-2012
How To Install Android Ice Cream Sandwich On The HP TouchPad In Minutes
The Top 10 Free Or Very Cheap Inspirational eBooks [MUO Book Club]

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The Top 10 Free Or Very Cheap Inspirational eBooks [MUO Book Club]

Reading novels and manuals on your favourite eBook reader is a great way to relax – but what if you need something with an empathising quality that can help you to get out of a rut? Inspirational and motivational books have been big business since the 1960s, illustrating to readers how to take control of the lives in various ways from sexuality and self-sufficiency to getting ahead of the 9-5 pack and weight loss.

09-05-2012
The Top 10 Free Or Very Cheap Inspirational eBooks [MUO Book Club]
How To Add, Receive, Create & Manage Custom Ringtones For Your Windows Phone

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How To Add, Receive, Create & Manage Custom Ringtones For Your Windows Phone

One of the most frustrating things for users of the Windows Phone platform upon its first release was the inability to set custom ringtones. Fortunately this is one of the areas in which the Mango update (officially known as Windows Phone 7.5) was able to improve the operating system, and as a result it is now possible to add ringtones for incoming calls. There are several ways of doing this.

04-05-2012
How To Add, Receive, Create & Manage Custom Ringtones For Your Windows Phone
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