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Chris Hoffman

/ Joined 8 December, 2011

Chris Hoffman is a tech blogger and all-around technology addict living in Eugene, Oregon.

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Hack Windows Explorer for Efficiency Boosts

Windows

Hack Windows Explorer for Efficiency Boosts

Windows Explorer — known as File Explorer on Windows 8 — is an application that you probably spend a good amount of time in. Even Windows geeks that avoid using any other Microsoft program tend to use Windows Explorer instead of a third-party file manager. But, while we spend time customizing our browser with extensions, we often don’t think about hacking our file manager. There are a lot of ways you can customize Windows Explorer to make your file management experience faster and more efficient.

10-09-2013
Hack Windows Explorer for Efficiency Boosts
Facebook Makes Money Out of Your Data, Why Shouldn’t You?

Internet

Facebook Makes Money Out of Your Data, Why Shouldn’t You?

There are so many free services online because companies can profit from the data you provide. Companies like Facebook sell (or buy) your data to third parties, while ones like Google use your data to target ads directly at you. As the saying goes, if you’re not paying for something, you’re the product, not the customer. But if these companies can make money from your data, why can’t you make money from your own data?

07-09-2013
Facebook Makes Money Out of Your Data, Why Shouldn’t You?
Ooops! 10 Common User Errors & How To Fix Them In Windows 8

Windows

Ooops! 10 Common User Errors & How To Fix Them In Windows 8

Try as it might to be an easy-to-use, simplified operating system, Windows 8 is still Windows at heart. If you’re using Windows 8’s desktop, you’ll still be facing many of the issues you faced on previous versions of Windows. We’ll cover some common problems users will face and how to fix them on Windows 8. Some of these tricks may work on previous versions of Windows, but Windows 8 adds many new tools to help with these sorts of problems. For example, Windows 8 includes a built-in antivirus.

05-09-2013
Ooops! 10 Common User Errors & How To Fix Them In Windows 8
Change the Way Windows Runs Depending on the Time of Day

Windows

Change the Way Windows Runs Depending on the Time of Day

Every day, the sun rises, marches through the sky, and then sets. The world changes with it as people wake up, go about their business, and then rest. But your computer just sits there all day, only acknowledging the change in time by updating its clock. There are a variety of third-party tools for Windows that can automatically adjust your computer’s settings as the day goes on, from changing your screen’s color temperature to setting desktop wallpapers, tweaking sound levels, and blocking websites.

02-09-2013
Change the Way Windows Runs Depending on the Time of Day