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Tina Sieber

Chief Operating Officer / Joined 18 December, 2007

Tina has been writing about consumer technology for over a decade. She holds a Doctorate in Natural Sciences, a Diplom from Germany, and an MSc from Sweden. Her analytical background has helped her excel as a technology journalist at MakeUseOf, where she's now managing keyword research and operations.

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5 Laptop Maintenance Tips To Extend Its Life Expectancy

Windows

5 Laptop Maintenance Tips To Extend Its Life Expectancy

Laptops are replaced every few years. We crave fancier hardware, novel features, and maybe our old device has become unresponsive and suffered some damage over time. Consequently, most laptops get thrown out prematurely. Unless you are looking for a silly excuse to buy a new and shiny device, you will love to hear that there are many ways to make your laptop last longer.

03-09-2013
5 Laptop Maintenance Tips To Extend Its Life Expectancy
9 Free Music Albums: The Electronic Dance Edition [Sound Sunday]

Web Culture

9 Free Music Albums: The Electronic Dance Edition [Sound Sunday]

Following a series of down-to-earth genre editions, this installment of Sound Sunday is prepared to lift you up. In this article you will find a collection of energetic albums to get you moving. Throw a party and get all your friends to dance with you. Sound Sunday is a weekly MakeUseOf column promoting free music downloads from independent artists from around the world. Enjoyed the music in this edition? Or caving something else? I take suggestions and listen to feedback. Post your comments and expect a response!

01-09-2013
9 Free Music Albums: The Electronic Dance Edition [Sound Sunday]
3 Creative Upcycling Ideas For Your Old Hard Drive

Web Culture

3 Creative Upcycling Ideas For Your Old Hard Drive

Care to get the most out of your old hard drive? Even if the drive is dead, there may be one more creative use left in it before submitting its remains for recycling. It is called upcycling! When you’ve re-used your old hardware in every conceivable way, it’s usually time for it to leave its current form of existence and break it apart to create something new.

27-08-2013
3 Creative Upcycling Ideas For Your Old Hard Drive
10 Free Music Albums: Flavors Of Pop & Rock [Sound Sunday]

Web Culture

10 Free Music Albums: Flavors Of Pop & Rock [Sound Sunday]

Sound Sunday is back this week with a fine selection of free pop and rock albums. Whether you are craving indie dream pop or alternative roots rock, there is an album for every taste. All albums are available as free or name your price downloads from Bandcamp. Please leave a donation with artists you like or at least share their work. Feel free to contact me (tina at makeuseof dot com) with suggestions and genre requests for upcoming editions of Sound Sunday.

25-08-2013
10 Free Music Albums: Flavors Of Pop & Rock [Sound Sunday]
Manage Firefox Tabs Like A Pro With Tab Mix Plus

Browsers

Manage Firefox Tabs Like A Pro With Tab Mix Plus

Be honest! How many browser tabs do you have open right now? More than a decade ago, Firefox — then known as Firebird — introduced browser tabs to the masses. Tabbed browsing quickly became a standard, and today it’s hard to imagine a browser that doesn’t support tabs. TabMix gives you even more control.

21-08-2013
Manage Firefox Tabs Like A Pro With Tab Mix Plus
5 Good Reasons To Save Your Old Hard Drive From The Trash

DIY

5 Good Reasons To Save Your Old Hard Drive From The Trash

Most of us have our data spread across several devices, storage media, or services. Storage capacities continue to expand at affordable prices, digital devices diversify, and as a result we are increasingly moving data to the Cloud. Do you even have a use for your old hard drive anymore? Don’t trash it just yet. First, hear what I have to tell you about old hard drives.

07-08-2013
5 Good Reasons To Save Your Old Hard Drive From The Trash
Stop For A Grammar Check: 4 Areas Where You Can Improve Your Spelling & Grammar

Web Culture Internet

Stop For A Grammar Check: 4 Areas Where You Can Improve Your Spelling & Grammar

Being a freelance writer or journalist isn’t easy, particularly if you write in a language that isn’t your mother tongue. Yet, many foreign speakers are tempted to write in English because it promises a greater audience and thus better opportunities to earn a living. The drawback is that we are constantly struggling with the details of the little devils in the language.

30-07-2013
Stop For A Grammar Check: 4 Areas Where You Can Improve Your Spelling & Grammar
A Quick Tour of the Leap Motion Touchless Input Device

Technology Explained

A Quick Tour of the Leap Motion Touchless Input Device

The Leap Motion Controller is a novel user interface device for Windows and Mac. It lets you control your computer through finger gestures painted into the air above the small device. In this article I will take you through the initial setup, introduce you to the Leap Motion’s app store, and generally explore how intuitive and useful this gadget really is.

27-07-2013
A Quick Tour of the Leap Motion Touchless Input Device
How To Copy Data From A Laptop

Windows Linux

How To Copy Data From A Laptop

Laptops have a particularly short lifetime. While it is possible to upgrade laptop hardware, one day the time will come when that is just not possible or worth it any more. This is when you will want to copy your data from your old laptop to a new device. How you can do this essentially depends on how much data there is to back up and whether or not the old laptop is still booting.

23-07-2013
How To Copy Data From A Laptop
Share Your Screen With Anyone Using Screenleap For Gmail Or Chrome

Browsers

Share Your Screen With Anyone Using Screenleap For Gmail Or Chrome

Have you ever wanted to demonstrate something you do on your computer and wished you could easily share your screen? The Screenleap Chrome browser extension lets you launch a screenshare for part or all of your desktop from within Gmail. Your friend only needs the viewer URL to instantly view your screen from any browser on any device.

17-07-2013
Share Your Screen With Anyone Using Screenleap For Gmail Or Chrome
Can You Escape Internet Surveillance Programs Like PRISM?

Internet

Can You Escape Internet Surveillance Programs Like PRISM?

Ever since Edward Snowden blew the whistle on PRISM, the NSA’s no longer secret surveillance program, we know one thing with certainty: nothing that happens online can be considered private. Can you really escape the intelligence services’ data hoarders by avoiding specific services? As similar programs in France, the UK, and Germany are revealed, this seems highly unlikely.

16-07-2013
Can You Escape Internet Surveillance Programs Like PRISM?
Great Time Saving Tips For Managing Email in Windows 8

Windows

Great Time Saving Tips For Managing Email in Windows 8

Depending on the volume of messages you need to process, managing emails can be a tedious task. With the Windows 8 Mail app, Microsoft introduced an application that makes this task very convenient. The interface is visually pleasing, simplistic, intuitive, and yet the app is surprisingly comprehensive. For those of you using Windows 8 and looking for an application to manage multiple email accounts, give the native Mail app a try and consider the following tips&tricks to save time wile managing your emails.

09-07-2013
Great Time Saving Tips For Managing Email in Windows 8
5 Reasons Working With Computers Is Bad For You & How to Stay Healthy

Self Improvement

5 Reasons Working With Computers Is Bad For You & How to Stay Healthy

Working on the computer may sound like the most relaxed job in the world, but it’s quite the contrary. It’s very tough on your body, which is not used to this modern type of work. The issues range from sitting for long hours, using they mouse and keyboard extensively, while staring at a bright screen and working in isolation at a stressful job. In other words, working on the computer is as unhealthy a job as you can imagine. Let me show you what the culprits are and how you can avoid and fix them.

03-07-2013
5 Reasons Working With Computers Is Bad For You & How to Stay Healthy
Get Things Done! 5 Ideas To Make The Best Productive Use Of Your Desktop

Windows Linux

Get Things Done! 5 Ideas To Make The Best Productive Use Of Your Desktop

People love their desktops! Whether you’re on a Mac, Windows or Linux computer, the desktop is an open space that isn’t pre-defined by a rigid structure. Unlike the interfaces of mobile devices or Windows 8’s Modern interface, it gives room to randomness, creativity, and individuality. This of course results in messy desktops more often than not. We have previously demonstrated how to clean up your desktop and switch wallpapers. Here I present a selection of wallpapers to go with a lean and productive desktop.

02-07-2013
Get Things Done! 5 Ideas To Make The Best Productive Use Of Your Desktop
10 Free Live Albums Featuring Radiohead, Folk, Rock & Jazz [Sound Sunday]

Web Culture

10 Free Live Albums Featuring Radiohead, Folk, Rock & Jazz [Sound Sunday]

Just in time for this week’s edition of Sound Sunday, Radiohead have released a live recording of their 1995 show at New York City’s Tramps via Noise Trade. All album tips will be donated to Amnesty International. Radiohead’s epic recording is accompanied by folk, rock, and some fascinating live jazz and improv albums. While all EPs and albums can be downloaded for free, we ask you to please donate a few dollars for music you enjoy! You are also welcome to submit material for an upcoming edition.

30-06-2013
10 Free Live Albums Featuring Radiohead, Folk, Rock & Jazz [Sound Sunday]
How To Set Up & Troubleshoot The Mail App In Windows 8

Windows

How To Set Up & Troubleshoot The Mail App In Windows 8

Windows 8 features a pretty slick Mail app. If you thought it only supported Microsoft accounts, such as Hotmail, Windows Live, or Outlook, you were wrong. The Windows 8 Mail app lets you add any email account that supports IMAP. As it always is in life, the theory is beautiful, but in practice we run into all sorts of petty issues. That was me when I tried to set up the Windows 8 Mail app. This article will help you set up the Mail app and troubleshoot common pitfalls in case you get stuck.

27-06-2013
How To Set Up & Troubleshoot The Mail App In Windows 8
How To Wall Mount Your Wireless Router, Or Any Other Gadget

DIY

How To Wall Mount Your Wireless Router, Or Any Other Gadget

Mounting gadgets to the wall has some key benefits; you get them out of the way, you free up space, and it looks better, too. There is an added benefit for wall mounting your wireless router; the right position, for example high up on your wall, can dramatically improve WiFi reception. Keep in mind that the average 1/2-wave dipole antenna radiates RF energy in a doughnut shape.

26-06-2013
How To Wall Mount Your Wireless Router, Or Any Other Gadget
3 Amazing Places That Google Earth Satellite View Helped Me Discover

Web Culture Windows

3 Amazing Places That Google Earth Satellite View Helped Me Discover

For the moment, Berlin is my adopted home. This is the Berlin, Germany’s old and new capital, a city of many controversies, world renowned for its eventful history, diverse art scene, and vibrant nightlife. I have spent many hours walking through the city, getting more familiar with it one step at a time. I wondered whether Google Earth could help me discover cool places I had not seen before. Join me as I explore my city in aerial and street views before heading out into the real world.

25-06-2013
3 Amazing Places That Google Earth Satellite View Helped Me Discover
Spending Too Much Time On The Computer? 5 Ways To Bring Nature To Your Desktop

Web Culture Internet

Spending Too Much Time On The Computer? 5 Ways To Bring Nature To Your Desktop

If you are tied to your desk or lack the natural draw to be outside, give nature a chance to brighten your day. She can help you relax as you experience her wonderfulness through the eyes and ears of others. Nature will stun you with her beauty! And who knows, you might be tempted to go outside and meet her in person after all.

19-06-2013
Spending Too Much Time On The Computer? 5 Ways To Bring Nature To Your Desktop
Not Just for Instagram: 10 Handy Uses For Your Smartphone Camera [Android]

Android

Not Just for Instagram: 10 Handy Uses For Your Smartphone Camera [Android]

Within only a few years, the smartphone has penetrated our lives and replaced other gadgets in a way that was never seen before. Likewise, smartphone cameras have become seriously useful. As the smartphone is slowly turning into an all-purpose tool, the camera adopts a large set of functions, which can be extremely handy in everyday life. Ready to find out the potential hidden within your smartphone camera?

18-06-2013
Not Just for Instagram: 10 Handy Uses For Your Smartphone Camera [Android]
I Bet You Didn’t Know Your Webcam Could Do This! 5 Tips To Help You Use Its Full Potential

Windows Internet

I Bet You Didn’t Know Your Webcam Could Do This! 5 Tips To Help You Use Its Full Potential

Are you the kind of person that covers their webcam with a sticker, so nobody can spy on them? Almost every device now is equipped with at least one camera. They make virtual meetings a little more personal. You can visually interact with the other person, read facial expressions, and thus better understand how they feel. This subtle information adds a lot of depth to conversations. But webcams can do a lot more than enhance virtual conversations. Few of us use their full potential for fun, convenience, and safety.

13-06-2013
I Bet You Didn’t Know Your Webcam Could Do This! 5 Tips To Help You Use Its Full Potential