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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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Trip Up A Nerd With These WiFi Network & Computer Names

Web Culture

Trip Up A Nerd With These WiFi Network & Computer Names

Network and computer names are visible to anyone within the respective environment. Hence they make great subjects for sending messages, confusing other people in the network, or showing off your geekiness. Why use a default SSID or follow a boring name convention, if you could have some fun? Ever since I bought my first laptop in 2003, I named my devices after a life goal or a geographical destination.

12-06-2013
Trip Up A Nerd With These WiFi Network & Computer Names
The Great Transition: 13 Free Electronic Classical & Ambient Albums [Sound Sunday]

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The Great Transition: 13 Free Electronic Classical & Ambient Albums [Sound Sunday]

With this edition of Sound Sunday, I present you the transition from last week’s chiptune & video game music to different variations of the electronic genre, including classical and ambient music. It goes without saying that this edition covers a broad range of genres, despite what may seem like a narrow focus.

09-06-2013
The Great Transition: 13 Free Electronic Classical & Ambient Albums [Sound Sunday]
How To Create Amazing Facebook Cover Pictures For Your Timeline

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How To Create Amazing Facebook Cover Pictures For Your Timeline

The Facebook cover photo crowns your Timeline. You can choose a stunning photograph and keep it simple or create an eye-catching composition. No place on Facebook is better suited to show off your creativity and express your personality than this. Don’t despair if you’re not a master of Photoshop. Facebook makes it easy.

06-06-2013
How To Create Amazing Facebook Cover Pictures For Your Timeline
3 Ways To Breathe New Life Into An Old Hard Drive

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3 Ways To Breathe New Life Into An Old Hard Drive

It’s in the human nature to collect stuff and in the digital age we mostly collect data. For a long time, the storage capacities of hard drives seemed to increase too slow to match user demands. We have now reached a turning point. With the aid of generous free Cloud storage and streaming services, it seems like local data storage needs are peaking and will eventually level off.

05-06-2013
3 Ways To Breathe New Life Into An Old Hard Drive
Facebook Won’t Let You Merge Accounts? Here Is How to Do It Anyways! [Weekly Facebook Tips]

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Facebook Won’t Let You Merge Accounts? Here Is How to Do It Anyways! [Weekly Facebook Tips]

Ever so often people ask us how they can merge two or more Facebook accounts . Now don’t get your hopes up! The truth is, it is not possible to merge Facebook accounts. However, there are workarounds. All it takes is a little preparation and patience.

04-06-2013
Facebook Won’t Let You Merge Accounts? Here Is How to Do It Anyways! [Weekly Facebook Tips]
10 Free Chiptune & Video Game Soundtrack Albums [Sound Sunday]

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10 Free Chiptune & Video Game Soundtrack Albums [Sound Sunday]

Sound Sunday is often inspired by readers like yourself. The material for this edition was collected over several months, following the request of Luca in January this year. All of the albums demonstrate skill and passion for the chiptune genre. My personal highlight this week is Viking Guitar Productions’ expression of hard rock and metal with 8-bit music. It’s the chiptune flavor I can best identify with.

02-06-2013
10 Free Chiptune & Video Game Soundtrack Albums [Sound Sunday]
3 Cheap & Easy DIY Smartphone Tripod Mounts Made & Tested

Android

3 Cheap & Easy DIY Smartphone Tripod Mounts Made & Tested

Unless you are an avid photographer, you’ll hardly miss the added features of a proper camera. Too bad your tripod isn’t compatible with your smartphone. Or is it? Maybe one day smartphones will come with a thread adapter. Till then, you’re stuck… unless you dare to build one. I searched the net for ideas and went to my local hardware store to get supplies. I came up with three DIY tripod mounts that are very cheap, very easy to build, and quite sturdy.

30-05-2013
3 Cheap & Easy DIY Smartphone Tripod Mounts Made & Tested
3 Ways to Install a Computer in Your Kitchen

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3 Ways to Install a Computer in Your Kitchen

Installing a computer in the kitchen is a brilliant idea. Not only does it deliver cooking tips and recipes right where you need them, you can also maintain your digital and cloud-synced shopping list or use it for entertainment. Imagine you could listen to music or watch your favorite TV show while preparing a meal or doing the dishes. Whether or not have a spare device and whatever your DIY skill level is, I guarantee there is a solution just right for you.

29-05-2013
3 Ways to Install a Computer in Your Kitchen
How To Back Up Your Facebook Contacts To Any Email Account [Weekly Facebook Tips]

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How To Back Up Your Facebook Contacts To Any Email Account [Weekly Facebook Tips]

Facebook makes many aspects of your life more convenient. It’s an easy way to stay in touch, it reminds you of your friends’ birthdays, and it can sync your contacts and Facebook events to your smartphone. And before you know it, you depend on Facebook. Or maybe other people depend on being friends with you on Facebook. Part of this dependence is in Facebook stepping in to manage your contacts.

28-05-2013
How To Back Up Your Facebook Contacts To Any Email Account [Weekly Facebook Tips]
Electronic Dubstep Madness: 10 Free Album & EP Downloads [Sound Sunday]

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Electronic Dubstep Madness: 10 Free Album & EP Downloads [Sound Sunday]

This edition of Sound Sunday sends you off to experience electronic music. Worlds of sound, artificially created, yet skilfully composed, decorated with beats, dubsteps, glitches, drums, basses, and embedded in soft ambiance. Fantastic soundscapes that stimulate the senses beyond reality.

26-05-2013
Electronic Dubstep Madness: 10 Free Album & EP Downloads [Sound Sunday]
Less is More! 7+ Devices & Tools Your Smartphone Can Replace

Android

Less is More! 7+ Devices & Tools Your Smartphone Can Replace

Phones have gone through an incredible evolution over the past few years. Besides serving as mobile phone and a tiny window into the world wide web, the modern smartphone accommodates a multitude of tools. The things you can do with a smartphone are limited only by the imagination. Admittedly, fantasies typically aren’t realistic, but there are a lot of devices you can really replace with your Android smartphone.

23-05-2013
Less is More! 7+ Devices & Tools Your Smartphone Can Replace
Facebook Search Sucks – Use Facebook Email Notifications As A Workaround [Weekly Facebook Tips]

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Facebook Search Sucks – Use Facebook Email Notifications As A Workaround [Weekly Facebook Tips]

While there are several ways to find stuff on Facebook, they are all but comprehensive or reliable. This situation also forces you to spend even more time on Facebook, increasing the likelihood that you will get distracted. One way to increase your chances of finding something and thus waste less time, is to enable Facebook email notifications. As I explore the benefits of email notifications, I will also show you other ways to search Facebook.

21-05-2013
Facebook Search Sucks – Use Facebook Email Notifications As A Workaround [Weekly Facebook Tips]
Become Better At Finding Stuff With Search Engines: Boolean Search Logic Explained

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Become Better At Finding Stuff With Search Engines: Boolean Search Logic Explained

It only takes Google’s thousands of servers half a second to query approximately 50 billion indexed pages, it takes you significantly longer to scan only the first page of search results. On top of that, you are likely to digress and open irrelevant sites. Why don’t you do your constantly distracted and easily overwhelmed brain a huge favor and learn how to properly construct a search?

16-05-2013
Become Better At Finding Stuff With Search Engines: Boolean Search Logic Explained
Add Facebook Trusted Contacts To Ensure You Can Recover Your Account

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Add Facebook Trusted Contacts To Ensure You Can Recover Your Account

It happens all the time. People forget their password, accounts get hacked, or Facebook decides they have violated the Terms of Service and bans them. And when they try to recover their account, they realize that phone numbers or email addresses they once provided for a potential security check are long out of date. So what can they do to recover their Facebook account?

15-05-2013
Add Facebook Trusted Contacts To Ensure You Can Recover Your Account
MakeUseOf Hangouts: When Geeks Talk Turkey

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MakeUseOf Hangouts: When Geeks Talk Turkey

Last week I invited you to a MakeUseOf Hangout. This past Friday, six loyal readers joined me and contributed to a great conversation around MakeUseOf and technology in general. We received a lot of valuable feedback from this chat. Moreover, participants seemed to really enjoy to talk tech with fellow-minded people, which was also reflected in their comments after the Hangout was finished.

14-05-2013
MakeUseOf Hangouts: When Geeks Talk Turkey
Energy Saving Tips For Buying & Using Electronics

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Energy Saving Tips For Buying & Using Electronics

Electronics make up a significant portion of your household energy costs. Computers, printers, and WiFi routers alone account for around 25% of your electricity bill. While electronics are becoming more efficient, their increased use offsets the gains. At the same time energy prices are rising. There are a number of things you can do to control your energy bill and none of them cost you any money.

09-05-2013
Energy Saving Tips For Buying & Using Electronics
Busted – How To Deal With a Broken Screen On Your Laptop

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Busted – How To Deal With a Broken Screen On Your Laptop

Over the past couple of years I have traveled a lot and took my work with me wherever I went. I worked from the most ridiculous and beautiful places all over North America and Europe. My office was wherever I set up my computer. And for a while my desktop felt like home. And then I broke my laptop screen. Disaster! What do you do when you depend on your laptop; to look up information, submit work, and meet deadlines?

08-05-2013
Busted – How To Deal With a Broken Screen On Your Laptop
Chat Heads & Stickers – Check Out The New Features on Facebook Messenger [Weekly Facebook Tips]

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Chat Heads & Stickers – Check Out The New Features on Facebook Messenger [Weekly Facebook Tips]

Have you already noticed the latest features of Facebook chat on iOS and Facebook Messenger on Android? Prior to the release of Facebook Home, Facebook’s chat app received an update which included Chat Heads and stickers. Chat Heads are floating avatars of Facebook friends you’re chatting with. Chat Heads appear on top of Facebook pages (iOS) and other applications (Android only), meaning you don’t have to move back and forth.

07-05-2013
Chat Heads & Stickers – Check Out The New Features on Facebook Messenger [Weekly Facebook Tips]
How To Upgrade A Laptop’s RAM, Step By Step

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How To Upgrade A Laptop’s RAM, Step By Step

Is your laptop old, slow, and has the hardware never been upgraded? Working on a slow computer can be a real drag. Before you buy a completely new one, however, you should consider ways to give your old friend a new life.Upgrading the RAM is pretty easy and can make a major difference! While not every part of a laptop is easily accessible, the RAM is often super-easy to exchange. Read on to see exactly how.

30-04-2013
How To Upgrade A Laptop’s RAM, Step By Step
Making Your Own Smartphone Speakers – MakeUseOf Tests

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Making Your Own Smartphone Speakers – MakeUseOf Tests

The average smartphone speaker is an insult to an audiophile’s ears. Poor quality, low volume, and a lack of bass can ruin the sound. Since those speakers are in-built, there isn’t an easy way to fix them. However, before you invest in external speakers, try some quick & easy DIY solutions to significantly improve the sound your mobile produces. These super simple hacks make do with basic household items.

25-04-2013
Making Your Own Smartphone Speakers – MakeUseOf Tests
Isn’t It Time You Made Use of Your Caps Lock?

Windows

Isn’t It Time You Made Use of Your Caps Lock?

The CAPS LOCK key is probably the most useless key on your keyboard. Netiquette forbids you to use it because it’s considered screaming, which is simply rude. And what else would you use it for other than expressing your raw emotions? Unintentional activation of the CAPS LOCK is also a common reason why people fail to type the right password. That’s because it sits on the home row, a prime location that is easily hit by accident.

24-04-2013
Isn’t It Time You Made Use of Your Caps Lock?
It’s Not Facebook, It’s You! 5 Ways To Fix Your Facebook Experience [Weekly Facebook Tips]

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It’s Not Facebook, It’s You! 5 Ways To Fix Your Facebook Experience [Weekly Facebook Tips]

I joined Facebook because it promised to be an easy way to stay in touch with friends and family while traveling and living abroad. I stayed with Facebook even though many of the prejudices I had turned out to be true. What I learned, however, is that most of the things you do with Facebook, or allow it to do to you, are your choice. Facebook offers a lot of opportunities and it is up to you to customize your experience. It’s a little like real life.

23-04-2013
It’s Not Facebook, It’s You! 5 Ways To Fix Your Facebook Experience [Weekly Facebook Tips]