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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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A Spring Cleaning Checklist For Your PC Part 2: Delete Junk & Free Wasted Space [Windows]

Windows

A Spring Cleaning Checklist For Your PC Part 2: Delete Junk & Free Wasted Space [Windows]

Regular PC maintenance is often neglected, leading to lost hard drive space and a bloated operating system that runs increasingly slower. To avoid a dreaded Windows re-installation, you should perform a thorough cleanup at least once a year. In part 1 of this article, I took you through a physical cleaning checklist for your computer. For part 2 I have created a spring cleaning checklist for the digital environment.

04-04-2012
A Spring Cleaning Checklist For Your PC Part 2: Delete Junk & Free Wasted Space [Windows]
A Spring Cleaning Checklist For Your PC Part 1: Hardware Cleaning

DIY

A Spring Cleaning Checklist For Your PC Part 1: Hardware Cleaning

With the arrival of Spring in the Northern Hemisphere, houses across the globe get a nice cleaning to rid them of dirt and clutter that has accumulated over the past year. Dust and junk also settle on our computer. Whether your PC is suffering from a clocked up fan or an overloaded hard drive, it is time to give it a thorough spring cleaning. With the following checklist this will be a breeze.

03-04-2012
A Spring Cleaning Checklist For Your PC Part 1: Hardware Cleaning
Better Manage Open Windows With PowerResizer [Windows]

Windows

Better Manage Open Windows With PowerResizer [Windows]

PowerResizer is a tool that enhances native Windows features for managing open windows. One example is the Windows Aero-powered windows docking, which allows you to dock Windows to either sides of your screen, simply by dragging it to the respective edge. The tool also improves mundane tasks, like resizing and moving windows.

27-03-2012
Better Manage Open Windows With PowerResizer [Windows]
4 Ways to Simultaneously Manage Multiple Gmail Accounts

Internet

4 Ways to Simultaneously Manage Multiple Gmail Accounts

Many of us have multiple Gmail accounts to separate private email from work and projects. However, life is rarely linear and we often find ourselves going back and forth between different accounts. How do you best do this without having to continuously log in and out? In this article, I will explore 4 ways to address this issue, moving from simple to more advanced solutions.

21-03-2012
4 Ways to Simultaneously Manage Multiple Gmail Accounts
Discover The Hidden Features Of Your Touchpad [Windows]

Windows

Discover The Hidden Features Of Your Touchpad [Windows]

With the rise of laptops and netbooks, the touchpad has become a key input device. Yet, in the Windows environment, working with the touchpad has been a drag more than a delight. While the hardware often is able to perform the same tricks as Apple’s touchpads, sometimes drivers don’t support its full capabilities or users are simply not aware of the available features.

20-03-2012
Discover The Hidden Features Of Your Touchpad [Windows]
12 Interesting Google Suggest Results & What They Reveal

Internet

12 Interesting Google Suggest Results & What They Reveal

Google Search is the modern world’s confessional. Whatever it is that we need help with, we just type it into the patient white search box and hope for relevant results. Google even helps us complete our searches by suggesting phrases based on the search activities of other users, a feature known as autocomplete. Not surprisingly, the results are often revealing and occasionally entertaining.

14-03-2012
12 Interesting Google Suggest Results & What They Reveal
ROUNDUP: 5 Must-Know Critical Facebook Privacy Tips

Internet

ROUNDUP: 5 Must-Know Critical Facebook Privacy Tips

MakeUseOf has published countless articles on Facebook privacy and security settings. Facebook continuously updates and changes privacy settings and options. For this post I have revisited previous stories to collect the best tips and and update instructions to reflect current options. If you have lost track, this is your chance to catch up and bring your Facebook privacy settings up to speed.

13-03-2012
ROUNDUP: 5 Must-Know Critical Facebook Privacy Tips
3 Reasons Why You Should Be Running The Latest Windows Security Patches & Updates

Windows

3 Reasons Why You Should Be Running The Latest Windows Security Patches & Updates

The code that makes up the Windows operating system contains security loop holes, errors, incompatibilities, or outdated software elements. In short, Windows isn’t perfect, we all know that. Security patches and updates fix the vulnerabilities and errors in Windows and associated software, and they occasionally add new features. This essentially summarizes why you should regularly run a Windows Update.

07-03-2012
3 Reasons Why You Should Be Running The Latest Windows Security Patches & Updates
ROUNDUP: The 10 Best Features That Keep Me In Gmail

Internet

ROUNDUP: The 10 Best Features That Keep Me In Gmail

Gmail is one of Google’s greatest projects and in my eyes it has revolutionized email. Not only is it the best web-based email client around, Gmail also beats free desktop clients by miles. After using Thunderbird for almost a decade, I recently switched to exclusively using Gmail’s web interface. In this article I will share my ten favorite features that made me switch and will make me stick with Gmail.

06-03-2012
ROUNDUP: The 10 Best Features That Keep Me In Gmail
3 Ways To Free Up Storage Space In Your Gmail Account

Internet

3 Ways To Free Up Storage Space In Your Gmail Account

Google Mail currently offers 7,679 MB of free storage. For the average user, that is enough space to last a lifetime. But what if you run out of storage space nevertheless? How can you find and delete obsolete emails in bulk or track down large attachments to regain precious MBs? This article highlights three ways to quickly make room for more mail.

21-02-2012
3 Ways To Free Up Storage Space In Your Gmail Account
10 Free MP3 Albums: Chilled Out Jazzy Hip Hop Edition [Sound Sunday]

Web Culture

10 Free MP3 Albums: Chilled Out Jazzy Hip Hop Edition [Sound Sunday]

Sound Sunday is a weekly feature promoting free album downloads. Every edition invites you to explore various genres and artists from around the world. This edition has a focus on jazz and hip hop, a genre you know well from laid back chill out lounges and futuristic cocktail bars. The genre must be immensely popular on Bandcamp, as indicated by the many external download links.

19-02-2012
10 Free MP3 Albums: Chilled Out Jazzy Hip Hop Edition [Sound Sunday]
How To Make The Most of Firefox’s Session Manager

Browsers

How To Make The Most of Firefox’s Session Manager

Restoring browser sessions was a milestone in browser development. Meanwhile, all browsers offer this feature to some extent. Firefox allows you to restore previous windows and tabs, but it doesn’t come with an elaborate session manager. The aptly called Session Manager fills this gap, allowsing you to save and restore multiple sessions.

15-02-2012
How To Make The Most of Firefox’s Session Manager
3 +1 Best Windows Explorer Add-ons For Windows 7

Windows

3 +1 Best Windows Explorer Add-ons For Windows 7

In two recent articles on Windows Explorer, I explained advanced settings and shared tips and tricks to improve your experience with the Windows file manager. To conclude this article trilogy, I will show you how you can add missing features using Windows Explorer add-ons, for example tabs, an enhanced copy process, and a tool to restore desktop icons.

14-02-2012
3 +1 Best Windows Explorer Add-ons For Windows 7
5 Distracting Desktop Notifications & How To Turn Them Off [Windows]

Windows

5 Distracting Desktop Notifications & How To Turn Them Off [Windows]

When you are working on a computer, it takes a fair bit of will power to resist the attempt to multitask. But even if you manage to restrain yourself, many programs manage to throw in distracting notifications that will divert your attention. Especially after setting up a new computer or re-installing, it can be a pain to track down the common offenders and turn off annoying focus killers.

07-02-2012
5 Distracting Desktop Notifications & How To Turn Them Off [Windows]
3 Easy Ways to Improve the Windows 7 Explorer

Windows

3 Easy Ways to Improve the Windows 7 Explorer

Windows Explorer is the file manager application that handles the Windows desktop and taskbar and lets you access your files. Without its nice graphical interface, controlling your computer would be a lot more complicated. It’s probably the Windows application that you interact with the most, and hence it’s worth looking into improvements that make it even more useful and efficient.

01-02-2012
3 Easy Ways to Improve the Windows 7 Explorer
6 Fun Fake Facebook Walls & How to Create Your Own

Web Culture

6 Fun Fake Facebook Walls & How to Create Your Own

Facebook is the leading social network. As such it is a prime target for practical jokes and pranks. However, creating fake profiles and conversations on Facebook is rather tedious. With a bit of skill, imagination and the right tools, you can easily create your own custom wall posts and fake profiles. Have a look at what is possible and how to make it happen.

31-01-2012
6 Fun Fake Facebook Walls & How to Create Your Own
5 Simple Ways To Keep Selected Windows On Top [Windows]

Windows

5 Simple Ways To Keep Selected Windows On Top [Windows]

Computers are made to multitask. As a result, we all have to juggle with multiple open windows to jump back and forth between various tasks. Sometimes, however, you just want to keep one window in your view regardless of what else happens on your screen. Surprisingly, Windows does not offer a native feature for this task. In this article I will introduce five tools that fill this niche.

25-01-2012
5 Simple Ways To Keep Selected Windows On Top [Windows]
Meet Your Writing Deadlines In A Distraction-Free Writing Environment With OmmWriter

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Meet Your Writing Deadlines In A Distraction-Free Writing Environment With OmmWriter

OmmWriter is a writing application for Windows, Mac, and the iPad. It is based on the philosophy that in order to concentrate and be creative, we need a calm and largely distraction-free surrounding. Unfortunately, our electronic writing environments are typically riddled with distractions, be it complex program menus or random messages and alerts popping up. The result is a constant struggle for focus.

25-01-2012
Meet Your Writing Deadlines In A Distraction-Free Writing Environment With OmmWriter
3 Ways To Stop Multitasking & Stay Focused To Be More Efficient & Productive [Windows]

Windows

3 Ways To Stop Multitasking & Stay Focused To Be More Efficient & Productive [Windows]

At MakeUseOf we have written countless articles on how to multitask. As it turns out, however, multitasking messes with your brain. Research shows that people who multitask a lot are “more susceptible to interference from irrelevant environmental stimuli and from irrelevant representations in memory” (Ophir 2009). In other words, people who multitask are much more easily distracted.

17-01-2012
3 Ways To Stop Multitasking & Stay Focused To Be More Efficient & Productive [Windows]