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Since writing for MakeUseOf, I have accumulated hundreds of articles. You can see my most recent ones on the side, and if you prefer to see them all, you can visit my author page.

Top 10 Articles:

The 5 Best Hidden Facebook Tricks You Should Make Use Of

How much do you use Facebook? Every day? Would you consider yourself an expert? It’s true that we do spend a lot of time on Facebook, but surprisingly, a lot of users still don’t completely take advantage of all the features it has to offer.

9 Of The Best Free & Low-Cost Alternatives To Microsoft Office

Microsoft Office has dominated the market of text documents, spreadsheets and slide shows for years, and for good reason – it’s one of the very best. However, there’s one drawback and that is the price. Sure, it’s a relatively good investment, but for one reason or another you choose to not pay for it.

7 Awesome Alternatives To Windows Search

Have you ever searched for a program, file or folder on your computer only to discover that the default search application takes longer to display your search than it does for you to go find it manually yourself? I have. And I’d imagine that most Windows users face this same dilemma.

Creating Order From Chaos: 9 Great Ideas For Managing Your Computer Files

It’s frustrating isn’t it when you can’t find that file? When you’ve searched every folder imaginable on your computer, and somehow it got lost….or worse, deleted. Now, there are excellent search tools for Windows that allow you to find your files, but they only work if you know the name of the file.

How To Be Completely Portable Without Your Own Computer Or Smartphone

This day and age it’s pretty uncommon to not see someone with a smartphone, tablet or laptop in a public place like a library. We’ve become quite reliant on them, wouldn’t you say? So reliant, we often say we “couldn’t live without them”. In my experience, I have never owned a smartphone or tablet.

Paint.NET: The Best Image Editor Available That You Should Download

We all edit images to some degree. Whether it’s a simple crop or resize, or maybe just adding some text, it’s nice to have an image editor that is reliable, fast, easy to navigate and assists you in getting the job done quickly. There are a lot of fancy image editors available such as the […]

Calibre: Hands-Down, The Best eBook Manager Available

Electronic media is no doubt more prevalent today than it ever has been. The Internet is at the core of it all, and because of it we have eBooks, web articles, and news from electronic magazines and newspapers. With all of this content that we are taking in, how can we manage it all?

Be Creative AND Organized: Color-Code Your Windows Folders

The words “creative” and “organized” are rarely used in the same sentence. Usually it is one or the other. However, often being creative can help you be organized and there are plenty of cases of that all throughout the Internet. One of those cases is right here on MakeUseOf in this very article.

6 Microsoft Products That Have Finally Been “Perfected” [Opinion]

Microsoft has been a major contender in the tech industry for as long as many of us can remember. It has managed to occupy the majority of the personal computing market, and much of the business market as well. It’s seen its downfalls though, too.

Learn To Code: 10 Free And Fantastic Online Resources To Hone Your Skills

Coding. A topic that is avoided by many. Why? Probably because it seems like an impossible and unreachable goal to attain. It is a difficult skill, but if you have the purpose to learn to code, there’s no better time than now. There are an abundance of free resources and tools, all of which are […]

 

Personal Favorites:

Making Your Own Website: Your Career Will Thank You Later

Previously, we beat to death every single excuse/myth/misconception that there is about creating a personal website. You no have no reason not to have one. However, you may still be wondering how making your own website could really benefit you. In January, I wrote an article about why it’s crucial to have a professional online presence […]

You Are Missing Out By Not Creating A Personal Website: Disproving The 6 Myths

Have you ever considered having a personal website? You know – a place where people can go to read about who you are, what you do, your goals and aspirations, and of course to contact you. Perhaps you don’t feel you need one and find yourself asking the question, “Why would anyone want to contact […]

Your All-In-One Guide To Building The Perfect Resume

Whether you just graduated, are returning to school or are looking for a new job, within or outside your career, you need a resume. But not just a resume. You need a great resume. One which will stand out among the rest and help you land that job which you’re hoping will make some positive […]

Get The Most Out Of Craigslist And Stand Out While Doing It

Craigslist has become the go-to site for anyone looking to buy, sell, hire, be hired, etc. However, at the same time, it has the reputation of attracting “sketchy” people. We often think these people wouldn’t even have the know-how to use Craigslist, but the fact is that almost everyone can…

Tools & Techniques For When You Must Leave Your Laptop Alone In Public

Ideally we would never leave our laptops from our sight, especially in public. And there are definitely areas like airports and public transit where you should never consider it an option. But since becoming a tech writer, I’ve found that public areas, specifically coffee shops, are great for working.

Getting A New Computer, Part 1: How To Transition From Your Old PC To Your New One

Ahhh! The joy of a new computer! An opportunity to start fresh and leave all the worries of your slow, dusty, old computer in the past. However, whether you’ve just purchased a new computer or are thinking about it, it is crucial to start out with it the right way in order to have the best experience […]

Getting A New Computer, Part 2: Things You Must Do Before Starting To Use It

The first thing you probably want to do when getting a new computer is jump right into using it. But hold on! There are some things that you must do and take care of before you get to that point. In this article, the second in the Getting A New Computer series, we will cover […]

Getting A New Computer, Part 3: Essential Programs & How To Efficiently Install Them

So you’ve just got a new computer and you’re ready to dive into installing all of your favorite programs – great! But you should understand that this isn’t the first thing you should do. In the two prior articles of this series we covered how to have a seamless transition from your old PC to […]

Why You Should Be Using Evernote As Your Go-To Place For Remembering Everything

Remember Everything. That’s the Evernote motto and that’s what it allows you to do best. If you aren’t familiar yet with Evernote, you’re in for a real treat! If you have heard of it, but never really understood what the big hype was about it – my goal is that you will, after this article.

Conquer Your Next Research Project The Easy Way With These Tools

Whether you’re in school or you have a job, you likely have or will have to research at one point or another. And if you’re like most people, you will have to do it several times. But research is a daunting task. It seems like we put it off and put it off until the […]

The Best Way To Apply a Screen Protector To Your Phone Or Tablet

Have you ever seen someone’s phone with a giant bubble in the middle between the screen protector and the screen? Perhaps you’ve been that person or are trying not to be that person. Whether you have tried applying screen protectors before with unsatisfactory results or are about to apply one for the first time, this […]

Are You Getting The Most Out Of Your Customer Service Experience?

Have you ever called customer service, only to end the call frustrated, disappointed and without resolution? Or perhaps there was a resolution, but it was unfavorable and certainly not worth the time you spent on the phone? We’ve actually covered in detail how good the customer service is by some of the major tech companies, […]

How The Pros Do It: Avoiding Embarrassment & Delivering Perfect Presentations

Ah! The presentation. Some of us love them. Some of us hate them. But no matter what, we all usually have to give them at one point or another, whether in school, work or even just for enjoyment (see Get Inspired With TED’s Top 20 Most Watched Videos [Stuff to Watch]).

Creating A Professional Online Presence Is Crucial For Today’s Job Market: Here’s How

Let’s face it, the job market is becoming more and more competitive. Although I unfortunately haven’t experienced other job markets around the globe, I would imagine that no matter where you live, getting noticed is becoming more and more difficult. Employers are now going towards the online application process, limiting the amount of face-to-face contact.

How You Can Use Technology To Spice Up Your Relationship

Being in an relationship is exciting, isn’t it? There is so much to enjoy about being with that special person in your life. However, there might be times (more for some than others) where you are apart – it could be just a week or even several months.

Prepare For The Worst: Disaster Recovery Tips You Need To Use Now

No! This is not happening to you right now! It’s 1:30 AM, you’re almost finished with your huge project due at 8 AM and your computer just crashed and won’t turn on! Worse yet, you haven’t saved for a whole two hours because you were so far in the “just get it done” zone that […]

Why You Need To Backup Now And 6 Reasons Why You Haven’t Done So Already

How else can I say this? Actually, there is no other way more straightforward than this: you need to backup now. The risks involved with not doing so are simply not worth it. There’s no really no reason to not be backing up your computer.

How To Drive All Your Facebook Friends & Twitter Followers Crazy

Have you ever wanted to drive everyone crazy on your social networks? For a long time this has been a goal of mine that I have aspired for. It takes a lot of hard work, persistence and dedication, but the result is very worth it.

The Future Is Here – Your Guide To Having A Paperless Life Today

Paperless – a term that is used quite often now days. But what does it mean? And to what extent does it apply? Certainly we all still use paper to some degree despite the advancements in technology, so how can we go completely paperless? Well, the truth is, there will likely always be some form […]

Avoid Murder By PowerPoint: How To Make Your Presentations Compelling And Memorable

Have you ever done a PowerPoint presentation? Of course you have. If you said “no,” I’d call you a liar. Alright, that may be extreme. But most of us have, right? I’d say so. So, what’s my point? My point is that here most of us have created a PowerPoint and done a presentation (or […]

 

 

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While attending NCTA, I was the editor and writer for our small “newspaper”, which was just a four-page production, but a solid amount of work for one person (sometimes two).

You can see the issues that I was a part of on my Scribd page. In addition to editing and assembling the newspaper, I often wrote articles geared towards helping students make the most of college.

NOTE: The Art Of Researching series played a roll in me getting a position on the team at MakeUseOf.

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