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Jon Martindale
Jon Martindale
Computing Coordinator

Jon Martindale is the Evergreen Coordinator for Computing, overseeing a team of writers addressing all the latest how to guides, best-of lists, and explainers to help everyone understand the hottest new hardware and software in desktops, laptops, and on the web.

Jon also writes for Forbes, Lifewire, and Microcenter, has authored two novels, and provided back story and dialogue for a handful of games.


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The best Mac keyboard shortcuts for 2023

Keyboard shortcuts are a great way to improve your efficiency and productivity using a Mac. Here are our favorite Mac keyboard shortcuts and how to use them.
MacOS Sonoma presented at WWDC 2023.

How to download macOS 14 Sonoma

The latest version of Apple’s Mac operating system, macOS 14 Sonoma, is out now in public beta. Here’s how to download and install it on your computer.
Dual monitors set up on a desk.

Why I still prefer my dual-monitor setup over using an ultrawide

I love an ultrawide monitor, but I love my dual monitors more. They're old and failing, but they do a good enough job to keep me from upgrading just yet.
Intel Core i5-13600K installed in a motherboard.

Intel Arrow Lake: everything we know about the 15th-gen chips

Intel Arrow Lake may launch as soon as early-2024, even if that wasn't the original plan. Here's everything we know about Arrow Lake so far.
A laptop screen shows the home page for ChatGPT, OpenAI's artificial intelligence chatbot.

What is a DAN prompt for ChatGPT?

You can jailbreak ChatGPT with the right prompt. One that sometimes works is called a DAN, or Do Anything Now Prompt. Here's what you need to know to use it.
Li-Fi transmitters pictured.

What is Li-Fi? A faster, more secure wireless internet is just around the corner

Li-Fi technology has the potential to make our wireless networks faster and more secure, but it has its own pros and cons. Here's what you need to know.
KateFrames Studio AI editor.

The best AI video editing tools

AI video editors can take the work out of cutting together clips, or re-editing for social media. Here are some of the best AI video editing tools you can use.
Dell UltraSharp 27 4K PremierColor Monitor

The most common multi-monitor problems and how to fix them

Multiple monitors can improve productivity and multitasking, but the setup doesn't always work as expected. Here are fixes for many common multi-display issues.
Windows 7 desktop.

Ranking all 12 versions of Windows, from worst to best

Microsoft has been making Windows operating systems for almost 40 years, and though they've improved, there have been some wins and duds. We rank them here.
A screenshot of Windows Copilot being used in the sidebar.

How to enable or disable ChatGPT from Windows taskbar

ChatGPT is built into Windows 11 through Bing search integration. You can turn it off if you don't want it, though. Here's how to disable ChatGPT in Windows 11.
CPU cooler installed in the Hyte Y40 case.

How to improve PC cooling — make your PC run cooler and quieter

PC cooling is a delicate balance between performance and noise levels. Here are some ways to improve both in your computer.
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How much RAM do you need?

How much RAM do you really need? It's a question that plagues many PC buyers, and in this guide, we break it down for tablets, laptops, and desktops.
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What is RAM? Here’s everything you need to know

RAM, or memory, is one of the most important components of your PC, but what is RAM? We explain what RAM does, how much you need, why it's important, and more.
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How to uninstall Steam games (and reinstall them later)

This guide will teach you how to uninstall Steam games to help create storage space. There are a few ways to do it, and this guide will show you each of them.
RTX 4090.

What is GDDR7? Everything you need to know about next-gen VRAM

GDDR7 VRAM is coming and it's bringing a huge uplift in bandwidth with it. If combined with a wide memory bus, we could see next-gen GPU bandwidth explode.
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How to disable VBS in Windows 11 to improve gaming

Windows 11's security features can cause a drop in gaming performance. If you want to make sure yours isn't impacted, here's how to turn off VBS in Windows 11.
Catan board game close up.

I taught ChatGPT to teach me board games, and now I won’t ever go back

With plugins, ChatGPT can do all sorts of exciting things, including teaching you how to play board games. Here's how to make your own ChatGPT rules lawyer.
Google Bard responses on a screen.

What is Google Bard? Here’s how to use this ChatGPT rival

Google Bard is the company's answer to ChatGPT, and recent updates have made it even better.
A Gigabyte Aorus Extreme motherboard.

Here’s why PCIe 7 will be a major upgrade when it comes to your PC

PCIe 7 will be far faster than any PCIe technology that's come before. Sky high bandwidth and power efficient? Sign us up! Here's what we know so far.
Man using computer.

The best free parental control software for PC, Mac, iOS, and Android

Parental controls can keep your kids safe from the dangers of the internet. Here are the best free software options out there that can help you manage them.
Several DDR5 sticks sitting on a table.

This innovation in RAM is great news for your PC

Non-binary memory is making memory purchasing more complicated, but perhaps a little bit cheaper. Here's everything you need to know about these new RAM sticks.
Person using Windows 11 laptop on their lap by the window.

Common Windows 11 problems and how to fix them

Windows 11 is Microsoft's best and brightest operating system yet, but it still has problems. Here's how to fix some of the most common Windows 11 issues.
Vantage stands with her sniper rifle in Apex Legends.

Apex Legends performance guide: best settings, fps boost, and more

Making sure Apex Legends is running at the highest fps possible will give you the best chance to win your next round. Here are the settings to tweak.
Crucial Ballistix Sport LT DDR4 RAM inside a computer.

These are the PC games pushing people to buy more RAM

RAM needs are going up with the latest games, and some gamers are getting ready. Here are the games you might need to upgrade your memory for.
A person using MS Word.

How to delete a page in Word

If you'd like to delete an entire page from your Word document, this guide will show you tricks for deleting pages at the end, in the middle, and anywhere else.
MusicLM prompt.

What is MusicLM? Check out Google’s text-to-music AI

MusicLM is an intriguing text-to-music AI tool developed by Google, and it's already making waves. Here's how to use it.
Valorant mobile ad.

Valorant performance guide: best settings, fps boost, and more

Valorant is a fast-paced competitive shooter, so high frame rates are a must if you want to be competitive. Here are the best settings to use to boost your fps.
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How to export a Word document to Kindle

Ever wanted to analyze a word document on your ebook reader? It's easier than you think. Here's how to export a Word doc to your Kindle.
Using the Sudowrite story engine to generate a synopsis.

How to use the Sudowrite Story Engine to write full-length novels with AI

The Sudowrite Story Engine is a superpowered tool for helping writers finish their passion projects. Here's how to use it.
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How to use Dante to create your own version of GPT-4

GPT-4 is the language model behind some of the best chatbots, like ChatGPT. Here's how to make your own version using Dante.
Google SGE search tool.

How to use Google SGE — try out the search generative experience for yourself

Google's Search Generative Experience, or SGE, could be the next hot thing when it comes to finding information online. Here's how to use it.
MacOS Sonoma.

Will my Mac get macOS 14?

MacOS 14 is bringing a lot of exciting improvements to Macs and MacBooks the world over. Here's how to know whether your Mac is supported.
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The best Lenovo laptops for 2023: ThinkPad, Yoga, and more

What is the best Lenovo laptop? It's not an easy decision to make with so many versatile models. These are our favorite picks, ranging from Yogas to ThinkPads.
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The best Dell laptops for 2023: XPS, Inspiron, and more

Dell makes a bunch of great laptops, but picking the best Dell laptops isn't easy, Here are our favorites, ranging from gaming laptops to business notebooks.