Chris Pirillo

Chris Pirillo is the founder of the tech blogging network, Lockergnome and previously served as host of TechTV's Call for Help show. Chris's insightful and entertaining how to videos will now be featured in the PC Pitstop newsletters and highlighted at and

Chris Pirillo: Why Does Everyone Hate Microsoft?

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You may love Microsoft or you may hate Microsoft, but if you step back for just a second and look at the big picture, it sure does seem like the Redmond giant gets more than its fair share of hate no matter what it does.

Chris Pirillo: Which Music Subscription Service Do You Use?

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Music streaming services aplenty exist on the Internet to suit every taste — no matter how eclectic. Whether you like Last.FM, Spotify, Rhapsody, Pandora, Magnatune, or one of the others, you probably have your reasons for sticking with your preference. Here are some reasons why one person made the switch from Rhapsody to Spotify.

Chris Pirillo: Quality of Google Search Results Decline?

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Google has introduced its answer to just about every popular Internet technology it can, providing us with alternative operating systems, alternative social networking platforms, and alternative productivity applications. Now Google intends to alter the bread and butter of its operation: its search. Has Google gone too far? Is Google getting too greedy?

Chris Pirillo: Will You Upgrade to Windows 8?

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The Windows 8 Consumer Preview (beta) has been out for a couple days now, and speculation is running rampant as to whether or not consumers will consider Windows 8 a success, or just a second coming of the PR failure that was Windows Vista. Personally, I’m a long-time Windows user with a long history of early adoptions, disappointments, and through all of this have remained an optimist. With Windows 8, I’m still on the fence. While the beta gives us a good idea of what the final product might look like, one can only hope a lot changes take place between now and then. The biggest question facing Microsoft and its users is whether or not Windows 8 will be something consumers will accept.

Chris Pirillo: What is the Oldest Computer You Own?

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While it’s easy to envy people who have all the money to get fancy new gadgets, devices, doohickeys, and suchlike on the day they’re launched, there are a few advantages to living behind the hardware curve that you may not have considered. After all, when your horse and buggy breaks down, who are you going to trust to fix it: the local BMW mechanic, or the Amish guy 20 miles outside of town?

Chris Pirillo: 20 Best Windows Downloads for any PC


Sure, we realize that any list detailing the “best” of anything is sure to spark debate, but we hope this can be civilized and rife with constructive criticism. According to Craighton Miller, here are the best Windows downloads for any new computer. Disagree with any of these or have any in mind that you think should be included? Read the post and leave your commentary (as long as it’s civil and constructive), by gum!

Chris Pirillo: Best Place to Edit Your Photos Online


For several years, Seattle-based Picnik has been one of the most popular services offering users the ability to crop, resize, and rotate photos, as well as edit the exposure, correct colors, add effects (such as black and white), and add text to them. However, ever since Picnik was bought by Google in 2010, its future has seemed doomed, much like other Google acquisitions shortly after being acquired. If you don’t need an expensive photo-editing app, yet are willing to pay a small fee (or put up with ads) to edit your photos online elsewhere, here are a four great alternatives to Picnik that we found for you.

Chris Pirillo: 5 Things You Should Not Buy Used


To counterpoint five things that you should buy used, there are plenty of things that you’d be equally wise in investing just a little more money for being pristine and unused. A hard drive, for example, is cheap enough when it’s fresh from the manufacturer (and will be covered by a warranty) that saving a couple of bucks from some shyster on eBay who may have dropped the thing a couple of times just isn’t worth the price of your sanity. If you want to ensure that your purchases outlast the time it takes for money and goods to exchange hands, you should check this out.

Chris Pirillo: When Will Printers Die?


During the live recording of TLDR, a viewer asked if I thought printers would die out in five to 10 years as a result of everything going paperless and digital. Here’s what I had to say about it.

Chris Pirillo: Why is My Computer Running Slow?


Is your computer really getting slow, or is it just a matter of perspective? Sure, over time it’s normal for your system to get bogged down with software that makes the height of its efficiency somewhat lacking, but is the fix easier than simply trashing the old hardware in favor of the newest shiny multi-core on the market? Find out in this video from today’s TLDR episode.