James Bruce

Joined November 2010

Proud new Dad, James is obsessive about his Arduino and Oculus Rift.

DIY Projects Editor, Product Reviews Editor and Lead Developer

Feel free to contact at jamesbruce@makeuseof.com

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Which Programming Language Should You Learn For Software Development?

4th November, 2011

When starting on the path of programming, it’s important you invest your time wisely in choosing to learn something that will both benefit you in the immediate future with visible results on your platform of choice, as well as getting you set up for any future languages. Your choice will depend upon a number of factors, so let’s take a look at their characteristics, ease of learning, and likelihood of earning you a living.


4 Technologies That Could Change The World

30th October, 2011

Right now is such an exciting time to be alive, as science and technology hurtles humanity forward at such incredible rates. Who would’ve thought ten years ago that we’d have one touch access to all the information in the world, on our phones!? At this rate, what are we going to see in another ten years? With any luck, it’ll be one or more of these four incredible technologies.


The Absolute Basics Of Programming For Beginners (Part 2)

28th October, 2011

In part 2 of our absolute beginners guide to programming, I’ll be covering the basics of functions, return values, loops and conditionals. Make sure you’ve read part 1 before tackling this, where I explained the concepts of variables and datatypes. You won’t need to do any actual programming yet – this is all still theoretical and language-independent.


Windows 8 Branded PCs Could Prevent Other Operating Systems From Being Installed

27th October, 2011

“Secure Boot” is a new Windows 8 technology that’s required of OEM computers if they are to feature the Windows 8 Compatibility Logo. It’s designed to protect against malware at the boot level by preventing ‘unauthorised’ code from launching during system boot. However it’s been revealed that it may also prevent non Windows 8 operating systems – such as Linux – from being able to install or run.


10 Essential First Steps When Starting A WordPress Blog

26th October, 2011

Having created quite a few blogs, I’d like to think that I have a good system down for those essential first steps, and I hope it can be of use to you too. By following these you’ll get a good head start in the world of blogging and hopefully an influx of traffic to give you the motivation to carry on. If you’ve already started, think of this as a checklist as I’m sure there’s a few you haven’t done yet.


The Basics Of Computer Programming 101 – Variables And DataTypes

23rd October, 2011

Having introduced and talked a little about Object Oriented Programming before and where its namesake comes from, I thought it’s time we go through the absolute basics of programming in a non-language specific way. This is the kind of stuff computer science majors learn in the first term, and I’m aiming this at people with absolutely zero experience in programming.


4 Tech Predictions For The Next Few Years

21st October, 2011

I’d like to think that after being immersed daily in the technology industry for years now, I can tell when a trend has begun and generally how things are likely to pan out – so these are my personal predictions for Windows, tablets PCs, mobiles, gaming – over the course of the next few years.


The OnLive Cloud Gaming Revolution – A Faster, Easier Way To Game

19th October, 2011

OnLive is a cloud gaming service that presents a truly unique way to access your favorite games. No longer are you forced to constantly upgrade – instead, you run the games in the cloud, and stream them to your PC, Mac, iPad, Android or TV. It’s truly incredible technology, and well worth a download and giving it a go.


Will The iPad Continue To Dominate? [Opinion]

16th October, 2011

It’s painfully obvious that the Apple iPad continues to dominate the market, and will do so for the foreseeable future. Let’s look the evidence, examine the various ways in which the iPad has had a positive impact on the world as a whole, and define exactly what makes one tablet “better” than another.


How To Turn WordPress Into A Life Stream Of All Your Online Blogs

14th October, 2011

For most of us, the amount of digital content we produce is staggering – Twitter, personal blogs, professional blogs – but bringing all of that in to one central place is a real challenge. Having recently purchased my own vanity domain of jamesbruce.me to act as a central hub for my articles and web content, the task fell upon me to find a suitable way to aggregate it all – commonly called a life stream.


5 Things You Might Not Have Known You Could Do With WordPress

12th October, 2011

Being the most versatile blogging system ever, it’s no surprise that developers have twisted and pulled Wordpress into becoming so much more through the clever use of plugins. If you thought Wordpress was only for blogging, think again. Here’s 5 others ways you can use the Wordpress system, with free and premium choices where available.


5 Easy Ways To Remove Windows Bloat On Your PC

9th October, 2011

It’s a fact of life for most Windows users that as the weeks go by with a PC in regular use, things just start to accumulate, the OS becomes more bloated and everything just seems to take forever to run. Personally, I just format the whole thing and start again – but for most people I realise that might not be a practical solution. So what are some way to trim the fat, reduce the bloat, and have Windows running at top form again?


Fritzing – The Ultimate Tool For Sketching Out Electronics Projects [Cross Platform]

7th October, 2011

Despite sounding like an alcopop, Fritzing is actually an incredible bit of free software you can use to create circuit and component diagrams for use with rapid-prototyping electronics boards such as the fantastic open-source Arduino. As such, it’s open source, entirely cross platform and well supported – you can almost guarantee that it can be used on any Arduino project to show you how to wire things together using it.


How To Set Up Your FreeNAS Server To Access Your Files From Anywhere

5th October, 2011

FreeNAS is a free, open source BSD-based operating system that can turn any PC into a rock-solid file server. Today I’m going to walk you through a basic installation, setting up a simple file share, and setting things up so you can access your files from anywhere over the Internet using the encrypted secure FTP over SSH option.


4 Fantastic Hardware Projects You Can Fund On Kickstarter

2nd October, 2011

Having recently had my first taste of Arduino electronics, I must admit the idea of open hardware and the maker ethos has really made a mark on me. Today I thought it would be interesting to highlight some of the most promising, exciting, or downright cool hardware projects on KickStarter – most of which you can fund in return for one of the prototypes or finished projects.