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James Bruce

Chief Technology Officer, DIY and Hardware Reviews Editor / Joined 12 November, 2010

James lives in the middle of nowhere with his wife, son, and chickens. He spends an absurd amount of time in the VR room and tinkering with DIY home automation systems.

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What Is Git & Why You Should Use Version Control If You’re a Developer

Wordpress & Web Development

What Is Git & Why You Should Use Version Control If You’re a Developer

As web developers, a lot of the time we tend to work on local development sites then just upload everything when we’re done. This is fine when it’s just you and the changes are small, but when you’re dealing with more than one person working on something, or on a large project with lots of complicated components, that’s simply not feasible. That’s when we turn to something called version control.

James Bruce October 3, 2012 03-10-2012
What Is Git & Why You Should Use Version Control If You’re a Developer
How To Make Your Own Sticky Header Bar Like MakeUseOf

Wordpress & Web Development

How To Make Your Own Sticky Header Bar Like MakeUseOf

About a month ago, we introduced a new interface element to MakeUseOf – a floating navigation and search bar. The feedback we’ve been getting is almost entirely positive, internal search traffic has rocketed, and some readers having been asking about how to make one for their own site, so I thought I’d share.

James Bruce September 28, 2012 28-09-2012
How To Make Your Own Sticky Header Bar Like MakeUseOf
When Reality Is Too Dull: A Look At Alternate Reality Games

Gaming

When Reality Is Too Dull: A Look At Alternate Reality Games

Alternate Reality Games are a curious subculture that attempts to bring the concepts of gaming into the real world. Does this mean running around an industrial complex with water pistols? Not quite. The game nomenclature is deceptive; they’re best thought of as a mix between role-play, puzzle-solving, team-building, immersive fiction and creative writing.

James Bruce September 27, 2012 27-09-2012
When Reality Is Too Dull: A Look At Alternate Reality Games
Replace Windows Home Server With These Great Free Tools

Windows

Replace Windows Home Server With These Great Free Tools

Microsoft has been implementing big changes lately, and none of them are sitting too well with me. If you’re as jaded as I am about the $50 Windows Home Server being killed off – replaced by the $450 Windows Server Essentials – then fear not; you can get pretty much all the same functionality from these awesome free tools, and not give Microsoft a penny in the process.

James Bruce September 23, 2012 23-09-2012
Replace Windows Home Server With These Great Free Tools
Create a Social Updates Wall in Your WordPress Blog With Socialist jQuery Plugin

Wordpress & Web Development

Create a Social Updates Wall in Your WordPress Blog With Socialist jQuery Plugin

Socialist is an incredible new jQiuery plugin that aggregates your updates on various social networks and displays them beautifully in a grid similar to Pinterest. Socialist is a jQuery plugin. I’ll be giving full instructions on how to implement this in WordPress, but a working knowledge of jQuery would be helpful to identify typos or errors in your code.

James Bruce September 21, 2012 21-09-2012
Create a Social Updates Wall in Your WordPress Blog With Socialist jQuery Plugin
Forget Blogging: How To Power Any Website With WordPress

Wordpress & Web Development

Forget Blogging: How To Power Any Website With WordPress

Have you heard? Blogs are old news. I hope you didn’t jump on that particular bandwagon. Yep, static sites are the all the rage now. I’m joking, of course. There has always been the need for various kinds of sites, but the blog format doesn’t fit every requirement. However, Wordpress is more than happy to be moulded into whatever you want – blog or otherwise – and today we’ll be talking about making a basically static website with Wordpress.

James Bruce September 19, 2012 19-09-2012
Forget Blogging: How To Power Any Website With WordPress
What’s New In The iPhone 5? Not a Lot

iPhone and iPad

What’s New In The iPhone 5? Not a Lot

Apple has announced the iPhone 5, the number increase supposedly signalling a major new upgrade (as opposed to the 3G,3GS,4S). So what’s new? Short answer – not an awful lot. Long answer – lots of incremental upgrades and a few notable new features, but nothing that’s going to blow your mind. Still, read on for the full lowdown.

James Bruce September 16, 2012 16-09-2012
What’s New In The iPhone 5? Not a Lot
10 Of The Weirdest Japanese Pop Videos That’ll Make You Say WTF

Web Culture

10 Of The Weirdest Japanese Pop Videos That’ll Make You Say WTF

I know I explained last time that real life in Japan isn’t all that mad, but music videos is one area that they really excel (?) at. If you’ve ever seen a really weird music video and thought “WTF did I just watch?”, it was probably a Japanese pop video. And before you accuse me of not understanding a different culture and being utterly culturally insensitive: I’m not – they’re just geuinely completely weird. Here therefore, are 10 of the weirdest.

James Bruce September 14, 2012 14-09-2012
10 Of The Weirdest Japanese Pop Videos That’ll Make You Say WTF
Who Owns That MP3? Rights & Ownership In The Digital Era

Internet

Who Owns That MP3? Rights & Ownership In The Digital Era

This is pretty new ground – what happens to your legally purchased MP3 collection when you die? When one of the least trustworthy British newspapers around reported that Bruce Willis was going to sue Apple because he couldn’t bequeth his digital music collection, the Internet at large jumped at the chance to spew their vitriolic Apple hate. The story was completely false of course – but it raised an important question worth considering – who does own that mp3?

James Bruce September 12, 2012 12-09-2012
Who Owns That MP3? Rights & Ownership In The Digital Era
Are You Looking For The Best Free WordPress Magazine Themes?

Wordpress & Web Development

Are You Looking For The Best Free WordPress Magazine Themes?

One of the great things about Wordpress is it’s adaptability and ease of customization. Just download a new theme, and your entire site changes in an instant. It’s powerful, yet addictive; the search for the best theme is never ending – believe me – I have been known to spend literally days trying to track down that elusive theme that will make everything right in the world. Never fear though, because we’re here with a rundown of the best magazine themes.

James Bruce September 9, 2012 09-09-2012
Are You Looking For The Best Free WordPress Magazine Themes?
Kodiak PHP IDE For iPad Lets You Write And Run PHP Code Offline

iPhone and iPad

Kodiak PHP IDE For iPad Lets You Write And Run PHP Code Offline

Plain text and code editors are certainly nothing new to the iPad – but the Kodiak PHP IDE brings to the table one incredibly powerful feature: the ability to actually run your code, offline, on your iPad. It’s also an incredibly slick code editor, as you’d expect. Let’s take a look at what makes Kodiak stand out. The app is on-sale for $4.99 for a limited time, before going up to full price of $9.99. This app couldn’t come more highly recommended.

James Bruce September 7, 2012 07-09-2012
Kodiak PHP IDE For iPad Lets You Write And Run PHP Code Offline
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