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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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What Is RAID Storage & Can I Use It On My Home PC? [Technology Explained]

30th September, 2011

RAID is an acronym for Redundant Array of Independent Disks, and it’s a core feature of server hardware that ensures data integrity. It’s also just a fancy word for two or more hard disks connected together to add some additional functionality. Why would you want to do this? Read on.

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3 Ways To Encourage Comments On Your WordPress Blog

28th September, 2011

Getting comments on your blog is a great motivator to keep you going on with the long haul that is blogging. Just knowing that someone is out there, appreciating your work feels great, but not everyone is willing to comment or even has something to say. Let’s take a look today at 3 ways to encourage users to comment through the clever use of plugins.

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What Is Arduino & What Can You Do With It? [Technology Explained]

25th September, 2011

If you’re like me, tinkering with electronics is something you’d really like to be able to do – in theory at least – but the realities of time constraints, lack of knowledge and few rewards inevitably prevent you from making a start. The Arduino is the answer to all that, and frankly anything that can be considered fun while learning is a truly revolutionary device in my opinion.

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10 YouTube Mash-Ups Guaranteed To Make You ROFL

23rd September, 2011

I have a tough job sometimes, and when the orders come from above to sit there and troll YouTube looking for funnies, I am only too happy to oblige. I offer my services to you so that a days worth of searching can be condensed into 30 minutes of visual stomach-rumbling ecstasy. So without further ado, here are 10 YouTube mash-up and remix videos that are guarantee to give you hysterics.

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Is The Wii All It’s Cracked Up To Be Or Has Nintendo Lost The Plot? [Opinion]

21st September, 2011

The Wii was a ground-breaking device when it was released in 2006, and there is no doubt that it paved the way for motion gaming and indeed bringing together every generation of a family for console gaming antics – but 5 years down the line and with the successor Wii U announced, is it all it cracked up to be? Has Nintendo finally lost the plot?

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3 iPad Apps For Growing a Vegetable Garden

18th September, 2011

As a gardener, I wanted to explore some iPad apps for growing vegetables and the self-sufficient lifestyle I strive for. Specifically, I wanted something that would help me figure out exactly what I could grow, and when. I have 3 apps to show you today, but sadly none of them are free. The truth is that finding decent free apps in this quite niche topic area is difficult, and none had anywhere near the functionality I wanted. So, here the are the top 3 paid apps.

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3 Ways To Go Viral By Offering Free Stuff With A Tweet To Download System

16th September, 2011

If you’re a creative type or have any kind of expert knowledge to share, one very effective way to bring traffic to your site is to offer a free download of your work – be it an eBook, art, video or music – in exchange for a little promotion on Twitter. Today let’s take a look at 3 possible systems for doing this: a Wordpress plugin, a free web service, and a DIY jQuery method.