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James Bruce

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

James has a BSc in Artificial Intelligence, and is CompTIA A+ and Network+ certified. He's the lead developer of MakeUseOf, and spends his free time playing VR paintball and boardgames. He's been building PCs since he was a kid.

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Do You Need a VPN To Protect Your Privacy Online? Try proXPN [Sponsored]

Do You Need a VPN To Protect Your Privacy Online? Try proXPN [Sponsored]

With privacy on the Internet becoming an increasingly difficult to obtain commodity, and more governments beginning to censor politically sensitive websites or bow to the whims of the recording industry, having a VPN on hand has never been more useful. There are hundreds of VPN providers though, so today we’re going to take a comprehensive look at proXPN, a service with both free and cost-effective premium plans that we can all make use of in our Internet travels.

22-10-2012
Do You Need a VPN To Protect Your Privacy Online? Try proXPN [Sponsored]
6 Awesome Bits Of Technology For Your Perfect Halloween Party

DIY Internet

6 Awesome Bits Of Technology For Your Perfect Halloween Party

Over the years I’ve organised some pretty awesome parties and even entire summer camps. I like to think I know how to throw a cool party, and technology always plays a part of that. Here’s 6 essential bits of technology to MakeUseOf at your Halloween party!

21-10-2012
6 Awesome Bits Of Technology For Your Perfect Halloween Party
Vroom, Vroom: A Comprehensive Guide To Speeding Up A WordPress Blog

Wordpress & Web Development

Vroom, Vroom: A Comprehensive Guide To Speeding Up A WordPress Blog

MakeUseOf serves hundreds of thousands of visitors everyday, and we do it all on Wordpress. Wordpress can and does scale from tens to millions of pageviews, but you’re going to need some heavyweight plugins and strategies to increase performance at that level. Here’s a comprehensive list of things you can do to speed up your blog, and the plugins you can use to do it.

19-10-2012
Vroom, Vroom: A Comprehensive Guide To Speeding Up A WordPress Blog
DOS Was Not Alone: Forgotten Operating Systems Of The Past [Geek History Lesson]

Web Culture

DOS Was Not Alone: Forgotten Operating Systems Of The Past [Geek History Lesson]

Linux, Windows or OSX – that’s basically your choice today – but it wasn’t always that way. There used to be a huge range of operating systems in various stages of development and often drastically superior to Windows. Join me in a look down memory lane as we look at 6 of the biggest forgotten and dead OSes.

17-10-2012
DOS Was Not Alone: Forgotten Operating Systems Of The Past [Geek History Lesson]
Reader, Beware Of Content Thieves: Why Pirates Steal Website Content

Wordpress & Web Development

Reader, Beware Of Content Thieves: Why Pirates Steal Website Content

Picture this: you sign into the admin page of your Wordpress blog, and your dashboard shows 15 new incoming links – awesome, you think – until you look through each of the links to find they’ve actually just stolen and reprinted your content, word for word, and the only reason you found out is because they forgot to strip the link, which have caused it to automatically ping you. What the heck?

14-10-2012
Reader, Beware Of Content Thieves: Why Pirates Steal Website Content
Switching From iOS To Android? Here’s What You Need To Know

Android iPhone and iPad

Switching From iOS To Android? Here’s What You Need To Know

Having recently decided to abandon my iPhone in favor of an HTC One X, I’m in the unique position of being “behind the enemy lines” already. If you’re as frustrated as I am by Apple’s recent policies and lack of innovation as I am, here’s what you need to know about switching to Android. It’s not an easy ride, but it’s fun, and I hope you join me.

12-10-2012
Switching From iOS To Android? Here’s What You Need To Know
Why My Next Phone Is Not An iPhone, From An Apple Fanboy [Opinion]

Android iPhone and iPad

Why My Next Phone Is Not An iPhone, From An Apple Fanboy [Opinion]

I have been called an Apple fanboy on numerous occasions, so I may as well accept the moniker and move on. Yes, I love Apple products, and I shudder at the thought of touching Windows. I have no less than 5 Apple devices in my home, but as of last week they were joined by a lovely little HTC One X, an Android phone. What could have possibly induced such madness and out-of-character purchase? One word – maps.

10-10-2012
Why My Next Phone Is Not An iPhone, From An Apple Fanboy [Opinion]
4 Video Game Sequels I Am Actually Looking Forward To [MUO Gaming]

Gaming

4 Video Game Sequels I Am Actually Looking Forward To [MUO Gaming]

Last week, I attended the Eurogamer Expo in London; a geek fest of smelly teenagers, scantily clad booth babes and insanely long queues. For the most part, I was disappointed; I don’t know what I expected really, but it wasn’t that. There were a few unique indie titles on show, but nothing truly compelling. Anyway – here’s my pick of sequels that I am actually looking forward to this and next year.

07-10-2012
4 Video Game Sequels I Am Actually Looking Forward To [MUO Gaming]
How To Try Out WordPress, Joomla & More Quickly & For Free In a Virtual Machine With Bitnami

Wordpress & Web Development

How To Try Out WordPress, Joomla & More Quickly & For Free In a Virtual Machine With Bitnami

We’ve talked about setting up a local server before, but the process is still fairly complicated and there’s lots of quirks and incompatibliities if you’re trying to run it on Windows, leading to nothing but hassle when you actually upload the thing to a real website. What if you could just boot up a virtual machine and have instant access to a Wordpress install to play around with, all contained within a fully functional standardised web server setup?

05-10-2012
How To Try Out WordPress, Joomla & More Quickly & For Free In a Virtual Machine With Bitnami
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.

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.

28-09-2012
How To Make Your Own Sticky Header Bar Like MakeUseOf
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