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James Bruce

Chief Technology Officer, DIY and 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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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
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.

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.

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.

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.

19-09-2012
Forget Blogging: How To Power Any Website With WordPress
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