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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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Create An Awesome Content Slider In WordPress With SlideDeck 2

Wordpress & Web Development

Create An Awesome Content Slider In WordPress With SlideDeck 2

Nearly every client I’ve worked with on a WordPress site has wanted a slider widget for the homepage – some nice bit of Javascript that features a rotating set of pictures. There are lots of ways to achieve this but none of them are particular user friendly, easily customizable, or robust. SlideDeck 2 is here to change all that

James Bruce July 22, 2012
Create An Awesome Content Slider In WordPress With SlideDeck 2
Making A Legendary Movie Trailer With iMovie On The iPad

iPhone and iPad

Making A Legendary Movie Trailer With iMovie On The iPad

Movie Trailers are a great little creative project that makes putting together a professional looking video really easy. Today I’ll be using my iPad to make a trailer featuring myself and the mischievous little ferret that wandered into my house last week and decided to stay. You’ll need an iPad 2 or the newest generation one; an iPhone 4, or later can also be used,

James Bruce July 20, 2012
Making A Legendary Movie Trailer With iMovie On The iPad
Every Computer Dies In The End: Learn What Parts Can Fail, & What To Do About It

Technology Explained

Every Computer Dies In The End: Learn What Parts Can Fail, & What To Do About It

Most computers develop problems over time. Learning what they are and how you can deal with them is important if you don’t want to be paying through the teeth for professional repairs. Don’t worry though – that’s exactly why we’re here. Today I will present you with a list of things most likely to fail in a computer, how you might identify and fix the problem, and anything you can do to prevent it.

James Bruce July 18, 2012
Every Computer Dies In The End: Learn What Parts Can Fail, & What To Do About It
Why I’m Done With Windows [Opinion]

Windows

Why I’m Done With Windows [Opinion]

Microsoft made an announcement this week that has really just tipped me over the edge. It’s the last in a string of moves actually; but that’s it. I’m done. I’ll switching all my Windows machines to Linux or a Hackintosh; I’ll be replacing my Home Server with a Time Machine or Linux-based NAS, and Windows will relegated to a virtual machine. Here’s why.

James Bruce July 15, 2012
Why I’m Done With Windows [Opinion]
5 Things I Couldn’t Do Without My iPhone

iPhone and iPad

5 Things I Couldn’t Do Without My iPhone

My iPhone makes things so much easier, leaving me time to enjoy the finer things in life. My iPhone makes things so much easier, leaving me time to enjoy the finer things in life. I don’t pull over at the roadside to check a map and I don’t forget things anymore. Here are 5 of the most essential iPhones bits and pieces I couldn’t do without – not just apps, but accessories too.

James Bruce July 13, 2012
5 Things I Couldn’t Do Without My iPhone
Bypass Regional Locks with UnoDNS from UnoTelly [Giveaway]

Internet

Bypass Regional Locks with UnoDNS from UnoTelly [Giveaway]

>Are you frustrated by the international blocks that stop you from watching Hulu? Are you a UK Netflix user, annoyed that the American selection of movies and TV shows is orders of magnitude larger than what’s available to you? Well, I have the perfect solution for you: a premium DNS service called UnoDNS which bypasses all those regional locks. We’ve got 25 one-year Gold subscriptions for UnoDNS to give away, worth a total of $1500!

James Bruce July 12, 2012
Bypass Regional Locks with UnoDNS from UnoTelly [Giveaway]
Make Your Mark On Cultural History With Meme Generator [Mac]

Mac

Make Your Mark On Cultural History With Meme Generator [Mac]

If you’d like to make a meaningful contribution to society and share your expert advice, consider starting a blog; otherwise, make a meme. The Internet loves memes. The humble meme – a term originally coined in 1976 by evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins referring to a social behaviour that’s passed on through genetics – has now come to mean a short message overlayed on a familiar graphic.

James Bruce July 11, 2012
Make Your Mark On Cultural History With Meme Generator [Mac]
Clean Up Your Photo Albums with PhotoSweeper for OS X [Giveaway]

Mac

Clean Up Your Photo Albums with PhotoSweeper for OS X [Giveaway]

PhotoSweeper from Overmacs is an essential space saver and photo tidy-up utility for both professionals and home users alike. PhotoSweeper examines your photos to find similar images, allowing you quickly sort through and choose the best. This week, we’re giving away 25 copies of PhotoSweeper for OS X, valued at $250. Read more to explore the app and join the giveaway.

James Bruce July 9, 2012
Clean Up Your Photo Albums with PhotoSweeper for OS X [Giveaway]
How To Make An Ethernet Cross-Over Cable

DIY

How To Make An Ethernet Cross-Over Cable

Ethernet cabling has been standard in networking installation for years. It’s the fastest way of connecting PCs together – to your router or a central switch. Sure, you could go wireless, but the truth is that wireless internet is still slow for anything high bandwidth and is particularly susceptible to interference. A good network cable can go for 100m or more at gigabit speeds.

James Bruce July 8, 2012
How To Make An Ethernet Cross-Over Cable
3 Ways To Record Your iPhone Or iPad Screen Activity

iPhone and iPad

3 Ways To Record Your iPhone Or iPad Screen Activity

Have you ever wanted to show off that iPad game on the big screen, record a demo for your video blog, or record a tutorial of how to use an app more effectively? Outputting – and recording – the screen activity of an iPad or iPhone is not an easy task. I’ve outlined 3 methods below – but I should tell you now that none of these options are free – even the ones for jailbroken devices.

James Bruce July 6, 2012
3 Ways To Record Your iPhone Or iPad Screen Activity
Create Stop Motion Animations With These 5 Fun Apps [iPhone & Android]

Android iPhone and iPad

Create Stop Motion Animations With These 5 Fun Apps [iPhone & Android]

In terms of awesome creative things you can do with a lot of free time, stop motion animations rank right up there with the best. For kids and adults alike, being able to take inanimate objects and give them life through a motion picture is beyond words; but you insist on a word, how about magical? Here’s our round-up of the best stop motion apps for both iOS, and Android.

James Bruce July 4, 2012
Create Stop Motion Animations With These 5 Fun Apps [iPhone & Android]
What’s The Difference Between Windows 8 & Windows RT? [MakeUseOf Explains]

Windows

What’s The Difference Between Windows 8 & Windows RT? [MakeUseOf Explains]

With the Surface tablet announcement a few weeks ago and the final release of Windows 8 looming ever closer, some people are understandably going to be confused about the various versions available. I’m here to set the record straight; at least, on the differences between Windows 8, and Windows RT. Read on to find out about the various differences, as well as the pros and cons of each system.

James Bruce July 1, 2012
What’s The Difference Between Windows 8 & Windows RT? [MakeUseOf Explains]
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