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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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.


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?


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.


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.


Is Windows Home Server The Most Reliable Backup & File Server?

14th September, 2011

Windows Home Server is one of those obscure Microsoft products that you never knew you needed. It’s rock solid reliable, simple to manage with a familiar Windows interface, and my personal choice for a home file server and backup solution. Let me explain what it is and what it can do for you.


The Best PVR: Windows Media Center!

11th September, 2011

Despite the perceived image of Microsoft as a lumbering beast with bloated software that ships full of bugs, they have actually produced some fine software over the years. Today I’d like to highlight Windows Media Center, and specifically it’s functionality as a Personal Video Recorder (like a TiVo) and media player.


Add A Social Sign-In To Your WordPress Blog With The Free Janrain Engage Plugin

9th September, 2011

Social sign-in is a wonderful technology that allows users to connect to a site using their social network credentials. It completely avoids the tedious process of having to re-enter your email address, choose a username, click on a confirmation link… and it also means users are far more likely to make constructive comments, because they’re no longer anonymous.


Where Did “Object Oriented” Programming Get Its Name From?

7th September, 2011

Object Oriented isn’t just a random buzzword you hear in programming circles. There’s a reason behind the name – but what? Join me as I explore some of the fundamentals of programming concepts and explain just why object oriented programming drives the technology behind any modern software and contrast it to Procedural and Logic Based Programming.


5 Free iPad Games To Amuse You This Weekend

4th September, 2011

Weekends are for rest and recreation. Though the wise among us would recommend a day out in the country, you really can’t do much if the weather refuses to be sunny and bright. The TV isn’t such a good idea. If you have an iPad, let these cool iPad games take the bad weather out of the equation.


Two 3D Printers You Can Make Yourself For Around $1,000

2nd September, 2011

Last time I gave a theoretical introduction to 3D printers and talked briefly about some concepts such as self replication and the effect such devices would have on society. Today I’d like to show you two specific projects that can built for more or less $1,000, both of which are fully functional 3D-plastic printers, and […]


3D Printing – Sci-Fi Myth Or Reality?

31st August, 2011

A mainstay of sci-fi since the genre began, the idea of being able to create your own objects at home is understandably quite fascinating. Who hasn’t dreamed of having their own replicator that makes cookies and tea on-demand? But do these dreams have any grounding in reality? What would the world be like if you could download the plans for a 3D object and make it at home?


What’s On My RSS List? [Show & Tell]

28th August, 2011

It’s often said that given a list of internet bookmarks, you can tell everything about that person. Nowadays, I suspect the RSS feeds you are subscribed to are much more revealing. So what feeds am I subscribed to – as a geek, technologist, web developer and keen gamer?


Build An Empire With Age Of Empires Online – Free to Play!

26th August, 2011

True gamers among us will likely have fond memories of the original Age of Empires game released by Microsoft Studios back in 1997, and it was a regular at many of my own LAN parties. The game itself was standard fare strategy / empire building but at the time it was quite innovative, helping to push forward the genre.


Get A Security Makeover For Your WordPress Site With WebsiteDefender

24th August, 2011

With Wordpress popularity ever increasing, security issues have never been more relevant – but other than simply keeping updated, how can a beginner or average level user stay on top of things? Would you even know if your blog has been hacked? A helpful new service from WebsiteDefender aims to solve this problem. Is it worth the effort though?


Someone Stealing Your Wifi? Find Out What They’re Looking At With These 3 Apps

21st August, 2011

If your Wifi is being hijacked by some dirty rotten thieves – I showed you how to check this before – what can you do to get your own back, or find out a little more about who is responsible? Or rather, if a hacker has gained access to your wifi network, what kind of nasty things could they do to you?