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 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?


How To Crack Your Own WEP Network To Find Out Just How Insecure It Really Is

19th August, 2011

We’re constantly telling you that using WEP to ‘secure’ your wireless network is really a fools game, yet people still do it. Today I’d like to show you exactly how insecure WEP really is, by showing you how to crack a WEP-secured network password in less than 5 minutes.


How The London Riots Showed The Dark Side Of Social Media [Opinion]

17th August, 2011

As I sit here wondering how things will pan out for London after the riots, I can’t help but turn towards Twitter for relevant information about my local area. The media is repeating the same tired footage and quotes from various politicians, and everyone is using the events to forward their own political goals or views of society. Yet all I want to know is – are my wife and I safe here?


MakeUseOf PDF Guides Now Available On iPad & Smartphones

14th August, 2011

Now you can easily download and view our entire selection of MakeUseOf PDF Guides directly on your smartphones and iPad, without any hassle! Here’s how we have made our amazing and ever expanding selection of free guides available to iPhone, iPad and Android users.


Become Really Paranoid By Monitoring Your Network’s Comings & Goings With WallWatcher & DD-WRT

12th August, 2011

If you have access to your router, and it’s able to log activity, it’s relatively easy to watch everything that’s going on to try to find any untoward activity. Today I’d like to show you how to set that up on your DD-WRT router and some Windows-only software called WallWatcher. OSX users can also use it using a Parallels virtual machine.


The Top 10 Most Pirated Movies Of All Time

10th August, 2011

Last week we introduced the top 10 most pirated games of all time as a good indicator of real success. Can the same logic be applied to movies? Will the biggest grossing movies also be the most downloaded? Read on to find out, in our list of the top 10 most downloaded movies, ever. This time, I’ve included box office stats from IMDB as well, to see how they correlate.