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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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.


Give Your Website A Thorough Security Check With HackerTarget

7th August, 2011

As the internet evolves and the systems it’s running on become harder to hack, you’d think websites would be hacked less! In fact, the opposite is true, with the number one problem lying not in the software but in human complacency. That said, how can you know if your site is vulnerable? That’s where the free service HackerTarget.com comes in.


How To Migrate Your Locally Developed WordPress Site To A Live Server

5th August, 2011

We’ve talked a lot in the past about running local web servers for development purposes or to try out software such as Wordpress without having to pay for hosting, but how do you take it live once you’re ready to launch? The principles remain the same for any CMS or web software.


How To Make Your Own Tilt Shift Scenes In Photoshop

3rd August, 2011

Tilt Shift is that wonderful effect that makes your photographs look like model dioramas, and we’ve covered a few utilities to achieve the effect before. This time though, I want to show how you can do the same thing in Photoshop – and apart from giving you more freedom in the overall process, it’s a […]


10 Most Pirated Games Of All Time

31st July, 2011

While we would never endorse piracy, it’s fair to say that the best games get downloaded more than others. In fact, games that are well pirated generally mirror their performance in the retail world – so in the absence of reliable sales figures, we look towards the download counts. It’s with great pleasure that I hereby introduce you to the top 10 most pirated games of all time.


5 Blackhat Tools Used By Internet Spammers

29th July, 2011

Email spam is annoying, but pretty easy to ignore nowadays. But have you ever wondered how and why your favourite forum died and was suddenly filled with viagra adverts? How about those nonsensical blog comments you got that just don’t seem relevant? Read on to find out about the tools the Internet spammers have at their disposal.


3 Ways To Escape Cloud Storage Solutions If You Don’t Trust Them

27th July, 2011

Most major IT companies seem convinced that shoving everything into giant data centres in the sky is the solution to many essential computing tasks. But what if you don’t want all your stuff on someone else’s servers? What if you want it at home, where you can physically touch it and have complete control over it?


Make A Product Review Database With WordPress: Custom Post Types, Custom Fields, Featured Images & Widgets!

24th July, 2011

Last time we showed you how to create a simple events listing using perhaps the most powerful feature of WordPress 3.0 – custom post types. After some requests to develop this further, today we’ll be creating a product review database to tie together everything we’ve learnt so far.