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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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.


An Extensive Guide On Upgrading To OSX Lion & Making Installation Disks [Mac]

22nd July, 2011

With OSX Lion in the App Store awaiting you, I’m sure some of you have some concerns about the upgrade process, so today I’m going to walk you through some of those concerns, give a few warnings, and show you how you can copy the download-only installer to a USB and DVD drive.


World Of Warcraft Now Free To Play To Level 20 [Mac & Windows]

20th July, 2011

World of Warcraft gets a lot of bad press, yet clearly it’s doing something right to a have a few million players worldwide. In a bold move to invigorate the aging game, attract new players and just let everyone have a little fun, Blizzard recently announced that the game was now 100% free to play up to level 20.


Manage Your Real Life Vegetable Plot Online For Free With VGA Live

17th July, 2011

One of the key factors in growing your own vegetables is ensuring you rotate your crops every year to avoid a build up of disease and prevent a complete depletion of nutrients. For this particular dilemma, you could make use of VGALive, a free online vegetable plot management system and encyclopaedia.


How To Install OSX Lion On An External Drive To Test It Out [Mac]

15th July, 2011

One of the great things about Macs is that the OS is bootable on any Mac machine, regardless of which computer it was originally installed on. This means that if your desktop breaks, you can grab the drive and boot it from your laptop instead, without having to worry about data recovery services and lost work time.


Are Your Search Results Being Personalised To Your Individual Tastes?

13th July, 2011

One of the biggest attractions of the Internet is that we basically have instant access to all of the information in the world – but we rely rather heavily on search engines to bring that content to us. A worrying trend is emerging in both Google search results and your Facebook friend feed in that what you see is increasingly personalised to your preferences.


5 Must Download New Free iPad Games

10th July, 2011

Every few weeks we track iPad game releases on the App Store and relentlessly play each one to find those worthy of precious homescreen real estate. Ladies and gentlemen, here are another 5 to keep you going, an eclectic mix of depraved horses, sim tower, fun for the kids, and irked bears.


How To Make Your Own Events Listing Using Custom Post Types [WordPress]

8th July, 2011

One of the advantages to using Wordpress is its sheer flexibility. Version 3 introduced the concept of Custom Post Types to extend the built-in functionality. Let’s take a look today at what you could do with them, as well as a quick practical example of how to create an events listing using a Custom Post Type called Event.


The New Features In WordPress 3.2 & Why You Should Upgrade

6th July, 2011

If you haven’t noticed already from your blog dashboard, Wordpress has just released version 3.2, the next major release. Quite a lot has changed, so let’s take a closer look at why you might want to upgrade. There’s a whole host of speed and UI improvements awaiting you, as well as a brand new default theme.