James Bruce

Joined November 2010

James is a keen gamer, and records Technophilia - an awesome but somewhat NSFW technology podcast - weekly with Justin and Dave.

Feel free to contact at jamesbruce@makeuseof.com

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3 Ways The W3 Total Cache Plugin Can Speed Up Your WordPress Blog

13th March, 2011

Self-hosted WordPress is a fantastic system, no doubt about it. It is simply the best choice for anyone from beginner bloggers to large corporations to run a simple yet extensible content publishing system. But with a few plugins installed, a elaborate theme with lots of stylesheets, some Javascript jQuery effects – well, it can become […]


5 Great New iPad Games You Should Be Playing

11th March, 2011

In what I’m hoping will be the first of a regular new MakeUseOf series, each month I’ll be showcasing 5 stunning new free iPad games (and sometimes the iPhone games too).  So welcome to part one of the series. If you haven’t already done so, now would also be a good time to download my […]


What Semantic Markup Is & How It Will Change The Internet Forever [Technology Explained]

6th March, 2011

Last week, Google helped to advance the internet in another giant leap forward as they announced that they would now be making use of semantic meta-data in their search results – specifically in the form of a new kind of search category for recipes. Recipes?! Yes – users of the US-based Google will now notice […]


8 Proven Tips To Make Your WordPress Blog Popular

4th March, 2011

WordPress is a powerful blogging platform, and many thousands of people start a WordPress blog every day – whether it’s self-hosted on your own web server or with a free WordPress.com blog. Many bloggers give up after a few months though, often because their blog isn’t as popular as they would like it to be […]


How To Install A Second IDE Hard Drive On Older PC’s

27th February, 2011

A few months back I showed you how to install a second SATA drive, appropriate if your computer was bought sometime in the last 5 years or so. We also taught you all about partitions and formatting drives, and to completely replace your old drive with a new one – but I skipped over the […]


How To Set Up Your Own Free Wifi Hotspot With DD-WRT

25th February, 2011

For those of you who don’t know, DD-WRT is an open-source replacement firmware for household Internet routers that greatly enhances their functionality as well as providing increased performance. Though I was initially daunted by the sheer range of additional options that the DD-WRT firmware provides, I’m pleased to report there is a hell of a […]


Secure Your Internet Activity with ibVPN [Giveaway]

21st February, 2011

In the last year or so, I think we’ve all come to realise that our internet communications are really quite insecure. Using a public WiFi connection? FireSheep will easily grab your social network network passwords in seconds, giving anyone on the same network instant access to your entire life. There are a lot of things […]


What Is A Static IP Address, How Do I Get One & Its Advantages / Disadvantages

20th February, 2011

In home networks, IP addresses aren’t usually fixed, but they do fall within specific ranges. Your router will assign a new IP address automatically if another computer joins the network, or if your configuration changes. For the most part, this works out just fine – you shouldn’t notice a difference to your Internet performance or […]


iPad 4.2.1 – Jailbreak & Save Your SHSH Blobs For Future Downgrades [iOS]

18th February, 2011

If you took my advice and haven’t yet upgraded to the 4.x iPad software, because you’ve been awaiting the latest jailbreak, then good choice. The time has come. The latest version of GreenPois0n is out, and it brings with it an “untethered” jailbreak for iOS 4.2.1. In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how […]


How To Check If Someone Is Stealing Your WiFi & What You Can Do About It

13th February, 2011

WiFi running a bit slow lately? If your router is still using old security methods such as WEP, then there’s a very real possibility that someone has hacked in to steal your WiFi. In my article on Cool WiFi Devices You’ve Probably Never Heard Of, I showed you a $100 commercially available router that would […]


How To Control Your Torrent Client From Your Mobile Phone

11th February, 2011

From its humble beginnings some ten years ago, peer-2-peer file sharing has evolved in leaps and bounds, with the majority of Internet traffic now focused on the “torrent” protocol. Torrent clients are now so advanced that they don’t even need a centralised tracker anymore – just give them a torrent and they can seek out […]


The Various Forms Of Website Hosting Explained [Technology Explained]

6th February, 2011

Every website on the Internet needs to be stored somewhere, and that’s what we refer to as “hosting“ – but what exactly does that mean? With so many different ways of hosting your site, it’s easy to get lost in the internet tubes. Let me guide you through some of the many ways you can […]

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Test Your Tech Skills & Find A New Job With Gild

4th February, 2011

One problem I’ve found when attending job interviews in the past is demonstrating a range of technology skills, without having to show full projects to a client or take expensive specialised certifications. For most of us, we may know a little CSS / PHP / HTML, but how can you show this certificate information to […]


How To Create A Truly Hidden Partition With TrueCrypt 7

30th January, 2011

TrueCrypt is an open source encryption tool that does a fantastic job at encrypting your files. We’ve covered it many times before with easy tutorials on encrypting your USB drive, and encrypting a folder – but today I’d like to show you how to create a truly hidden encrypted drive, that could remain hidden even […]


Backup Your PC With Ease For Free Using Easeus Todo Backup [Windows]

28th January, 2011

Backing up your data is one of those things in life that you really won’t understand until disaster strikes, by which time it’s too late. For most people who haven’t experienced data-loss, the task of backing up just seems like such a good idea in theory, but so much effort in reality. But take my […]