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James Bruce

Chief Technology Officer, Hardware Reviews Editor / Joined 12 November, 2010

James has a BSc in Artificial Intelligence, and is CompTIA A+ and Network+ certified. He's the lead developer of MakeUseOf, and spends his free time playing VR paintball and boardgames. He's been building PCs since he was a kid.

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Why I’m Done With Windows [Opinion]

Windows

Why I’m Done With Windows [Opinion]

Microsoft made an announcement this week that has really just tipped me over the edge. It’s the last in a string of moves actually; but that’s it. I’m done. I’ll switching all my Windows machines to Linux or a Hackintosh; I’ll be replacing my Home Server with a Time Machine or Linux-based NAS, and Windows will relegated to a virtual machine. Here’s why.

15-07-2012
Why I’m Done With Windows [Opinion]
5 Things I Couldn’t Do Without My iPhone

iPhone and iPad

5 Things I Couldn’t Do Without My iPhone

My iPhone makes things so much easier, leaving me time to enjoy the finer things in life. My iPhone makes things so much easier, leaving me time to enjoy the finer things in life. I don’t pull over at the roadside to check a map and I don’t forget things anymore. Here are 5 of the most essential iPhones bits and pieces I couldn’t do without – not just apps, but accessories too.

13-07-2012
5 Things I Couldn’t Do Without My iPhone
Bypass Regional Locks with UnoDNS from UnoTelly [Giveaway]

Internet

Bypass Regional Locks with UnoDNS from UnoTelly [Giveaway]

>Are you frustrated by the international blocks that stop you from watching Hulu? Are you a UK Netflix user, annoyed that the American selection of movies and TV shows is orders of magnitude larger than what’s available to you? Well, I have the perfect solution for you: a premium DNS service called UnoDNS which bypasses all those regional locks. We’ve got 25 one-year Gold subscriptions for UnoDNS to give away, worth a total of $1500!

12-07-2012
Bypass Regional Locks with UnoDNS from UnoTelly [Giveaway]
Make Your Mark On Cultural History With Meme Generator [Mac]

Mac

Make Your Mark On Cultural History With Meme Generator [Mac]

If you’d like to make a meaningful contribution to society and share your expert advice, consider starting a blog; otherwise, make a meme. The Internet loves memes. The humble meme – a term originally coined in 1976 by evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins referring to a social behaviour that’s passed on through genetics – has now come to mean a short message overlayed on a familiar graphic.

11-07-2012
Make Your Mark On Cultural History With Meme Generator [Mac]
How To Make An Ethernet Cross-Over Cable

DIY

How To Make An Ethernet Cross-Over Cable

Ethernet cabling has been standard in networking installation for years. It’s the fastest way of connecting PCs together – to your router or a central switch. Sure, you could go wireless, but the truth is that wireless internet is still slow for anything high bandwidth and is particularly susceptible to interference. A good network cable can go for 100m or more at gigabit speeds.

08-07-2012
How To Make An Ethernet Cross-Over Cable
3 Ways To Record Your iPhone Or iPad Screen Activity

iPhone and iPad

3 Ways To Record Your iPhone Or iPad Screen Activity

Have you ever wanted to show off that iPad game on the big screen, record a demo for your video blog, or record a tutorial of how to use an app more effectively? Outputting – and recording – the screen activity of an iPad or iPhone is not an easy task. I’ve outlined 3 methods below – but I should tell you now that none of these options are free – even the ones for jailbroken devices.

06-07-2012
3 Ways To Record Your iPhone Or iPad Screen Activity
Create Stop Motion Animations With These 5 Fun Apps [iPhone & Android]

Android iPhone and iPad

Create Stop Motion Animations With These 5 Fun Apps [iPhone & Android]

In terms of awesome creative things you can do with a lot of free time, stop motion animations rank right up there with the best. For kids and adults alike, being able to take inanimate objects and give them life through a motion picture is beyond words; but you insist on a word, how about magical? Here’s our round-up of the best stop motion apps for both iOS, and Android.

04-07-2012
Create Stop Motion Animations With These 5 Fun Apps [iPhone & Android]
What’s The Difference Between Windows 8 & Windows RT? [MakeUseOf Explains]

Windows

What’s The Difference Between Windows 8 & Windows RT? [MakeUseOf Explains]

With the Surface tablet announcement a few weeks ago and the final release of Windows 8 looming ever closer, some people are understandably going to be confused about the various versions available. I’m here to set the record straight; at least, on the differences between Windows 8, and Windows RT. Read on to find out about the various differences, as well as the pros and cons of each system.

01-07-2012
What’s The Difference Between Windows 8 & Windows RT? [MakeUseOf Explains]
5 Cheap, Fun Hardware Kits You Can Use To Make Wonderful Machines

DIY

5 Cheap, Fun Hardware Kits You Can Use To Make Wonderful Machines

Like most kids, I had a electronics kit that taught the absolute basics; you could build something about as advanced as a radio or morse code device. Suffice to say, the fun didn’t last long once you’d built all 5 projects. Nowadays though, advanced electronics hardware kits are affordable and the possibilities are infinite – all thanks to the wonder of microcontrollers.

27-06-2012
5 Cheap, Fun Hardware Kits You Can Use To Make Wonderful Machines
What CDNs Are & Why Storage Is No Longer An Issue

Technology Explained

What CDNs Are & Why Storage Is No Longer An Issue

CDNs make the Internet fast and websites affordable even when you scale to millions of users. Firstly, bandwidth costs money; those of us on limited contracts know that all too well. Not only do you as an Internet ‘consumer’ need to pay for your bandwidth, but the websites you visit also have to pay for their bandwidth. More importantly though, a slow website will cost you dearly.

27-06-2012
What CDNs Are & Why Storage Is No Longer An Issue
10 Features You Can Expect To See In the Upcoming New iOS6

iPhone and iPad

10 Features You Can Expect To See In the Upcoming New iOS6

On Monday 11th June, Apple developers gathered in San Francisco for the start of a 4 day conference. The rest of the Apple world sat watching liveblogs, awaiting announcements of new products. Among those announcement was iOS6 – with some fairly major changes as well as the usual incremental upgrades.

22-06-2012
10 Features You Can Expect To See In the Upcoming New iOS6
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