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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How To Set Up A Second Hard Drive In Windows: Partitioning

23rd January, 2011

A few days ago, I showed you how to physically install a second hard drive into your system, and today we will be looking at the software side of that. Even if you didn’t crack open the case and add in another drive, you might still want to read on if you’d like to learn […]


How To Physically Install A Second Internal Hard Drive

21st January, 2011

When you find yourself running out of hard drive space, you can either delete something or add some more space. While an external USB hard drive is an easy plug and play option, it’s not really ideal – they take up disk space, possibly an extra power socket, use up a valuable USB port, and […]


Amahi Home Server – Setting Up File Duplications & Exploring the App Store

16th January, 2011

In my third and final article about Amahi Home Server, I’m going to show you how to create new network shares to store files in, set up file-duplication for critical files using the Greyhole storage pool, and have a quick look at the other applications in the app store, such as Transmission for downloading torrents. […]


Setting Up An Amahi Home Server – Adding a Drive To Your Server [Linux]

14th January, 2011

Last week, I introduced you to the Amahi home server and talked about why you might want to set up a home server at all and all the great things it could do on your network. Unfortunately, we didn’t have time to go into some of the advanced setup and additional features, so let’s take […]


How to Delete Recent Searches Without Accidentally Leaving a Trace

9th January, 2011

With increasing concerns about web security and online identities, hiding your presence has become a concern for many. Luckily, modern browsers are aware of this, so today I’d like to show you how to delete your history (including searches, cookies, cache, etc.) from 3 major browsers, as well as from your Google account. We’ve covered […]


How To Set Up A Home Server With Amahi [Linux]

7th January, 2011

For a number of years now I’ve been running Microsoft Windows Home Server on a spare machine I had, as it’s a great way to use up all the spare hard drives that I find lying around the house. It has served me well as a networked storage device and streaming media server, as well […]


How To Downgrade Your iPad From iOS 4.2 to 3.2.2 & Jailbreak It

6th January, 2011

Did you upgrade your iPad to iOS 4.2 and are now regretting it? Are you tired of waiting for a decent jailbreak to come out for 4.2? Well, I was; so last week I decided to downgrade back to 3.2.2. Read on if you’d like to do the same. Will I miss all the incredible […]


5 Microsoft Xbox Kinect Hacks That’ll Blow Your Mind

2nd January, 2011

The Microsoft Xbox Kinect is undoubtedly a special bit of kit, and something we haven’t yet covered here on MakeUseOf (although Tim did recommend it in the 2010 MakeUseOf Holiday Gift Guide, and the Xbox 360 gets its fair share of coverage). Perhaps someone on the team will get one for Christmas, but until then […]

18 Fun Interesting Facts You Never Knew About The Internet

18 Fun Interesting Facts You Never Knew About The Internet

31st December, 2010

Well, it’s official. Pretty much everyone now has broadband and the majority us of use the Internet more than we watch TV. Everyone and their grandmother is on Facebook, and many of us have some kind of embarrassing moment enshrined on YouTube. But how much do you really know about the Internet revolution? Let’s take […]


5 Cool Wireless Devices You’ve Probably Never Heard Of Before

24th December, 2010

Wireless devices have really made a mark on our daily lives, whether it be in the form of unresponsive keyboards that drop words every 2 seconds or AA-battery guzzling mice – but there is so much more fun to be had with WiFi than any of us realize. ┬áHere I present the 2010 MUO Awards […]

How To Play 3D Games on Your PC on a Tight Budget

How To Play 3D Games on Your PC on a Tight Budget

19th December, 2010

3D is the buzzword du-jour right now, and whether you are a believer or naysayer that all future content will be delivered in 3D doesn’t really matter – some of us have been playing games in 3D for years now. I thought it was about time I let you in on the secret so you […]

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How To Build A Basic Web Crawler To Pull Information From A Website (Part 2)

17th December, 2010

This is part 2 in a series I started last time about how to build a web crawler in PHP. Previously I introduced the Simple HTML DOM helper file, as well as showing you how incredibly simple it was to grab all the links from a webpage, a common task for search engines like Google. […]


11 Free iPad Board Games You Shouldn’t Miss

12th December, 2010

As you might already already know if you read my introduction, I’m passionate about my iPad and I regularly cover paid iPhone and iPad board games on my own site – but it’s with pleasure today that I present to you 11 totally free board games optimized for your iPad. If you haven’t got around […]


How To Build A Basic Web Crawler To Pull Information From A Website (Part 1)

10th December, 2010

Web Crawlers, sometimes called scrapers, automatically scan the Internet attempting to glean context and meaning of the content they find.┬áThe web wouldn’t function without them. Crawlers are the backbone of search engines which, combined with clever algorithms, work out the relevance of your page to a given keyword set. The Google web crawler will enter […]