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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James's Latest Posts


5 Baby Steps To Learning CSS & Becoming A Kick-Ass CSS Sorcerer

17th June, 2011

CSS is the single most important change webpages have seen in the last decade, and it paved the way for the separation of style and content. In the modern way, XHTML defines the semantic structure – the meaning and content of the webpage, while CSS concerns itself with the presentation. While most of us are comfortable writing a little HTML, we seem to think that CSS is some kind of black magic.


5 Ways To Increase Your Torrent Download Speed

15th June, 2011

For many people, the distributed peer-to-peer download power of torrents isn’t all it’s made out to be. If you’re feeling drowned in fake files, choking from ISP speed throttling, and sick of being told you’re unconnectable – this guide is for you. We’ll have your torrent downloads in tip-top shape in no time. If you follow everything I show you here, your torrent overview screen should soon be capable of looking like this.


5 High Quality & Free iPad Games

12th June, 2011

When you talk about free games on the iPad – let’s face it, they aren’t always the same quality as you might expect from a paid-for game. Admittedly, sometimes they’re actually better though. Today I’ve chosen to focus on high quality games that are either premium, used to be paid-for, or are simply of fantastic quality.


How To Make Your Own CinemaGraph In Photoshop CS5

10th June, 2011

Cinemagraphs are small animated GIF files created from a movie, that capture a tiny moving section of that movie in a forever looping sequence. See the sample to the left if you have no idea what I’m talking about, or check out Tim’s upcoming article on the 5 best blogs to find Cinemagraphs. Today I’m going to show you how to make your own from a movie file, using Photoshop CS5 Extended.


7 Amazing New Features You Can Expect To See In iOS 5 [Mac]

8th June, 2011

The iPhone and iPad are still the leading devices in the mobile and tablet market, and with the announcement of the next major version of the iOS, I see no end to their dominance. Let’s take a look at some of the awesome new features that have been revealed for iOS 5 which is scheduled for release this autumn.


9 Easy Ways To Never Get A Virus

5th June, 2011

It’s a curious fact that the people who are most worried about viruses get them more often. With a little basic training you can completely avoid the problem of viruses and malware, so you can calm down and enjoy the internet!


Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About CAPTCHAs But Were Afraid To Ask [Technology Explained]

3rd June, 2011

Love them or hate them – CAPTCHAs have become ubiquitous on the Internet. What on earth is a CAPTCHA anyway, and where did it come from? Responsible for eye-strain the world over, the humble CAPTCHA has been the centre of much attention as the single most effective weapon in the fight against web spam. But are they effective?


Take A Look At James’ Home Setup [Show & Tell]

1st June, 2011

Taking a break from our regular awesome software reviews and tutorials, I thought it’d be interesting if myself and some of the other staff writers here at MakeUseOf show you our own home setups – whether that be in the form of fantastic custom desks, complicated home media-streaming networks, or just the apps and services we make use of on a regular basis and our favourite software tools.


WordPress: 3 More Hidden Gems In The Jetpack Plugin Suite, & The WordPress App Is Updated!

29th May, 2011

The Jetpack plugin suite is an essential first plugin install for every new WordPress blog owner – and Jeffry covered the installation and some of it’s features before. If you’re not convinced yet, here’s another 3 reasons why you should install it now. It also ties in nicely with the newest release of the WordPress […]


How To Control Your Windows PC With Kinect

27th May, 2011

Last time, I introduced you to Kinect hacking on the PC and the drivers involved, as well as a basic zombie survival game demo. While killing zombies is awesome, it’s time we moved onto doing something actually useful. So I’d like to show you the Kinemote application, as well as how to use it to control both your mouse for general Windows tasks, and Xbox Media Center.


How To Hack Your Kinect & Use It To Kill Zombies

25th May, 2011

Microsoft Kinect development has moved on to a more user friendly state now, and the drivers have been released for all to download and play with. One studio has even gone so far as to make a little tech-demo zombie game for the PC, so today I thought I’d walk you through the process of setting up the Kinect on your PC and getting the game running.


6 Unique New iPhone Games That Are 100% Free

22nd May, 2011

This week I decided to highlight 6 new games that are specifically for the iPhone, but iPad owners can of course enjoy these too as the majority comes with universal builds and retina HD graphics. There are some absolutely stunning quality games I found this week and so can you.


How To Create Your Own Basic WordPress Widgets

20th May, 2011

Many bloggers will search for the perfect Wordpress widget that will do exactly what they want, but with a little programming experience you may find it’s easier to write your custom widget. This week I’d like to show how to do exactly that, and the widget we will be writing is a simple one that picks out a single random post from your site, pulls the featured image, and displays it on the sidebar.


3 Cool Things You Can Do With Windows 7 Cloud

18th May, 2011

If you’re running Windows 7, it’s entirely possible you’ve never even heard of the Windows 7 Cloud. Beyond being the thing that came installed with your new computer, there’s actually an awful lot of incredibly useful technology built into Windows 7 and the entire Microsoft product line. The Windows 7 Cloud is Microsoft’s way of promoting and tying together a range of different technologies.


Setup A Perfect Media Center With Plex [Mac & Windows]

15th May, 2011

Plex is widely regarded by many as being the best media player, manager and streaming application around – available for both Windows, Mac and even mobiles (though the mobile apps are not free). If you’re looking for a single solution as both a media center and server, then read on.