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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2 New Cool WordPress Plugins & Understanding The WordPress Theme Structure

15th April, 2011

This week I’ll be a taking a look at a superior alternative to the often praised All-In-One SEO; a plugin that gives you the power of a Wordpress publishing system but allows you to output static HTML files for hosts that don’t support PHP; as well as showing you how to make sense of some of the template files contained in your theme directory.


How To Backup Your Website Through SSH Command Line

10th April, 2011

Backing up your website or blog can be an expensive and arduous task, requiring a variety of plugins, or additional plans from your hosting provider – but it needn’t be really. If you have SSH access to your website host (generally you would need at least a virtual private server for this), then it’s easy to backup, restore and migrate your entire website with only a few commands.


How To Configure The Various W3 Total Cache Plugin Settings For Your WordPress Blog

8th April, 2011

A while ago I talked about the benefits of installing the W3TC plugin on your Wordpress blog in order to speed it up with various caching, but some readers were understandably a little wary about the plugin without some sort of tutorial to help them. Luckily, the defaults will work well for 90% of us. Follow the guide, and even with some basic settings you’re going to see some form of speed improvement.

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Wipe Your Mac of Sensitive Information with Washing Machine [Giveaway]

4th April, 2011

Washing Machine is a simple, single purpose app that keeps your Mac clean of personal information in this increasingly security conscious age. We’ve got 25 standard licenses for Washing Machine 2 — each license protects up to 2 Macs.


How To Diagnose Hardware Problems When Your Computer Won’t Turn On

3rd April, 2011

Last week I showed you some of the simplest DIY repairs and upgrades that you can do yourself, but one reader asked how to diagnose which component was the problem. Today I’d like to walk you through the process of diagnosing a faulty PC that won’t turn on.


4 Great Uses For Amazon’s S3 Web Services

1st April, 2011

Despite Amazon being most well known for their retail services, they actually offer a host of web services for developers and home users that take advantage of Amazons experience and scalability with massive amounts of data warehousing. One of those services is called S3, which stands for “Simple Storage Service”. Here are 3 ways in which you can MakeUseOf Amazon S3 today.


SplashTop – A Free Operating System For Quick Internet Browsing

27th March, 2011

SplashTop, the company behind the instant-on operating system features of many current netbooks has recently released their Chromium-based complementary netbook OS for anyone to install. It’s lightweight, with Chrome built-in, and is pretty darned fast.

If you’re already running Windows, perhaps it’s worth taking a look as it’s designed to run alongside and get you booted into an Internet-ready session in seconds. You’ll also get the power of Chrome web apps.


The Best Free Remote Desktop Apps for Your iPad

25th March, 2011

If like me, you often find yourself in the position of official technical support for your family and friends, you’ll know oh too well the pain of trying to explain something over the phone. The answer to frustration free technical support is to remote control their computer for them. Read on to find out my favourite free remote control apps for the iPad, and why you might want to try them too.


How To Add Rich Snippets for Reviews To Your WordPress Blog

20th March, 2011

I wrote a few weeks ago about how Google was changing search results dramatically by including more and more semantic information – or what Google likes to refer to as Rich Snippets. Most recently, this was in the form of recipe meta-data, such as ingredients or cooking time. If you’re running a WordPress blog based […]


3 DIY Computer Repairs You Can Easily Do Yourself

18th March, 2011

Don’t pay someone else to do it for you! If you’re prepared to get your hands dirty and learn something in the process, DIY computer repair is a great little hobby, and will save you hundreds in support costs when you’re paying 3 or 4 times as much as the cost of the replacement component […]


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 […]