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 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.

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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.

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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.

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How To Jazz Up Your WordPress By Adding Featured Images

13th May, 2011

Featured Images were introduced into Wordpress in version 2.9, and it enables you to easily display an image that’s associated with your blog post in various parts of your theme. Today I’d like to show you how to make use of featured images in your blog. I’ll show you how to add and assign the image to your post as well as the code you’ll need.

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How To Set Up A Motion Detection Surveillance System With iPhone Notifications

11th May, 2011

One thing I’ve been meaning to do is set up my always-on home server as a CCTV Surveillance System that sends alerts to my iPhone whenever it detects motion. Though the results are fantastic, you do need a lot of free software to get the thing up and running properly. It’s a lot to download, but there isn’t anything inherently difficult about it.

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Optimize, Sterilize, & Harmonize Your System With ioBit Advanced System Care [Windows]

8th May, 2011

Having given ioBit Advanced System Care a test run, I can confidently say it’s a great free solution for – indeed – many of your windows problems. The app makes a thorough effort at both cleaning and optimizing your system.

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Automate Your WordPress Backup With Simple Shell Scripting & CRON

6th May, 2011

Last time we talked about Wordpress backups, I showed you how incredibly easy it was to backup your entire database and files though SSH with only a few commands. This time, I’m going to show how to automate those commands, giving you fresh backups of your entire site every week, with very little effort.

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5 More Action Packed Free iPad & iPhone Games

4th May, 2011

I’m back again with 5 absolutely top-quality, action packed iPad games to suit every taste, and this time I have a real variety for you from soccer-based streaking games to quirky trivia and steampunk shooters. Be sure to check out the archives of iPad and iPhone games we’ve covered before too.

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How To Fix The Windows 7 Activation Countdown After Installing The SP1 Update

29th April, 2011

If you had previously applied an activation hack to your Windows install to get around that restriction, you may be shocked to find that the recent Service Pack 1 update from Microsoft nullified that hack and is now given you a warning and countdown. Here’s how to fix that and activate Windows permanently again (without phoning Microsoft).

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5 Cool CSS3 Effects You’ll Be Seeing More Of

27th April, 2011

CSS3 (combined with the power of HTML5) is rapidly being supported by all the major browsers (read – anything except Internet Explorer), so I thought now would be a good time to see some of the incredible effects we can achieve using the power of your the browser and a little CSS code.

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Protect & Speed Up Your Website For Free with CloudFlare

24th April, 2011

CloudFlare is an intriguing start-up from the creators of Project Honey Pot that claims to protect your website from spammers, bots and other evil web monsters – as well as speed up your site somewhat by caching certain page requests. It’s free, setup is relatively painless, and who can say no to free security protection?

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Your iPhone Is Tracking You – How To View That Data & Turn It OFF

22nd April, 2011

It has come to light in the past few days that all 3G based iPhone and iPad devices are recording a complete history of your location data ever since you bought the device (or upgraded to iOS v4). If you’re worried about the availability of this data, I’ll show you how to turn off the tracking.

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How To Use Your Dedicated Virtual Server As An Internet Proxy Using SSH Tunneling

20th April, 2011

If you have your own virtual private server for hosting your website, you may not know you can also use it as a private proxy to get past various firewalls and internet blocks. Let me show you how you can set up a simple SSH proxy tunnel using your hosting account in Windows, Mac or Linux.

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Another 6 Free iPad & iPhone Games You Should Be Playing

17th April, 2011

Each month we’ll be highlighting some new free games releases from the iTunes App Store. So open up iTunes and make sure your iPad is charged and your wifi is working. This month, we have an eclectic mix of both old and new, clones of well-loved games and some unique fresh ideas – a little bit of something to suit everyone. Be sure to check out the previous article in the series too.

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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.