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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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).


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.