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


Comparison of Third Party Browsers for iPad

8th May, 2014

In today’s video, we’ll be talking about third party browsers for the iPad.


The Complete Guide To Featured Thumbnails And Image Sizes In WordPress

2nd May, 2014

A picture is worth a thousand words – unless it’s been resized inappropriately, in which case it’s worth negative one-hundred words. Okay – so maybe that’s a lesser known version of an old saying or something I just made up, but the point is: WordPress is very powerful when it comes to thumbnails and image sizes – […]


5 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do With The WordPress Config File

30th April, 2014

At the heart of every WordPress install is the wp-config.php file, a file so sacred and shrouded in mystery that every WordPress user knows it should never be touched. Or should it? In fact, there’s a lot of lesser known useful hacks that can be without damaging WordPress in any way, and it’s about time […]

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Poweradd Apollo Pro 23,000mAh Solar Battery and Charger Review and Giveaway

28th April, 2014

We tested the Poweradd Apollo Pro 23,000mAh external battery pack with automatic solar charging.


10 Titanfall Tips to Make You a Pro

23rd April, 2014

TitanFall is arguably one of the best first person shooters ever, and that’s partly because it adds a lot of new features to a relatively tired genre. But you’ll need some new tactics to go along with that.


Block Chains, Merged Mining, & ASICs: Lingo You Need To Know About Cryptocurrency Mining

22nd April, 2014

Have you kept yourself away from cyrptocurrencies or a discussion on their future? It’s easy to get lost in the lingo. Don’t get left out with this handy reference guide.

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Thecus N2310 2-Bay Network Attached Storage Review and Giveaway

22nd April, 2014

Today, we’re taking a look at the Thecus N2310 a two-bay NAS with an abundance of features.


Make Your Own Awesome ’70s Style Retro Posters

15th April, 2014

New things are cool, but old things aren’t. Unless they’re really old, in which case they’re cool again! That’s the gist of “retro”.


WordPress Blog Too Slow? 7 Ways You Can Speed It Up Again In Minutes

11th April, 2014

Your WordPress site is slow, and you’re losing page views and revenue because of it. But you’re also busy – I get it. Here’s seven speed tips you could have a crack at on your lunch break – they’re so simple and easy. Optimize Images This is a two-parter. The first thing is to equip […]


3 Benefits of SSD Web Hosting

9th April, 2014

Solid state drives have dropped in price and the performance benefits to desktop users are immediately obvious to anyone who owns one: your computer will fly. But does this translate into benefits to a website when utilising SSD hosting?

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How to Make a Bench Power Supply From An Old ATX PSU

4th April, 2014

If you have an old computer ATX PSU lying around, you can give it new life as a bench power supply. Here’s how.


5 Amazing IFTTT Recipes For WordPress Users

3rd April, 2014

IFTTT is the power-user’s automation tool of choice; and WordPress is the ultimate blogger’s Swiss army knife. Just imagine the kind of world domination you could achieve by combining the two!

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Nest Protect Review and Giveaway

28th March, 2014

Nest Protect is the most feature-packed smoke and carbon monoxide alarm available today, but it comes at a premium price. Is it worth it? How good can a smoke alarm be? I’ve been finding out. Nest Labs – co-founded by former Apple engineers – made a name for themselves in 2011 with the Learning Thermostat, […]


Facebook Bought Oculus: Is VR Dead Before It Began?

28th March, 2014

What happens when the little guy that everyone loves to rally behind gets sucked up into an evil corporation and becomes rich? A veritable storm of writhing anger, apparently.


How to Create Movie and Photo Slideshows With Music

21st March, 2014

Get creative. You spend all that time taking little videos and photos of everything you do, just to leave them electronically rotting on your hard drive. What a waste!