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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Focus On The Content, With Managed WordPress Hosting

15th May, 2014

Down time, server configuration, performance issues, software upgrades… running your own server can be a nightmare when all you want to do is focus on the content. Switch to dedicated WordPress hosting to focus on your content. For a long time I’ve enjoyed owning and running my own virtual private server (not sure what that […]


Make Your Own Shortcodes And More, With These 7 WordPress Hacks

9th May, 2014

Plugins bother me – seeing a long list of them, each registering it’s own hooks and filters and … eugh. Sometimes a simple solution can be found with just a few lines in your functions.php file. Here are 10 of our favourites. Note that functions.php is a part of your theme, and as such any […]

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Gridseed Mini ASIC Miner Review and Giveaway

9th May, 2014

Will the Gridseed ASIC miner be the Bitcoin-mining, money-making machines we want them to be?


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!