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


The 5 Most Important Websites To Learn about Tabletop Roleplay Gaming

9th June, 2014

The most interesting people I’ve met have been RPG players. Tabletop RPGs have been labelled as everything from satanic to the cause of suicides – but they’re really just a form of collaborative storytelling.


The Truth About Popcorn Time, And How To Torrent Safely

4th June, 2014

With the influx of new p2p movie streaming apps like Popcorn Time, and a system for copyright infringement notices about to begin in the UK, I thought it might an apt time to remind you of some basic torrenting safety guidelines. I’m not going to be preachy and pretend I don’t know what you use torrents […]


Control Virtually Anything with Siri – No Jailbreak Required

2nd June, 2014

Siri can be amazing at times, but she can only do what Apple allows her to do. Not anymore.


Just Bought A Raspberry Pi? 11 Things You Need To Know

29th May, 2014

In this video, we explain everything you might need to know if you’ve just bought a Raspberry Pi, or are thinking of buying one.


How To Turn Your Raspberry Pi Into An Always-On Downloading Megalith

28th May, 2014

Do your part for the global “Linux distribution network” by building a dedicated, secure, torrent-downloading megalith that barely uses 10W of power. It will, of course, be based on a Raspberry Pi.

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LazePad iPad Holder Review and Giveaway

27th May, 2014

The LazePad Holder seems like a clever way to protect your iPad while increasing functionality. At the end of this review, you’d certainly want one!


How Easy Is It For Someone To Hack Your Webcam?

21st May, 2014

Without wishing to scare you, the short answer is: it’s very easy for anyone to view your webcam. The long answer is: some networked webcams require nothing more than a secret URL, while most USB or built-in laptop webcams would need the computer to be compromised first. Here are three ways of viewing a webcam […]


Everything You Need To Know About Ethernet Cables

19th May, 2014

I really hate WiFi, and you should too. If you own your own home or your landlord doesn’t mind a few holes in the wall, running gigabit Ethernet around the house is the best thing you can do for a faster computing experience. But what’s all this about Cat 6 or crossover cables? Here’s everything […]


Build Your Own: Safeplug (Tor Proxy Box)

16th May, 2014

Why pay $50 for a Tor proxy box when you can make your own with a Raspberry Pi and USB WiFi dongle?


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 […]