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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The Geek’s Holiday Gift Guide (Under $50)

24th November, 2013

Holidays are coming and there’s never been a more exciting time to be a geek. So here’s my selection of fantastic geeky gifts for under $50 – gadgets needn’t be expensive.


Pew Pew! How To Build A Laser Turret With An Arduino

20th November, 2013

Are you bored? Might as well build a laser turret.


8 Awesome Couch Co-Op Games To Play When Family Comes To Visit

19th November, 2013

“Family friendly” is sometimes a label applied to video games that might otherwise be described in a polite manner as “not very good at all”. Most developers see the family market as easy to please – they’re only kids and old people after all – so the budget and effort that gets spent on AAA […]


(mt) Media Temple Grid Hosting Review and Giveaway

14th November, 2013

(mt) Media Temple is not your average website hosting company, and their Grid shared hosting service is miles beyond any shared hosting I’ve ever used.


How To Use An Arduino To Shoot Beautiful High-Speed Photography

9th November, 2013

Smashing wine glasses and popping balloons is obviously fun in and of itself – that’s just how I roll. But combined with a DSLR camera and an Arduino, it can also make for some interesting photographs. That’s exactly what we’ll be doing today. Project Basics There are two parts to this project really – the […]


HP Chromebook 11 Review and Giveaway

8th November, 2013

The HP Chromebook 11 is the latest offering, a partnership between HP and Google with an 11-inch screen and 6-hour battery.


The Ultimate Guide to Solving 500 Internal Server Errors and Blank White Pages in WordPress

5th November, 2013

The 500 Internal Server Error is the most unhelpful and nondescript bane of web developers everywhere. It’s a catch-all error message that can literally mean anything. Sometimes, your WordPress site gives no error at all and just shows a blank page. How on earth are you supposed to figure out what’s wrong? It happens to […]


8 Amazing Halloween Frights You Can Make With An Arduino

30th October, 2013

Learning electronics with an Arduino is fun, but using one to scare the life out of trick-or-treating children is just downright heavenly.


WordPress Is Slow – Do Something About That With These 10 Steps

29th October, 2013

Wordpress is an amazing CMS that has opened the world of publishing to everyone, but it can also be horribly slow. Here are a few plugins and server-level changes you can make to give your site an instant speed boost. Strap in, and please keep your hands and feet inside the ride at all times. […]


5 Sims That Really Deserve a Sequel Now

26th October, 2013

While you bounced plumbers around collecting coins, I was constructing glorious empires, establishing global trade networks and wrangling with the world of corporate financing.


Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station Review and Giveaway

25th October, 2013

Today, I’ll be putting the Apple AirPort Extreme through its paces, seeing how much of a benefit I’ll achieve over the top tier router supplied by my cable company.


WordPress Killer? Welcome To Ghost (and How to Install it on a Raspberry Pi)

24th October, 2013

Keep blogging simple. Ghost is a new blogging platform built upon Node.js. Unlike WordPress, which has become a real behemoth of a CMS over the years and runs on outdated PHP/MySQL technology, Ghost promises to simplify things right back to where they began: pure, unadulterated blogging. Main Features Ghost began as a Kickstarter last year […]


5 Ways to Tilt-Shift Your Photos for Model-tastic Mockups

20th October, 2013

Tilt-shifting is a popular way of presenting digital photos which “miniaturises” a scene – giving the impression it’s a toy or model diorama. Several tools now exist which can help you apply this effect to existing photos, so let’s take a look at your options. Fundamentals Before we get into the tools themselves, it’s important […]


Autographer Camera Review and Giveaway

17th October, 2013

In essence, Autographer is a wearable life-logging camera, but the addition of a sensor array and algorithm takes it to a higher level.


5 Horrifying Oculus Rift Demos Perfect For Halloween

15th October, 2013

Relive your favorite scariest movie – it’s the immersive properties of the Oculus Rift that make it precisely so great for gaming, and particularly horror.