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Joel Lee

Technical Copy Editor, Senior Writer / Joined 8 December, 2011

Joel Lee has a BSc in Computer Science and over a decade of personal game development experience. He is the technical copy editor for MakeUseOf and spends his free time reading and writing novels.

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3 Tools to Add Tabbed Browsing to Windows Explorer

Windows

3 Tools to Add Tabbed Browsing to Windows Explorer

Tabbed browsing is a feature that I first encountered 10 years ago in Firefox’s previous incarnation, Firebird. Since then, tabs have popped up in almost every realm related to user interfaces. They make it easy to view lots of data in specific, organized chunks and once you’ve grown used to them, there’s no going back. So why doesn’t Windows Explorer have tabs?

02-11-2012
3 Tools to Add Tabbed Browsing to Windows Explorer
7 Awesome Tools To Enhance Your Right-Click Menu [Windows]

Windows

7 Awesome Tools To Enhance Your Right-Click Menu [Windows]

The Windows right-click menu is a feature that we may often take for granted, but it can really make our lives easier. Advanced users probably don’t use it that much, having learned all the necessary keyboard shortcuts to do whatever they want in the blink of an eye, but what if you could spice up that right-click menu? What if it could do a bunch of awesome tasks that you couldn’t replicate with the keyboard?

30-10-2012
7 Awesome Tools To Enhance Your Right-Click Menu [Windows]
An A-Z of Linux – 40 Essential Commands You Should Know

Linux

An A-Z of Linux – 40 Essential Commands You Should Know

Linux is the oft-ignored third wheel to Windows and Mac. Yes, over the past decade, the open source operating system has gained a lot of traction, but it’s still a far cry from being considered popular. Yet though that may be true, Linux still earns new converts every day. Will you join them? The learning curve of Linux is what deters most users from even trying it in the first place.

26-10-2012
An A-Z of Linux – 40 Essential Commands You Should Know
Fed Up With eBay? Here Are Some Worthy (And Cheaper) Alternatives For Sellers

Internet

Fed Up With eBay? Here Are Some Worthy (And Cheaper) Alternatives For Sellers

When you want to sell your excess junk online, where do you go? For most people, the one and only answer is eBay. With millions of daily users, it only seems logical to use the number one popular online auction site when you have online selling needs. But what about all of the alternatives that are arguably better?

26-10-2012
Fed Up With eBay? Here Are Some Worthy (And Cheaper) Alternatives For Sellers
How We Talk Online: A History of Online Forums, From Cavemen Days To The Present

Internet

How We Talk Online: A History of Online Forums, From Cavemen Days To The Present

Let’s take a step back and think about the wonders of modern technology for one second. The web has made it possible to participate in near-instant communication on a global scale. Join me as I explore the evolution of online communication. How did all of this begin? Why did things become the way they are? The answers may surprise you.

23-10-2012
How We Talk Online: A History of Online Forums, From Cavemen Days To The Present
Try Before You Buy: 6 Emulators For Test-Driving Mobile Phones

Android iPhone and iPad

Try Before You Buy: 6 Emulators For Test-Driving Mobile Phones

It’s been about one year since I purchased my first smartphone. I remember having such a difficult time deciding which phone I wanted. Back then, I had no idea that mobile phone emulators existed. And boy, that sure would’ve made my life easier. Whether you’re looking to purchase your very first smartphone or considering switching from one type to another, these mobile phone emulators will definitely come in handy.

19-10-2012
Try Before You Buy: 6 Emulators For Test-Driving Mobile Phones
Predict The Future (Of Weather) With These 7 Awesome Weather Apps [Android]

Android

Predict The Future (Of Weather) With These 7 Awesome Weather Apps [Android]

Correctly predicting the weather is about as easy as eating a handful of screws, yet we keep attempting it day after day. Sometimes we get it right; most times we don’t. However, weather information is always pertinent and it never hurts to have weather data at the tips of your fingers. Yes, it’s true that predicting the weather is nearly impossible to do with any semblance of repeat precision, but that doesn’t mean that all weather information is useless.

19-10-2012
Predict The Future (Of Weather) With These 7 Awesome Weather Apps [Android]
NanoMusic: Extremely Lightweight And Simplistic Music App [Android]

Android

NanoMusic: Extremely Lightweight And Simplistic Music App [Android]

Earlier this year, I wrote a compilation of music managers for Android. The music players listed in that article are all great and useful in their own ways, but most of them are far too bloated for my tastes. It’s nice to have certain features, but I soon end up forgetting that they exist. All I want is a quick, painless, and resource-friendly music app that doesn’t hog battery power. And to my surprise, I stumbled upon NanoMusic.

12-10-2012
NanoMusic: Extremely Lightweight And Simplistic Music App [Android]
What Search Engine Poisoning Is & How It Spreads Malware [MakeUseOf Explains]

Internet

What Search Engine Poisoning Is & How It Spreads Malware [MakeUseOf Explains]

If you thought malware popups and relentless email spam were the worst of it, think again. There’s a new contender on stage and it’s spreading malware like butter in desert heat. It’s called search engine poisoning and hundreds of thousands, even millions, of people have fallen victim to it all over the globe. Here’s the thing about malicious intent: the worst forms of villainy occur when the bad guys take something that is good and use it for evil.

09-10-2012
What Search Engine Poisoning Is & How It Spreads Malware [MakeUseOf Explains]
5 Common Security Mistakes That Can Put Your Privacy & Money At Risk

Internet

5 Common Security Mistakes That Can Put Your Privacy & Money At Risk

How vulnerable are you? Ask any person who’s been robbed if it came as a surprise – I guarantee you it did. As the saying goes, the thief always comes in the night when you’re sleeping, when you’re least prepared. But even when you’re awake, you might be passively committing security mistakes, thus inviting hackers and crackers to fiddle with your things. Privacy and money are arguably the two most important things.

05-10-2012
5 Common Security Mistakes That Can Put Your Privacy & Money At Risk
WeatherBug – Even Better Than The Weather Channel [Android]

Android

WeatherBug – Even Better Than The Weather Channel [Android]

Up until about a week ago, I only knew of two legitimate weather sources: The Weather Channel and AccuWeather. Both of these services have apps on Android that provide information on the weather. Imagine my surprise when I hear a lot of people raving about the greatness of WeatherBug. As someone without a weather app, I knew I had to check it out.

05-10-2012
WeatherBug – Even Better Than The Weather Channel [Android]
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