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Joel Lee

Micropost Editor and Technical Copy Editor / 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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Not Just Any Name: Tips For Picking Good Names For Your Devices

Web Culture

Not Just Any Name: Tips For Picking Good Names For Your Devices

Assigning names to devices is a small action that has very few real consequences. Whether the name of your latest computer peripheral stays as “CORSAIR 829495” or changes to “Bingo” has no effect on the device’s performance. But on a personal level, naming your devices properly can have lasting implications for your productivity, organization, or just plain enjoyment. I bet you’ve rarely thought of device names as important.

01-02-2013
Not Just Any Name: Tips For Picking Good Names For Your Devices
Speed Up & Tweak Windows Explorer [Windows 7]

Windows

Speed Up & Tweak Windows Explorer [Windows 7]

For a long time now, Windows Explorer (the process on Windows that controls everything from the desktop to folder browsing) has had a poor reputation for being a clunky, slow, and arguably useless file navigator. More recent versions of Windows (namely 7) have improved upon it, but there are still a few options and features that are missing. Thanks to hobby programmers, there are a few options and tools that you can use.

25-01-2013
Speed Up & Tweak Windows Explorer [Windows 7]
Bloodline Champions: Free-to-Play Skill-Based PvP Arena For Competitive Players [MUO Gaming]

Gaming

Bloodline Champions: Free-to-Play Skill-Based PvP Arena For Competitive Players [MUO Gaming]

Bloodline Champions (BLC) is a top-down F2P game with high hopes: to create a game where players can play against each other in an arena that rewards skill, not repetition or luck. If you’ve ever heard of the term “e-sports,” this game is a prime candidate. It’s all about aiming, timing, reacting, and making the right decisions – and it’s HARD. That shouldn’t come as a surprise, though, as a game that rewards skill wouldn’t be very rewarding if it was easy.

25-01-2013
Bloodline Champions: Free-to-Play Skill-Based PvP Arena For Competitive Players [MUO Gaming]
RSS And Beyond: The Top 5 Android News Reader Apps For Free

Android

RSS And Beyond: The Top 5 Android News Reader Apps For Free

RSS, which means Really Simple Syndication or Rich Site Summary depending on who you ask, is a popular way to receive news updates from your favorite websites. You can pick and choose which updates you want and they’re amalgamated into a central “inbox” of sorts, allowing you to read your news at your convenience. With smartphones, you can now do all of this through apps.

22-01-2013
RSS And Beyond: The Top 5 Android News Reader Apps For Free
What’s A Cookie & What Does It Have To Do With My Privacy? [MakeUseOf Explains]

Internet

What’s A Cookie & What Does It Have To Do With My Privacy? [MakeUseOf Explains]

Most people know that there are cookies scattered all over the Internet, ready and willing to be eaten up by whoever can find them first. Wait, what? That can’t be right. Yes, there are cookies on the Internet (technically, the World Wide Web), and yes, they really are called “cookies”. But they aren’t delicious and they can affect your privacy, so you should know what they do.

18-01-2013
What’s A Cookie & What Does It Have To Do With My Privacy? [MakeUseOf Explains]
5 Free Siri Alternatives for Android: Which Is the Best?

Android

5 Free Siri Alternatives for Android: Which Is the Best?

A few years ago, you’d only see someone talking into their phone if somebody was on the other side. Fast forward a bit and now talking to your phone when you aren’t on a call is no big deal. Siri for iPhone revolutionized the behavior, and nowadays it’s common to see people use their voice to control their phones. Luckily, these options are available on Android, too.

15-01-2013
5 Free Siri Alternatives for Android: Which Is the Best?
Avoid These 7 Common Mistakes When Buying A New Computer

Technology Explained

Avoid These 7 Common Mistakes When Buying A New Computer

I built a new computer a few years ago. I’ve always considered myself above average in the tech field, but looking back, I have a few regrets with the system I built – some of my decisions could’ve been much better. Even if you’re thinking of buying a computer, not building one, you could be making the same mistakes as I did. Most of these mistakes come down to a lack of knowledge.

11-01-2013
Avoid These 7 Common Mistakes When Buying A New Computer
Are You Really Using The Best Web Browser For Windows?

Windows Browsers

Are You Really Using The Best Web Browser For Windows?

Ask anyone about the best browsers in the web browsing market and you’ll likely get the following list – IE, Chrome, Firefox. Those who are more tech-savvy might list Opera as an alternative. Those are the 4 most popular browsers on Windows, but which one is the best? Perhaps none of them. Popularity can be an indicator of quality, but it doesn’t guarantee it.

08-01-2013
Are You Really Using The Best Web Browser For Windows?
Make Sure You’re Clean With These Free One-Time Scan Antivirus Tools [Windows]

Windows

Make Sure You’re Clean With These Free One-Time Scan Antivirus Tools [Windows]

It sucks to be constantly bombarded by computer-related threats, whether they’re spyware, malware, viruses, keyloggers, or whatever else. A popular way to combat this problem is to install an antivirus solution that sits in the background and keeps you safe. But no matter what resident solution you’re using, it might not catch each and every infection. That’s where the one-time-scanner steps in.

04-01-2013
Make Sure You’re Clean With These Free One-Time Scan Antivirus Tools [Windows]
$1 Per Song? No Way! 5 Cheaper Alternatives For The iTunes Store

Internet

$1 Per Song? No Way! 5 Cheaper Alternatives For The iTunes Store

The world of music is constantly changing. Vinyl, cassettes, CDs, and now MP3s – and that means that we’ve gone from analog to digital. The best thing about digital music, in my opinion, is that you can purchase it in full online without ever leaving the seat of your desk. But the latest question in online music purchases is – where?

04-01-2013
$1 Per Song? No Way! 5 Cheaper Alternatives For The iTunes Store
Which Is The Best Mobile Music Streaming Service?

Internet

Which Is The Best Mobile Music Streaming Service?

Online radio is picking up steam now that there’s a good bit of competition driving the technology. You might be familiar with services like Pandora and Spotify, but now that you can stream music on-the-go with your mobile device, it’s better than ever. Join me as I explore and compare the five best music streaming services available today.

01-01-2013
Which Is The Best Mobile Music Streaming Service?
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