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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 More Free WordPress Frameworks When Themes Just Aren’t Enough

Wordpress & Web Development

3 More Free WordPress Frameworks When Themes Just Aren’t Enough

They say that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. Unfortunately, the way of the world is that books are judged by their covers. People are judged by their clothing. And websites are judged by their aesthetics. And for this reason, if you run a website of your own, the layout and design is one of the most important aspects of drawing readers in and keeping them interested.

27-07-2012
3 More Free WordPress Frameworks When Themes Just Aren’t Enough
6 Excellent Wedding Registry Websites

Internet

6 Excellent Wedding Registry Websites

Weddings are one of the hallmark moments in the life of any person, regardless of culture or nation. For many couples, having the “perfect wedding” is an extremely high priority – and often, perfection implies expense. But what can you do when you don’t have that much money to spare even for a wedding? For a long time, the solution has been the wedding registry.

24-07-2012
6 Excellent Wedding Registry Websites
Keep Your Mobile Devices Safe and Sound With Bitdefender Anti-Theft [Giveaway]

Android Windows

Keep Your Mobile Devices Safe and Sound With Bitdefender Anti-Theft [Giveaway]

How many times have you lost a mobile device and wished you had a way to locate it? Maybe you carry around sensitive data, photos, or videos on your phone. What would happen if your phone landed in the wrong hands? Wouldn’t it be great if you could ensure maximum security for your phone–even after you’ve lost it? Thanks to Bitdefender’s new anti-theft solution, you can! This time around, we’re giving away 25 one-year subscriptions to Bitdefender Anti-Theft worth a total of $750 for FREE!

23-07-2012
Keep Your Mobile Devices Safe and Sound With Bitdefender Anti-Theft [Giveaway]
HedgeWars: A Multiplayer Worms-Like Game With Hedgehogs [MUO Gaming]

Gaming

HedgeWars: A Multiplayer Worms-Like Game With Hedgehogs [MUO Gaming]

Games are so prevalent nowadays. There are games for the hardcore and competitive types, and then there are games for the casual crowd. But more recently, I’ve seen a trend where developers have been incorporating both competitive and casual elements into their games – the best of both worlds. As an avid gamer, it’s always nice to see something that comes out of nowhere and blasts you into the past with a large dose of nostalgia.

20-07-2012
HedgeWars: A Multiplayer Worms-Like Game With Hedgehogs [MUO Gaming]
How Do Solid-State Drives Work? [MakeUseOf Explains]

Technology Explained

How Do Solid-State Drives Work? [MakeUseOf Explains]

Over the past few decades, there has been a considerable amount of work in the field of computer hardware. While computer technology is constantly improving and evolving, rarely do we experience moments where we simply sit back and say “wow, that’s amazing”. It’s been a while since I felt that way, but the introduction of solid-state drive (SSD) technology managed to get that reaction out of me.

20-07-2012
How Do Solid-State Drives Work? [MakeUseOf Explains]
4 Excellent Free Time Tracking Tools [Android]

Android

4 Excellent Free Time Tracking Tools [Android]

No matter who you are, time is an incredibly important commodity. We’re all allotted the same amount of time – 86,400 seconds every day – and it’s up to us how we spend that time. Do you feel like you waste your day away, not knowing where all of your minutes go by the time your head hits your pillow? If so, you aren’t the only one.

17-07-2012
4 Excellent Free Time Tracking Tools [Android]
5 Of The World’s Most Famous And Most Influential White Hat Hackers

Internet

5 Of The World’s Most Famous And Most Influential White Hat Hackers

In this article, I’m going to jump back to the original definition and explore the world of “good hackers,” otherwise known as “white hat hackers.”Let’s take a look at five of the most influential computer experts that have helped shape the world to be what it is today. You may not know these people by name, but there’s a good chance you’ve heard of their work.

13-07-2012
5 Of The World’s Most Famous And Most Influential White Hat Hackers
5 More Free Launchers You May Not Have Heard About [Android]

Android

5 More Free Launchers You May Not Have Heard About [Android]

One of the great things about the Android community is that modifications and changes are always being made. Android technology is always changing, and thus, there are always new avenues to explore–and so many more launchers to discover. Here are five more launchers for Android devices that you may not have heard about–and they’re all free!

13-07-2012
5 More Free Launchers You May Not Have Heard About [Android]
6 Interesting & Exciting Workstations From All Over The World

Web Culture

6 Interesting & Exciting Workstations From All Over The World

Suppose you have a long thesis paper that you need to write for school, or you have a number of reports that need to be finished for work, or you just have a lot of computer-related activities to do. Would you rather do all of that in a ragged room of splintering walls, chipped paint, and moldy ceilings? Or would you prefer a clean, well-maintained room with proper furniture?

10-07-2012
6 Interesting & Exciting Workstations From All Over The World
The MakeUseOf Toolkit Against Online Trolls [Part 2]

Internet

The MakeUseOf Toolkit Against Online Trolls [Part 2]

Welcome back to the 2nd article in this 3-post series all about defeating Internet trolls in Internet arguments. By using this toolkit, you’ll learn to detect when someone is trying to fool you with porous logic. In Part 2, I’ll be showing you a number of logical fallacies that are based on emotions or intuition – arguments that may seem airtight on the surface but, in actuality, are unreasonable and unsound.

06-07-2012
The MakeUseOf Toolkit Against Online Trolls [Part 2]
The MakeUseOf Toolkit Against Online Trolls [Part 1]

Internet

The MakeUseOf Toolkit Against Online Trolls [Part 1]

How many Internet arguments have you witnessed? Or better yet, how many Internet arguments have you participated in? I visit a number of forums and communities on a daily basis, and I see arguments all the time. But what really bugs me are the people who make crappy arguments and think that they’ve won. You might know these kinds of people as “trolls” – people who will come up with any and all types of nonsensical logic.

03-07-2012
The MakeUseOf Toolkit Against Online Trolls [Part 1]
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