Joel Lee

Joined December 2011

Joel Lee is a passionate freelance writer living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In his free time, he likes to read and write fiction, play video games, and talk theology.

Feel free to contact at joellee@makeuseof.com

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5 Ways Tech Can Help You Foster Better Study Habits

21st August, 2013

It’s been a while since I’ve been in school, but I know a few friends who are still studying their way towards graduation. It amazes me how many tools currently exist out there to aid in the study process – tools that I would’ve loved to make use of back before I earned my degree. Unfortunately, my time for improved study habits is over, but you can still benefit!

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4 of the Best Personal Wikis to Keep You Organized

15th August, 2013

What if there was wiki software designed to help you out on a personal level? You could use it for anything, for example to outline your novel, keep track of home improvement projects, or plan social events. The benefit of a personal wiki is that it has all of the core features you need from a wiki, such as cross-linking pages, without the bells and whistles necessary for collaborative work. Interested? Then keep reading!

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Share Your Video Series On Blip And Make Money While You’re At It

14th August, 2013

When you hear the term “video sharing website,” what comes to mind? There’s the most obvious choice that 99% of us will think: YouTube. And then there are the half dozen other video sharing websites that sit under the looming shadow that YouTube casts: Dailymotion, Vimeo, Metacafe, etc. But there’s one video site that doesn’t receive the recognition it deserves and it’s called Blip.

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5 Awesome Ways to Use Your Smartphone When Cycling

13th August, 2013

Having a smartphone with you as you cycle around town, along a well-beaten path, or even through the woods while you blaze new trails, can prove mighty useful. As you’ll see with the apps below, a smartphone can help you keep in line with local laws, track riding progress and performance, help you keep your bike in good repair, and even help you find new trails to ride. Once you start using these apps, you’ll always want your Android smartphone by your cycle’s side.

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Trace and Relive Your Hiking Paths With My Tracks on Android

13th August, 2013

Coming straight from Google itself, My Tracks is an app with a singular purpose: to track your path as you travel from point A to point B. As simple as it sounds, this path tracking can prove to be quite beneficial depending on your lifestyle habits. If you commute or travel a lot, it’s fun to see how your path changes from day to day. There are other path tracking apps out there, such as RunKeeper, MapMyRun, and Runtastic, but My Tracks comes from a developer group that has proven itself in terms of quality.

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Looking For Feedback For Your Fiction? Check Out These 4 Websites

12th August, 2013

The number one rule when writing fiction is that most of the writing happens in the rewrite. Once you’ve typed out that monstrous first draft, you’re going to want a fresh set of eyes (or several fresh sets of eyes) to look over your work and give you feedback. After all, you can’t fix something if you don’t know what’s wrong with it and this applies whether you’re writing novels or screenplays. One option is to utilize the free critique websites that are out there.

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Do You Really Need a Surge Protector?

9th August, 2013

Back when I didn’t know any better, I thought “surge protector” was synonymous with “power strip,” and I thought “power strip” was just a fancy multi-plug extension cord. Learn from my mistakes: they are not the same things! Why are surge protectors important? Do you need a surge protector? If so, how do you go about selecting one that works for you without blowing huge wads of cash? Keep reading to find out.

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3 Tips To Stay Safe From The Dangers Of Cloud Computing

9th August, 2013

Cloud computing is the big buzz these days and we have more choices available to us now than ever before. How many of us use Dropbox, SkyDrive, or Google Drive on a daily basis? How many big businesses rely on Amazon’s CloudFront for content delivery? Even Google Docs is a marvel with its cloud-based office suite. But despite the usefulness of cloud computing, it does have its drawbacks.

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Using NFC? 3 Security Risks To Be Aware Of

8th August, 2013

NFC, which stands for near-field communication, is the next evolution and is already a core feature in some of the newer smartphone models like the Nexus 4 and Samsung Galaxy S4. But as with all technologies, NFC comes with its own set of risks.

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Cut, Edit, and Convert Your Videos For Free With Avidemux

7th August, 2013

When it comes to video editing, most programs currently available are extremely dense and packed with hundreds of options. And why shouldn’t they be? Video editing is all about control and that requires a lot of features. The downside is the huge inherent learning curve of such complex programs. What if you want to edit videos on a more basic level? I present to you: Avidemux.

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Transform Your Droid: 5 Launchers To Replace The One That Came With Your Phone

6th August, 2013

Android launchers are a great way to spice up your home screen with new graphics and new features. For the uninitiated, you should know that your phone already has its own stock launcher, but stock launchers often lack the powerful features found in independently-developed launchers like the ones in this article. Whether you want a simple aesthetic upgrade OR you want to completely revolutionize the way you approach the home screen, these launchers are a great place to start. Android launchers are varied and the trick is to find the one that you like best.

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Taking The Battle To Craigslist Scammers: How To Avoid Scams On Craigslist

5th August, 2013

Launched way back in 1995, Craigslist took the Internet world by storm with its innovative cross of classified ads with the web. But as with all Internet-based transactions, some users prefer to game the system and scam other users for a quick buck. Fortunately, Craigslist has instated a few deterrents in the system over the years, but scammers continue to find clever ways around them. If you’re on Craigslist, you should take heed to protect yourself with these simple tips.

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5 Tips To Research A Company Before You Sit Down For A Job Interview

2nd August, 2013

Companies aren’t just looking for another grunt worker to add to their team – they want someone who’s excited, motivated, and eager to contribute to said company’s mission. You aren’t the only one interviewing, so if it comes down to two candidates where one has researched and the other hasn’t, you can be sure they’ll go with the former. Pre-interview company research will be worth your while. Here’s where you can look and what you should be looking for.

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Log Into Life: Top 9 Tips To Fight Computer Fatigue & Protect Your Health

1st August, 2013

Did you know that your sedentary lifestyle could be killing you from the inside out? Ryan has already presented a case on potential health risks from sitting too long, and for those of us who work with computers or spend all of our free time on our desktops, those health risks are all too real: obesity, diabetes, cancer, etc. Take charge of your health before it takes a permanent turn for the worst.

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Automate Your Computer Maintenance With Ashampoo WinOptimizer 10 [Giveaway]

31st July, 2013

Technology has come a long way over the past few decades with the advent of increasingly complex bits of software, hardware, and networking. Despite this progress, technology still hasn’t managed to solve one of the most fundamental forces in life: entropy. No matter how hard you try to fight it, time breaks down all things and the result is clutter – computers are no exception. The best we can do in light of entropy is to repair the chaos ourselves and that’s where WinOptimizer 10 steps in.