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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Make Firefox Secure Intro

Everything You Need to Make Firefox Private & Secure

17th May, 2013

When using Firefox – or any web browser for that matter – one of the best practices you can develop is to always be mindful of your privacy and security. You never know when someone could be snooping on you or intercepting your data. Indeed, being vigilant about this could mean the difference between a blissful browsing experience and maliciously stolen accounts. Encryption is great but there are other considerations you need to make.

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What Is HTML5, And How Does It Change The Way I Browse? [MakeUseOf Explains]

17th May, 2013

Over the past few years, you may have heard the term HTML5 every once in a while. Whether you know anything about web development or not, the concept can be somewhat nebulous and confusing. Obviously, it’s the next step in the line of HTML, but what exactly does it do? Why is there so much excitement around it? And why does it matter for you?

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Tired Of Big & Bloated Music Players? Try GOM Audio For Free!

15th May, 2013

I’m always on the hunt for new music players. Nothing has completely satisfied me yet, though some programs have gotten close. Whatever is the next, newest, coolest, still-undiscovered music player – I want it. And I’m lucky that I found GOM Audio because, based on my impression so far, it fits the bill quite squarely. […]

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n7player: An Android Music Player That’s Worth Every Cent

14th May, 2013

There are plenty of high quality music players that you can get for Android without paying a single cent. In fact, just a few weeks ago I wrote about Rocket Player, which is currently my favorite free music player available. But, you know, sometimes you have to pay a bit of cash in order to get something truly extraordinary – like n7player.

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Phonon

13th May, 2013

I’ve been through a lot of chat messenger programs in my time and, looking back, none of them have been very different from the others. Usually the main difference lies in the interface and performance, but fundamentally they’re all the same. But recently I stumbled across Phonon Voice Messenger, a mobile messenger that really offers something new. Phonon provides text chat functionality, but its main selling point is that it is also a voice messenger. Intrigued? You should be.

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Sticky Password Pro 6.0: Keep Your Passwords Safe and Organized [Giveaway]

13th May, 2013

Online passwords are something of a double-edged sword. In order to be safe, you need to have multiple unique passwords that are complicated enough that they won’t be cracked or brute forced easily – but with every additional password, it becomes harder to track them all. The usual alternative is to use one password for everything, but this is not the path you want to take. Instead, use Sticky Password. We’re giving away 25 copies of Sticky Password Pro 6.0 worth a total of $750 for FREE!

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Can Reading Be A Social Experience?

10th May, 2013

Reading has a reputation for being an isolated activity. We often think of people in their pajamas or bathrobe, sunk into a massive armchair in front of a roaring fire, with a mug of hot cocoa in one hand and a page-turner in the other. Books have the unique ability to suck us into a whole new world where our imaginations are the only limit. So how can reading be social? Discussion, that’s how.

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What Are the Fastest Tools for Windows Desktop Search?

10th May, 2013

The more I use my computer, the more I realize how much I take search for granted. How many times have you lost a pair of socks or misplaced your keys only to wish you could search for them and have the location spit back out to you? Fortunately, Windows (and most other operating systems) comes with a handy search feature. But on top of the default search feature, there are a number of third-party tools that claim to be better and faster.

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Need Help Fundraising? Here Are 5 Alternatives To The ChipIn Widget

8th May, 2013

Fundraising is a difficult task. In the old days, you’d have to throw an event or go door-to-door in hopes of soliciting donations from people in person. That still happens today, but the magic of the Internet has taken the idea of fundraising and elevated it to the next level – crowdsourcing. Never before has fundraising been so easy. When used in a fundraising context, crowdsourcing is an online method where you set up a central location for your fundraising campaign and point people there

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FireFTP is a Powerful Firefox FTP Client You Can Use in Your Browser

7th May, 2013

If you’ve ever done any sort of web management, then you’ve probably used FTP at some point or another. Most web hosts will have a primitive file uploader than you can use straight from your browser, but those are often a pain in the butt to use. The truly powerful FTP clients tend to be desktop-only, but FireFTP is a client that plugs into Firefox and makes the whole process easy. What is FTP?

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4 Ways To Take Time-Lapse Videos

6th May, 2013

Time-lapse videos are some of my favorite videos to watch. They’re just so fascinating, whether the video shows the passage of time in a desert or the workflow of a sketch artist. There’s just something about watching many hours crammed into a 2- or 3-minute clip that stimulates my interest and if you’ve never given much thought to time-lapse videos, you should really reconsider. Making your own time-lapse video can seem daunting.

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Tired Of Buffering? 3 Ways To Speed Up YouTube

3rd May, 2013

If you ask me, Internet streaming is one of the best advancements in web technology I’ve ever experienced, at least when it comes to user experience. YouTube has made some serious strides in online video over the last decade – strides which can easily be overlooked and forgotten. But streaming will always suffer from a […]

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Can I Sync iTunes With My Android? Three Sync Apps, Compared

3rd May, 2013

When I speak to friends who prefer iPhones over Androids, many of them cite “ease of synchronization” as one of their most important reasons. I have to hand it to Apple on that point: even though they like to create exclusivity with their products, they make integration between their products very easy – in particular, syncing from iTunes to a mobile device. But what if you have an Android?

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Need An Alternative to Winamp? Try Spider Player [Windows]

1st May, 2013

I’m a big music junkie. If I’m sitting at my computer and there is no music coming out of the speakers, then it actually puts me on edge a bit and I end up unable to focus. Whether I’m reading, browsing, playing a game, or typing away at an article, I need music and I need to be able to control it comfortably. I’m therefore constantly on the prowl for the perfect music player. But here’s the thing: I’ve already been through all of the big name household programs.

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What Can I Buy With Bitcoin? [MakeUseOf Explains]

30th April, 2013

If you’ve never heard of Bitcoin before, then don’t worry because you’re in the majority. Let’s just say that it’s a virtual currency (meaning you’ll never be able to hold an actual Bitcoin in your hands) and leave it at that. For some people, that might sound silly. For others, Bitcoin is slowly but surely becoming the currency of the future. But who cares what the worth of a Bitcoin is if you can’t buy anything with it? So what can you buy with Bitcoins?