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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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.

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How to Record Only Your Important Phone Calls on Android

31st July, 2013

Phone call recordings can come in handy in a number of ways – for example, saving a phone call interview so you can go back and transcribe it at a later time. Phone call recordings can also be used in legal settlements as evidence. You never know when the recording of a phone call will come in handy, so getting into the habit of recording them can prove useful down the line. Keep reading to learn how to record specific phone calls on your Android device.

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Get Rid Of Facebook Annoyances With These 4 Great Firefox Add-Ons

30th July, 2013

Many users fumble around with Facebook’s ever-changing interface and many reject what Facebook has become: ad-ridden and spammy. Is there any hope on the horizon? If you’re on Firefox, there are a few add-ons you can use to change the Facebook experience. Whether you want a drastic change or a slight tweak is up to you, depending on which add-ons you select to use. If you’re fed up with Facebook or you want to tweak some annoying features, give these add-ons a try.

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To The Manner Born: Essential Technology Etiquette Tips For Our Digital Age

29th July, 2013

Technology etiquette could easily fall under the topic of “common sense” yet there are many who remain ignorant — and that’s not a judgment against those who don’t know any better. For a long while, I never knew the acceptable rules of etiquette for handling phones, shooting emails, and general Internet behavior. I was being rude without even knowing it, and there’s a chance you could be doing the same.

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Puush: Take Screenshots and Share Them Instantly

26th July, 2013

Image hosting and image sharing sites are all the rage these days, especially with the widespread explosion in popularity of Internet image macros and memes. Images are pleasing to the eye and people are more likely to view an image than read a block of text – which is why infographics are great. The problem? Storage limits and inconvenient uploads. What if there was a tool that lets you take screenshots, upload them to storage, and share a link – all with one click? That tool exists and it’s called Puush.

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Protect Your Mobile Data and Network Usage With SurfEasy VPN [Giveaway]

26th July, 2013

In the Google Play Store, you’ll find a whole lot of VPN clients for Android devices, but few of them are as up-to-date and robust as SurfEasy. SurfEasy offers a 3-tier account structure: Free, Mobile VPN, and Total VPN (more on that later). The Total VPN plan is available for USD $49.99 for a 1-year subscription covering 5 devices, but we’ve got an offer for you: we’re giving away 10 1-year subscriptions for SurfEasy’s Total VPN plan worth a total of $500 for FREE!

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Sort, Shuffle, And Organize Your Plain Text Lists With These 3 Web Tools

26th July, 2013

I use plain text lists for pretty much everything. For example, I keep track of potential character names for my fiction writing in a TXT file. I run local tournaments and use plain text lists to manage and organize registered teams. And, of course, I use plain text for to-do lists too. Plain text can become messy, but thankfully there are some tools I’ve found online that will lend you a helping hand.

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6 Gorgeous, Minimalistic Android Games You’ll Keep Coming Back To

24th July, 2013

There is no better design for smartphones and mobile devices than minimalism. The medium’s very nature requires limitations on screen space and power usage, so you really get the most bang-for-your-buck with modern designs – especially for mobile gaming. If you want cutting-edge graphics, look to the console wars. But for Android games? I look to minimalism. Everything is reduced to its most core components, and when that’s applied to both gameplay and interface, you end up with games that are easy to play and pleasant on the eyes.

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Create A Private Company Social Network With Bitrix24 [HTC One Giveaway]

24th July, 2013

As technology continues to advance at such a rapid pace, the methods of business management and communication advance alongside it. The traditional office environment doesn’t work well when most, or all, employees are at home. So what do you use then? The answer is Bitrix24. We’re giving away 10 Startup accounts, which will you to add up to 12 users to your account and costs $1200/year — but the lucky winners will get to use Bitrix24 for free! We’re also giving away a 64 GB HTC One so you’ll be able to use Bitrix24′s Android app on the go.

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4 Excellent Real-Time Strategy Games You Can Play On The Cheap

23rd July, 2013

The real-time strategy genre is one of the staples in gaming today. Other genres, like first person shooters and role playing games, are saturated with hundreds of different titles, but real-time strategy doesn’t hold the same kind of prevalence. You have the big names like Starcraft and Age of Empires, but many RTS titles never gain much traction – especially the free ones. I think RTS games are great but I don’t derive enough entertainment from them to justify spending money. That’s why I play free RTS games instead. Keep in mind that free games don’t have the same kind of manpower behind their development, but that doesn’t mean they’re bad.

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5 Ways You Can Make Money with Your Webcam and Stay Fully Clothed

22nd July, 2013

So you have a webcam that you bought a while ago for recording YouTube cat videos but that never really took off and now you don’t know what to do. Making money with a webcam can be difficult – unless you take the one route that everyone already knows about, if you catch my drift – and it will require some real effort out of you but it’s definitely possible.

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Voice Recording On Android Doesn’t Get Easier Than Tape-a-Talk

19th July, 2013

We used to talk into our phones so that we could chat with whoever was on the other side of the line. Nowadays, we talk into our phones for a whole bunch of reasons. For example, voice assistants like Siri and the numerous Siri alternatives for Android have become ubiquitous. It just makes sense that voice and phone work together well, so why not use your Android as a voice recorder, too? Tape-a-Talk Voice Recorder is a quick and easy way to record your voice – or whatever other sounds are in the vicinity.