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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What to Buy With Bitcoin Intro

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?

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Using Paint.NET? Make It Even Better With These Great Plugins

29th April, 2013

Have you ever needed to do computer artwork that involved more than simple crops and resizes? For a long time, your only real options were Paintshop Pro and Adobe Photoshop, although the rise of GIMP has provided users with a powerful free alternative. But in some cases, those tools are too powerful. What if you want something in the middle? That’s where Paint.NET comes in.

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Use Prey & Never Lose Your Laptop Or Phone Again [Cross-Platform]

26th April, 2013

Here’s the thing about mobile and portable devices: since they aren’t tethered to anything, it’s almost too easy to lose them or, worse, have them stolen from right under your nose. I mean, if you really think about it, all somebody needs to do is run past you and grab your phone while you’re using it and they have a good chance of getting away with it. However, with Prey, you’ll never have to worry about absentmindedness or theft ever again.

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Meon: It May Be Ugly, But It’s Refreshingly Fun [Android]

26th April, 2013

A lot of games tend to be rehashes of the same concept. Meon isn’t one of them.. Fact is, it’s rare to find new concepts in mobile gaming; instead, we usually just end up with refinements which are admittedly nice, but sometimes we need breaths of fresh air. Meon may have its flaws, but it presents a new gameplay concept that I haven’t seen before.

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How GPS Works [MakeUseOf Explains]

24th April, 2013

As an avid gamer, I’m surprised by the correlation between GPS-like features in modern video games and the proliferation of GPS technology in mundane life. When I was a kid, paper maps and cartography were still common; if you got lost, you suffered through it and found your way to your destination. Nowadays, we’ve got the wonders of GPS to guide us there and back again. What is GPS? How does it work?

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You Should Buy These: 5 Android Apps That Are Worth Every Penny, And Why

23rd April, 2013

There is a vast ocean of Android apps on Google Play and it can be daunting to browse, especially if you’re new to Android in general. Free apps are great and all, and there are tons of them available, but what about the paid ones? Are they worth the money? I found five Android apps that pack so much value, they’re worth every cent. Best of all, even if you buy them all, they’ll cost you less than a meal out.

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Everything You Need To Know About Managing Your Firefox Bookmarks

22nd April, 2013

I don’t know about you, but I still use browser bookmarks on a daily basis. There are people out there who claim that browser bookmarks have become obsolete with the advent of online bookmarking, social bookmarking, speed dials, and features like that. Well, that might be true and maybe I’m stuck in the past, but I still love my Firefox bookmarks. If you’re like me, you don’t really need much more than the basic feature set of the native Firefox bookmarks.

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Why You Don’t Have To Use PayPal For Online Transactions: 5 PayPal Alternatives

19th April, 2013

Online shopping and online purchases have grown into something so important in many of our lives that it’s strange, at least for me, to think of a world where it doesn’t exist. PayPal is one service that really pioneered that world, especially in terms of purchasing without needing a credit card, debit card, or gift card. But are there any viable alternatives if you don’t like PayPal?

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TeeWorlds: Kirby Meets Quake In This Fun, Fast-Paced Shooter [MUO Gaming]

19th April, 2013

I’m a huge supporter of games that focus more on skill and coordination than luck and grinding. That’s not to say I haven’t played my fair share of games like Everquest and World of Warcraft, but there’s just something rewarding about hitting a headshot and knowing that it wasn’t due to anything but your own talent. TeeWorlds is one of those games.

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Save Your Eyes & Improve Web Page Legibility With Readability [Firefox]

17th April, 2013

Poor web design can really put a damper on your web browsing. Ever been to a website with a jet black background and neon font colors with flashing banner ads all over the place? Good luck trying to read that. But even properly designed websites can be hard to read thanks to intrusive ads or overall clutter. With Readability, you can bypass all of that.

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5 Tips & Advice To Help You Become A Successful Telecommuter

16th April, 2013

Working a job, no matter what you do, can be difficult, exhausting, and downright unrewarding. Waking up to the screech of an alarm, dragging yourself from your cozy bed, and making it all the way to work can be miserable, especially when the weather outside is grim and gloomy. So when you hear about people working from home, it sounds like a dream job. But is it?

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Take A Break From The Mainstream Music Apps And Try Rocket Player [Android]

15th April, 2013

When it comes to Android music players, there are a few big names that everyone likes to throw around – e.g., Winamp and doubleTwist – but popular isn’t always the best. Recently, I heard about a lesser known Android app called Rocket Player. I checked it out, the screenshots looked enticing, so I downloaded it and gave it a test run. The results were pleasantly surprising, but is it a contender for the title of Best Android Music Player?

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Don’t Lose Your Data: 5 Top Backup Solutions For Android

12th April, 2013

Our lives are incredibly fickle, more so than you might realize. Your college thesis? It could be corrupted or wiped clean with a single keystroke. Your coding project that you’ve been working on for the past year? A power outage can render it gone. And your phone? A toilet bowl mishap could spell the end for your contacts list, SMS messages, and other data.

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Need a Custom Home Screen? Apex Launcher Gives You What You Want [Android]

12th April, 2013

For many users, Android is the mobile operating system that revolutionized the smartphone market thanks to the level of customization it allowed. Don’t get me wrong: the iPhone and the Blackberry (and more recently, Windows Phone) all have their place in the market, but nothing beats the out-of-the-box capabilities for personalizing an Android. And what iconifies the smartphone experience better than the home screen?

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This Is Why Your Headphones Keep Breaking

10th April, 2013

I can’t be the only one frustrated by the constant breaking of my headphones, earbuds, and pretty much anything else that has wiring, right? There are few feelings in the world that are worse than sitting down with a nice cup of java and putting on your headphones to listen to your favorite album when, suddenly, one side doesn’t work. There’s a difference between headphones breaking and headphones breaking all the time.