Joel Lee

Joined December 2011

Joel Lee is the Creative editor at MakeUseOf and a jack-of-all-trades technology writer from Philadelphia. In his free time he pursues fiction, game design, and photography.

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The Right Way To Grow A New Online Community: 3 Examples

28th January, 2015

Why do some communities thrive while others struggle to survive? Let’s look at a few stories.


Why Gamification Is Not The Magic Bullet Everyone Thinks It Is

27th January, 2015

Gamification is spreading across the web like a plague, as if slapping on a few badges and leaderboards is enough engage users. The truth? Gamification can harmful.


3 Early Access Games That Were Actually Released (And Successful!)

26th January, 2015

It’s easy to see why Early Access has bad reputation. Still, some good has come from it and there are several examples that show how Early Access can create a success story.


Dealing With Online Haters: The Right Way & The Wrong Way

23rd January, 2015

What Anne Hathaway, Demi Lovato and Wal-Mart can teach you about dealing with trolls.


Need A Disk Cleanup? Visualize What Takes Up Space On Your Windows PC

22nd January, 2015

Oh the pressure when you run out of disk space. What to delete? The fastest way to locate junk files is to use a tool that helps you visualize your system’s file structure.


7 Common Tasks The Windows Command Prompt Makes Quick & Easy

21st January, 2015

Don’t let the command prompt intimidate you. It’s simpler and more useful than you expect. You might be surprised by what you can accomplish with just a few keystrokes.


What Makes Quora Better Than Other Q&A Sites?

20th January, 2015

For those of you who aren’t already using Quora, why not? Maybe it’s time to give it a try. You may be surprised by how useful it can be.


The Best Tweaks You Can Make To Your Android Without Rooting

15th January, 2015

Customizing your Android device isn’t only for the tech savvy. Learn how to get the most out of your unrooted Android phone or tablet!


Oculus Rift VR Simulations You Have To See To Believe

14th January, 2015

You’ve seen the Oculus Rift, but you haven’t seen some of the insane uses it’s been put to. Check out these awesome Oculus Rift demos from around the world.


14 Tips For Better Group Portrait Photographs

12th January, 2015

Group photos will rarely be easy, but it’s definitely possible for you to become comfortable with this kind of shot. Here are some tips to help sharpen your skills.


3 Smartphone Security Flaws That You Should Be Aware Of

8th January, 2015

What are the hidden dangers of using a smartphone? If your worst worry is someone snooping through your phone, you may want to think again. Smartphone technology is relatively young in the grand scheme of history, which means there are still several security flaws that have yet to be solved. With that being said, don’t […]


5 Apps That Really Clean Up Your Android Device — And Aren’t Placebos!

7th January, 2015

Spring is sneaking up around the corner and that can only mean one thing — spring cleaning. Android devices are sophisticated enough that regular maintenance isn’t necessary, but it’s still a good idea to clean out the system every once in a while. Don’t underestimate the impact of staying digitally organized. The trick is finding […]


The 7 Best Online Banking Features For Simplifying Your Life

6th January, 2015

Does money management stress you out? What if you could effortlessly alleviate some of that stress for good? Online banking offers a lot of benefits that can help to simplify the headaches of money.


3 Lies About Gamers That People Still Believe

5th January, 2015

Not all gamers are stinky, fat introverts dwelling in a basement. Not all gamers are socially awkward teens with four eyes and greasy hair. In fact, if we all took a step back and ignored pop culture’s depiction of gaming enthusiasts, we might come to see that most video game fans are just normal folks who […]


4 Surprising Ways Google Will Soon Impact Your Life

2nd January, 2015

We won’t be seeing interstellar spaceships and time travel machines any time soon, but here are a few Google projects that are going to change the way you live within the next few years.