Justin Pot

Joined November 2009

Justin Pot is a technology journalist based in Boulder, Colorado. He loves technology, people and nature and tries to enjoy all three whenever possible. Check out chat with Justin on Twitter.

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Feel free to contact at justinpot@makeuseof.com

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Looking For Wii Homebrew Apps? These Are The Places To Go

3rd October, 2014

At this point you’ve probably played most of the games for the console you were interested in, but if you want to find another use for the biggest console of the last decade, homebrew just might be the answer.


Memorize Anything Using Active Recall Memory

2nd October, 2014

Your memory sucks, but it’s nothing you can’t improve. Whether you’re trying to learn a language, geography or even basic programming skills, active recall learning lets you commit details to memory.


5 Smart Home Gadgets You Probably Haven’t Heard Of

22nd September, 2014

Smart home technology isn’t all about thermostats and lighting. Here are automated ways to feed your cats, track your eggs and even find out about plumbing problems in your house. Conversations about smart home technology tend to revolve around a few stand-bys. There are smart lamps, which lets you automate and control light levels from […]


Is Smarter Technology Dumbing Down the Human Race?

19th September, 2014

As a child, you memorized your friend’s phone numbers; now you just add them to your phone. You used to memorize directions; now you just use your GPS. Are humans becoming stupid?


Hypnotic Photos Of Dying Malls, And Where To Learn About Them

18th September, 2014

All across the planet, shopping malls are being abandoned. If there’s something about massive structures being abandoned that speaks to you, click and enter.


4 Fun Things To Do Instead Of Harassing People On The Internet [Opinion]

10th September, 2014

Did someone on the Internet say something you disagree with? Before you discredit your argument by harassing another human being, consider doing something fun instead.


How You Could Make Your Own Google Maps Using A Drone

8th September, 2014

A new piece of software, combined with improved drone technology, means mapping with a drone is already cheaper than you may think.


Your Town Has A Story, Here’s How Census Data Can Help You See It

5th September, 2014

Census and demographic records are incredible tools for researching your town. You don’t even have to trawl through an ocean of statistics. These tools make it as easy as a few clicks.


Become Better By Stepping Away From Technology

1st September, 2014

Technology is a good thing. It makes life better. Having said that, stepping away from technology to enter natural places – leaving the world of the man-made and entering the wild – provides perspective.


Fancy A Challenge? Duet Is Simple, Infuriating and Rewarding

29th August, 2014

If you still haven’t played the mobile game Duet, you should. It’s a rare gem – simultaneously easy to learn and infuriatingly difficult to complete.


MakeUseOf Rewards Is Gone, New Login System Coming Soon

28th August, 2014

For the last couple of years we’ve offered readers the chance to earn points for sharing our articles. During this time many of you did exactly that, and we’re grateful. As of October 1, new users cannot sign up for the site via Rewards. A new login system is coming, which will give you a […]


Mac Users: Is There Any Good Reason To Ever Reinstall OS X?

28th August, 2014

Do you need to reinstall OS X regularly to keep your Mac running well? No. Are there times when doing so might be a good idea? Possibly. Here’s when.


5 Self-Improvement Tips You Didn’t Know Mario Taught You

26th August, 2014

Playing Super Mario meant saying goodbye to productivity. But here are a few things you probably learned from Mario specifically without even noticing. Or from other games for that matter.


HitchBOT Asked Humans For Help, So They Drove Her Across Canada

22nd August, 2014

HitchBOT – housed in a bucket and equipped with the ability to ask for a ride – hitch-hiked Canada in under a month. Not bad, considering she can’t move without humans.


Windows 3.Fun: Getting Really Old Software Running On A 64-Bit PC

21st August, 2014

Bit by bit, Windows’ reverse compatibility is fading. Here’s how to fight that – and get incredibly old 16-bit software and games like Chip’s Challenge running.