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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Turn Any PC or Mac Into A Music Server With Firefly

25th November, 2010

If you’ve got a dedicated media center computer it probably contains all your music. Stop running iTunes in the background just to share your music: stream your music from your netbook, laptop or any computer in the house using Firefly. Based on the DAAP protocol, Firefly can share your music easily with software including iTunes, […]


xPUD – A Quick Booting, Easy To Use 64 MB Linux Distro [Linux]

24th November, 2010

Booting in under 10 seconds and centering around web browsing and media, xPUD is nothing if not a lightweight operating system. Start it up and you’ll see a clean interface, allowing you to quickly find what you’re looking for and get to work. It might not be the ideal operating system for general use, but […]


7 Amazing, Yet Overlooked, Wikimedia Projects You Should Check Out

18th November, 2010

If you’ve used the Internet, you’ve used Wikipedia. Its articles are highly ranked for pretty much every Google search term in the universe, and there’s a reason for that: useful, accurate information that’s always up to date. But Wikipedia’s not the only project brought to us by Wikimedia. A number of ongoing experiments are offered […]


How To Easily Install Microsoft Office 2007 On Linux

17th November, 2010

“Play On Linux” may sound like a toy, but if you want Microsoft Office working on your Linux machine it’s a seriously useful program to have around. User generated scripts make light work of the usually complicated process of installing Office in Linux: there’s no manually installing DLLs, no figuring out which version of Wine […]


Get Informative Pinned Tabs on Chrome Without Upgrading

13th November, 2010

Find out how many emails, voicemails and incoming Tweets you have, as well as the date, by glancing at a few Chrome tabs. If you like the idea of permanent tabs with informative icons, but don’t feel like installing a development version of Chrome and setting up apps, that’s not a problem. Chrome comes pre-loaded […]


PlayOnLinux Brings Windows Games & Programs To Linux

11th November, 2010

Taking much of the pain out of using Wine, PlayOnLinux is a must-have application for any Linux gamer. Providing automated installation scripts for dozens of games – and a wide variety of other software including Google Sketchup, Photoshop and AutoCAD – this program is worth checking out if you’re dependent on Windows software but prefer […]


How To Completely Remove Norton Or McAfee From Your Computer

10th November, 2010

They slow your computer down, they ask for your money annually and they rate no better than various free products when compared by AV-comparitives.org. If you have an ongoing relationship with Norton or McAfee, it’s time to break up. Happily, both companies provide free software for doing just that. Most people who have Norton or […]


How To Instantly Review Email Sender Reputation on Gmail

6th November, 2010

Open an email and instantly see background information about the person who wrote it. That’s the idea behind Rapportive, a Gmail plugin that automatically looks up their professional and social networking links and adds it to Gmail’s sidebar. Best of all: you can leave custom notes about a person for future reference, perfect if you’re […]


SeaMonkey: The Overlooked All-In-One Mozilla Web Suite

4th November, 2010

Combining a browser, an email client, one of the best free HTML editors out there and even an IRC chat client, SeaMonkey is a program that aims to do a little bit of everything. It may not be a household name like Firefox or Google Chrome, but if you’re looking to combine more for your […]


5 Casual Linux Games You Probably Don’t Know About

3rd November, 2010

The sheer amount of software you can find in your average Linux package manager is astounding. For example, Ubuntu offers 502 free game downloads, all a single click away in the software center. Other Linux distributions, including Fedora and Suse, offer just as many choices. With that many games it’s hard to know what’s worth […]


The 4 Best Free Linux Anti-Virus Programs

31st October, 2010

Does a Linux user need antivirus software? Not really: infecting a Linux machine is pretty hard to do. That doesn’t mean there aren’t good reasons to have scanning software around, though. If you insert your thumb drive regularly into Windows computers, for example, it might be infected, meaning you’re spreading malware with it and not […]


6 Fun Ways To Explore Ubuntu 10.10 [Linux]

28th October, 2010

Learning a new operating system can be difficult, but is also really fun. If you’ve recently installed Ubuntu 10.10 on your computer and want to explore what this operating system is capable of, don’t panic: you’ll enjoy it. Learning a new operating system is rarely simple, because you’re not just learning how to do things: […]


Banish Social Network Buttons Forever With Adblock

27th October, 2010

Encouraging you to “Like,” “Tweet”, “Digg”, and “Stumble” content, buttons for social networks spill on to almost every page on the modern Internet. If you prefer to copy URLs yourself, AdBlock can keep social networks where they belong: their own pages. Recently, we taught you how to use Adblock to keep you safe from malware, […]


The (Very) Unofficial Facebook Privacy Guide [PDF]

25th October, 2010

Like Facebook, but wish your information wasn’t so public? Time to lock your settings down. Facebook doesn’t make this easy, however; features are constantly added and the default for each new one seems to favor transparency instead of privacy. The result: there are hundreds of little changes you need to make to truly control where […]


Kaspersky Rescue Disk Saves You From Reinstalling Badly Infected Windows

23rd October, 2010

Kaspersky is known for providing quality malware protection, typically leading rankings of AV software. The Kaspersky rescue disk gives you access to that even when a nasty bit of software leaves you without access to Windows, and it’s a free download. Some viruses are better than others. Particularly evil ones will prevent you from installing […]