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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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 […]

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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 […]

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Ubuntu’s Netbook Edition: Now With More “Unity”!

21st October, 2010

Ubuntu’s new netbook edition is radically different than the 10.04 release. The new Unity interface, which we previewed in July, completely replaced Ubuntu’s old netbook interface for Ubuntu 10.10. Not all the reviews have been positive, and Ubuntu laptop sellers System 76 won’t be selling Unity netbooks quite yet. Why? Because “Unity’s rough edges remain […]

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UberStudent – Custom Operating System For Students [Linux]

20th October, 2010

Bringing together the best the open source world has to offer to students, Linux distribution UberStudent is a great starting point for the college-attending geek wanting to give Linux a try. It may not be as straight-forward as Ubuntu, but it does aim to bring together a number of needs students have: links to cheap […]

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FocusWriter – Minimalist, Distraction-Free & Beautiful Text Editor

16th October, 2010

Looking for a simple, beautiful place to do your writing, but can’t find a program that does the job? Focus Writer is fast, works on every platform and can look pretty much however you like. Microsoft Word somehow became people’s default writing tool, but in many ways it’s not right for the job. Its functionality […]

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ClipGrab Makes it Simple to Download Videos Off Websites

14th October, 2010

Copy the link, paste it into a single program and download a video. That simplicity is what makes ClipGrab, a cross-platform program for downloading web videos to your computer, a pleasure to use. But it’s the support for multiple video sites, including Vimeo, CollegeHumor and – of course – YouTube, that makes this versatile tool […]

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What’s New In Ubuntu 10.10, “Maverick Meerkat”? [Linux]

13th October, 2010

Wonder whether the new Ubuntu is worth a shot, but found the official list of new Ubuntu features lacking in pictures and context? We’ve got a summary below, complete with screenshots. Find out if you want to download Ubuntu 10.10. Windows users see a new release every four years or so; Mac users, about every […]

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5 Things You Need To Do After Installing Boxee

9th October, 2010

The upcoming Boxee Box has the tech world buzzing. Will this startup, armed with the power of open source, be able to compete with Google and Apple’s offerings in the TV marketplace? I think so, mostly because of the many amazing things you can make Boxee do. Don’t believe me? Try it out. You don’t […]

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Test Your Mobile Website With Opera Mobile Emulator

7th October, 2010

Opera Mobile Emulator is a must-have testing tool if you’re designing a website. Whether you develop using Linux, OS X or Windows you can test how your site will function on a mobile device quickly and easily. Designing websites for desktops is hard enough. Between Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari and the infamous Internet Explorer web […]

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Hotot – A Fast, iPhone-Like Twitter Client For Linux

6th October, 2010

Featuring a blazing-fast load time and a quick, animated interface, Hotot, a Twitter client for Linux offers a slick way to access Twitter. If you wish your Linux experience was a bit more like the iPhone or iPad you’ll probably love this application, though those who prefer a traditional user interface might find themselves lost […]

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Use Adblock To Block Online Ads and Malware

2nd October, 2010

Adblock can do more than just block advertisements. It can block content from any website or any list of websites. Malware, being hosted on a finite number of sites around the web, is therefore blockable. Combine AdBlock with the list of known malware hosting sites at MalwareDomains for a first line of defence against malware […]

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How To Watch Sports Not Broadcast In Your Country

30th September, 2010

Pirating video used to be limited to downloading movies and shows, but these days the dark corners of the web offer plentiful opportunities for pirates to broadcast and watch live events. Such streams are illegal but might give you access to something that you couldn’t find otherwise. Also, unlike legal streams, these work in every […]

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Mednafen – A Simple Cross-Platform Emulator To Play Your Old Games

29th September, 2010

Supporting 11 different retro video game systems, including NES, Game Boy and Game Gear, cross-platform emulator Mednafen is a no-nonsense emulator for Windows and Linux. If you love old games but hate collecting emulators this is a program you’ll want to check out. Emulation is awesome. It makes it possible for old code to run […]

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MakeUseOf Linux Pack 2010: All-In-One Easy Installer

27th September, 2010

Including MakeUseOf favorites such as Dropbox, Google Chrome, Skype, and VLC, the new MakeUseOf Linux Pack is the easy way to set up a new Linux computer. Quickly and easily install all your favorite software in just a few clicks, without having to manually add a variety of software sources. Back in July we, along […]

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Is The New Twitter Better Than Desktop Clients?

25th September, 2010

Integrated pictures, keyboard shortcuts, a decent way to track conversations and a slick new look. That’s what some users of Twitter found recently, and they were really happy. Twitter isn’t sure how long it will take to push these features out to everybody, but if you primarily use Twitter from a client such as Tweetdeck […]