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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Creepy Shows Just How Much Geolocation Data You Broadcast Online

14th April, 2011

Enter someone’s Twitter or Flickr usernames and see everywhere they’ve been and when. If this sounds creepy then it is. Ever wonder how much information geolocation leaves behind? As it turns out, quite a lot. Creepy is a program made primarily made to demonstrate just how much information that is, and how easily it could be used for nefarious purposes.


Elementary ‘Jupiter’ – A Slick, Easy-To-Use Operating System [Linux]

13th April, 2011

Looking for a beautiful, functional operating system? Check out the first Elementary OS release Jupiter. This Linux-based operating system is designed from the ground up to stay out of your way so you can simply use your computer. Whether you’re a long-time Linux user or a complete beginner to open source operating systems, Elementary’s elegance is impressive and more than worth checking out.


Hard Drive Of The Future: 101 Guide To Solid State Drives [PDF]

11th April, 2011

You may have seen a lot of talk about Solid State Drives (SSDs) recently. In the last six months or so they’ve really taken the mid-range to high end computing world by storm. If a manufacturer decides to include a solid state drive in their computer, they’ll make sure that you know it’s there. But what are they?


Reddit TV – The Web’s Best Videos All In One Place

9th April, 2011

Watch the newest, coolest videos the web has to offer in one place. The name really says it all: Reddit TV. This aggregator is probably the web’s premier place to discover what’s hot on the web, because its users vote up the best content quickly. Sure, it’s got the quirks you’ll find in any such site, but for now it’s among the best aggregators out there for finding out what’s cool.


6 TV-Ready Media Center Programs You Should Check Out

7th April, 2011

If you’re looking to set up a media center, you need to know what free software is out there. Choose the media center application that works best for you by comparing the best programs on the market. All vary in terms of features, and all have something to offer.


5 Alternatives To The New York Times That Are Still Free

6th April, 2011

The New York Times is now behind a paywall, but it’s not the only newspaper on the Internet. If you’re looking for a free alternative to the Grey Lady there are more than a few that offer quality, well-written reporting. The list below attempts to include only the best alternatives the web has to offer, so keep reading to see if you can’t find a new homepage.


Kylo – The Web Browser Built For Televisions

2nd April, 2011

Browse the entire Internet from your couch. Kylo is a browser built for living room surfing, with buttons easily seen from a distance and zooming functionality always at hand. Media centers like Boxee, XBMC and the Hulu Desktop all have their uses, but none of them give you access to the entire Internet. If you have working plugins for everything you’ve ever wanted, that’s great. But sometimes access to the entire web is useful, and Kylo can provide that.


Mozilla’s “Web O'(pen) Wonder” Shows Off Modern Browsers & HTML5

31st March, 2011

See what HTML5, and the latest Firefox browser, can do at Mozilla’s ‘Web O'(pen) Wonder’. This compilation of demonstrations doesn’t just show off the potential of modern browsers; it shows off what they can accomplish right now. Whether you’re a web designer looking to discover the future of the web or an Internet enthusiast wanting to try out the latest technology, Web O’ Wonder is the place to look.


The Facebook Marketing Guide [PDF]

30th March, 2011

If you’re not on Facebook you don’t exist. Anyone trying to market a business, product, band or some other public figure knows this, and that they need to “get a Facebook presence” because “Facebook is huge”. That’s great, but how do you get started?


3 Handy Keyboard Shortcuts You Need To Program Into Your Media Center Remote

30th March, 2011

Whether you prefer Boxee, XBMC or the Hulu Desktop for your media center, it’s nice to get up from the couch as little as possible. If you don’t want to leave the couch very often, you’d better program your remote to do simple tasks.


“Are You Watching This?!” Offers Real Time Sports Awesomeness

26th March, 2011

Sports scores, highlight reels and a TV schedule tailored to your location and TV provider. Whatever sport or league you’re a fan of, “Are You Watching This!?” can fill you in with the latest about it. There are no shortage of places to go to find the latest sports scores and highlights. Most leagues have this […]


Why You Should Always Keep Your Ubuntu Installation Updated [Linux]

24th March, 2011

With a new release every six months, keeping up with Ubuntu can seem overwhelming. Still, there are many good reasons to keep updating to the latest version of Ubuntu: security updates, the latest software in the Software Center, optional access to bleeding edge programs and all of the latest features Ubuntu has to offer. Next […]


People Love You? Show It Off On WordPress With Collision Testimonials

23rd March, 2011

Show off the great things people say about you, right on your WordPress site. Whether you want a dedicated page or a rotating sidebar widget, Collision Testimonials lets you display the kind words of happy clients wherever you want. You can even have a form for people to leave feedback on their own. Whether you’re […]


How The Internet Works [PDF]

21st March, 2011

The web’s place in our daily lives is undeniable. We can now access the Internet from our home computers, office, laptops and our phones. But even with this close intimacy many people still aren’t entirely sure what the Internet is and how it really works. Download our PDF guide today: The Simple Guide on How The Internet Works


Make Your PDF Files More eReader-Friendly With Briss

19th March, 2011

Crop margins out of PDFs to them reader friendly for your Kindle, Kobo or other e-reader device. Briss is a cross-platform program that makes a format, designed with printing in mind, work a little better on e-ink devices. The PDF is a fantastic document format, looking the same across all platforms and including all fonts […]