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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What Is An Ubuntu PPA & Why Would I Want To Use One? [Technology Explained]

29th December, 2010

Part of the appeal of Ubuntu is its six-month release cycle. Every six months a new version of the free operating system is released into the wild, complete with updates for all of your favorite software. This is great, but can be a trifle disappointing from time to time. For example, if a new version of […]


MiniTunes – An Attractive, Lightweight Mac & Linux Music Player

26th December, 2010

Focusing on being lightweight without compromising on aesthetics, MiniTunes is a basic music player done right. If you want to browse your music quickly, create playlists and occasionally look up the lyrics of the currently playing song, this is the music player for you. You won’t find a built-in music store or network sharing, but […]


5 Services That De-Clutter The Web For Readers

23rd December, 2010

  ReadAbility You could argue this is the original tool for this job, and it’s good at it. Working on any browser with bookmarks, ReadAbility is installed by dragging a bookmarklet to your shortcut bar. Then, when you’re reading an article on a particularly busy site, you can simply click your bookmark to remove all […]


5 Weird & Wonderful Uses For Wolfram Alpha

22nd December, 2010

We’ve all heard of Wolfram Alpha, the website that makes your computer like the ones in Star Trek. Ask it any question involving numbers, from the comparative net worth of Apple and Microsoft to the digits of pi, and you’ll get an answer. These sorts of calculations are useful, the kinds of thing Kirk might […]


6 Chrome Web Apps You Should Really Check Out

18th December, 2010

As previously mentioned, Chrome recently launched its new Web Store. Many of the apps included are, to the typical end user, little more than an icon for launching websites already known and loved. A few, however, give Chrome users access to something that more closely resembles iPad apps than traditional websites. It’s these web apps that […]


PeaZip – A Fantastic Free Alternative To WinRAR Or WinZip

16th December, 2010

Open almost any archive file, quickly, from a familiar interface. That’s the promise of PeaZip, an open source file extraction program for Windows and Linux, and it delivers. You might think there’s no free extraction program out there that can match 7zip, a great program for unzipping uncommon archive formats. PeaZip does. It supports extraction […]


How To Make An ePub File For The iPad, Nook, Kobo & More

15th December, 2010

Everything that’s analog is becoming digital; books are no exception. With the advent of e-ink devices, and tablets like the iPad, more and more people are doing their reading digitally. If you want your writing to reach a broader audience, you should know how to create files for these devices. As editor of the MakeUseOf […]


The AWESOME Automation Guide For Mac Users [PDF]

14th December, 2010

Work smart, not hard. That’s the idea behind Mac Automation, a technology built into Apple’s OS X but frequently underutilized. Whether its sorting your email, searching your documents or building a playlist, you’d be amazed how many tasks can be done automatic instead of manually–if only you knew how to get started. Lucky for you, […]


How To Use Calibre To Read Instapaper On Any E-Book Reader

11th December, 2010

Find yourself constantly distracted at work by long articles? Stop reading them at work. Send them to Instapaper and read them on your e-book reader of choice with Calibre, regardless of whether that e-book reader has a network connection. Instapaper is a great way to queue articles and blog posts for future reading. It even […]


Find Beautiful Free eBooks In Google’s New Shop [US Only]

9th December, 2010

<firstimage=”http://www.makeuseof.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/books.jpg”>With access to millions of books and compatibility with a wide variety of devices, Google’s new book store is certainly going to be a powerful force in the publishing industry. Even better, it provides easy access to beautifully rendered public domain books free of charge. Get yourself a quality collection of classic literature free from […]


How To Use Your PlayStation 2 Devices With Your Computer

8th December, 2010

What do PlayStation 2 controllers, Rock Band guitars, the EyeToy and the PlayStation 2 DVD remote all have in common? They’ve all been in your closet since you bought the latest and greatest console. Put those devices to use by connecting them to your computer. It’s understandable that you don’t play with your PlayStation 2 […]


Déjà Dup – The Perfect Linux Backup Software

4th December, 2010

With an incredibly simple user interface and the ability to encrypt and backup your data to network drives, external drives, FTP/SSH servers and even Amazon S3 storage, Déjà Dup is the perfect Linux backup solution. Set up a secure, regularly-scheduled backup in minutes. It’s like Carbonite for Linux, except you can pick where your data […]


Arista – A Two-Click Video Converter For Linux

2nd December, 2010

Quickly convert any video file or DVD to play on your iPhone, Playstation or Android device. Arista makes doing this and more dead simple on any Linux computer, without the need for knowledge of cryptic concepts such as codecs or bitrates. We’ve covered applications to convert video and audio files in Linux before, but none […]

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4 Online Places To Find International Statistics Quickly

1st December, 2010

We live in an amazing world that is changing quickly. Numbers are one way to grasp what it all means, and the web is full of them. Whether you’re writing a paper for school, putting together a post for your blog or just trying to win an argument with a friend, knowing where to find […]


How To Get Hulu’s Free Videos Working In Boxee Again

27th November, 2010

There’s nothing worse than a program losing features, so it’s understandable that Boxee users are upset about Hulu’s latest outage in their favorite media center. Lucky there’s an easy fix. The enthusiastic community over at the Boxee forums found a way to get Hulu working on Boxee, at least for now. By masking Boxee so […]