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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Check The Aviability Of The Domain & Its Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn Accounts with UD.com

23rd June, 2010

There was a time, long long ago, when knowing whether a domain name was open or not sufficed for those looking to start a web site. Alas, those days are long gone. In the web’s current incarnation it’s helpful to know the availability of not only a domain but also Twitter, Facebook, eBay and even […]

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A History Of Computer Viruses & The Worst Ones of Today

19th June, 2010

Today it’s pretty uncommon to scan a Windows computer and not find at least one virus. These pieces of self-replicating code mimic their genetic namesake, spreading themselves as quickly as possible. They are so much a part of modern life that you’d think they were around since the first computer. They weren’t. These modern marvels […]

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Redshift Keeps Your Eyes Sharp & Helps You Sleep [Linux]

17th June, 2010

If you spend a lot of time looking at your computer – and if you read this blog I’m betting you do – you might notice that after a while your eyes start to hurt, and that you have trouble going to sleep at night. There’s a good reason for this: your computer screen is […]

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4 Ways To Use Remember The Milk On Linux Desktop

16th June, 2010

Remember the Milk is a fantastic task manager web app, but web apps have certain limitations. For one, they only work while you’re connected to the internet. If you’re the sort of person who’s not always online you probably want access on your desktop. Additionally, you might not want to open a web browser every […]

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Shotwell – The Future of Linux Photo Management Software

13th June, 2010

It’s taken a long time, but finally the future of Linux photo managers is looking up. It’s all thanks to amazing new photo management software called Shotwell, which is simple enough to be usable and featured enough to be useful (a hard balance to strike, and a rare one in the Linux world). Sure, there […]

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Quickly & Easily Add Safari’s Reader Feature To Chrome & Firefox

10th June, 2010

One of the killer features of the new Safari 5 announced yesterday is the “Reader” which Bakari discussed earlier. This feature makes it easier to focus on an article you’re reading by removing design elements such as sidebars and advertisements. It shows you only the article you’re trying to read. I’m sure you’re wondering: how […]

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Unity – A Modern Lightweight Desktop For Ubuntu [Linux]

9th June, 2010

The team at Canonical is working hard to change the way people think of Ubuntu, and Unity is the latest effort on that front. Announced by Canonical last month, Unity is an alternative desktop intended for OEMs who want to offer an “instant web” supplement to Windows. To this end the team’s designed an environment […]

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Super Mario Crossover- Play SMB As Link, MegaMan, Samus …

6th June, 2010

Like many, my first experience with video games was Super Mario Bros – the game that came bundled with the original Nintendo Entertainment system. I never would have dreamed that someday that entire game could be downloaded in seconds; partially because the Internet didn’t exist at the time, and partially because it seemed like the […]

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4 Creative Uses For Twitter For People Who Think Twitter Is Useless

3rd June, 2010

America’s Library of Congress recently announced it intends to index the entirety of Twitter‘s archive. This is a massive undertaking, as every day there are in excess of 20 million messages sent out on Twitter. Even if you never intend to send out a message of 140 characters or less you have to admit Twitter […]

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How To Get Dropbox, Skype, Adobe Air & Codecs Working on Meego (Netbook OS)

2nd June, 2010

MeeGo is a fast operating system for netbooks with a lot of great ideas, as I outlined in a recent article. It’s also very, very young so far as Linux distributions go. This can be exciting, because trying new things is always fun; it can also be frustrating, because you can’t get necessary programs working. […]

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MeeGo OS – A (Faster) Alternative to Windows on Your Netbook

30th May, 2010

Steve Jobs may disagree but I think netbooks are fantastic. They’re more functional than a phone and more portable than a laptop, and feature a full keyboard to boot. Netbooks are capable of running regular operating systems, but I’ve recommended time and time again that users find an alternative netbook OS to get the most […]

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4 Ways To Make Linux Compatible With Even More Software

27th May, 2010

Perhaps the best part of using Linux is the massive amount of free software you have access to. The Ubuntu repositories, for example, gives you access to tens of thousands of Linux compatible software programs for free-and that’s just by default. Yet for some this isn’t enough. Happily, it’s not all you have access to. […]

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How To Find Out If Your Facebook Account Has Been Hacked

26th May, 2010

You could say that Facebook’s having a little bit of PR trouble lately. You could, but it’ll be a dramatic understatement. Privacy settings are changing rapidly, and many users are confused. There’s a lot you can do to protect yourself, of course; check out Mahendra’s piece entitled “10 Solid Tips to Safeguard Your Facebook Privacy” […]

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Microsoft Docs – A Supplement To (Not A Replacement) MS Office

23rd May, 2010

In 2006 Google acquired Writely, an online word processor. Since then Google’s transformed the service into Google Docs, a complete online office suite with a word processor, a spreadsheet app and a presentation tool. We’ve written more than our fair share about Google Docs, the most recent piece being Tim’s about 5 New Google Docs […]

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5 Alternative Ways To Install Ubuntu [Linux]

20th May, 2010

Oh, Ubuntu; you are my favorite Linux-based operating system. I’ve written all about this amazing OS, discussing everything from how awesome Ubuntu 10.04 is to 7 things easier to do in Ubuntu than in Windows. But perhaps the best part about Ubuntu, not to mention Linux in general, is how it can be installed on […]