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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XMarks Syncs Bookmarks & Passwords Between All Major Browsers

18th September, 2010

In the beginning was Foxmarks, and it was pretty good. At least, it was pretty good if you just used Firefox. Foxmarks gave you an easy way to sync bookmarks across computers regardless of operating system. Happily, this wasn’t enough for the developers. Today FoxMarks is known as XMarks. It not only syncs bookmarks, but […]


How To Make Your USB Joystick Mimic A Keyboard

16th September, 2010

Do you still have a joystick connected to your PC? You might be one of a dying breed. Cheap consoles, and a preference on the part of many gamers for the mouse and keyboard, means the heyday of game controllers plugged into computers is long gone. That doesn’t mean there aren’t a few uses for […]


3 Hilarious Sites Every Freelancer Should Check Out

15th September, 2010

The freelance lifestyle has its perks. You can eat ice cream whenever you want, and you get to set your own hours. There are downsides, however. You only get paid when you do work, and finding work is completely up to you. You also need to be a keen businessman in addition to being talented […]


5 Linux Twitter Clients You Probably Don’t Know About

11th September, 2010

Ubuntu 10.04 was supposed to be “social from the start,” but anyone who gave Gwibber an honest try is probably a little disappointed. Facebook integration is buggy and Twitter – while generally good – will periodically simply not update. If you’re anything like me you love the idea of Gwibber, but wish it worked better. […]


Learn To Use The Ubuntu Command Line With CLIcompanion

9th September, 2010

Consider yourself a bit of a Linux geek, but don’t know how to use the command line? You’re missing out on a lot. Believe it or not, many things are actually easier to do using the command line than with GUI tools, and you can even use Google Apps from the command line if you […]

Use Gmail To Make Free Phone Calls In Your Browser

Use Gmail To Make Free Phone Calls In Your Browser

8th September, 2010

It’s been long rumoured, but it’s finally happening: Google is getting into the VOIP game. In typical Google fashion, however, you’ll find the service in your browser. If you have a Gmail account you may already have access to the service. If so, all you need to do is install a single plugin (for Windows, […]


Gmail’s Priority Inbox Solves The Bacn Problem

4th September, 2010

I don’t need to explain my love for Gmail; it’s well-stated. It provides the best interface, in my opinion, for interacting with email. And it keeps getting better. The service recently added free phone calls from your browser. It long ago made spam a thing of the past, something other email services have now almost […]


Achieve Encrypted Cross-Platform Password Syncing With KeePass & Dropbox

2nd September, 2010

Oh, passwords. Too hard to remember if they’re all different; too insecure if they’re all the same. Is there any relief? As it turns out, there is. Dave once profiled KeePass for securing your online passwords, and I recently mentioned the Linux/Mac version of that same app, KeePassX. Between these apps you can store passwords […]


KeePassX – Secure Password Management For Linux & OS X

1st September, 2010

Web apps are fantastic. They’re cross platform, accessible anywhere and fast. There’s one problem, however: passwords. If you use a lot of different web apps you need to manage many different usernames and passwords. This is the exact reason Dave recommended using KeePass to secure your online accounts. This simple program creates an encrypted database […]


IObit Toolbox – A Portable PC Toolbox For Your Thumbdrive [Windows]

28th August, 2010

Every geek has one: a collection of portable applications for fixing PCs. Most carry them around on a USB key, ready in case some computer problem comes up. The trouble is, such kits take quite a while to build up. If you want such a kit, but don’t want to build it yourself, check out […]


How To Use Apple’s AirTunes in Ubuntu

26th August, 2010

I’m a Ubuntu guy at heart, but the team over at bicycle-based IT company iSupportU, my home away from MakeUseOf, includes a couple of real Mac types. As such, a recent company memo stated that music can now reach our stereo over something called “AirTunes.” First, I grumbled about the typical Apple naming scheme, then I wondered […]


Watch Streaming Live TV News Online with Livestation

25th August, 2010

When desktop apps become web apps, the result is usually happiness. That’s how I feel about Livestation, an online TV service we last reviewed in 2008. The site’s made huge strides since then, of course, offering streaming news stations from within your browser as well as expanding its players to many platforms. Whether you own […]

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BleachBit – A Utility To Clean Up Your Linux System

21st August, 2010

It’s no secret: many programs fill your hard drive with well-meaning, but useless, crap. From browser caches to install leftovers to logs, computers are full of unnecessary information. Windows users can turn to CCleaner – a program that can make your computer run faster – to systematically remove such fluff from their drive. But what about […]


BitDefender Rescue CD Removes Viruses When All Else Fails

19th August, 2010

There’s not many people who claim to love computer viruses, except for the people who make money from them. If you’re not among that small group of people you presumably hate the things. I recently shared the 10 best free antivirus programs, and these tools are all worth checking out. Some scan constantly to protect, […]


Mount Any Archive File In Two Clicks [Ubuntu]

18th August, 2010

Archives are, of course, the best way to share multiple files on the web. What could be an unwieldy series of folders and data becomes a single download or email attachment. It can be a little odd dealing with archives, however. On most operating systems there are two choices: open the archive with a specialized program or […]