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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Make Instapaper Beautiful & Usable With Scripts & Apps

27th January, 2011

Make the incredibly useful but often bland reading service Instapaper more attractive and useful by adding style and keyboard shortcuts. By design this site is simple; the site’s creator says this in the Instapaper FAQ. But just because the interface isn’t beautiful by default doesn’t mean you can’t make it beautiful yourself. A variety of […]


HTML5games: Flash-Free HTML 5 Based Browser Games

26th January, 2011

Find fun games to play in your browser, without the use of flash. Whether you’re sick of flash causing your system to crash or you’re the proud owner of an iPad or another flash-free device, HTML5games can point you to browser based games that don’t need Adobe’s omnipresent media technology in order to operate. Free […]


Magic Scroll – A Beautiful Online HTML5 EPUB Book Reader

22nd January, 2011

Read any EPUB file online, with a simple interface. MagicScroll is an elegant service that does one thing very well: it lets you read eBooks in your browser. No registration is required: just upload a file and start reading. Magic Scroll is not only a great way to read EPUB books; it’s a great way to […]


News RSS Ticker: An Elegant News Ticker For Windows & Linux

20th January, 2011

Stay up to date without turning on the television. If all you look at when watching cable news is the ticker at the bottom of the screen, RSS Ticker is for you. This Linux and Windows application takes any RSS feed and gives you an attractive free news ticker on your screen, showing you the […]


QuietWrite – A Web-Based Minimal Writing App That Saves Your Writing Online

19th January, 2011

A simple, web-based text editor that stays out of your way so you can write. QuietWrite offers this, and an online place to store the documents you’re working on. Whether you’re working on a blog post, a chapter in your novel or simply your grocery list, QuietWrite is a great tool if you want no-nonsense […]


The Best Free Online Games For The Wii Browser

15th January, 2011

Find free games for Wii, courtesy of the often overlooked Wii browser. If you’re bored with your current collection of Wii games, but don’t have the cash for a new pay title quite yet, you’ll be happy to know there are quite a few web games only a few clicks away. While obviously these aren’t […]


NPR’s Web App – Perfect For Reading & Listening To News

13th January, 2011

Browse the latest news in an attractive and usable format, then read it or listen to it. NPR’s web app is similar to offerings from the New York Times and USA Today, but with an audio difference. Browse the headlines, your favorite shows or even listen to a live stream from your local NPR affiliate. Simply […]


Alt & F2 – The Ultimate Linux Keyboard Shortcut

12th January, 2011

One Linux keyboard shortcut gives you quick access to all of your software and some useful commands. It’s like a portable command line, and it’s probably already built into your Linux distro of choice. Just hit “Alt” and “F2″ at the same time to get started. Whether you want to force-quit a hanging application or […]


Wunderground Road Trip Maps The Weather Throughout Your Route [US Only]

8th January, 2011

Get your directions, with information about the weather on your route. That’s Wunderground’s excellent Road Trip tool, which shows the temperature of the places you’re going at the times you’re going to be there, as well as any extreme weather you might want to be aware of. You can even print it all out! If […]


Make Your Windows PC More Mac-Like With maComfort

6th January, 2011

Try as they may, Mac users can’t always completely avoid Windows. Happily, there’s a single program capable of bringing Mac’s keyboard shortcuts, corner activation, quick previewing and virtual desktops to Microsoft’s operating system. It’s called maComfort, and it’s designed to make using Windows less painful for Mac users. Sorry: you’re still going to need anti-virus […]


MiniTube – An Entirely New Way To Watch YouTube [Mac & Linux]

5th January, 2011

Type any word, then sit back and watch a series of videos from YouTube. Then, if you want, download the videos you particularly like. It’s called MiniTube, and it’s a brand new YouTube experience. This lightweight Mac and Linux program is the perfect way to relax after a long day, because it feeds the best […]


Pinta – A Simple, Cross Platform Free Image Editing Software

1st January, 2011

GIMP lovers may disagree, but the world’s needed a GTK photo editor with an easy-to-understand interface for a while. Featuring layers, various effects and good old fashioned editing functions, Pinta is the photo editor missing on Linux systems, as well as Windows and OS X. Think Paint.net, but cross-platform. But even if you don’t use […]


Synapse – Quickly Launch Apps & Easily Find Anything [Ubuntu]

30th December, 2010

Quickly find what you’re looking for so you can get to work quickly. That’s the purpose of the new Ubuntu search and launcher app Synapse. which you can instantly launch with a keyboard shortcut. Whether you’re looking for a program, a folder, a document or even a dictionary definition, Synapse gives you quick access to […]


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 […]