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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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 […]

tux cleans up

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 […]


How To Make Single-Click Links for Software Installation [Ubuntu]

14th August, 2010

Blogging about technology, it seems, includes a great deal of re-explaining yourself. Installing software on Ubuntu, for example, is straightforward: just open up your package manager and find the software you’re looking for. Then click install. Or you could type “sudo apt-get install programname” on the command line. Saying that once is fine. Saying it […]


3 Great Linux Radio Apps To Discover Great New Music [Linux]

12th August, 2010

Massive MP3 collections are nice, but they don’t do everything. Sometimes you want to discover new music, for example, or listen to the news. Traditionally this was the role of the radio, but if you’re a geek (and if you’re reading this blog I’m betting you are) you’re far more likely to be around computers […]


iReader – Instant Clutter-free Reading on Chrome & Firefox

11th August, 2010

The web’s not as nice a place for reading as it could be. Part of this is physical – glowing screens simply don’t make for great long-term reading devices. A bigger part of this, however, are websites who seem to go out of their way to annoy readers. Be it ads, unnecessary links or articles […]


5 Simple Ways To Fix Low Audio Quality on Skype

7th August, 2010

VoIP, or voice over IP, can save you a lot of money. Services like Skype offer free calls overseas to other computers and really cheap rates to overseas phones. That’s all well and good, but frequently using such services results in complaints on the other end about poor VoIP audio quality. If you find yourself […]


f.lux Now Comes With A Simple GUI [Linux]

5th August, 2010

There’s nothing new about f.lux, a piece of software designed to make nighttime computer usage easier on your eyes. There isn’t even, in theory, anything new about flux in the Linux world: it’s been (sort of) available in the form of the command-line app xflux. What is new is the GUI for f.lux on Linux, […]