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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Reocities: A Backup Of The Now-Defunct Yahoo Geocities

4th August, 2010

For all the jokes made at the expense of Geocities – and there are quite a few, including the hilarious Geocitiesizer – the fact is that for quite a long time it was the place for amateur web enthusiasts to build their own website. Most of the content may have been crap, but the fact […]


Weather Underground – The Best Weather Site On The Web

31st July, 2010

TV weather is for old people who don’t know how to use the Internet. In a world where you can get the weather with a quick Google search there’s really no need to wait for your local television station to get around to talking about the weather. But what if you want more detail than […]


5 Great Interactive Fiction Games You Can Play Online Right Now

29th July, 2010

There’s no better time to be alive than right now as far as I’m concerned. The food is awesome, there’s great music being made all over the world and we have this fantastic little thing called the Internet, which allows me to work with good friends from all over the planet. Yep, 2010 is the […]


7 Websites To Watch The News Online

28th July, 2010

Everyone loves web video, but all too often it’s used for entertainment instead of enlightenment. I previously highlighted sites with free lectures from top US colleges, and that’s a great way to stretch your mind.  But it’s also worthwhile to keep up with the news. With that in mind I thought I’d highlight a few […]


Portable Linux Apps Which Work With Any Linux Distro

24th July, 2010

Portable Apps for Windows and Mac have been around for a long time, but are less common in the Linux world. Due to the complexity of Linux dependencies, and the different way different distributions locate these dependencies, the portable Linux application long seemed like a pipe dream. Until now. New website PortableLinuxApps features a number […]


GParted – The Ultimate In Partitioning Software

22nd July, 2010

Every operating system has its own strengths. Windows is ubiquitous, and offers access to a wide range of software. OSX is rock-solid, and typically behaves exactly as the user expects. Linux gives you access to millions of open source programs that can’t always be found elsewhere. Many of these free applications are amazingly useful, even […]


4 Reasons Every Windows User Should Have An Ubuntu Live CD

21st July, 2010

Think Ubuntu is useless? Think again. Ubuntu can be an extremely effective tool for repairing and working on computers, even if you consider yourself a Windows purist. This is because Ubuntu is capable of loading completely from a Ubuntu Live CD, giving you access to your computer in ways Windows can’t – or when Windows […]


Lucidor – A Clean, Cross-Platform eBook Reader

17th July, 2010

I love my netbook, and talk about it to no end here at MakeUseOf. I also love reading. While I prefer the feel and aesthetic of actual books to any ebook reader or laptop, I have to admit the digital world offers certain advantages: namely, unlimited access to every public domain work in existence. But […]


Track Down and Recover Your Stolen Laptop with Prey

15th July, 2010

LoJack is a device that’s made life harder for would-be car thieves. Here’s how it works: a GPS chip capable of calling home is hidden somewhere on a given car. If that car is stolen, the police now have the ability to track where it is via GPS. Wish you had something like this for […]


Download Entire Newspapers or Blogs To Your eBook Reader With Calibre

14th July, 2010

Ebook readers are pretty fantastic, but if you’re more into newspapers and magazines than books you may think your only option is to stick to what sites offer subscriptions for your device. That’s not true. Calibre can download entire websites and convert them to any eBook format, meaning you can read your favorite news articles […]

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Manage Multiple Signatures In Gmail Without Browser Plugins

10th July, 2010

Gmail is superior to desktop clients like Outlook or Thunderbird in almost every way. It’s faster, accessible from any browser and (being from Google) includes amazing search capabilities. I’ve given up email clients altogether in favor of Gmail, and I don’t think I’m alone. One shortcoming of Gmail, or so I’m told by people considering […]


3 Popular Image Licenses You Need To Be Familiar With Before Using Someone’s Photos

8th July, 2010

You can’t just use any image you find online on your blog, and doing so can lead to a legal mess. This is because most of the photos on the Internet are subject to copyright, meaning the photographer who took the photo has the exclusive legal right to use the image. Some images aren’t subject […]


The 4 Best Photo Album Managers For Linux

30th June, 2010

Plug your camera into your computer and it should automatically organize those pictures in such a way that you can easily find them later. This is the idea behind photo album managers, but not everyone agrees about which ones are best for the job. This is just as true on the Linux platform as any […]


Cog – A Simple Folder-Based Alternative to iTunes [Mac]

27th June, 2010

If you’re looking for a bloated monstrosity that used to be lean it’s hard to beat iTunes. In the beginning iTunes primarily did one thing — playing music — and did it really well. Today iTunes plays music, movies, podcasts, manages iPods and iPhones, manages software for your iPhone and iPod touch and of course […]


Nautilus Elementary Simplifies File Browsing on Linux

24th June, 2010

Nautilus, the default file manager in Gnome-based Linux operating systems such as Ubuntu and Fedora, isn’t exactly pretty to look at. In fact at times it’s downright confusing. Windows recently overhauled its file browser to simplify things, and Mac’s Finder is constantly being refined, but Nautilus seems pretty much identical to how it was when […]