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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5 Casual Linux Games You Probably Don’t Know About

3rd November, 2010

The sheer amount of software you can find in your average Linux package manager is astounding. For example, Ubuntu offers 502 free game downloads, all a single click away in the software center. Other Linux distributions, including Fedora and Suse, offer just as many choices. With that many games it’s hard to know what’s worth […]


The 4 Best Free Linux Anti-Virus Programs

31st October, 2010

Does a Linux user need antivirus software? Not really: infecting a Linux machine is pretty hard to do. That doesn’t mean there aren’t good reasons to have scanning software around, though. If you insert your thumb drive regularly into Windows computers, for example, it might be infected, meaning you’re spreading malware with it and not […]


6 Fun Ways To Explore Ubuntu 10.10 [Linux]

28th October, 2010

Learning a new operating system can be difficult, but is also really fun. If you’ve recently installed Ubuntu 10.10 on your computer and want to explore what this operating system is capable of, don’t panic: you’ll enjoy it. Learning a new operating system is rarely simple, because you’re not just learning how to do things: […]


Banish Social Network Buttons Forever With Adblock

27th October, 2010

Encouraging you to “Like,” “Tweet”, “Digg”, and “Stumble” content, buttons for social networks spill on to almost every page on the modern Internet. If you prefer to copy URLs yourself, AdBlock can keep social networks where they belong: their own pages. Recently, we taught you how to use Adblock to keep you safe from malware, […]


The (Very) Unofficial Facebook Privacy Guide [PDF]

25th October, 2010

Like Facebook, but wish your information wasn’t so public? Time to lock your settings down. Facebook doesn’t make this easy, however; features are constantly added and the default for each new one seems to favor transparency instead of privacy. The result: there are hundreds of little changes you need to make to truly control where […]


Kaspersky Rescue Disk Saves You From Reinstalling Badly Infected Windows

23rd October, 2010

Kaspersky is known for providing quality malware protection, typically leading rankings of AV software. The Kaspersky rescue disk gives you access to that even when a nasty bit of software leaves you without access to Windows, and it’s a free download. Some viruses are better than others. Particularly evil ones will prevent you from installing […]


Ubuntu’s Netbook Edition: Now With More “Unity”!

21st October, 2010

Ubuntu’s new netbook edition is radically different than the 10.04 release. The new Unity interface, which we previewed in July, completely replaced Ubuntu’s old netbook interface for Ubuntu 10.10. Not all the reviews have been positive, and Ubuntu laptop sellers System 76 won’t be selling Unity netbooks quite yet. Why? Because “Unity’s rough edges remain […]


UberStudent – Custom Operating System For Students [Linux]

20th October, 2010

Bringing together the best the open source world has to offer to students, Linux distribution UberStudent is a great starting point for the college-attending geek wanting to give Linux a try. It may not be as straight-forward as Ubuntu, but it does aim to bring together a number of needs students have: links to cheap […]


FocusWriter – Minimalist, Distraction-Free & Beautiful Text Editor

16th October, 2010

Looking for a simple, beautiful place to do your writing, but can’t find a program that does the job? Focus Writer is fast, works on every platform and can look pretty much however you like. Microsoft Word somehow became people’s default writing tool, but in many ways it’s not right for the job. Its functionality […]


ClipGrab Makes it Simple to Download Videos Off Websites

14th October, 2010

Copy the link, paste it into a single program and download a video. That simplicity is what makes ClipGrab, a cross-platform program for downloading web videos to your computer, a pleasure to use. But it’s the support for multiple video sites, including Vimeo, CollegeHumor and – of course – YouTube, that makes this versatile tool […]


What’s New In Ubuntu 10.10, “Maverick Meerkat”? [Linux]

13th October, 2010

Wonder whether the new Ubuntu is worth a shot, but found the official list of new Ubuntu features lacking in pictures and context? We’ve got a summary below, complete with screenshots. Find out if you want to download Ubuntu 10.10. Windows users see a new release every four years or so; Mac users, about every […]

5 Things You Need To Do After Installing Boxee

5 Things You Need To Do After Installing Boxee

9th October, 2010

The upcoming Boxee Box has the tech world buzzing. Will this startup, armed with the power of open source, be able to compete with Google and Apple’s offerings in the TV marketplace? I think so, mostly because of the many amazing things you can make Boxee do. Don’t believe me? Try it out. You don’t […]


Test Your Mobile Website With Opera Mobile Emulator

7th October, 2010

Opera Mobile Emulator is a must-have testing tool if you’re designing a website. Whether you develop using Linux, OS X or Windows you can test how your site will function on a mobile device quickly and easily. Designing websites for desktops is hard enough. Between Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari and the infamous Internet Explorer web […]


Hotot – A Fast, iPhone-Like Twitter Client For Linux

6th October, 2010

Featuring a blazing-fast load time and a quick, animated interface, Hotot, a Twitter client for Linux offers a slick way to access Twitter. If you wish your Linux experience was a bit more like the iPhone or iPad you’ll probably love this application, though those who prefer a traditional user interface might find themselves lost […]


Use Adblock To Block Online Ads and Malware

2nd October, 2010

Adblock can do more than just block advertisements. It can block content from any website or any list of websites. Malware, being hosted on a finite number of sites around the web, is therefore blockable. Combine AdBlock with the list of known malware hosting sites at MalwareDomains for a first line of defence against malware […]