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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Ubuntu 10.04 – An Extremely Simple Operating System [Linux]

Ubuntu 10.04 – An Extremely Simple Operating System [Linux]

22nd April, 2010

Awesome. That’s the new Ubuntu in a nutshell. Yesterday I explained how Ubuntu 10.04 can integrate all your inboxes – including email, social networks and instant messaging – into one central place. But that’s not the only new feature that’ll come with the new release on April 29th: there are also a number of small […]


Ubuntu 10.04 Integrates All Your Inboxes [Linux]

21st April, 2010

This morning I woke up and checked my email. There were 13 messages (5 related to MakeUseOf; 4 related to iSupportU, the bicycle-based IT company I work for; 3 related to Boulder Community Computers, a not-for-profit I help out; and 2 personal ones). As though this isn’t overwhelming enough, I needed to monitor the ice […]


Why Are There So Many Versions of Ubuntu? [Technology Explained]

17th April, 2010

It’s coming. On April 29, 2010, the latest version of Ubuntu will be ready for the public. We talk about Ubuntu quite a bit here at MakeUseOf; most recently I discussed 7 things easier to do in Ubuntu than in Windows.  And I stick to the claims made in that article: in many ways Ubuntu […]


5 Great TV Shows You Can Completely Watch Online

15th April, 2010

Sites like Hulu are cool in that they give you access to watch TV shows online – such as recent episodes of your favorite shows. This is great way to catch up on episodes you missed on TV, or even to watch TV shows online on your own time without having to purchase or build […]


The 10 Best Free Anti-Virus Programs

14th April, 2010

This article really needs no introduction. There are many free anti-virus programs on the market, and you want to sort the wheat from the chaff. Fair enough. Documented here are the 10 best antivirus programs on the market. While I won’t attempt to rank the programs here (in many ways the programs can’t be compared), […]


Couchsurfing Lets You Find a Place to Stay Over When Travelling

10th April, 2010

Throughout history, travelers have been held in an extremely high regard around the world. Best of all, they were typically well taken care of. In the 15th century, Indian Emperor Sher Shah operated roughly 1,700 inns that provided free lodging to travellers regardless of status. The Torah, the Quran and the Bible all include many […]

KnowYourMeme: An Encyclopedia Of Funny Internet Memes

KnowYourMeme: An Encyclopedia Of Funny Internet Memes

8th April, 2010

The Internet’s been called a series of tubes, but it is perhaps more accurately a bizarre series of inside jokes. When such a joke becomes widespread and part of the broader Internet culture, it becomes a meme. See this picture of a focused couple playing chess on a roller coaster? There are hundreds of people […]


6 Linux Music Players To Replace Songbird

7th April, 2010

Last week the Songbird team announced it would stop supporting Linux.  Since the article announcing this featured the annoyingly chipper bird you see here, and because the headline of said article was the jovial  “Songbird Singing a New Tune,” many people assumed the entire thing was a particularly cruel April Fools prank. I mean, come […]


7 Things That Are Easier To Do In Ubuntu Than In Windows

1st April, 2010

When the average computer user hears about Ubuntu or Linux, the word “difficult” comes to mind. This is understandable: learning a new operating system is never without its challenges, and in many ways Ubuntu is far from perfect. I’d like to say that using Ubuntu is actually easier and better than using Windows. This doesn’t […]


How To Use Google As A Calculator

31st March, 2010

If you’re like me, the one program that never closes on your computer is your web browser. And why not? I use my web browser to access my email, my calendar, my work here at MakeUseOf and even a good chunk of my entertainment. But why stop there? Your web browser can function perfectly well […]


3 Lightweight Podcast Managers For Linux

25th March, 2010

Podcasts were the medium of the future ten years ago. The technology, which uses RSS feeds to push audio or video directly to a user’s desktop, seems today to be largely replaced by browser-based video sites including YouTube and Hulu. Don’t be fooled, however: there are still plenty of quality podcasts out there if you […]

Zim: An Easy To Use Desktop Wiki For Your Life & Everything

Zim: An Easy To Use Desktop Wiki For Your Life & Everything

24th March, 2010

Anyone who’s used Wikipedia already knows what a wiki is: a series of user-created pages that link to each other heavily. Wikipedia being among the largest collaborative projects on the face of the planet, it’s not hard to see how wikis can be used to get things done. What you’ve perhaps never considered is how […]


FeelHome – Remotely Access All Your Files From Anywhere

18th March, 2010

If you want to have all your data with you at all times, you could carry an external hard drive. You could also take your laptop everywhere. You could even set up an FTP server complete with port forwarding and a static IP address. Or you could just install and run a single program and […]


Ubuntu Remote Desktop: Built-In, VNC Compatible & Dead Easy

17th March, 2010

Sometimes it’s nice to connect to your computer remotely. Hardcore Ubuntu users typically see SSH as their remote connection tool of choice, but if you prefer graphics to the command line don’t worry: Ubuntu provides an option for you as well. Using Ubuntu Remote Desktop you can have total control over your desktop from any […]


VirtualBox’s Seamless Mode: Combine Two Operating Systems Into One Desktop

11th March, 2010

Installing two operating systems at the same time isn’t just possible; it can also be downright slick. Whether you’re a Mac user looking to occasionally use a given Windows application or someone looking for a risk-free way to try out different Linux versions, VirtualBox is the go-to freeware platform for virtualization. This program allows you […]