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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4 Ways To Make Linux Compatible With Even More Software

27th May, 2010

Perhaps the best part of using Linux is the massive amount of free software you have access to. The Ubuntu repositories, for example, gives you access to tens of thousands of Linux compatible software programs for free-and that’s just by default. Yet for some this isn’t enough. Happily, it’s not all you have access to. […]


How To Find Out If Your Facebook Account Has Been Hacked

26th May, 2010

You could say that Facebook’s having a little bit of PR trouble lately. You could, but it’ll be a dramatic understatement. Privacy settings are changing rapidly, and many users are confused. There’s a lot you can do to protect yourself, of course; check out Mahendra’s piece entitled “10 Solid Tips to Safeguard Your Facebook Privacy” […]


Microsoft Docs – A Supplement To (Not A Replacement) MS Office

23rd May, 2010

In 2006 Google acquired Writely, an online word processor. Since then Google’s transformed the service into Google Docs, a complete online office suite with a word processor, a spreadsheet app and a presentation tool. We’ve written more than our fair share about Google Docs, the most recent piece being Tim’s about 5 New Google Docs […]


5 Alternative Ways To Install Ubuntu [Linux]

20th May, 2010

Oh, Ubuntu; you are my favorite Linux-based operating system. I’ve written all about this amazing OS, discussing everything from how awesome Ubuntu 10.04 is to 7 things easier to do in Ubuntu than in Windows. But perhaps the best part about Ubuntu, not to mention Linux in general, is how it can be installed on […]


Top 10 Backup Software Apps For Your PC

19th May, 2010

Not backing up your files regularly? You really should. There’s nothing worse in the computer world than losing all of your hard work – like your documents and projects – or your collection of fun – like your music and movies. You can do a lot to protect these files of course, but sometimes hard […]


4 Netbook Operating Systems Worth Checking Out

15th May, 2010

Netbooks are fantastic portable devices. They’re portable, lightweight and–perhaps best of all–really cheap. But netbooks can seem hopelessly limited when used with standard desktop operating systems such as Windows or Ubuntu. This is why I recommend every netbook owner look into getting a netbook operating system. A netbook OS is, simply put, an operating system […]

Top Five Computer Crimes & How to Protect Yourself From Them

Top Five Computer Crimes & How to Protect Yourself From Them

13th May, 2010

The Internet’s a great place for working together and building a better world, but it also has its dark side. Every year billions of dollars are made in a number of different cyber crimes, and the victims are usually people like you and me. It’s natural that you’d want to avoid being such a victim, […]


4 Ways To Ditch The New Google Search Sidebar

12th May, 2010

For over a decade Google featured the same, clean user interface. This clean user interface was no small part of Google becoming the commercial and cultural juggernaut that it is today. Now they have changed it. Last week I heard various people exclaim, out loud, “What did they do to my Google?” The sentence not […]


5 Things Easier To Do In The Command Line [Linux]

9th May, 2010

Conventional wisdom states that graphical user interfaces (GUIs) are easy and the command line is hard. Conventional wisdom isn’t always right. There are a lot of things easier to do with a command line then with a graphical user interface. That’s not to say doing things with a command line is intuitive – no, you […]


BootTimer – Objectively Measure Your Windows XP Boot Time

6th May, 2010

No one likes a slow computer; that’s why we offer so many guides to speeding it up here. Angelina showed you 8 programs that can make your computer run faster and Karl taught you about getting your startup programs under control with Autoruns. Autoruns is a particularly effective tool if you’re looking to increase your […]


How To Use Your Google Voice Number For Call Display In Skype

5th May, 2010

Skype is awesome, but calling regular phones with it can lead to confusion – particularly if you haven’t paid the $60 annual fee for an online number. You’ll have no display number, so people you’re calling will often not pick up because they think you’re a telemarketer – or worse. Google Voice, in case you […]

Fora.tv – Free Video Lectures & Talks From Brilliant People

Fora.tv – Free Video Lectures & Talks From Brilliant People

2nd May, 2010

If you think all web video consists of remixed new clips, children on drugs and cats doing hilarious things you really can’t be blamed: those are the sorts of videos that tend to spread quickly. But web video isn’t all a mindless time-sync; a lot of it is quite educational. Recently I pointed out the […]


LogMeIn For Linux: Access Your LogMeIn Computers Remotely From A Linux PC

29th April, 2010

It’s hard to best LogMeIn when it comes to remote desktop software. This program, once installed, allows you to remotely log into another computer – regardless of the router configuration of the computer you’re connecting to. If you have access to a web browser you can access any and all computers you’ve set up using […]


Super Mario War: Multiplayer Chaos That’s A Ton Of Fun

28th April, 2010

All work and no play makes computers seem very dull. They’re not. You can turn your computer into the ultimate media center with Boxee, and you can even set up Boxee to launch your favorite games and old-school ROMs. If you like playing old-school ROMs you’ll adore the Super Mario War multiplayer game. This fan-made game […]


6 Ways To Free Up Disk Space On Your Netbook

24th April, 2010

If you thought cheap gigabyte hard drives meant no one is concerned about space on their computers anymore, think again. There are plenty of netbook owners out there who, because they opted for a solid state drive instead of a conventional one, have as little as 16, 8 or even 4 gigs of hard drive […]