Tim Brookes

Joined July 2010

Tim is Mac and iOS editor for MakeUseOf and can currently be found living in Melbourne, Australia. You can check out his website at timbrookes.co.uk or find him on Twitter.

Feel free to contact at tbrookes@makeuseof.com

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6 Top Rube Goldberg Machines You Have To See [Stuff to Watch]

3rd October, 2011

Reuben Garrett Lucius Goldberg was born in 1883 in San Francisco, California. He worked as a sculptor, engineer, author and inventor but nothing made him more famous than his cartoons. Rube Goldberg also drew cartoons of overtly complex contraptions, made using every day materials, designed to perform a simple task.These days the internet is full of complex-yet-pointless Rube Goldberg machines in action, and here are a selection of the best.

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Classic Handheld Consoles: Emulate 7 Retro Portables With These Top Emulators

30th September, 2011

In the late 80′s, video gaming was gaining in popularity with the release of highly successful consoles from companies like Nintendo, Atari and Sega. Once technology had improved (and shrunk considerably) portable games consoles were possible, adding another theatre of war for hardware manufacturers to do battle on. It wasn’t a fad either.

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Visual Boy Advance – A Game Boy Advance Emulator For Multiple Platforms [Windows, Mac & Linux]

28th September, 2011

Nintendo’s Game Boy tore up the market and proved its worth as a successor to the popular Game and Watch handheld upon initial release in 1989. The numbers are impressive – the original console, Game Boy Pocket and Color shifted nearly 120 million units in total worldwide before being retired. The Game Boy Advance stepped up in 2001.

Classic Commercials: An Important & Entertaining Insight Into Advertising & Television [Stuff to Watch]

26th September, 2011

Unless you’re old enough to remember the films I’m about to talk about, it’s likely that the advertising campaigns of years gone by will be both alien and oddly familiar in equal doses. This collection features a good amount of 1940s, 50s and 60s advertising materials which provides a valuable snapshot of mass media and life in the USA at the time.

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Waste Time For Free : The 8 Free Online Games from EA

23rd September, 2011

Whilst I’m perfectly happy to pay a subscription to Xbox Live and buy full-priced titles, it’s difficult to resist a decent freebie. EA, amongst others, have cottoned on to this and provided a whole range of high quality titles for free. One thing I’ll say about free-to-play games is that they are just that – free to play, and often require payment for additional features, courses, maps, equipment and so on.

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Epicurious: A Free Recipe & Shopping List App [iOS, WebOS, Android + More]

21st September, 2011

Thanks to services like Epicurious, discovering new recipes and food is easier than ever. Now that the website has rolled out a full course of applications for various mobile platforms, this wealth of tasty knowledge fits into the palm of your hand or comfortably on your kitchen worktop. In this article I’ll be mainly looking at the iPhone version of the Epicurious app, although the WebOS tablet version gets a decent mention too.

‘Let’s Play’ Videos: Because Watching People Play Games Is Funny & Less Time Consuming [Stuff To Watch]

19th September, 2011

For years now people have been playing games, recording their efforts and posting the resulting videos online (often with a hilarious voice-over) for the entertainment of others. To many, and for the sake of this week’s Stuff to Watch, they’re known as Let’s Play videos (LPs). Here I’ll be highlighting a couple of users who have produced some epic LPs over the years, as well as some hand-picked videos to start you off if you’re in unfamiliar territory.

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Cold Calling Computer Technicians: Don’t Fall For A Scam Like This [Scam Alert!]

15th September, 2011

You’ve probably heard the term “don’t scam a scammer” but I’ve always been fond of “don’t scam a tech writer” myself. I’m not saying we’re infallible, but if your scam involves the Internet, a Windows PC and a cold calling technician, it won’t take long for the penny to drop. This isn’t the first time Mr Windows Repair Guy has so helpfully graced us with his detailed instructions.

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5 Essential App Cataloging Apps For Your HP TouchPad

14th September, 2011

I’ll be brutally honest – there really aren’t an awful lot of apps available to those who picked up a cheap HP TouchPad in the firesale a few weeks ago. It’s undoubtedly one of the main reasons that the tablet was ill-received by consumers and eventually cut loose by HP. However, there are a few very nice applications and services that are well-designed, very useful and totally free.

Crime, Corruption & Dastardly Deeds: 6 Film Noir Classics That Have It All [Stuff To Watch]

12th September, 2011

Welcome one and all to a new regular feature here at MakeUseOf, crudely titled “Stuff to Watch”. Each week I’ll be delivering a visual-dose of moving images, internet-related film-making and little known gems that are available free online for your perusal.

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GTA : 6 Great Websites For The Grand Theft Auto Aficionado

9th September, 2011

Can you remember 1997? Those of you who can might also recall the hysteria, outrage and above all critical acclaim festooned on one of the most iconic and original video games of the time – Grant Theft Auto. It seems bizarre nowadays that a small amount of pixellated blood, top-down 2D viewing angles and the odd car chase could cause such a reaction – but it did.

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The HP TouchPad Setup Guide Part 2: Overclocking Your Tablet [WebOS]

7th September, 2011

Last time I showed you how to speed up your newly acquired HP TouchPad with a number of patches and tweaks. There’s no denying that the performance increase is noticeable but the device still seems to lag and stutter at points. If you’re still disappointed with performance and are looking to turbo-charge your TouchPad, then a 1.5GHz speed bump might just do the trick.

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HP TouchPad Setup Guide Part 1: Speed Up Your Tablet With Preware, Homebrew & Patches [WebOS]

5th September, 2011

Welcome to WebOS, an operating system that will never compare to iOS for speed. Many believed that WebOS 3.0 would have real potential in the portable market – but HP WebOS went wrong somewhere. Luckily the homebrew community is here to patch up WebOS and get your TouchPad running faster, smoother and better than it did when it left the factory.

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Facebook Silently Launches New “Like” Button Chrome Extension [News]

3rd September, 2011

Social media giants Facebook launched the Facebook Like Button extension for Google Chrome that adds the ability to “like” any webpage visited from the comfort of Chrome’s toolbar and context menu – back in July. As well as adding a “like this page on Facebook” thumbs-up button to your Chrome toolbar, the extension also adds other options.

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Start A “Dead Drop” In Your City & Share Files With People In The Street

2nd September, 2011

Who’d have thought in 2011 – the year of the fibre optic broadband connection – we’d be cementing USB sticks into the wall to share files? Not me, but that’s exactly what the term “dead drop” entails. Devised by blogger Aram Bartholl, this offline and anonymous file sharing method has taken off around the globe.