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 Must-See Exercise Videos For Those Of Us Who Spend Most Of The Day Sitting [Stuff to Watch]

13th February, 2012

Poor posture, not enough breaks and sedentary office behaviour can all have serious implications in the long-term. This week’s Stuff to Watch focuses on a variety of techniques that can reduced the chances of an office-related injury, a phenomenon that costs employers dearly each year.


The Best Skyrim Resources To Improve Your Dragon Slaying

10th February, 2012

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is an epic role playing game, but you probably knew that already. We’ve already harped on about why it’s not to be missed, how to improve your dragon slaying using an iPhone and kept a close eye on technical issues. Now it’s time to dig deep and see what the web has to offer the Dragonborn.


Soup Up The Notepad++ Text Editor With Plugins From The Notepad Plus Repository [Windows]

9th February, 2012

Notepad++ is a worthy replacement for Windows’ in-built and much loved text editor, and comes highly recommended if you’re a programmer, web designer or simply someone who finds themselves in need of a powerful plain text editor. Not only is Notepad++ free under the GPL licence but it is also possible to extend its functionality with plugins.

Retrovision: Enjoy The Old-School Demo Scene On Your Modern PC [Stuff to Watch]

6th February, 2012

The art of creating demos – non-interactive, animated digital bragging rights – has its roots within the cracking subculture of yore. Upon cracking a piece of software, pirates would often add their own intro or “crack screens” which initially were quite plain, eventually evolving into increasingly technical and impressive animations.


Making 8bit Music: An Introduction To Free Chiptune Music Trackers

3rd February, 2012

A few months ago I wrote an article highlighting some of the best resources on the web for finding 8bit music, all manner of MOD files and the software required for playback. Today I’m going to be venturing a little deeper and digging out the tools you’ll be needing in order to create some chiptune yourself. The modern MOD-scene is a friendly, care-and-share alike community.


6+ Best Apps To Order Pizza From Your iPhone [iOS]

2nd February, 2012

Ordering food online is by far one of the most convenient ways of securing a meal, and using an app on your iPhone is even simpler. Waiting in line or being put on hold on the phone are a thing of the past with more and more restaurants becoming online-order-friendly every day. The apps featured in this article are tried and tested methods of ordering your favourite pizza with minimum fuss.

Support Film-Makers & Download Movies For Free With VODO [Stuff to Watch]

30th January, 2012

Piracy is fast reaching the point where it affects nearly every single Internet user in some way or another. Often the attempts to curb the illegal downloading of copyrighted materials threaten to spill over and affect other aspects of our online lives, much like the recent debate regarding SOPA and PIPA. For film-makers the impact […]


Steam Gets Mobile Apps For iOS & Android [News]

29th January, 2012

Valve’s ever-popular content delivery platform Steam has taken its first steps into the mobile world with the launch of two apps for iOS and Android users. Despite both being available for anyone to download on the App Store and Android Market, Valve have so far only allowed a small number of users use the service.


Recover Lost Data For Free With Pandora Recovery [Windows]

27th January, 2012

Last night I inadvertently deleted 17GB of data with a mis-press of Shift+Del, causing a classic “oh sh*t!!” moment. I’d chosen to “permanently delete” the folder, skipping the Recycle Bin and instantly freeing up some space on my drive. Unfortunately getting the data back isn’t quite as easy as a trip to the Recycle Bin. You’ll need some recovery software, something like Pandora Recovery.


3 Free Apps For Using Craigslist On Your iPhone Or iPod Touch [iOS]

26th January, 2012

Craigslist first graced the Internet in 1995, and after exploding in popularity soon established itself as an online mainstay for the foreseeable future. 17 years on, and the service is still the number one choice for many when it comes to classified ads, services, personals and the occasional rant and rave. However, Craigslist is not streamlined for mobile devices.

5 Incredible DJ Sets You Have To See [Stuff to Watch]

23rd January, 2012

Many of the techniques used by modern DJs have their roots in experimental 30s, 40s and 50s music where turntables were originally used to create music, using samples rather than instruments. This soon evolved into a full-time job for some, as they experimented with creating music in new ways by manipulating other people’s records. This inevitably led to the birth of entirely new genres of music as the world learned to recycle beats, melodies, lyrics and samples.


5 Crap USB Gadgets The World Has Never Needed & Never Will Need

20th January, 2012

It is remarkable just how much cheap crap we, as a planet, produce each and every year. The environmental impact is worrying, landfills are swelling and carbon emissions must come down – yet more and more junk continues to roll out of the factory. In addition to this, many seem to think that adding USB connectivity to aforementioned plastic junk instantly makes it more saleable.


5 Great Ways To Put Your Dusty Old iPod To New Use

19th January, 2012

How long has your old iPod been in a drawer, unloved and dusty? Probably since the day you upgraded to a fancy new touch version or decided your smartphone would suffice from now on. But wait! Your old iPod is still a more than capable device that eats MP3s for breakfast and even takes advantage of a few old-school apps.

8 Of The Best Music Videos [Stuff to Watch]

16th January, 2012

Music never really required a visual representation beyond that of the artist performing live, but MTV changed all that upon launch in 1981. Suddenly the world needed music videos, and a new opportunity arose for labels and musicians to experiment with the visual arts. Here you will find 10 of the best music videos produced over the last 30 or so years.


5 Heavy Duty Mechanical Keyboards For The Hardcore Gamer

13th January, 2012

We’ve made quite a song-and-dance about mechanical keyboards here at MakeUseOf, and now that more and more manufacturers are jumping on the bandwagon they’re no longer specialised bits of kit reserved for the upper echelons of PC gaming. If you’re wondering what the fuss is about you might want to read our relevant Technology Explained feature.