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We’ve had quite the year here at MakeUseOf, with thousands of articles published, dozens of hardware giveaways Microsoft Xbox One Review And Giveaway Microsoft Xbox One Review And Giveaway The console wars are officially raging, and we've had sufficient time with both of them. That begs the question: how does the Xbox One compare? Read More , a burgeoning collection of rewards for readers, a controversial makeover MakeUseOf Had A MakeOver MakeUseOf Had A MakeOver Notice anything different about the site? MakeUseOf has undergone some major cosmetic changes and is now looking better than ever. It's not just great looks -- we've sped up the page load time and added... Read More , new writers joining the team, and new columns increasing the range of content covered.

We’re giving ourselves a pat on the back for a job well done, and were hoping you would do the same. We thought we’d had a big enough year that, when prompted to recommend an article from 2013 to a friend, the readers would respond in droves. We were wrong.

OK, So We Suck, What Of It?!

We asked you to Recommend A MakeUseOf Article From 2013! The premise was simple: you recall your favorite article from the past 12 months, post a link, and tell us why you liked it so much. Unfortunately, the number of people choosing to do so was pitiful.

This has to go down as a FAIL on the part of MakeUseOf, hence the posting of the video below showing some of the best FAILs seen in recent times. The only positive is our ability to admit when we’ve fallen short of our usual high standards. Blame me… just like my editors.

The effort wasn’t a total bust. One reader recommended the MakeUseOf Guide to Online Shopping by Tina Sieber. A great find, obviously, but one that was published in 2010. Another reader recommended the daily Cool Websites & Tools column written by Mark O’Neill. Another excellent recommendation, but a little too general to fulfill the criteria.


The best recommendation was the article suggested by the winner of this week’s Comment Of The Week (see below). Titled How To Set Up Your XBMC Media Center, this was a guide written by Justin Pot and published in February 2013. And well worth a read it is too.

Comment Of The Week

There was a distinct lack of comments this week, so all three people who took the time to recommend an article get a mention. Those being Scott B, Sorina, and likefunbutnot. The latter wins Comment Of The Week for actually following the guidelines and recommending an article published in 2013. Therefore, likefunbutnot with this comment Recommend a MakeUseOf Article From 2013! [We Ask You] Recommend a MakeUseOf Article From 2013! [We Ask You] Read More :

The first thing that comes to my mind was the February 2013 article on Configuring XBMC. The subject matter has a somewhat narrow range of interest compared to a broadly appealing article about a new Windows or iOS version, but I felt that it had a great mix of information for both new and long-time users of the product that was presented with the right level of depth for the subject matter. The MUO article on the topic is incredibly handy because it’s often difficult to find up to date, concise, well written materials for modestly complex free software projects. New users often wind up having to wade through blogs and forum posts to find out that sort of information and I think a lot of new users should be glad that someone else did it for them.

We chose this comment because, well, there wasn’t much competition.

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