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James Bruce

Chief Technology Officer and Hardware Reviews Editor / Joined 12 November, 2010

James has a BSc in Artificial Intelligence, and is CompTIA A+ and Network+ certified. He's the lead developer of MakeUseOf, and spends his free time playing VR paintball and boardgames. He's been building PCs since he was a kid.

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We’ve Actually Used It – What Does MakeUseOf Think Of Windows 8?

Windows

We’ve Actually Used It – What Does MakeUseOf Think Of Windows 8?

If you haven’t installed Windows 8 yet; don’t worry, we’re technology writers – it’s our job to test these things out for you. Quite a few MakeUseOf staff including myself have taken the plunge and upgraded to Windows 8 now – and had the chance to play with newer touchscreen models too – so let’s take a summary look at what everyone thinks of it.

23-11-2012
We’ve Actually Used It – What Does MakeUseOf Think Of Windows 8?
What Is Port Forwarding & How Can It Help Me? [MakeUseOf Explains]

Technology Explained

What Is Port Forwarding & How Can It Help Me? [MakeUseOf Explains]

Do you cry a little inside when someone tells you there’s a port forwarding problem and that’s why your shiny new app won’t work? Your Xbox won’t let you play games, your torrent downloads refuse to start, or your web server can’t be accessed? Well, I’m here to dispel the difficulty and explain just what port forwarding is, and how it can help you.

21-11-2012
What Is Port Forwarding & How Can It Help Me? [MakeUseOf Explains]
An Introduction To DMX Lighting Control – Take Your Lighting To A Whole New Level

DIY

An Introduction To DMX Lighting Control – Take Your Lighting To A Whole New Level

Intelligent lighting systems used to be an expensive domain for professionals only; but with the proliferation of cheaper electronics and computer control systems, incredible lighting effects are now firmly within the reach of the hobbyist. Whether you’re planning the most awesome house party ever, or want to take your Christmas or Halloween lighting to a whole new level, it might be time to invest in some DMX systems.

18-11-2012
An Introduction To DMX Lighting Control – Take Your Lighting To A Whole New Level
The Top Tech Gifts for the Men in Your Life

Buying Guides

The Top Tech Gifts for the Men in Your Life

Christmas is coming and we all know that men are the most difficult people to buy presents for. Unless they’ve explicitly told you what they want, reading their feelings is pretty much hopeless, and subtle hints just isn’t their style. Well, no worries – I’m a guy – and here I’ve picked out 8 of the top tech gifts for him this year, so you don’t get lost.

16-11-2012
The Top Tech Gifts for the Men in Your Life
Microsoft Surface Tablet Review and Giveaway

Product Reviews

Microsoft Surface Tablet Review and Giveaway

The Surface tablet is a flagship Microsoft product — its first foray into the tablet market as a hardware manufacturer. It’s almost as locked-down as the iPad – the only applications you can install and run being those that come from the Windows Store — yet you can also plug in a USB drive and have a full file manager at your disposal. Is the quirky Windows 8 interface truly better on a tablet? Are the touch gestures intuitive? Is there actually a desktop mode? All these questions and more will be answered; read on for the full MakeUseOf review and giveaway of the Microsoft Surface. We purchased this 32GB Microsoft Surface with a black touch cover for $599 in order to prepare this review. And now, we’re giving it away to one lucky reader!

16-11-2012
Microsoft Surface Tablet Review and Giveaway
6 Crazy, Interesting Or Useful Ways To Use a WiiMote

Web Culture

6 Crazy, Interesting Or Useful Ways To Use a WiiMote

When Nintendo released the WiiMote, it was arguably a console industry game changer. The concept of interacting with a game using your physical body was born. Lifelike motion controls enabled it to appeal to a wide audience that might otherwise never have touched a video game. Like any new piece of technology, the humble WiiMote was quickly subverted to other uses beyond the Wii.

14-11-2012
6 Crazy, Interesting Or Useful Ways To Use a WiiMote
How To Publish a Podcast To iTunes With Podcast Generator

Internet

How To Publish a Podcast To iTunes With Podcast Generator

Publishing a podcast is not rocket science, but it’s probably something you’ve never done before. That was the situation we found ourselves in when Dave, Justin and I decided to start a weekly tech podcast called Technophilia; that was nearly a year ago now, and we’re getting close to 50 episodes and now live broadcasting too. Read on to find out how you too can publish you own podcast to iTunes.

11-11-2012
How To Publish a Podcast To iTunes With Podcast Generator
Get Great Windows 8 Features Without the Upgrade [Opinion]

Windows

Get Great Windows 8 Features Without the Upgrade [Opinion]

Windows 8 was officially unleashed on the world on 26th October; I’m going to assume you either attended or held your own mini launch party, because that’s what everyone does every time a new version of Windows is released. However, we understand there are some of you who can’t afford the “upgrade”, so here are 5 tips to get the best features of Windows 8 on your shoddy old Windows 7 machine, right now.

04-11-2012
Get Great Windows 8 Features Without the Upgrade [Opinion]
How To Set Up A Live Skype Audio Broadcast With A Chatroom [Mac]

Mac

How To Set Up A Live Skype Audio Broadcast With A Chatroom [Mac]

Now that our little Technophilia Podcast has amassed over 500 weekly listeners (guys, we love you), we’ve been looking for ways to interacts with listeners in real-time while we record live. That’s no easy task. We’ve been experimenting with just a chatroom, but without a live audio broadcast too it’s not very compelling for people to participate. So today, I’m going to share an easy way to broadcast your Skype audio (both yours and your co-hosts) to a Mixlr stage.

02-11-2012
How To Set Up A Live Skype Audio Broadcast With A Chatroom [Mac]
60 Years Of Barcodes – Amazing Uses For Lines & Squares [Geek History]

Web Culture

60 Years Of Barcodes – Amazing Uses For Lines & Squares [Geek History]

The humble barcode – named for its ability to encode information in a series of machine readable bars (or lines) – began its life in 1948. Nowadays all manner and style of barcodes exist, so let’s take a quick look down memory lane and see how the barcode has evolved over the years, and how they work.

31-10-2012
60 Years Of Barcodes – Amazing Uses For Lines & Squares [Geek History]
4 Apps To Read Magazines On Your iPad

iPhone and iPad

4 Apps To Read Magazines On Your iPad

I know, MakeUseOf provides you with more than enough quality reading material, but what if you’re after something other than fantastic technology tutorials and app reviews? I think we all have those moments of thinking “I wish I could get some design inspiration for my new living room”, or “how about some light reading material about manly things?” – don’t we? Well, it turns out that your iPad is the perfect size for reading magazines.

28-10-2012
4 Apps To Read Magazines On Your iPad
Sort Out Your Music Collection with Tune Up for Windows and Mac [Rewards]

Mac Windows

Sort Out Your Music Collection with Tune Up for Windows and Mac [Rewards]

If your iTunes collection is measured in the thousands rather than hundreds, you’ll no doubt understand the need to keep it under control. The best way to do this is to correctly classify tracks, make sure things are named correctly, and avoid duplications and variation on artists or album names. Setting the correct metadata manually for thousands of songs is quite a formidable task. TuneUp makes a bold promise to do this task for you with only minimal supervision.

25-10-2012
Sort Out Your Music Collection with Tune Up for Windows and Mac [Rewards]
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