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Joel Lee

Micropost Editor and Technical Copy Editor / Joined 8 December, 2011

Joel Lee has a BSc in Computer Science and over a decade of personal game development experience. He is the technical copy editor for MakeUseOf.

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System Mechanic 11: Tune Up Your PC and Boost Performance Instantly [Giveaway]

Windows

System Mechanic 11: Tune Up Your PC and Boost Performance Instantly [Giveaway]

It’s no secret that computers slow down over time. No matter how well-maintained you keep your computer, it’s going to experience a loss in efficiency. No matter how well-maintained you keep your computer, it’s going to experience a loss in efficiency. Thankfully, there are tools for that. We’re giving away 25 copies of System Mechanic 11 worth a total of $1,000 for free!

27-09-2012
System Mechanic 11: Tune Up Your PC and Boost Performance Instantly [Giveaway]
For Your Next Great Movie Or Play: 16 Free Scriptwriting Tools & Resources

Internet

For Your Next Great Movie Or Play: 16 Free Scriptwriting Tools & Resources

Writing is hard. Most of us know the feeling of having to pull an all-nighter to wrap up a thesis paper due in the morning – and those papers rarely broke 40 pages. I can’t imagine the pain, blood, and sweat that gets poured into writing a screenplay of 150 pages. That just doesn’t happen without any help. Have you ever had dreams of writing for the big screen? Do you think you have the next blockbuster idea.

25-09-2012
For Your Next Great Movie Or Play: 16 Free Scriptwriting Tools & Resources
Windows 8 Is Almost Here – Here Are 5 Reasons To Upgrade

Windows

Windows 8 Is Almost Here – Here Are 5 Reasons To Upgrade

The next version of Microsoft’s world-changing operating system is preparing to hit the shelves. I know what you’re thinking: “Already?” It seems like yesterday that Windows 7 was the newest and coolest, but yes, it’s true. Windows 8 is just around the corner and there’s only one question that should concern you. Is it worth the upgrade? There are a lot of new features that are coming in this iteration of Windows.

21-09-2012
Windows 8 Is Almost Here – Here Are 5 Reasons To Upgrade
MediaMonkey 4: An Extremely Powerful Music Management Program [Rewards]

Windows

MediaMonkey 4: An Extremely Powerful Music Management Program [Rewards]

I recently got my hands on a copy of MediaMonkey Gold, the premium version of the free music player, MediaMonkey. This full-featured music manager was once known as Songs-DB back when it first hit the scene in 2001. Since then, MediaMonkey has seen a number of evolutions that have transformed it into a powerful program.

21-09-2012
MediaMonkey 4: An Extremely Powerful Music Management Program [Rewards]
Qustodio: Free Parental Control Software For Internet Access [Windows]

Windows

Qustodio: Free Parental Control Software For Internet Access [Windows]

Having parental control over the Internet is an extremely difficult undertaking. You can try tampering with your operating system’s host file, or you can fiddle with browser extensions. Just a few months ago, I wrote about a DNS-based web filtering service by OpenDNS. But if none of those solutions seem right for you, you might want to try Qustodio.

18-09-2012
Qustodio: Free Parental Control Software For Internet Access [Windows]
Postbox 3: Top Quality Email Client for Windows and Mac [Giveaway]

Windows Mac

Postbox 3: Top Quality Email Client for Windows and Mac [Giveaway]

We’ve done Postbox 3 giveaways in the past, but here we go with another one because it’s that good. Postbox 3 is available for $9.95 for Windows XP, Vista, 7 as well as Mac OS X (Snow Leopard to Mountain Lion). This week, we’ll be giving away 25 copies of Postbox 3 worth a total of $250 for FREE!

18-09-2012
Postbox 3: Top Quality Email Client for Windows and Mac [Giveaway]
Samsung ES6500 40-inch 3D 1080p Smart TV Review and Giveaway

Product Reviews

Samsung ES6500 40-inch 3D 1080p Smart TV Review and Giveaway

Over the past decade or so, there’s been a mad rush to purchase the biggest, flattest, and prettiest television you can get in order to show it off to all your friends and neighbors. And for a while, size was the most important factor. That’s not true anymore. Nowadays, we have to worry about something called a Smart TV. And so we’re reviewing Samsung’s ES6500 40-inch 3DSmart TV, a brand new product that launched in March of 2012. We’re giving it away to an extremely lucky MakeUseOf reader. Yes, that’s right — we’re giving away a high-definition smart television valued at $900! Keep reading to find out more.

17-09-2012
Samsung ES6500 40-inch 3D 1080p Smart TV Review and Giveaway
No DVD Drive? No Problem! Create And Mount ISO Files For Free With These Tools

Windows

No DVD Drive? No Problem! Create And Mount ISO Files For Free With These Tools

My computer doesn’t have any optical drives anymore. That means CD drives, DVD drives, Floppy drives–they’ve all been cut out and done away with forever. If a particular piece of peripheral gear doesn’t have a USB interface, then it won’t be dealing with my PC. But luckily, even if you don’t have a CD or DVD drive, you can still find use in a disc by using the ISO format. Most ISO manipulating programs are extremely straightforward and easy to use. Here are some of the best ones.

14-09-2012
No DVD Drive? No Problem! Create And Mount ISO Files For Free With These Tools
7 Important Email Security Tips You Should Know About

Internet

7 Important Email Security Tips You Should Know About

Internet security is a topic that we all know to be important, but it often sits way back in the recesses of our minds, fooling ourselves into believing that “it won’t happen to me”. Whether it’s the destructive force of the newest virus or just the hacking attempts of a newbie scriptkiddy, we’re always only one click away from dealing with a security mess that we’d rather not confront. Nowhere is this truer than in our emails.

14-09-2012
7 Important Email Security Tips You Should Know About
What Is An SQL Injection? [MakeUseOf Explains]

Web Culture

What Is An SQL Injection? [MakeUseOf Explains]

The world of Internet security is plagued with open ports, backdoors, security holes, Trojans, worms, firewall vulnerabilities and a slew of other issues that keep us all on our toes every day. For private users, viruses and worms seem to be the worst of the possibilities. But for anyone running a database, the SQL injection is one of the most destructive security flaws out there.

11-09-2012
What Is An SQL Injection? [MakeUseOf Explains]
7 Important Features Your Wireless Router Has And You Should Be Using

Technology Explained

7 Important Features Your Wireless Router Has And You Should Be Using

If you think a wireless router’s only job is to connect you to the world of the Internet, you’re missing out on a lot of its awesome goodness. Sure, maybe all you need is Internet access. In that case, you don’t really have to worry about all the tricks your router can do. But for those of you that want to maximize your experience, there are some advanced features that will make your life much easier.

07-09-2012
7 Important Features Your Wireless Router Has And You Should Be Using
What Are The Different Computer Cable Types You Should Know As A User?

Technology Explained

What Are The Different Computer Cable Types You Should Know As A User?

Take a look at any piece of equipment related to computer harder and you’ll soon find yourself in a swirling maelstrom of acronyms and foreign jargon. What does it matter if you use IDE or SATA for your hard drive? Do you really need to know the differences between USB 1.0, 2.0, and 3.0? Is FireWire related to Firewall? Sometimes it can get just a bit confusing. With so many types of cables, however, it’s hard to find a singular source of information that highlights the important differences between them all. Here’s an overview of the most common cable types you’ll encounter when dealing with computers.

04-09-2012
What Are The Different Computer Cable Types You Should Know As A User?
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