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Joel Lee

Editor in Chief / Joined 8 December, 2011

Joel Lee has a B.S. in Computer Science and over six years of professional writing experience. He is the Editor in Chief for MakeUseOf.

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The Free & Powerful Video Player You’ve Never Heard About – GOM Media Player

Windows

The Free & Powerful Video Player You’ve Never Heard About – GOM Media Player

Not too long ago, I found myself impressed by the sleek functionality of GOM Audio for Windows. It turns out that GOM has its own free video player as well – GOM Media Player – and I knew I just had to check it out. I wanted to see if GOM could match the big players like VLC in performance and quality. GOM Media Player originates from South Korea and is the number one media player in that country. Join me as I explore this powerful piece of software to see what it can do.

03-06-2013
The Free & Powerful Video Player You’ve Never Heard About – GOM Media Player
Need A Lightweight Music Player Without Sacrificing Features? Clementine! [Cross-Platform]

Windows Linux

Need A Lightweight Music Player Without Sacrificing Features? Clementine! [Cross-Platform]

Sometimes you don’t really know what you want until you’re holding it in your hands. There are not-so-resource-intensive music players out there that are bland and there are monster RAM hogs that provide tons of eye candy and aesthetic pleasure. What if you want something in the middle of the road? Oh, hello Clementine! I recently stumbled across this music player and let me tell you: it offers the best of both worlds and there’s no other music player like it.

31-05-2013
Need A Lightweight Music Player Without Sacrificing Features? Clementine! [Cross-Platform]
Hack YouTube: Kill the Annoyances, Improve Your Viewing

Internet

Hack YouTube: Kill the Annoyances, Improve Your Viewing

YouTube is a revolutionary service, but that doesn’t mean that it’s without its flaws. There are many features on the site that are designed for convenience, other features that are meant to satiate legal requirements, and then there are features that are plain missing. Here are some ways to easily spruce up your YouTube experience.

29-05-2013
Hack YouTube: Kill the Annoyances, Improve Your Viewing
Is It Wise To Buy Blog Or Forum Comments From Freelancers?

Internet

Is It Wise To Buy Blog Or Forum Comments From Freelancers?

Last year, I wrote about identifying fake reviews. In the overall discussion about purchasing site activity (whether it be comments, posts, reviews, or whatever else you offer), it’s safe to assume that buying comments is pretty much the same thing as buying user reviews. There’s a lot of overlap between the two and they pretty much achieve the same purposes. But there are also a few subtle differences.

28-05-2013
Is It Wise To Buy Blog Or Forum Comments From Freelancers?
The Top 5 Firefox Plugins To Supercharge Gmail

Browsers

The Top 5 Firefox Plugins To Supercharge Gmail

Gmail has been around for almost a decade now and millions of users around the world still use it today. Yet, despite being backed by Google, Gmail is still a service that’s rather skimpy on the features. Fortunately, if you still want to use Gmail in your browser, there are a number of great plugins that will transform your Gmail experience right away. If you use a third-party client like Thunderbird or Postbox, you may want to reconsider.

24-05-2013
The Top 5 Firefox Plugins To Supercharge Gmail
The Tried and True Free Launcher For Android – ADW Launcher

Android

The Tried and True Free Launcher For Android – ADW Launcher

A confession: I’ve avoided ADW Launcher for the past two years and I don’t know why. Maybe it was the not-so-catchy name of the app. Maybe I just had a bad day once and decided to shun ADW forever. Nonetheless, I regret avoiding this launcher for so long because it’s absolutely fantastic and deserves a try no matter who you are. But sometimes, the mainstream solutions are mainstream for a reason.

22-05-2013
The Tried and True Free Launcher For Android – ADW Launcher
Internet Forums Reimagined: The Future Of Online Discussions

Internet

Internet Forums Reimagined: The Future Of Online Discussions

The latest iteration of online communication may indeed be social media, but it seems that the most popular avenue is still the old-fashioned forum. It remains today as an excellent way to structure a community on the web. While social media can be somewhat amorphous at times, forums provide order and a sense of home.

21-05-2013
Internet Forums Reimagined: The Future Of Online Discussions
Touch Up Your Photos With A Single Click Using Photo Commander 11 [Giveaway]

Windows

Touch Up Your Photos With A Single Click Using Photo Commander 11 [Giveaway]

Sometimes you just want to fix up a picture without all of the baggage and learning curves that come with powerhouse image editors like Photoshop and GIMP. Obviously, a program as primitive as Paint won’t do, and even middle-of-the-road programs like Paint.NET sometimes won’t cut it. Thankfully, Ashampoo’s Photo Commander 11 steps in to fill the gap. We’re giving away 10 copies of Photo Commander 11 worth a total of $500 for free!

21-05-2013
Touch Up Your Photos With A Single Click Using Photo Commander 11 [Giveaway]
Looking For New Music? Here Are 5 Of The Best Chrono Trigger OCRemixes

Entertainment

Looking For New Music? Here Are 5 Of The Best Chrono Trigger OCRemixes

OCRemix is one of many sites where you can legally get free music. The catch is that the songs on OCRemix are remixes of popular video game soundtracks. You won’t find Pink Floyd or Taylor Swift here; however, you might be surprised to find that there are still tons of professional quality tracks for you to enjoy – even if you don’t like video games! And they don’t necessarily sound like video game music. This list covers remixes for Chrono Trigger.

20-05-2013
Looking For New Music? Here Are 5 Of The Best Chrono Trigger OCRemixes
Everything You Need to Make Firefox Private & Secure

Browsers

Everything You Need to Make Firefox Private & Secure

When using Firefox – or any web browser for that matter – one of the best practices you can develop is to always be mindful of your privacy and security. You never know when someone could be snooping on you or intercepting your data. Indeed, being vigilant about this could mean the difference between a blissful browsing experience and maliciously stolen accounts. Encryption is great but there are other considerations you need to make.

17-05-2013
Everything You Need to Make Firefox Private & Secure
What Is HTML5, And How Does It Change The Way I Browse? [MakeUseOf Explains]

Internet

What Is HTML5, And How Does It Change The Way I Browse? [MakeUseOf Explains]

Over the past few years, you may have heard the term HTML5 every once in a while. Whether you know anything about web development or not, the concept can be somewhat nebulous and confusing. Obviously, it’s the next step in the line of HTML, but what exactly does it do? Why is there so much excitement around it? And why does it matter for you?

17-05-2013
What Is HTML5, And How Does It Change The Way I Browse? [MakeUseOf Explains]
n7player: An Android Music Player That’s Worth Every Cent

Android

n7player: An Android Music Player That’s Worth Every Cent

There are plenty of high quality music players that you can get for Android without paying a single cent. In fact, just a few weeks ago I wrote about Rocket Player, which is currently my favorite free music player available. But, you know, sometimes you have to pay a bit of cash in order to get something truly extraordinary – like n7player.

14-05-2013
n7player: An Android Music Player That’s Worth Every Cent
Sticky Password Pro 6.0: Keep Your Passwords Safe and Organized [Giveaway]

Windows

Sticky Password Pro 6.0: Keep Your Passwords Safe and Organized [Giveaway]

Online passwords are something of a double-edged sword. In order to be safe, you need to have multiple unique passwords that are complicated enough that they won’t be cracked or brute forced easily – but with every additional password, it becomes harder to track them all. The usual alternative is to use one password for everything, but this is not the path you want to take. Instead, use Sticky Password. We’re giving away 25 copies of Sticky Password Pro 6.0 worth a total of $750 for FREE!

13-05-2013
Sticky Password Pro 6.0: Keep Your Passwords Safe and Organized [Giveaway]
Need Help Fundraising? Here Are 5 Alternatives To The ChipIn Widget

Internet

Need Help Fundraising? Here Are 5 Alternatives To The ChipIn Widget

Fundraising is a difficult task. In the old days, you’d have to throw an event or go door-to-door in hopes of soliciting donations from people in person. That still happens today, but the magic of the Internet has taken the idea of fundraising and elevated it to the next level – crowdsourcing. Never before has fundraising been so easy. When used in a fundraising context, crowdsourcing is an online method where you set up a central location for your fundraising campaign and point people there

08-05-2013
Need Help Fundraising? Here Are 5 Alternatives To The ChipIn Widget
FireFTP is a Powerful Firefox FTP Client You Can Use in Your Browser

Browsers

FireFTP is a Powerful Firefox FTP Client You Can Use in Your Browser

If you’ve ever done any sort of web management, then you’ve probably used FTP at some point or another. Most web hosts will have a primitive file uploader than you can use straight from your browser, but those are often a pain in the butt to use. The truly powerful FTP clients tend to be desktop-only, but FireFTP is a client that plugs into Firefox and makes the whole process easy. What is FTP?

07-05-2013
FireFTP is a Powerful Firefox FTP Client You Can Use in Your Browser
4 Ways To Take Time-Lapse Videos

Internet

4 Ways To Take Time-Lapse Videos

Time-lapse videos are some of my favorite videos to watch. They’re just so fascinating, whether the video shows the passage of time in a desert or the workflow of a sketch artist. There’s just something about watching many hours crammed into a 2- or 3-minute clip that stimulates my interest and if you’ve never given much thought to time-lapse videos, you should really reconsider. Making your own time-lapse video can seem daunting.

06-05-2013
4 Ways To Take Time-Lapse Videos
Can I Sync iTunes With My Android? Three Sync Apps, Compared

Android

Can I Sync iTunes With My Android? Three Sync Apps, Compared

When I speak to friends who prefer iPhones over Androids, many of them cite “ease of synchronization” as one of their most important reasons. I have to hand it to Apple on that point: even though they like to create exclusivity with their products, they make integration between their products very easy – in particular, syncing from iTunes to a mobile device. But what if you have an Android?

03-05-2013
Can I Sync iTunes With My Android? Three Sync Apps, Compared
Need An Alternative to Winamp? Try Spider Player [Windows]

Windows

Need An Alternative to Winamp? Try Spider Player [Windows]

I’m a big music junkie. If I’m sitting at my computer and there is no music coming out of the speakers, then it actually puts me on edge a bit and I end up unable to focus. Whether I’m reading, browsing, playing a game, or typing away at an article, I need music and I need to be able to control it comfortably. I’m therefore constantly on the prowl for the perfect music player. But here’s the thing: I’ve already been through all of the big name household programs.

01-05-2013
Need An Alternative to Winamp? Try Spider Player [Windows]
Using Paint.NET? Make It Even Better With These Great Plugins

Windows

Using Paint.NET? Make It Even Better With These Great Plugins

Have you ever needed to do computer artwork that involved more than simple crops and resizes? For a long time, your only real options were Paintshop Pro and Adobe Photoshop, although the rise of GIMP has provided users with a powerful free alternative. But in some cases, those tools are too powerful. What if you want something in the middle? That’s where Paint.NET comes in.

29-04-2013
Using Paint.NET? Make It Even Better With These Great Plugins
Use Prey & Never Lose Your Laptop Or Phone Again [Cross-Platform]

Internet

Use Prey & Never Lose Your Laptop Or Phone Again [Cross-Platform]

Here’s the thing about mobile and portable devices: since they aren’t tethered to anything, it’s almost too easy to lose them or, worse, have them stolen from right under your nose. I mean, if you really think about it, all somebody needs to do is run past you and grab your phone while you’re using it and they have a good chance of getting away with it. However, with Prey, you’ll never have to worry about absentmindedness or theft ever again.

26-04-2013
Use Prey & Never Lose Your Laptop Or Phone Again [Cross-Platform]
Meon: It May Be Ugly, But It’s Refreshingly Fun [Android]

Android

Meon: It May Be Ugly, But It’s Refreshingly Fun [Android]

A lot of games tend to be rehashes of the same concept. Meon isn’t one of them.. Fact is, it’s rare to find new concepts in mobile gaming; instead, we usually just end up with refinements which are admittedly nice, but sometimes we need breaths of fresh air. Meon may have its flaws, but it presents a new gameplay concept that I haven’t seen before.

26-04-2013
Meon: It May Be Ugly, But It’s Refreshingly Fun [Android]