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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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What Behavior Will Get You Into Trouble On Twitter

Internet

What Behavior Will Get You Into Trouble On Twitter

There used to be a time when an employer would laugh at you if you were an avid social media user. Nowadays, employers will think you’re a weirdo if you don’t use Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or anything along those lines. And most dangerous part of social media? You’re giving everyone a glimpse into a slice of your life. Let’s talk specifically about Twitter.

02-10-2012
What Behavior Will Get You Into Trouble On Twitter
Divide & Conquer Your Email With The Power of Gmail Aliases

Internet

Divide & Conquer Your Email With The Power of Gmail Aliases

When it comes to email organization, the immediate reaction is often all about folders, tags, filters, priority marks, and things of that sort. Not that any of those are bad – in fact, most of those features are plain awesome. But there’s another feature in Gmail that can help you to automatically organize your incoming mail – the alias. In any field that requires organization, methods can be split into two types – reactionary and proactionary.

28-09-2012
Divide & Conquer Your Email With The Power of Gmail Aliases
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]
What Is 3D Printing And How Exactly Does It Work?

Technology Explained

What Is 3D Printing And How Exactly Does It Work?

Imagine if you could print out three-dimensional objects straight from a printer in your home. When I was a kid in primary school, I thought it would be awesome if I could print pizzas out of my InkJet. That’s not where I’m heading in this article, but it’s an interesting thought–printing out three-dimensional objects, that is. It sounds like borderline science-fiction, and for a long time, it was. Not anymore.

31-08-2012
What Is 3D Printing And How Exactly Does It Work?
Omea Reader: Free RSS Client And Newsgroup Aggregator [Windows]

Windows

Omea Reader: Free RSS Client And Newsgroup Aggregator [Windows]

For blogs, which are still on a popularity rise, RSS is one of the best ways to aggregate news updates. For web-based RSS aggregation, my go-to site is Google Reader. But just as some people prefer to use Outlook and Thunderbird instead of Gmail’s web interface, it may please you to use a desktop client instead of a web-based solution. For that, Omea Reader is one of the best on Windows.

31-08-2012
Omea Reader: Free RSS Client And Newsgroup Aggregator [Windows]
Download and Record Music For Free Using Audials One 9

Windows

Download and Record Music For Free Using Audials One 9

Music is one of the most traded forms of media on the Internet. But what’s the best way to get your hands on your favorite albums? If you’re tapped into an online radio station or streaming music through a service like Youtube, you can actually record it directly and save it to your computer. How can you do it? By using a program like Audials One 9.

30-08-2012
Download and Record Music For Free Using Audials One 9
Flick Note: Jot Down Notes With Speed and Ease! [Android]

Android

Flick Note: Jot Down Notes With Speed and Ease! [Android]

As a writer, I need to be taking notes on a 24/7 basis. Notes just make it so easy to track my errands, duties, and obligations. If it weren’t for all the notes that I jot down, there would be an entire void of forgotten thoughts and lost ideas. How many thoughts have you lost because you couldn’t jot them down? Note-taking apps on mobile devices are extremely helpful, especially in our age of fast information flow.

28-08-2012
Flick Note: Jot Down Notes With Speed and Ease! [Android]
AIMP3: An Excellent Music Library And Player – Lightweight & Free! [Windows]

Windows

AIMP3: An Excellent Music Library And Player – Lightweight & Free! [Windows]

Music players come and go. Yesterday, a particular player might’ve been the #1 music library manager. Tomorrow, a new music player could come out and decimate the current competition. The cycle has always been true and will always stay true. Does AIMP3 offer enough to be that music player?

24-08-2012
AIMP3: An Excellent Music Library And Player – Lightweight & Free! [Windows]
How To Block An Annoying User On Twitter

Internet

How To Block An Annoying User On Twitter

One of the big problems with social media – and the Internet in general – is the delicate balance of having to maintain one’s privacy without being a completely boxed-in hermit of anonymity. As useful as Twitter can be, it’s easy to become stalked and harassed through their system. Fortunately, there are a few ways to get around this and keep yourself sane.

24-08-2012
How To Block An Annoying User On Twitter
Looking For A Space & Universe Simulator? Try Universe Sandbox! [Windows]

Windows

Looking For A Space & Universe Simulator? Try Universe Sandbox! [Windows]

If a picture speaks a thousand words, then how many words would an entire simulated reality speak? All we know about our universe is gleaned from photographs (granted, not only of the visual light spectrum kind) and first-hand accounts from rovers, probes, and astronauts. But what if you could explore the universe through a surprisingly accurate simulation – for free? Universe Sandbox is the self-proclaimed “interactive astronomy software for everyone”.

22-08-2012
Looking For A Space & Universe Simulator? Try Universe Sandbox! [Windows]
The Energy of The Future, Today: How Do Solar Panels & Heliostats Work?

Technology Explained

The Energy of The Future, Today: How Do Solar Panels & Heliostats Work?

Renewable resources. It’s a problem that we face every day whether we realize it or not. With every pump of a gas handle, with every press of a car’s accelerator, with every plug of our smartphone chargers, we’re consuming fuel. And one day, that fuel’s going to run out. So why don’t we use the one energy source that won’t run out – the sun? The sun is a magnificent entity. It provides the world with enough energy to power all of civilization.

17-08-2012
The Energy of The Future, Today: How Do Solar Panels & Heliostats Work?
Inside 5 Of The World’s Biggest Data Centers [Stats & Pics]

Web Culture

Inside 5 Of The World’s Biggest Data Centers [Stats & Pics]

The “data center” has become one of the most important aspects of our computer culture’s existence. Without it, we’d be plunged once again into a world of faces and physical contact. There are hundreds, even thousands, of data centers all over the world. But which ones are the biggest? After all, the bigger the data center, the more data can be processed and stored. Size does matter, so get out your rulers and follow me as we take a look at the world’s 5 largest data centers.

10-08-2012
Inside 5 Of The World’s Biggest Data Centers [Stats & Pics]
Satisfy Your Sudoku Cravings With Andoku Sudoku! [Android]

Android Gaming

Satisfy Your Sudoku Cravings With Andoku Sudoku! [Android]

Puzzle games are all the rage these days. As with all things related to technology, puzzle games have been evolving – and quite rapidly, too. Have you seen the new Alchemy game? Yet even as they continue to change and improve, the classics will always remain, and what greater classic is there than Sudoku? It’s extremely easy to play, though hard to master.

10-08-2012
Satisfy Your Sudoku Cravings With Andoku Sudoku! [Android]