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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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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]
How To Kickstart An Online Community Around Anything

Internet

How To Kickstart An Online Community Around Anything

Online communities are all the rage these days. Blog popularity is still on the rise. Social networks are booming with activity. Social media is only getting started. Some sources report that approximately 1 in 4 people spend more time online than they do sleeping. What does this all mean? Online communities are more relevant and prevalent today than they ever were before. Listen up. I’ve got some good news and bad news for you.

07-08-2012
How To Kickstart An Online Community Around Anything
How Exactly Websites Track and Stalk You With Their Ads

Internet

How Exactly Websites Track and Stalk You With Their Ads

Privacy, privacy, privacy. The Internet is known for its anonymity. Without personal privacy, it would be a very dangerous place. But are these companies infringing on privacy rights? How exactly does a website track its users? And what do companies do with that data? Let’s look into it here.

03-08-2012
How Exactly Websites Track and Stalk You With Their Ads
Use TED Downloader v3.0 To Download TED Talks With Ease [Windows]

Self Improvement Windows

Use TED Downloader v3.0 To Download TED Talks With Ease [Windows]

If you spend any time scouring the Internet for videos of any kind, you’ll find that there are loads of different video sites that serve a number of different purposes: YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion, etc. Sometimes you’ll come across a particular video that you want to save for later. For the popular sites, e.g. YouTube, there are many downloader tools available. And then you have sites, like TED, that use their own web video formats.

03-08-2012
Use TED Downloader v3.0 To Download TED Talks With Ease [Windows]
How To Install & Use The Amazon Appstore To Get Awesome Free Apps! [Android]

Android

How To Install & Use The Amazon Appstore To Get Awesome Free Apps! [Android]

How many apps do you currently use on a daily basis? The phenomenon of mobile apps has truly changed the way we operate when it comes to customization of our devices. Years ago, you would buy a phone based on the features it came with – there was no way to add programs and tools that weren’t there to begin with. Nowadays, we sometimes take apps for granted.

31-07-2012
How To Install & Use The Amazon Appstore To Get Awesome Free Apps! [Android]
3 More Free WordPress Frameworks When Themes Just Aren’t Enough

Wordpress & Web Development

3 More Free WordPress Frameworks When Themes Just Aren’t Enough

They say that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. Unfortunately, the way of the world is that books are judged by their covers. People are judged by their clothing. And websites are judged by their aesthetics. And for this reason, if you run a website of your own, the layout and design is one of the most important aspects of drawing readers in and keeping them interested.

27-07-2012
3 More Free WordPress Frameworks When Themes Just Aren’t Enough
6 Excellent Wedding Registry Websites

Internet

6 Excellent Wedding Registry Websites

Weddings are one of the hallmark moments in the life of any person, regardless of culture or nation. For many couples, having the “perfect wedding” is an extremely high priority – and often, perfection implies expense. But what can you do when you don’t have that much money to spare even for a wedding? For a long time, the solution has been the wedding registry.

24-07-2012
6 Excellent Wedding Registry Websites
Keep Your Mobile Devices Safe and Sound With Bitdefender Anti-Theft [Giveaway]

Android Windows

Keep Your Mobile Devices Safe and Sound With Bitdefender Anti-Theft [Giveaway]

How many times have you lost a mobile device and wished you had a way to locate it? Maybe you carry around sensitive data, photos, or videos on your phone. What would happen if your phone landed in the wrong hands? Wouldn’t it be great if you could ensure maximum security for your phone–even after you’ve lost it? Thanks to Bitdefender’s new anti-theft solution, you can! This time around, we’re giving away 25 one-year subscriptions to Bitdefender Anti-Theft worth a total of $750 for FREE!

23-07-2012
Keep Your Mobile Devices Safe and Sound With Bitdefender Anti-Theft [Giveaway]
HedgeWars: A Multiplayer Worms-Like Game With Hedgehogs [MUO Gaming]

Gaming

HedgeWars: A Multiplayer Worms-Like Game With Hedgehogs [MUO Gaming]

Games are so prevalent nowadays. There are games for the hardcore and competitive types, and then there are games for the casual crowd. But more recently, I’ve seen a trend where developers have been incorporating both competitive and casual elements into their games – the best of both worlds. As an avid gamer, it’s always nice to see something that comes out of nowhere and blasts you into the past with a large dose of nostalgia.

20-07-2012
HedgeWars: A Multiplayer Worms-Like Game With Hedgehogs [MUO Gaming]
4 Excellent Free Time-Tracking Tools [Android]

Android

4 Excellent Free Time-Tracking Tools [Android]

No matter who you are, time is an incredibly important commodity. We’re all allotted the same amount of time – 86,400 seconds every day – and it’s up to us how we spend that time. Do you feel like you waste your day away, not knowing where all of your minutes go by the time your head hits your pillow? If so, you aren’t the only one.

17-07-2012
4 Excellent Free Time-Tracking Tools [Android]
5 Of The World’s Most Famous And Most Influential White Hat Hackers

Internet

5 Of The World’s Most Famous And Most Influential White Hat Hackers

In this article, I’m going to jump back to the original definition and explore the world of “good hackers,” otherwise known as “white hat hackers.”Let’s take a look at five of the most influential computer experts that have helped shape the world to be what it is today. You may not know these people by name, but there’s a good chance you’ve heard of their work.

13-07-2012
5 Of The World’s Most Famous And Most Influential White Hat Hackers
5 More Free Launchers You May Not Have Heard About [Android]

Android

5 More Free Launchers You May Not Have Heard About [Android]

One of the great things about the Android community is that modifications and changes are always being made. Android technology is always changing, and thus, there are always new avenues to explore–and so many more launchers to discover. Here are five more launchers for Android devices that you may not have heard about–and they’re all free!

13-07-2012
5 More Free Launchers You May Not Have Heard About [Android]
6 Interesting & Exciting Workstations From All Over The World

Web Culture

6 Interesting & Exciting Workstations From All Over The World

Suppose you have a long thesis paper that you need to write for school, or you have a number of reports that need to be finished for work, or you just have a lot of computer-related activities to do. Would you rather do all of that in a ragged room of splintering walls, chipped paint, and moldy ceilings? Or would you prefer a clean, well-maintained room with proper furniture?

10-07-2012
6 Interesting & Exciting Workstations From All Over The World
The MakeUseOf Toolkit Against Online Trolls [Part 1]

Internet

The MakeUseOf Toolkit Against Online Trolls [Part 1]

How many Internet arguments have you witnessed? Or better yet, how many Internet arguments have you participated in? I visit a number of forums and communities on a daily basis, and I see arguments all the time. But what really bugs me are the people who make crappy arguments and think that they’ve won. You might know these kinds of people as “trolls” – people who will come up with any and all types of nonsensical logic.

03-07-2012
The MakeUseOf Toolkit Against Online Trolls [Part 1]
Take A Break From the Internet – You’ll Thank Yourself Later [Opinion]

Internet

Take A Break From the Internet – You’ll Thank Yourself Later [Opinion]

Oh, the Internet. One of the most world-changing inventions of the past century, perhaps even in all of human history. Never before has everything been so available in so little effort for so low a cost. But as a result, the Internet can become an addictive force–a timesink that makes you look up at one moment and wonder where your life has gone.

29-06-2012
Take A Break From the Internet – You’ll Thank Yourself Later [Opinion]
5 Of The Funniest & Best Written Epic Rap Battles Of History [Best Of YouTube]

Internet

5 Of The Funniest & Best Written Epic Rap Battles Of History [Best Of YouTube]

Every once in a while, somebody on YouTube manages to come up with an amazing idea that just seems so simple in hindsight. It’s even better when the people behind that idea are talented and know how to have fun. Meet Nice Peter and EpicLLOYD, the two rappers who created Epic Rap Battles of History.

29-06-2012
5 Of The Funniest & Best Written Epic Rap Battles Of History [Best Of YouTube]
Stay Safe Online with the New Bitdefender Total Security 2013 [Giveaway]

Windows

Stay Safe Online with the New Bitdefender Total Security 2013 [Giveaway]

Bitdefender Total Security 2013 is packed full of features without the impossible learning curve. This thing is a gargantuan software package that has everything you’ll ever need when it comes to computer security. This week, we’ll be giving away 25 copies of Bitdefender Total Security 2013 worth a total of $2,000 for FREE! Do you want a copy? Of course you do.

27-06-2012
Stay Safe Online with the New Bitdefender Total Security 2013 [Giveaway]
GoHow Airport: An Excellent Free App for Frequent Flyers [Android & iPhone]

Android iPhone and iPad

GoHow Airport: An Excellent Free App for Frequent Flyers [Android & iPhone]

Traveling is a stressful activity. While lounging around at a warm Cancun resort or enjoying the beauty of the frosty Swiss Alps is something that most of us would love, the actual preparation and planning that goes into such a trip is often a nightmare. Airports have a reputation for being chaotic and frenzied, but now there’s an app that can help take the edge off.

26-06-2012
GoHow Airport: An Excellent Free App for Frequent Flyers [Android & iPhone]
Alchemy: A Great Puzzle Game When You Need to Pass the Time [Android]

Gaming

Alchemy: A Great Puzzle Game When You Need to Pass the Time [Android]

Over the past few years, Angry Birds has been the predominant mobile game that everyone has heard about. I mean, they’re even making an Angry Birds feature film. It’s been rather polarizing, too, with people either loving or hating the game – very few people find a middle ground. Other games, like Plants vs. Zombies, have also gained traction with the casual gaming crowd.

19-06-2012
Alchemy: A Great Puzzle Game When You Need to Pass the Time [Android]
Mantano Reader: Effortlessly Read Ebooks On Your Android For Free!

Android

Mantano Reader: Effortlessly Read Ebooks On Your Android For Free!

A few months back, I wrote an article about Aldiko Book Reader, an ebook reading app for Android. I thought it was a great app that could’ve used a few more features. I think I’ve found a replacement app that far outshines the one I used previously. It’s called Mantano Reader. It’s pretty, it’s fast, it’s sleek, and it’s free.

15-06-2012
Mantano Reader: Effortlessly Read Ebooks On Your Android For Free!
3 Free WordPress Frameworks When Themes Just Aren’t Enough

Wordpress & Web Development

3 Free WordPress Frameworks When Themes Just Aren’t Enough

WordPress is extremely pervasive and all kinds of people know about it and use it. Why? Because it’s easy to set up, easy to use, and easy to customize based on your own personal preferences. Specifically, I’m talking about themes, which are almost one-click installations and can completely change the look of your WordPress site. But what if themes aren’t enough?

12-06-2012
3 Free WordPress Frameworks When Themes Just Aren’t Enough