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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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5 Awesome Free Launchers You May Not Know About [Android]

Android

5 Awesome Free Launchers You May Not Know About [Android]

I’m an Android user because I love to tinker with my phone and change it up every once in a while. Android lets me do that easily right out of the box because it was designed that way – no rooting or jailbreaking required. One of the easiest ways to switch up my device is to install a new launcher, which is basically the “home screen” that launches programs when you tap on them.

15-05-2012
5 Awesome Free Launchers You May Not Know About [Android]
5 Useful Twitter Hashtags That You Really Need to Know

Internet

5 Useful Twitter Hashtags That You Really Need to Know

If you use Twitter–or plan to begin using it–then you must know that hashtags are a big part of the experience. Hashtags allow you to “tag” your tweets so that they can be categorized for ease of search and collectivity. Here’s another installment related to Twitter hashtags–this time detailing a few hashtags that you might find useful no matter who you are.

11-05-2012
5 Useful Twitter Hashtags That You Really Need to Know
6 Amazing Minecraft Creations That Will Blow Your Mind

Gaming

6 Amazing Minecraft Creations That Will Blow Your Mind

Alright. Maybe “blow your mind” is too extreme of an idiom for something as simple and not-so-mind-blowy as Minecraft. However, some Minecraft creations truly are jaw-droppingly awesome. In fact, there are quite a few Minecraft-related creations that have gone viral due to their appeal. Here are some of the best Minecraft creations to grace the Internet.

08-05-2012
6 Amazing Minecraft Creations That Will Blow Your Mind
5 Free Apps That Will Improve Your Portable Reddit Experience [Android]

Android

5 Free Apps That Will Improve Your Portable Reddit Experience [Android]

Ever since the fall of Digg back in 2010, I’ve been an avid member of Reddit. And by “avid member,” I totally mean “lurker.” I browse it on a daily basis, consuming its user-generated content like a baby eats Gerber. Do you not know what Reddit is? Have no fear. But for those of you who are already Redditors and want to browse it while on-the-go, then this article’s for you.

04-05-2012
5 Free Apps That Will Improve Your Portable Reddit Experience [Android]
5 Reasons Why Guild Wars 2 Will Be A Revolutionary MMORPG [MUO Gaming]

Gaming

5 Reasons Why Guild Wars 2 Will Be A Revolutionary MMORPG [MUO Gaming]

Ever since World of Warcraft’s debut in 2004, pretty much every succeeding MMORPG has been compared to it. WoW has become the gold standard in the world of MMORPGs, and those MMORPGs that are supposed to be revolutionary are dubbed as “WoW killers.” Here are 5 reasons why Guild Wars 2 truly will change the genre on a fundamental level.

27-04-2012
5 Reasons Why Guild Wars 2 Will Be A Revolutionary MMORPG [MUO Gaming]
Take TvTropes With You Anywhere With The DroidTropes App [Android]

Android

Take TvTropes With You Anywhere With The DroidTropes App [Android]

Across all forms of fictional media, there are certain similarities and archetypes that pop up time and time again. The damsel in distress. The flawed anti-hero. The wise old mentor. The pervasive evil mob of doom. And in my study of fiction, I’ve come across a wonderful site that documents all of the instances of these storytelling tropes.

20-04-2012
Take TvTropes With You Anywhere With The DroidTropes App [Android]
Cut Through Procrastination With These Pomodoro Technique Apps & Software

Internet

Cut Through Procrastination With These Pomodoro Technique Apps & Software

Procrastination is a malady that pervades students and workers in all corners of the world and it infects amateurs and professionals alike. As a writer, I suffer from procrastination on a daily basis. Some people call it “writer’s block”. If you can find a way to quell your desire to procrastinate, then you’ll drive towards success. If not, you’ll never get anything done.

17-04-2012
Cut Through Procrastination With These Pomodoro Technique Apps & Software
Use XSplit Broadcaster To Stream Yourself On The Internet

Windows

Use XSplit Broadcaster To Stream Yourself On The Internet

Technology is always advancing. One big example of how our society is changing is the shift towards putting everything on the Internet. Diaries have been pushed out of the spotlight by blogs and social networks. Photo albums have been replaced by image services like Imgur and Flickr. Visual media is starting to shift away from the television to Internet streaming.

13-04-2012
Use XSplit Broadcaster To Stream Yourself On The Internet
4 Must-See TED Talks On Creativity, Inspiration & Passion

Self Improvement Internet

4 Must-See TED Talks On Creativity, Inspiration & Passion

Creativity. Inspiration. Passion. These are all concepts of which we are very much aware, but not many of us can precisely pinpoint their source. Where does creativity come from? What is it that causes a moment of inspiration? How can you cultivate passion? Thanks to a number of TED Talks related to these subjects, ordinary laymen like me and you can better understand these concepts.

10-04-2012
4 Must-See TED Talks On Creativity, Inspiration & Passion
7 Apps That Will Help Motivate You To Write More [Android]

Android

7 Apps That Will Help Motivate You To Write More [Android]

Writing is tough. As a writer, I know how much of a struggle it can be. Blank pages are terrifying. New assignments even more so. Procrastination is an activity I know all too well. Yet ironically enough, there has been plenty of material written about the difficulty that exists in writing. I guess it’s easier to write about our troubles than it is to actually face them head on.

06-04-2012
7 Apps That Will Help Motivate You To Write More [Android]
6 Places You Can Find Great Creative Writing Prompts

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6 Places You Can Find Great Creative Writing Prompts

Writing can be difficult, and it’s not only full-time writers who suffer from “writer’s block”. Students have papers to write. Programmers have documentation to write. Teachers have curriculums to write. Marketing agents have advertisements to write. Small business owners have copy to write. No matter who you are, you’ve likely sat in front of a blank page without an idea of how to start.

03-04-2012
6 Places You Can Find Great Creative Writing Prompts
6 Mind-Blowing TED Talks About Psychology & Human Behavior

Internet Self Improvement

6 Mind-Blowing TED Talks About Psychology & Human Behavior

The human brain is complex and confusing, which explains why human behavior is so complex and confusing. People have a tendency to act one way when they feel something completely different. Here are a few interesting TED Talks that delve into human psychology and try to explain why we are the way we are.

30-03-2012
6 Mind-Blowing TED Talks About Psychology & Human Behavior
7 Womens Style & Fashion Blogs That You Should Follow

Internet

7 Womens Style & Fashion Blogs That You Should Follow

Let me start this post off with a sort of disclaimer: I’m not a woman. Because of that, this article will inevitably be skewed in a certain way. I’m not a woman, so I don’t know what women want. Thus, I can only say what I think women want. But I’m pretty in tune with that. At least, that’s what I’ve been told. So have no fears! I’ve gone through numerous fashion and style blogs aimed at women – yes, I did this willingly.

27-03-2012
7 Womens Style & Fashion Blogs That You Should Follow
7 Men’s Fashion & Style Blogs That You Should Follow

Internet

7 Men’s Fashion & Style Blogs That You Should Follow

Ever since the proliferation of services like Blogger (formerly Blogspot) and Wordpress in the mid-2000’s, blogging has grown to become one of the largest corners of the Internet. Recently, this corner has been dubbed the blogosphere. And guess what makes up a big portion of this so-called blogosphere? Fashion blogs!

20-03-2012
7 Men’s Fashion & Style Blogs That You Should Follow
Need A New Job Or Want To Volunteer? Check Out IdeaList.org!

Internet

Need A New Job Or Want To Volunteer? Check Out IdeaList.org!

If you happen to be looking for a new job, whether it’s because you don’t have one currently or you hate the one you have, then there are a few options: networking connections, Craigslist, Monster, as well as others. But on top of all those other options, have you considered IdeaList?

16-03-2012
Need A New Job Or Want To Volunteer? Check Out IdeaList.org!
Top 5 Survival Blogs To Read If You Hope To Survive The End Of The World

Internet

Top 5 Survival Blogs To Read If You Hope To Survive The End Of The World

So what happens when our world experiences some sort of apocalyptic disaster that renders modern civilization incapable of sustained existence? Or, I guess the more pressing question is, how are you going to survive? If we’ve learned anything from movies, you’ll spend a few years scavenging run-down supermarkets and grocery stores, looting canned goods and Twinkies. But then what?

13-03-2012
Top 5 Survival Blogs To Read If You Hope To Survive The End Of The World
10 Of The Funniest 5 Second Films That Will Get You Laughing

Internet

10 Of The Funniest 5 Second Films That Will Get You Laughing

Did you know that taking breaks is an essential aspect of maintaining your productivity levels? I’ve compiled a list of ten of the funniest 5 Second Films for you to enjoy. They are quick, they’re clever, and they pack a punch. At 5 seconds per clip, you can watch these, have a laugh, and get back to work in record time!

09-03-2012
10 Of The Funniest 5 Second Films That Will Get You Laughing
15 Twitter Hashtags That Every Writer Should Know About

Internet

15 Twitter Hashtags That Every Writer Should Know About

Although Facebook continues to defend its position as the most popular social networking platform, you shouldn’t focus all of your attention there. Where else can you go? Twitter! Twitter is a great resource for social networking, but especially so for writers. By taking advantage of hashtags, you can separate the useless and boring tweets from the ones that are interesting and pertinent.

06-03-2012
15 Twitter Hashtags That Every Writer Should Know About
Looking For A Lightweight Media Player? Try Media Player Classic – Home Cinema

Windows

Looking For A Lightweight Media Player? Try Media Player Classic – Home Cinema

As of 2012, there are a ton of media players available on the market, and many of them are free. With such a large selection, sometimes it can be hard to pick which software will suit you best. For media players, I have tried a bunch of them but ultimately settled on Media Player Classic – Home Cinema.

02-03-2012
Looking For A Lightweight Media Player? Try Media Player Classic – Home Cinema
6 Must-Listen Podcasts For Novelists, Screenwriters & Storytellers

Internet

6 Must-Listen Podcasts For Novelists, Screenwriters & Storytellers

Are you stuck in a writing slump? Have you ran out of story ideas? Are you puzzled and confused over the publishing industry? Do you need guidance on becoming a professional wordsmith? There are lots of resources – good and bad – out on the web, and they all claim to improve your writing, improve your sales, etc. But who has the time to browse and keep up with dozens, if not hundreds, of writing-related websites?

28-02-2012
6 Must-Listen Podcasts For Novelists, Screenwriters & Storytellers
Should You Quit Your Job? Use QuitOrNot To Help You Decide

Internet

Should You Quit Your Job? Use QuitOrNot To Help You Decide

Tell me if this sounds familiar. One day, after sending out numerous resumes and attending job interview after job interview, you finally land that job you so desperately need. You settle into the work environment, finish all of the tasks that are thrown your way, and everything seems to be going well. That is, until one day, you wake up and wonder whether or not this is the job you actually want for the rest of your life.

21-02-2012
Should You Quit Your Job? Use QuitOrNot To Help You Decide
The Top 7 Best Free IRC Clients for Windows 7

Windows

The Top 7 Best Free IRC Clients for Windows 7

For most of us, chatrooms might seem like a relic of the past, but they’re still around. If you’re interested in that sort of thing, you’ll want to look into the IRC protocol. For those of you who are already familiar with IRC, you can jump past the next section to the list of awesome IRC clients for Windows 7. For those of you who have never heard of IRC, here’s a quick crash course.

17-02-2012
The Top 7 Best Free IRC Clients for Windows 7