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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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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
8 Inspirational Videos That Will Instantly Pump Up Your Motivation

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8 Inspirational Videos That Will Instantly Pump Up Your Motivation

How do you feel about motivational videos? You may think that they’re nothing more than glorified, digital pep rallies where overly optimistic people preach empty words of success, victory, and ultimately happiness. And to some extent, you may be right. Many motivational speakers give off a manipulative vibe, which often detracts from their message – and often times, motivational videos are no better.

10-02-2012
8 Inspirational Videos That Will Instantly Pump Up Your Motivation
5 Best Free Nature Galleries When You Just Want to Sit Back & Look at Beautiful Photos

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5 Best Free Nature Galleries When You Just Want to Sit Back & Look at Beautiful Photos

Have you been feeling stressed out lately? Or have you been feeling the urge to view and enjoy everything nature has to offer? Or do you just need a quick and simple way to kick back, relax, and let go – even temporarily? If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, you may want to consider taking a trip out into the wild, blocking out the stress from your mind and taking in nature in all its beautiful glory.

07-02-2012
5 Best Free Nature Galleries When You Just Want to Sit Back & Look at Beautiful Photos
5 Excellent Open Source Content Management Systems To Start A Website

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5 Excellent Open Source Content Management Systems To Start A Website

Every day, more and more people are building their own websites and leading their own communities. Soon, owning a website will be akin to owning a car or a house. If you’re looking to start a website of your very own but don’t have much technological knowledge or experience, your best bet would be to get familiar with content management systems, or CMS’s.

31-01-2012
5 Excellent Open Source Content Management Systems To Start A Website
8 Fascinating Artisan Videos That Everyone Should Watch

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8 Fascinating Artisan Videos That Everyone Should Watch

Have you ever watched a masterful expert perform their work with such skill and passion that you had no choice but to watch and admire in awe? As I scour the Internet from day to day, I run into videos of these masters every once in a while. And every time, I can’t help but stare in wonder and respect. An artisan is a craftsman who is a master of their field.

27-01-2012
8 Fascinating Artisan Videos That Everyone Should Watch
6 Useful about:config Tweaks You Should Know for Firefox 8+

Browsers

6 Useful about:config Tweaks You Should Know for Firefox 8+

Are you browsing this article in Firefox? If not, go ahead and fire up the browser and take a look at all the options you can change. It’s pretty easy to customize Firefox, right? Especially with the abundance of extensions and add-ons that are available throughout the web. But did you know about about:config? Did you know that you can further customize your browser by manually editing individual settings?

24-01-2012
6 Useful about:config Tweaks You Should Know for Firefox 8+
5 Free Apps for Managing & Playing Your Music [Android 2.2+]

Android

5 Free Apps for Managing & Playing Your Music [Android 2.2+]

Whether you’re a tech-geek fanatic or a tech-illiterate layman, there’s at least one thing that resonates between both groups – a love for music. Regardless of genre, whether it’s country, metal, classical, or dubstep, most people love music in one form or another. And if you’ve got an Android smartphone, you may as well be using it to play back your favorite tunes on the go.

20-01-2012
5 Free Apps for Managing & Playing Your Music [Android 2.2+]
5 Critical Mistakes To Avoid When Setting Goals

Web Culture

5 Critical Mistakes To Avoid When Setting Goals

Goal setting is a great way to cut down on procrastination and boost productivity. If you don’t have goals, you don’t have direction. Without direction, it’s easy for you to feel lost and confused. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways you can keep track of your goals, whether you use an online goal tracker, an iPhone app, or even just a pocket notebook.

17-01-2012
5 Critical Mistakes To Avoid When Setting Goals
3 Fun Typing Games To Race Your Friends With Your Keyboard

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3 Fun Typing Games To Race Your Friends With Your Keyboard

Technology is advancing at a rapid pace, yet much of our digital communication still relies on the keyboard. Starting with the typewriter – which debuted way back in the middle of the 19th century – we’ve had to supplement our speaking and writing with typing. Even now, we still use the keyboard to communicate from computer to computer – websites, forums, chatrooms, instant messengers and email.

13-01-2012
3 Fun Typing Games To Race Your Friends With Your Keyboard
The Top 10 Photoshop Blunders Of All Time

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The Top 10 Photoshop Blunders Of All Time

Over the past decade or two, Adobe’s Photoshop image editing software has become a staple in the world of graphics and media. In fact, Photoshop’s popularity and usage is so widespread that the word “photoshop” has become a colloquial verb meaning to edit and touch up an image. Unfortunately, not every image that is put through Photoshop turns out well.

10-01-2012
The Top 10 Photoshop Blunders Of All Time
5 Best Animal Rescue Sites To Find Your Next Pet

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5 Best Animal Rescue Sites To Find Your Next Pet

If you’re thinking of adding a new pet to your household, you may want to look into adopting or rescuing one from a shelter instead of buying one from the nearest pet store. Local animal shelters and rescue groups temporarily house homeless dogs, cats, and other animals that are in need of owners. Why rescue from a shelter instead of buying from a pet store?

06-01-2012
5 Best Animal Rescue Sites To Find Your Next Pet
5 Ways To Kick Your Moleskine Notebook Up A Notch

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5 Ways To Kick Your Moleskine Notebook Up A Notch

Over the years, the Moleskine notebook has become a trademark staple for anyone dabbling in creative endeavors. In fact, the Moleskine is almost as iconic as the Apple laptop, the hipster glasses, and the daily visits to Starbucks. But simply having one of these notebooks won’t be enough to spark your productivity and get your steam pumping towards optimal efficiency.

30-12-2011
5 Ways To Kick Your Moleskine Notebook Up A Notch
How To Remove The Google Redirect Virus From Your Computer

Windows

How To Remove The Google Redirect Virus From Your Computer

Are all of your Google search results redirecting to weird, obnoxious, or otherwise shady websites? If so, your computer may be infected by a form of the Google Redirect Virus (GRV). While the virus can be problematic, it is possible to remove it completely off your system. Unlike most cases of malware, this virus embeds itself deeper into your system.

28-12-2011
How To Remove The Google Redirect Virus From Your Computer