About Joshua Price

Josh Price is a senior MakeTechEasier writer and owner of Rain Dog Software

Articles by Joshua Price

How to Install Hundreds of Fonts at Once in Ubuntu [Quick Tips]

How to Install Hundreds of Fonts at Once in Ubuntu [Quick Tips]

Of all the things we get asked about by users transitioning from Windows to Linux, fonts come up as among the most frequently confusing aspects. While installing fonts in Ubuntu (or any Linux) is not difficult, it is quite different from Windows. For those who just want to get it over with once and for […]

5 Alternatives to Unity in Ubuntu Oneiric

5 Alternatives to Unity in Ubuntu Oneiric

With the past few releases, Ubuntu has been focusing more and more on their homegrown desktop Unity. Some people love it, but a lot of us don’t. Fortunately, as with all things Linux, there are many alternative options. For those of us who just can’t find a way to unite with Unity, here are 5 […]

Getting Started with Amazon EC2

Getting Started with Amazon EC2

When Amazon first launched their Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) in 2006, many people were a bit surprised. Those of us who’d always just thought of Amazon as a retailer were skeptical that they’d have much to offer. In the 5 years since then, Amazon has proven that they’re serious about this business and in making […]

Linux Running Too Slow?  Here’s How to Find the Cause

Linux Running Too Slow? Here’s How to Find the Cause

I think it’s safe to say that most people familiar with both Linux and Windows would tell you that your average Linux install would outperform an equivalent Windows install on the same machine. That may not always be the case, and some people might have contradictory stories to share, but that’s sure been this author’s […]

More Useful and Interesting Bash Prompts

More Useful and Interesting Bash Prompts

A while back, we listed 8 Useful and Interesting Bash Prompts. That turned out to be one of our most popular articles, and still generates user response and feedback. This time we’ve found a few more gems, as well as some handy tips and tricks for having the coolest shell prompt on the proverbial block.

4 More Things You Didn’t Know VLC Could Do

4 More Things You Didn’t Know VLC Could Do

VLC is great – it’s as simple as that. It’s so full of useful features that we’re already on our second article about some of the lesser known (but still really great) things it can do. Last time, we covered some gems such as the ability to normalize the audio tracks or transcode videos. This […]

Crave Invoice Review + Free Giveaway [Update: Contest Closed]

Crave Invoice Review + Free Giveaway [Update: Contest Closed]

As I recently learned while trying to start up my own business, finances are hard. REALLY hard. I mean, I’ve written software and compiled custom kernels and built unique Linux systems for years, but trying to track assets and liabilities and equity and invoices and balance sheets… it’s just beyond me, and I need software […]

How to Build a Lightweight Linux for your Low-End Laptop

How to Build a Lightweight Linux for your Low-End Laptop

Like many of you, I occasionally come into possession of an older laptop. Usually, it’s something that used to run Windows XP, sometimes even older. You always hear that Linux is supposed to be so great for resurrecting old hardware, but many modern desktop distributions with all their bells and whistles end up chugging along […]

How to Integrate Google Reader and Google+

How to Integrate Google Reader and Google+

Like many of you, I use a lot of Google products. It’s hard not to – they’re usually useful and free. To date, nearly everything Google has released has been a game-changer in its field. Earth, Maps, Gmail, Android, and countless other tools have each raised the bar for what we expect out of software, […]

6 More of the Coolest Chrome Web Apps

6 More of the Coolest Chrome Web Apps

Almost a year ago, we shared a few of the more fun and useful web applications for Google Chrome. Since then, several great new apps have been added to the Web Store, and a few of them really stand out. Sure, many of them are little more than links to a existing web app, and […]

How to Play MP3s From The Linux Command Line

How to Play MP3s From The Linux Command Line

At first, this may sound pointless. After all, aren’t there dozens of perfectly good GUI music apps out there? Haven’t we all found something we like, or at least don’t hate? Perhaps that’s true, but how much happier would you be if your music app of choice used a whole lot less resources? Or what […]

4 of the Best Economy Games for Linux

4 of the Best Economy Games for Linux

If you’re anything like me, sometimes you just crave a particular kind of game. Maybe it’s an FPS, maybe a puzzle game, maybe a new Real Time Strategy. Lately for me, it’s been games of economy. SimCity and Tycoon type games – where you build up your business/city to greatness through clever monetary strategy. As […]

How to Check for Rootkits on Linux, BSD, and OSX

How to Check for Rootkits on Linux, BSD, and OSX

Those of us in UNIX-land (and yes, Mac people, that includes you) don’t often have to deal with malware. There is room for debate about the exact reasons for that, but few would argue that Linux, BSD and OSX get hit as hard or as often as Windows. This does not, however, make us immune […]

Living with Fedora – A Debian/Ubuntu User’s Take on Fedora 15

Living with Fedora – A Debian/Ubuntu User’s Take on Fedora 15

I’ve been a die-hard Debian fan for about 10 years, and I’ve written several articles on the subject. That said, most of our Linux-savvy readers are Ubuntu users, so that’s been my main desktop OS for as long as I’ve been a MakeTechEasier writer. Ubuntu has always been fine, and generally got the job done […]

The 7 Best Minecraft Editors and Utilities for Linux

The 7 Best Minecraft Editors and Utilities for Linux

For an independent game with no storyline, no tutorial, and graphics that make Windows 95 look slick, Minecraft has developed an amazing following. Who could have ever predicted that shuffling virtual cubes around could be so fun and so full of possibilities? And if, somehow, you find yourself running out of ideas for your virtual […]

The Beginner Guide to Writing Linux Shell Scripts

The Beginner Guide to Writing Linux Shell Scripts

For starters – let’s clarify that headline. Linux has more than one possible shell, and scripting any of them is a subject that can easily pack a full book. What we’re going to be doing is covering the basic elements of a bash script. If you don’t know what shell you’re using, it’s probably bash. […]

How to Create Tilt Shift Effect in Gimp

How to Create Tilt Shift Effect in Gimp

This isn’t something you’ll often do for work or a real project, but it’s fun and it can look cool. Tilt shifting a photo is something that can be done by expensive fancy camera equipment or, fortunately for us, free software. The idea is that when you take a photo of small scale objects like […]

7 Linux Shell Tips For Increased Productivity

7 Linux Shell Tips For Increased Productivity

Love it or hate it, the command line is here to stay. Sure, there are new options emerging like TermKit but it’s unlikely that the command line will ever really go away. Those who take the time to master it can run productivity circles around their peers, but with the astonishing assortment of CLI tools […]

7 Beautiful Conky Configurations for Your Linux Desktop

7 Beautiful Conky Configurations for Your Linux Desktop

By now, most heavy Linux users are pretty familiar with Conky – the incredibly useful and versatile tool for displaying pretty much anything on your desktop. That includes “geeky” things like CPU usage, network activity, and hostname as well as more “casual” info like time, weather, and even Twitter updates. What many don’t know, however, […]