About Joshua Price

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

Articles by Joshua Price

How to Easily Create Abstract Wallpaper In Gimp

How to Easily Create Abstract Wallpaper In Gimp

Just about everyone loves a good looking abstract desktop background, but not everyone agrees on exactly what defines “good looking”. There are dozens of websites that specialize in these types of images, but you have to sift through hundreds, sometimes thousands, to find one you really like. Sometimes, after all the searching, the one you […]

5 Things You Didn’t Know VLC Could Do

5 Things You Didn’t Know VLC Could Do

There’s a good chance that if you’re reading this, you’re familiar with VLC, the high quality audio and video player for Linux, Mac, and Windows. Its speed, portability, and built-in support for most common codecs make VLC an extremely popular choice for playing video. While that’s all well and good, VLC can do a lot […]

Exaile – The First Linux Media Player I Don’t Hate

Exaile – The First Linux Media Player I Don’t Hate

Anyone who knows me will have heard me rant about the poor state of music software, particularly for Linux. There seem to be two types of music players out there: the tiny ones that don’t get in your way but often lack important playlist features or format support, and the monstrous software beasts that drag […]

Linux File Managers Roundup

Linux File Managers Roundup

Whatever your desktop environment of choice, it likely came with its own file manager. Some have one pane, some have two panes, some work in Gnome, others in KDE, and they all have different options. If the default doesn’t work for you, how do you find the best replacement? How do you know if it […]

How to Set Up “Legend of the Green Dragon” Server

How to Set Up “Legend of the Green Dragon” Server

Those who weren’t fortunate enough to have been a nerd in the 80s or early 90s likely missed out on one of the precursors to today’s Word Wide Web, the Bulletin Board System. Many BBS users will remember Legend of the Red Dragon (LORD), an extremely popular text based RPG game. It was the “killer […]

Extreme Desktop Makeover: Josh Edition

Extreme Desktop Makeover: Josh Edition

Many people don’t really care about how their desktop is set up. Those people tend to leave things pretty much at the defaults, or maybe just change the wallpaper or color scheme. Some of us, however, consider desktop layout to be vitally important to productivity. Personally, I like to keep maximum information available at all […]

Linux Dock Roundup

Linux Dock Roundup

Maybe you like OSX, maybe you want a quick place to launch and manage applications, maybe you just want a little eye candy. Whatever the reason, many of us like to use a dock on our desktop. As with most Linux software, there’s no shortage of options and not a lot of clear information on […]

How to Install Google Go in Ubuntu

How to Install Google Go in Ubuntu

What do you get when you mix Python and C? According to Google, it’s Go – a new programming language developed in-house and later open sourced. Go was created by a small team inside Google, including the well known Ken Thompson, co-inventor of Unix and major influence on C. It was created out of a […]

Choosing The Best Linux Filesystem For Your PC

Choosing The Best Linux Filesystem For Your PC

If you’re a Linux user, you’ve likely been asked at some point if you want Ext3, Ext4, XFS, ReiserFS, Btrfs, or one of many other filesystem acronyms. This choice confuses new and old users alike, and like all software, the options change as technology improves. Many people probably don’t care what filesystem they use as […]

6 Tools to Easily Create Your Own Custom Linux Distro

6 Tools to Easily Create Your Own Custom Linux Distro

While it’s hard to make the claim that there aren’t enough Linux distros out there, it’s also hard to escape the fact that no distribution is all things to all people. There are all kinds of reasons to consider rolling your own, but many people never make the attempt because it seems like such a […]