About Joshua Price

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

Articles by Joshua Price

5 Best Linux Software Packages for Kids

5 Best Linux Software Packages for Kids

Even when computers were first being introduced, engineers realized how useful they could be to teach children. There have been multiple games and even entire programming languages developed specifically for kids. Linux’s developer-friendly tendencies have made it an obvious choice as a platform to create software for children, and its security and stability leave little […]

6 More Greasemonkey Scripts for Your Browsing Enjoyment

6 More Greasemonkey Scripts for Your Browsing Enjoyment

We’ve previously covered Greasemonkey, an unbelievably useful Firefox extension that allows you to run user-created scripts that enhance what Firefox can do. Now, these scripts are no longer confined to Firefox. Chrome, Opera, and Safari also have support for user scripts, although sometimes with limitations. These scripts provide a huge range of capabilities, like revising […]

Peppermint OS – A New Take on the Web-Centric Desktop

Peppermint OS – A New Take on the Web-Centric Desktop

There are a LOT of Linux distros out there, so when it comes to distro reviews, we here at MakeTechEasier usually only go in for the ones offering something unique. Nearly all operating systems these days seem to be transitioning toward a faster and more web-centric experience. Some have embraced it more than others, and […]

6 Ways to Reclaim Your Privacy When Using Google Products

6 Ways to Reclaim Your Privacy When Using Google Products

Google knows a lot about you. To date, they’ve been pretty good about handling that information responsibly, but many people are still concerned over the quality and quantity of information held by the search giant. Additionally, other websites have learned to expect that we all use Google and have created tools to harvest as much […]

Launchy vs. GNOME Do vs. Kupfer

Launchy vs. GNOME Do vs. Kupfer

To many people, application launchers are not really worth much attention. After all, it’s just a box to type in a command, right? Perhaps that used to be it, but these days there are some tiny programs that can make a huge difference in productivity. Not only can you run a command, but you can […]

How to Manage Your Online Identity with Specto

How to Manage Your Online Identity with Specto

Every once in a while, a piece of software comes along that really makes you stop and think “That’s so simple, why haven’t we been doing it this way all along?” One such program is Specto, an extraordinarily simple yet amazingly useful desktop utility. As many of you have likely noticed, most modern operating systems […]

Reviews Of The Linux Torrent Clients

Reviews Of The Linux Torrent Clients

Bittorrent is the clear leader when it comes to efficiently distributing large files online. Just about any media site or Linux distribution offers files as torrents, and there are several options when it comes to the client you use to download those files. So many, in fact, that it can quickly become overwhelming when you […]

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 […]