About Joshua Price

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

Articles by Joshua Price

Getting Started with Inkscape

Getting Started with Inkscape

Most images on the web such as JPG, PNG, and GIF are raster images – grids of pixels that each hold a color value. Raster images are great for photos of real people and events, but they have drawbacks. When you scale a raster image up or down in size, you’re losing data and/or clarity […]

How to Create Screencasts in Linux

How to Create Screencasts in Linux

MakeTechEasier.com is exploring the possibility of creating screencasts for our users, so that we can quickly visualize some of the tutorials that might make more sense in a video format. In researching this, we found an awful lot of software for desktop recording. These programs can differ widely in features like video quality, performance, and […]

Beginner’s Guide to Grep

Beginner’s Guide to Grep

There is a classic bit of computer wisdom that states “If you’ve got a problem, and decide to solve it with regular expressions, now you’ve got two problems.” This of course stems from the perception that regular expressions are a complicated mix of magic characters and Voodoo. Regular expressions can allow you to achieve elegant […]

Quick Review: What You Should Expect For Ubuntu 10.04

Quick Review: What You Should Expect For Ubuntu 10.04

Ubuntu is set to release their next Long Term Support version at the end of April, and we now have a beta version to look at and see what we can expect. There are some pretty big changes coming in Lucid Lynx, many of which are partly or fully implemented in the current beta. There […]

How to Selectively Color Images in 5 Minutes

How to Selectively Color Images in 5 Minutes

Using color to highlight a particular portion of your image can have drastic effects on the end result. Using photo editors like Photoshop and Gimp you can emphasize whatever colors you choose in an image. Music videos and films like Sin City used this extensively, and the resulting look can be replicated in Gimp in […]

Google Reader Play – The New Web Discovery Portal

Google Reader Play – The New Web Discovery Portal

Like many of you, I use Google Reader to keep track of new content from my favorite news sites and blogs. As a feed reader, it does a great job of storing and organizing information from countless sources. My friends can share their favorite Reader items with me, and I can with them. One thing […]

A Brief History of Brown: Ubuntu Feature Timeline

A Brief History of Brown: Ubuntu Feature Timeline

Love it or hate it, Ubuntu has changed the way Linux is perceived by many. What was once a mysterious hacker OS is now on the desktop of many technophobic grandmothers, and part of that success in recent years is due to Ubuntu. Next month, we’ll have the newest long-term release, 10.04 Lucid Lynx. A […]

Beginner’s Guide to Git

Beginner’s Guide to Git

If you’re a Linux user, you’ve likely come across Git at some point, perhaps while trying to download a new program or looking into version control systems like CVS or Subversion. Git is the revision control system created by the Linux kernel’s famous Linus Torvalds due to a lack of satisfaction with existing solutions. The […]

How to Create Space Scenes Quickly and Easily in Gimp

How to Create Space Scenes Quickly and Easily in Gimp

I’m a sucker for a cool space wallpaper, and judging by the images I find online, so are many of you. Creating a cool space scene can be done in a few minutes once you’ve got the basic method down, and Gimp provides several ways to go about adding random elements to keep things interesting. […]

Smarter P2P with FrostWire

Smarter P2P with FrostWire

FrostWire is a free, open source multiplatform Gnutella and Bittorrent P2P client. It’s based on LimeWire, and includes many features from LimeWire’s Pro version. It includes such features as live chat, encrypted transfers, iTunes compatibility, and even built-in content through FrostWire’s 100% legal content site – FrostClick.com.

How to Create Your Own Torrent Tracker with RivetTracker

How to Create Your Own Torrent Tracker with RivetTracker

There are some things that are less about usefulness, and more about the cool factor. One such thing is setting up your own torrent tracker. There are plenty of legitimate use cases, but for most people, a personal tracker would be overkill. If, however, you need to distribute large files without wasting bandwidth, or just […]

How to Turn Your Linux Box into a Home Theater with Boxee

How to Turn Your Linux Box into a Home Theater with Boxee

Boxee is a home theater PC software program that runs on Linux and has been designed to be used like an interactive TV, somewhat like the Xbox 360 interface. In fact it’s based on another program called XBMC which was originally created to run on the first Xbox consoles. These days, you can use Boxee […]

Better Linux Package Management with Checkinstall

Better Linux Package Management with Checkinstall

If you use Linux in any depth, you’re eventually have to install a program from source code. Normally the process is pretty quick and painless, but it still has some drawbacks, especially when it comes to upgrading or uninstalling that program. To help resolve this, we’ve got checkinstall, a useful tool that adds some cleverness […]

Linux Gaming With Sabayon Gaming Edition DVD

Linux Gaming With Sabayon Gaming Edition DVD

One of the most common complaints I hear about Linux is that it’s just no good for gaming. Some complain about hardware support, others the lack of titles, others that it’s just too complicated. It’s true that Linux probably isn’t the first platform that comes to mind when I think about PC gaming, but some […]

8 Of The Best Linux Dockapps

8 Of The Best Linux Dockapps

How much functionality can you pack into a 64×64 square? That’s the basic question behind many dockapps – utilities that can be run on the “dock” of many popular desktop environments. While most of them are designed for Step-type window managers such as Windowmaker, these dockapps can also run in things like XFCE, Fluxbox and […]

Is Google Buzz a Facebook Killer?

Is Google Buzz a Facebook Killer?

While the dust is still settling from Chrome OS, Wave, Android, and the Nexus One, Google drops another big announcement with Google Buzz, a new social networking platform. Some of you may be thinking “they’ve already tried that“. That’s true, but there are a few things that make Buzz particularly interesting. Namely, it’s integrated with […]

8 Places to Find Free Web Templates

8 Places to Find Free Web Templates

Perhaps you want to dabble in web design. Perhaps you want a place to sell your crafts online. Perhaps the lady in the house next door really wants to post pictures of her cat. There are a lot of reasons to want a website, but not everyone is willing or able to design something nice […]

How to Remove Windows Viruses with Linux

How to Remove Windows Viruses with Linux

Viruses. They happen to almost everyone. If they don’t happen to you, it’ll be your cousin Stan who get joins the malware-of-the-month club, and you’re the only person he knows who can fix a computer. The problem is, things are so screwed up that Windows won’t even start properly. And if it does, the virus […]

How to Clone Drives and Partitions with Clonezilla

How to Clone Drives and Partitions with Clonezilla

Some hard drive cloning programs support a wide variety of filesystems. Some can create image files and store only the sectors that are actually in use. Some can clone over a network, and a few can multicast a drive or image file to multiple targets simultaneously. Clonezilla can do all of the above, with the […]

How to Fix Broken AVI Files with DivFix++

How to Fix Broken AVI Files with DivFix++

We’ve all had it happen. You download a (perfectly legitimate) AVI file and go to play it, only to find that it’s got a corrupted index, or bad frames, or other such flaws. Ideally, you can find a repair utility that can actually fix the files instead of all the hassle of re-downloading or re-encoding […]