Damien Oh started writing tech articles since 2007 and has over 10 years of experience in the tech industry. He is proficient in Windows, Linux, Mac, Android and iOS, and worked as a part time WordPress Developer. He is currently the owner and Editor-in-Chief of Make Tech Easier.
While there are tons of tools and services that you use to create survey forms and conduct surveys, If you wish to have full control over your data, LimeSurvey is a good survey application that you can install on your own server and host your own surveys.
We have shown you how to Facebook comment system to your WordPress blog, but if you prefer to use Google Plus Comments instead, here are a few ways that you can integrate Google Plus Comments in WordPress.
[Linux / Mac] While typing the command in the terminal, you can easily use the “Up” arrow to get it to show the last typed command. What if you want to search for a command that you typed last week? The solution is simple. Simply press the keyboard shortcut “Ctrl + R” and you can […]
If you are relying heavily on Google Maps on your Android phone to find your direction, you will be glad to know that you can save an area for offline use. This is useful as it allows you to plan ahead of your journey and prevent data usage while on the move. Saving the map […]
The default screen capture tool in Linux (particularly Ubuntu) is really minimal. If you are someone who need to take screen capture on a regular basis, I am sure you will appreciate the many features built into HotShots. It is really a lightweight and useful screen capture tool for Linux.
Now that Google Reader is gone, most of you have moved to Feedly and used it as the alternative to Google Reader. If you are a Google Chrome user, here are some extensions that you can use to improve your Feedly experience.
Shutting down the PC in Windows 8 is not really a straightforward matter. You have to move your mouse over to the lower-right corner and open up the Power settings before you can select the “Shut Down” option. Using the trick stated here, you can easily pin a “Shut Down” tile to the Start screen […]
If you have a highly confidential data that you need to share with your friends, how would you send the file across without compromising on its security? One way is to embed the message in an image and send the encrypted image over. This form of data encryption is known as Steganography. Here are 3 tools that allow you to do so in Linux.
[Android] When you install an app from Google Play on your Android phone, it will automatically add the app to your homescreen. If you prefer to keep your homescreen clean and not cluttered with all the apps, here is the way to prevent Google Play from auto-adding widgets to your Android homescreen. 1. Open Google […]
For those command line lovers, you can easily display a calendar in the terminal with this command: cal This will work in both Linux and Mac OS X. The default “cal” command will show the calendar for the current month. If you want it to show other month, say January 2012, just type: cal 01 […]
If you are concerned about the security of your data on Dropbox’s server, and are fed up with the storage limitation, you may want to try out AeroFS. It sync your files across computer without storing them in the cloud and you can store as many files as your hard disk can hold.
If you are a regular Facebook user, you will know that Facebook always show “Top Stories” in your news feed. I am not sure how Facebook determine which news is considered “Top stories”, but all I know is that I am missing out all my friends’ update that Facebook don’t deem as “Top stories”. There […]
We have often said that you should use a complicated and unique password for each and every of your account. You can do so with the aid of KeePass desktop password manager. This article will show you how to integrate KeePass with Chrome and Firefox in Ubuntu so you don’t have to remember any password again.
Feedly is one of the best Google Reader alternative, and yet, one of the major concern with Feedly is that you cannot export your RSS feeds out of it. Well, that was in the past. Feedly has recently make available the option to export all your feeds to OPML file. Here is how you can […]
Linux Deepin is a beautiful Linux Distro based on Ubuntu. The latest version 12.12 is even better, more elegant and is running more smoothly than its previous version. If you have no intention to format your PC and install Linux Deepin from scratch, here is how you can install the Linux Deepin Desktop on Ubuntu and access it from the login screen.
Most computers (and OSes) will automatically go into sleep mode when it has been idle for some time. This can be useful in reducing power consumption and extending the life span of your hardware. However, it can be frustrating when the computer goes to sleep while you are watching a movie, or just listen to […]
If you are using Google Chrome in Mac OS X, you will notice that clicking the green (maximize) button will only expand the browser window vertically. It doesn’t expand horizontally to fill up the screen. To get it to expand horizontally and fill up the screen, you just have to press “Shift” while clicking the […]
In Mac, you can easily take screenshot with the “Command + Shift + 3” and “Command + Shift + 4” shortcut keys. But what if you want to take a timed screenshot, say take a screenshot after a 10 seconds delay? Mac OS X comes with a hidden screen capture tool call Grab that allows […]
[Mac] When you open any document in Mac, you will only see the title of the document in the title bar. What if you want to find out the file path of the document? Rather than opening the Finder and search for the file path, simply press the “Command” button and mouse click on the […]
The “Guest Session” mode in Ubuntu is useful only if you are planning to share your computer with other users. If you want to get rid of the “Guest Session” option in the login screen, here is how you can disable Guest Account in Ubuntu.
If you are using the default Google keyboard in Android, here are a few tricks that you can use to improve your typing speed. 1. Press “space” twice to insert a period – Instead of physically typing a period at the end of each sentence, you can now hit the “Space” key twice and it […]
While there are tons of ways to schedule your Ubuntu to shutdown at a specified time, nothing beat the simplicity of EasyShutdown. And if you need more options, there is the ComplexShutdown as well. Check out how you can easily schedule your Ubuntu to shut down at a specific time.
While there are plenty of tools that allow you to schedule your Ubuntu to shutdown at a specified time, here is an inbuilt command that you can use to automate the shutdown of your computer. It will save you the effort of installing third party software too. Open a terminal and type: sudo shutdown -h […]
The usual way to shut down your Mac OS X is to move your mouse to the Apple icon (at the top left corner), click on it and select the Shutdown option. You will be shown a confirmation dialog and only when you click the “Shut Down” button, then will the machine shut down. What […]
If you are a Ubuntu as well as Google Keep user, here is a quick and easy way to add Google Keep to the Unity Launcher. This trick only works in Google Chrome. 1. Open Google Chrome and install the Google Keep app. 2. Launch the Google Keep app. It should show up in a […]
The good thing about the Windows 8’s Modern interface is that you can pin your favorite apps to the Start screen. However, if you pinned too many apps to the screen, navigating them can be a chore. On a tablet, you can move around in the Start screen by swiping left/right. On the desktop, you […]
Don’t you hate it when people use your computer without your permission? f your laptop comes with a webcam, you can easily set up motion detection software to find out who is using your computer when you are not around. This article will show you how to set up a motion detection webcam in Ubuntu.
Do you know that all the default Unity lenses come with a keyboard shortcut that you can use to quickly access it? For example, you can use “Super + a” to open the Application lens and “Super + f” to open the Files lens. What if you have installed a custom lens and want to […]
In Windows Vista, 7 and 8, you can easily add up to 2 additional clocks to the notification area. This is useful if you are working with people in other time zones. On the desktop, click the clock in the notification area, followed by “Change date and time settings”. Click the “Additional Clocks” tab. You […]
It is easy to take a screenshot in Ubuntu, but what if you want the system to take a screenshot automatically at a regular interval, say every 5 seconds? Here is a quick way you can take screenshots in Ubuntu at regular interval.
One of the good things about the Unity desktop is the appindicator feature that provides quick access to key parts of your application. For those who are using Ubuntu, but have replaced the Unity desktop with Gnome Shell, one of the frustration is that the appindicator does not work in Gnome Shell. Luckily, with a simple extension, you can now get those appindicator icons to work in Gnome Shell.
When you first install Ubuntu on your computer, you have the option to change the system language to your preferred language. However if you have set English as the default language and later wish to change to another system language, there is an easy way to do so in the System Settings. Here is how you can change the system language in Ubuntu.
The Unity Smart Scopes is a powerful search tool for the Unity Dash in Ubuntu. It was left out of Ubuntu 13.04 because of stability issue. If you are one of those who love to try bleeding edge stuff, here is how you can install Unity Smart Scopes in Ubuntu 13.04.
Google has recently introduced the new tabbed inbox in Gmail which will auto-sort your emails into various tabs and help you to be more productive. This new tabbed inbox interface is not activated by default. This article will show you how you can activate and configure the tabbed inbox in Gmail.
If you are a frequent terminal user, you may come across situations where you need to debug the code or copy the output of a script for future reference. Here is one way that you can use to record terminal session in Ubuntu to obtain the log file of all the input commands you have entered and their outputs .
By default, the Spotlight feature will index everything in your Mac and return the results when you do a search. Here is how you can prevent Spotlight from indexing a particular folder. 1. Go to “System Preferences -> Spotlight”. 2. Click the “Privacy” tab. 3. Click the “+” button to add the folder that you […]
If you are using Ubuntu and you have some private documents that you don’t want them to be publicly accessible. You can create an encrypted directory and store all your files in this folder. With Gnome Encfs Manager, it turns out to be an easy task.
If you have installed Skype in Ubuntu, you will notice that it doesn’t come with an indicator displayed in the system tray. Use this method to install Skype instead: In the terminal, type: sudo add-apt-repository "deb http://archive.canonical.com/ $(lsb_release -sc) partner" sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install skype && sudo apt-get -f install This will install […]
For those that need to work constantly on SSH, it can be very frustrating when the system cut you off after a period of time. This article shows you the method to keep SSH connection always alive until you disconnect it.
When resizing application windows in Mac, there are a few tricks that you can do to make the resizing more efficient. 1. Move your cursor to the edge (side or top) of the window. You should see the cursor change into a double arrow. 2. Click the left mouse key together with any of the […]
If you are creating a new account on a site, Google Chrome can automatically generate a new secure password for you and insert into the password field. 1. In Google Chrome, type “about:flags” in the omnibox. 2. Scroll down the list till you find the field “Enable password generation“. Click “Enable”. 3. Relaunch the Chrome […]
Other than entering URL and perform a search, you can make use of the Omnibox (aka the address bar) to perform a quick Mathematics calculation. Simply type your sum, like “9 + 5 = ” and the result will show up immediately in the drop down.