Joshua Price

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

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, […]

How to Create Basic CSS-Powered Web Sites

How to Create Basic CSS-Powered Web Sites

Whether you know it or not, you’re taking advantage of CSS just about any time you open a web browser. It’s the template system used by nearly every modern website to give pages their layout and appearance. Some of you may be thinking “I’ve made websites before and it was easy, I never needed any […]

The New MakeTechEasier Job Board!

The New MakeTechEasier Job Board!

Most of you who read this site have plenty of technical skill, but it might not be put to good use. Perhaps you’re one of many victims of the current economy, or maybe you’re just stuck working for an MBA who can’t tell a website from a wristwatch. If you’re jobless, or just looking for […]

How to Recover Data and Partitions for Free with TestDisk

How to Recover Data and Partitions for Free with TestDisk

Sometimes in the world of free software, you have to make the best of what’s available. Sometimes what’s available isn’t all that great. When I suddenly lost some critical data as a result of a corrupted drive, I thought I’d have to shell out some potentially serious cash for a high-quality recovery utility. In my […]

How to Gather Hardware Information in Linux

How to Gather Hardware Information in Linux

Can you name your motherboard’s chipset off the top of your head? What about NIC type? If not, how would you go about finding it? Could you do it from the command line? As with a lot of Linux software, there are many ways to go about this. Some tools are built right into any […]

How to Get Those Hard-to-Reach RSS Feeds

How to Get Those Hard-to-Reach RSS Feeds

Has there ever been a site you really liked, and you really wanted to subscribe, but there’s no sign of a feed anywhere? Or maybe an old favorite reorganized their site layout, and now that you want to subscribe, you can’t find the button. Perhaps you just want more sources of news for a particular […]

How to Multitask at the Linux Command Line with Screen

How to Multitask at the Linux Command Line with Screen

I’ll admit up front – it’s embarrassingly late for me to have discovered screen. Friends and coworkers have been suggesting it to me for years, but it wasn’t until recently that I had a concrete need for it. Now I wish I’d had it all along. In short, screen gives you the equivalent of the […]

The Complete Guide to Set Up a Minecraft Server

The Complete Guide to Set Up a Minecraft Server

Minecraft is one of the most engrossing PC games to come out in the last few years, and with the semi-recent additions to SMP mode, it’s more fun than ever to host your own custom server. Getting the basic server up and running isn’t that difficult, but that’s only part of the picture. Once the […]

8 Of The Coolest Brushes For The Gimp

8 Of The Coolest Brushes For The Gimp

Like almost any piece of software with rudimentary drawing capability, Gimp includes simple brushes like squares, circles, and fuzzy circles. While they get you by for many basic needs, there’s a lot more you can do. Everything from flowers and vines to flames and bubbles can be created by brushes, and today we’re going to […]

Perform A Reverse Image Search With TinEye

Perform A Reverse Image Search With TinEye

When I first heard of TinEye, my first thought was “What exactly is a REVERSE image search?”¬†Well it turns out it’s quite clever and useful. If you’ve got an image, TinEye will examine the actual image contents (not just keywords, tags, and such) to find the source (or any other instances) of that image. Of […]

Play Your Music Anywhere with Amazon’s Brand New Cloud Player

Play Your Music Anywhere with Amazon’s Brand New Cloud Player

Amazon just released their new Cloud Player service to go alongside their Cloud Drive and MP3 Store. What this means is that we’ve all now got access to a free 5GB of space to not only hold our music but stream it anywhere, with iTunes integration, playlists, album art and all. Word on the net […]

DexOS – The Tiny Toy OS That Runs Like a Game Console

DexOS – The Tiny Toy OS That Runs Like a Game Console

Most of the time at MTE, we focus on tutorials, reviews, and other practical applications of modern technology. Occasionally, however, some neat new toy pops up that we’ve just got to share. Such is DexOS, and if you’ve got an affinity for custom operating systems or new ways of computing, you might enjoy tinkering with […]

Fedora 15 vs Ubuntu Natty Narwhal – The Battle for Your Next Desktop

Fedora 15 vs Ubuntu Natty Narwhal – The Battle for Your Next Desktop

With the changes coming to the desktops of some major Linux distributions, it looks like we’re beginning to see some welcome differentiation between how each distro presents itself to users. Fedora and Ubuntu are of course well known as some of the most popular and user-friendly Linux systems, and while they have many similarities, their […]

How to Colorize Black And White Photos with Gimp

How to Colorize Black And White Photos with Gimp

Ever come across an old family photo that would really look great if it had some color? Or perhaps you found a gorgeous wallpaper online but the monochromatic color scheme just doesn’t fit with the desktop of your dreams. Thanks to modern photo editing programs like the Gimp, this process is a lot easier than […]

Linux Startup Taking Too Long?  Chart It!

Linux Startup Taking Too Long? Chart It!

Hardware keeps getting faster and faster, and most of us are running machines that would have been unthinkably speedy a decade ago, yet somehow it never seems to feel that way. As the hardware gets faster, the software seems to get bigger and slower and we always seem to end up with something that dances […]

Googsystray: Keep Track Of Your Google Apps Activities In The System Tray

Googsystray: Keep Track Of Your Google Apps Activities In The System Tray

While it may not have the world’s catchiest name, Googsystray is a heck of a useful app. That is, if you use a lot of Google apps like GMail, Reader, and especially Voice. It doesn’t just show you unread counts like so many other utilities, Googsystray integrates tightly with the Google services to give you […]

How to Manage Ruby Installations Easily with RVM

How to Manage Ruby Installations Easily with RVM

Those unfamiliar with software development may be surprised at how many so-called grey areas there can be. Even if you know you want to write, say, a Rails app, you’ve got several more specific decisions to make. What database should you use? Which version of Ruby? Which gems should be installed? Will it conflict with […]