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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Gnome Shell is Almost Ready to Rock Your Desktop

Gnome Shell is Almost Ready to Rock Your Desktop

When Gnome Shell was first becoming available over a year ago, we took a look at it to see what the foundation was like, and to see what direction the Gnome desktop was likely to go. At the time, we liked it, though it was clearly a “rough draft” of what it could eventually become. […]

A Week with Pinguy – The Slick Ubuntu Remix

A Week with Pinguy – The Slick Ubuntu Remix

These days, Linux distros are a dime a dozen, especially in the field of the Ubuntu remix. Just about anyone thinks they can create a usable spinoff (they’re probably right) and that it’ll be wildly successful (they’re probably wrong). For this reason, we don’t often give a full writeup to an Ubuntu remix on MTE […]

Quick Tip: Adding Unread Count to GMail Favicon

Quick Tip: Adding Unread Count to GMail Favicon

The ability to “pin” tabs has been showing up in more web browsers these days, and it’s often a handy way to keep your ever-present favorite sites from taking up all the space in your tab bar. What’s often missing however is the information that is sometimes displayed in the title, such as GMail’s unread […]

How to Supercharge Your Shell with Bashish [Linux]

How to Supercharge Your Shell with Bashish [Linux]

If you’re a Linux (or even Mac) user, and you’ve never toyed with your shell prompt, you might not realize just how useful a good prompt can be. Sure, it can show your user and host names, and perhaps the current directory, but a really good prompt can do a whole lot more. Those who […]

Getting Enlightened with Bodhi Linux

Getting Enlightened with Bodhi Linux

In our recent discussion about Ubuntu Remixes, there were a few names that kept popping up in the comments. One of them was a distro mostly unknown to MTE but immediately of interest, and that’s Bodhi Linux. With an Ubuntu base it’s got a solid core behind it, but the real kicker is the Enlightenment […]

A First Look At Diaspora – The Open Social Network

A First Look At Diaspora – The Open Social Network

Some people love Facebook, others hate it, and many have a little of both. It can be a great way to keep in contact with old friends and relatives, but it’s also a great way for third parties to harvest loads of free data that may not be used the way you want. Plenty of […]

Ubuntu Remixes: 4 Of The Best Alternatives to Ubuntu

Ubuntu Remixes: 4 Of The Best Alternatives to Ubuntu

Our recent article entitled Ubuntu As Intended drew in a fair amount of discussion about the base software and configuration in the default Ubuntu install. Some readers pointed out a few alternatives that aim to take the standard Ubuntu desktop and give it more polish than the original. Some of these projects just include a […]

Ubuntu as Intended. My Experience Of Using the ‘Default’ Ubuntu

Ubuntu as Intended. My Experience Of Using the ‘Default’ Ubuntu

Like many so-called “power users”, the first thing I do after installing Linux is customize it. I set it to my preferred desktop settings, applications and configuration because I know what I like, and I normally go to great lengths to get it just right. Recently, after setting up a new Ubuntu Maverick install for […]

A Long Overdue Look at XFCE

A Long Overdue Look at XFCE

Here at MakeTechEasier, we’ve covered Linux desktop issues of all kinds, and we’ve examined desktop environments both well known (Gnome and KDE) as well as somewhat obscure (Window Maker, LXDE). For some reasons, we’ve never taken a close look at the very popular XFCE desktop environment. It’s nearly as feature-rich as Gnome, but with a […]