Tavis J. Hampton

Tavis J. Hampton is a freelance writer from Indianapolis. He is an avid user of free and open source software and strongly believes that software and knowledge should be free and accessible to all people. He enjoys reading, writing, teaching, spending time with his family, and playing with gadgets.

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A Review of Red Eclipse, Free and Open Source FPS

A Review of Red Eclipse, Free and Open Source FPS

The number of truly free and open source games available for download is small in general, but in terms of genre, first-person shooters (FPS) have plenty of representation. This is largely due to the 3D engines that have been released into the free software community, which lend themselves well to FPS games. The Cube Engine 2 is […]

Open Source File Syncing And Collaboration With Sparkleshare

Open Source File Syncing And Collaboration With Sparkleshare

Whenever software development or any other type of project requires collaboration, the process of exchanging files, saving them, revising, and re-uploading can be tedious. Because of this, developers have created revisioning control systems. These systems have even been used for documentation in collaborative tools like wikis. Sparkleshare is an extension of these collaboration tools that provides a […]

5 More Intriguing KDE Apps

5 More Intriguing KDE Apps

Ever so often, I take a stroll over to KDE-Apps.org and look at some of the fantastic creations people from the KDE community develop. There are a wide range of apps in nearly every category, but I have selected 5 that stand out and would be very useful additions to my desktop and hopefully yours […]

M.A.R.S. – A Ridiculous Shooter, Indie Game Showcase

M.A.R.S. – A Ridiculous Shooter, Indie Game Showcase

At MakeTechEasier, we  have reviewed quite a handful of cross-platform indie games. The latest to catch our attention is M.A.R.S. – a ridiculous shooter (their words, not mine). Like some of the other favorites we have highlighted, M.A.R.S. is a 2D retro-style arcade game with some modern features like online multiplayer matches. The weird thing about […]

Create To-do Lists and Organize Notes With myTinyTodo

Create To-do Lists and Organize Notes With myTinyTodo

As a freelancer, I have tried all types of to-do lists and electronic notepads to help me be more efficient and keep track of all of my work and clients. There are many good desktop solutions and also many good online cloud-based solutions. But if you want something simple that you can install on your own […]

Sprinkle Some Eye Candy on your KDE Desktop

Sprinkle Some Eye Candy on your KDE Desktop

KDE is beautiful, even if you never change a thing on your desktop. What makes it even more appealing is all of the customizable visual features. Three areas you should consider spicing up a little are your KDE style/theme, your Plasma Workspace theme, and your icons. The following are just a few of the most popular […]

Back to Basics with KDE 4

Back to Basics with KDE 4

After our review of KDE 4.6, we received a great deal of positive comments, but not all of them were sparkling assessments of KDE’s functionality. For that reason, I have decided to get back to the basics this week with a little how-to guide for KDE 3 users who may be reluctant to switch to […]

How to Remotely Control KTorrent

How to Remotely Control KTorrent

KTorrent is KDE’s BitTorrent client that has a uniquely useful plugin allowing users to connect and add torrents remotely using a web browser. In a previous post, we gave you a taste of what Ktorrent can do. Today, you will learn how to start Ktorrent remotely, add torrents from URLs or file uploads, and make […]

How to Format Your Book for the Kindle

How to Format Your Book for the Kindle

Some time ago, MakeTechEasier gave you an extensive 3-part guide to formatting a book using OpenOffice.org. That guide was specifically oriented toward print publications, and while it may be sufficient for PDF ebooks, formatting a book for Amazon’s Kindle e-reader takes a little more attention and care. Generally speaking, a Kindle book is just HTML and […]

How to Use CSS3 Pie to Modernize Internet Explorer

How to Use CSS3 Pie to Modernize Internet Explorer

One of the biggest dilemmas facing web developers is the incompatibility of various Internet Explorer versions with current web standards. Although Microsoft has promised CSS3 and even HTML5 support for IE9, Windows users, especially businesses, may continue to use IE8, IE7, or even the dreaded IE6 for years to come. As a result, coding a […]

KDE 4.6 Review: It’s Full Of Awesomeness

KDE 4.6 Review: It’s Full Of Awesomeness

On January 26th of this year, KDE released version 4.6.0 of its Plasma Workspaces, Applications, and Development Platform. While many major versions of KDE have focused on features, 4.5 was mostly a stabilizing release, fixing thousands of bugs. The 4.6 release is all about polish. It is the icing on the cake for KDE 4, adding speed, visual […]

How to Encode WebM Videos for YouTube in Linux

How to Encode WebM Videos for YouTube in Linux

WebM is the new open video file format that Google created for HTML5 video. It is a combination of the VP8 video codec and Ogg Vorbis audio codec, wrapped in a Matroska container. It is free and open source, giving anyone the ability to encode videos without restrictions, and play them in supported browsers (Mozilla […]

Steel Storm Indie Game Review

Steel Storm Indie Game Review

As the indie game market continues to grow, we thought it would be timely to kick off 2011 with another game review. Steel Storm, a game produced by a small company called Kot in Action Creative Artel, is a top-down arcade shooter that puts you in control of a small futuristic aircraft. Like the addictive space […]

A Review Of KidZui: The Internet For Kids

A Review Of KidZui: The Internet For Kids

The Internet is a scary virtual world for parents. Letting your children loose on the Internet is like sending them out on the street without a chaperone. Internet filters may protect them from stumbling upon the most offensive websites, but they do nothing to guide them to educational or kid-safe fun sites. That is up […]

How to Setup HDMI Digital Playback in Linux

How to Setup HDMI Digital Playback in Linux

Like many people, I have an HDTV in my house that supports HDMI input devices, such as Blu-ray players. I also like to watch streaming content over the Internet, downloaded videos, and listen to music all from my TV and home theater system. Unfortunately, I do not have a Boxee box or a Roku box. […]

The Kno Textbook Tablet Preview

The Kno Textbook Tablet Preview

Almost every new tablet that has emerged in the iPad-dominated market has essentially been a direct competitor to the iPad, offering little, if any, basic usability advantages. It is for that reason that the Kno tablet stands out from the crowd. This tablet is being marketed to schools that are tired of dealing with the […]

How to Install and Use Dropbox in Kubuntu

How to Install and Use Dropbox in Kubuntu

We have gone through how you can upgrade your Dropbox to version 1.0 in Ubuntu, but that method won’t work for Kubuntu (which is running KDE). The frontend for Ubuntu included with Dropbox currently has Gnome dependencies, namely Nautilus. If you are using Kubuntu or any other KDE-based distribution, you probably do not want Nautilus […]

How to Change Linux Displays on the Fly with Disper

How to Change Linux Displays on the Fly with Disper

Using Linux on a laptop has always been a hit and miss affair. With sometimes obscure proprietary hardware, many laptop manufacturers have showed no interest in supporting the free operating system. Nevertheless, through hard work by developers and support from some hardware manufacturers, Linux now supports a wide variety of laptops and netbooks. Many laptop […]