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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How to Install QtCurve in KDE

How to Install QtCurve in KDE

In a previous MTE article, you learned how to create a unified desktop using the KDE 4 Oxygen themes for KDE, GTK, and Firefox. Oxygen is clean, simple, and visually pleasing, but some people want a little more flexibility. QtCurve is a theming system that gives you the configuring power to have varieties of themes, […]

How to Install OpenOffice.org 3.2 in Ubuntu 9.10

How to Install OpenOffice.org 3.2 in Ubuntu 9.10

Few free software projects have had as large of an impact as OpenOffice.org.  It is used by millions of users all over the world and is the primary competition to Microsoft Office in the desktop market.  The latest version of OpenOffice.org (3.2) adds a number of notable features worth trying.  Among them are: Faster startup […]

How to Install And Setup Ubuntu One In Kubuntu

How to Install And Setup Ubuntu One In Kubuntu

Last year MTE gave you a hands on review of the beta release of Ubuntu One, Canonical’s answer to the popular Dropbox file syncing service. Ubuntu One allows users to have a local folder on their computers linked and synced with a folder on an Ubuntu One server. They can also share files with their other […]

XMind: A Cross-platform Mind-mapping Solution

XMind: A Cross-platform Mind-mapping Solution

The human mind can be a beautiful thing. Great human minds have constructed towering structures, synthesized cures for diseases, and created works of art that inspire millions with hope and compassion. But even the best of minds need a little help, and often times, the more a person has floating around in his/her mind, the […]

How to Run Fullscreen Games In Linux With Dual Monitors

How to Run Fullscreen Games In Linux With Dual Monitors

As with all operating systems, the way a Linux game behaves on a computer is largely dependent on the design of the game, the graphics hardware and drivers the user has, and the settings one chooses. Native Linux games are typically better at supporting the computer’s default resolution without much tweaking, but the way it […]

How to Combine Multiple PDF Files With pdftk

How to Combine Multiple PDF Files With pdftk

At first glance this topic might seem like an easy fix, but if you stop and think about it, there are few quick and easy methods for merging two or more PDF files. The desired end result is one PDF file that contains all of the information from the original two or more files without any […]

How to Configure Kopete to Use Facebook’s New XMPP Chat

How to Configure Kopete to Use Facebook’s New XMPP Chat

As Facebook usage continues to grow, many people rely on Facebook as their primary method for chatting in real time with their friends and family. I am not one of those people, but since many of my friends are, having a way to easily contact them in real time is very important. There have been […]

KTorrent: KDE’s BitTorrent client

KTorrent: KDE’s BitTorrent client

Many people use BitTorrent clients to download popular movies, music, and television shows for free, although this practice is illegal in several countries. But legal issues aside, distributing files through torrents is an excellent way to reduce server bandwidth and spread them quickly. For example, many Linux distributions will distribute their ISOs using torrents in addition […]

Remote Desktop Sharing with KRDC

Remote Desktop Sharing with KRDC

If you happen to be the resident “geek” in your house, workplace, or school, you have probably used VNC. It allows you to remotely connect to another computer and even control it. When used for legitimate technical support, it is a useful tool for helping users who are not present in the same room, building, or […]

Blogilo: KDE’s blogging client

Blogilo: KDE’s blogging client

Social media has taken over the Web in a very big way. It has even been argued that social media is the new Web or “new media”.  From social networking sites like Facebook to video sharing sites like YouTube, social media services occupy all of the top 20 most popular sites on Alexa.com, excluding search engines. […]

5 Firefox Add-ons For Better KDE Integration

5 Firefox Add-ons For Better KDE Integration

KDE’s default web browser is Konqueror, and many users love it for its speed, integration with KDE, and its host of features. Nevertheless, some sites do not perform as well as they do in Mozilla Firefox, and some users prefer the large number of available Firefox add-ons. Furthermore, users who move from Windows to Linux […]

A Preview of KDE 4.4

A Preview of KDE 4.4

A highly anticipated release, KDE 4.4 has taken necessary steps to solidify the underlying Plasma technology of KDE 4 and add polish to the already shiny surface. This week, MakeTechEasier will take you on a preview of the upcoming KDE 4.4 release, scheduled for February 9. I recently installed Release Candidate 1 on my desktop […]

How to create email filters with KMail

How to create email filters with KMail

KMail is a feature-rich desktop email client for KDE that is part of the Kontact suite of PIM (Personal Information Management) applications. Last week, we covered email template creation in KMail, and this week, we will continue the series with a look at KMail’s sophisticated filtering system.

How to Create Custom Email Templates in KMail

How to Create Custom Email Templates in KMail

Many Internet users have turned to web-based email and use it as their primary means of electronic communication. Some corporations have even adopted “cloud computing” solutions, where their email delivery and retrieval is handled by an outside company. Nevertheless, there are many reasons why a user might still prefer a traditional email client.  Because of that, […]

How to customize your KDE desktop with KDE-Look.org

How to customize your KDE desktop with KDE-Look.org

KDE-Look.org is part of a family of desktop websites, all under the umbrella of OpenDesktop.org. With each release, KDE is moving closer to complete integration with OpenDesktop.org, where the installation of new themes and visual improvements are seamless. There are already several visual components of the K desktop environment that are already integrated. Among them are: […]

Two ways to Edit Multiple Photos with digiKam

Two ways to Edit Multiple Photos with digiKam

digiKam is a powerful and complete photo management tool for KDE. Among its many features is the ability to run batch processes, thanks to the Kipi plugin set, which is also used in other KDE software like Gwenview. With a few simple clicks, users can manipulate multiple photos simultaneously, without having to remember long command line […]

KDE Plasma Netbook Preview

KDE Plasma Netbook Preview

With the growing popularity of netbooks, it is no surprise that many Linux distributions and software developers have created customized versions of their software to run on them. Some of the popular choices include Ubuntu’s Netbook Remix and Intel’s Moblin.  Not to be counted out, KDE now has a version of their desktop environment designed for […]

How to Take Perfect Screenshots with KSnapshot

How to Take Perfect Screenshots with KSnapshot

Writers at MakeTechEasier taken more screen shots than many other computer users will take in their lifetimes. We all use our favorite programs and usually do not give them a second thought. The user who might occasionally want to give an instructional lesson or just show off some desktop eye candy will probably need a […]