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DragonDisk: A Free Amazon S3 Desktop Client For Linux And Windows

DragonDisk: A Free Amazon S3 Desktop Client For Linux And Windows

Amazon S3 is an useful web service that provides unlimited storage at a very cheap rate. It is a good place for people to backup their files to and also for webmasters to offload their images/scripts to reduce their server load. In Windows and Mac, there are several applications that allow you to access Amazon […]

How to Install and Run Silverlight in Linux

How to Install and Run Silverlight in Linux

Love it or hate it, we all know Flash, but Microsoft’s equivalent, Silverlight, is a bit less well known. With Silverlight you can stream video and create animations, in fact you can even use it to create Windows sidebar widgets. However, in what may come as a bit of a shock, Microsoft Silverlight doesn’t play […]

How to Resize Video In Mac, Windows and Linux

How to Resize Video In Mac, Windows and Linux

Occasionally, while editing videos, we might need to resize it and change the screen resolution. It could be because the video screen size is too big to be uploaded to YouTube, or you need to enlarge a small video to fill up your large monitor. Previously, we have mentioned several software for video editing, compression […]

5 Intriguing KDE Apps

5 Intriguing KDE Apps

The beauty of an open development platform is that anyone can take a stab at creating an application. KDE, which is built upon the Qt application and UI framework, is a shining example of this. A quick look at KDE-Apps.org reveals that new apps are added daily. I periodically browse through the latest KDE apps […]

Autokey: Make Your Own Keyboard Shortcuts In Linux

Autokey: Make Your Own Keyboard Shortcuts In Linux

Few days ago, we discussed the usefulness of Spark and how it enables you to create custom shortcut keys in Mac. Alternatively, in Windows, we can use the popular AutoHotKey to create custom shortcuts. So what about Linux? Autokey is probably the best answer. AutoKey is a desktop automation utility for Linux and X11. It […]

Ninite For Linux: Install Multiple Applications Without Any Hassle

Ninite For Linux: Install Multiple Applications Without Any Hassle

The one thing that almost everyone does after a system reformat is to re-install all the applications and restore the system back to its previous state. A troublesome, boring, and sometime tedious task. It can get worst if you do not have access to the Internet. Wouldn’t it be great if you can install all […]

How to Limit The CPU Usage of Any Process in Linux

How to Limit The CPU Usage of Any Process in Linux

Have you ever experienced the situation where you open one particular application (such as Firefox) and it brings the whole system to a standstill? If you are running a web server, the last thing that you want to see is to have an application crashes the whole system and bring all the websites down. Cpulimit […]

Spiritual And Religious Software For Linux

Spiritual And Religious Software For Linux

While some might assert that Linux itself is a religion, there are plenty of religious and spiritual people who use and love Linux. Therefore, there are naturally a number of software packages for various religions. In my search for such software, I have undoubtedly left some out, so feel free to suggest any I have […]

Relooking at Cairo Dock For Linux

Relooking at Cairo Dock For Linux

More than a year ago, we reviewed Cairo Dock for Linux and how you can install and configure it in Ubuntu Intrepid. Fast forward to the present moment, Cairo Dock (now known as Glx-Dock) is still very much alive and has become one of the best dock application for Linux. The release of the latest […]

Okular: Universal Document Viewer For KDE 4

Okular: Universal Document Viewer For KDE 4

One of the new applications introduced with KDE 4 was Okular. KDE 3 had a PDF viewer named KPDF, but Okular aims to be a complete document viewing solution, supporting many different file types. Okular is fast-loading and works in any operating system and desktop environment that can run KDE applications.

Ubuntu Maverick Meerkat Review + Screenshots Tour

Ubuntu Maverick Meerkat Review + Screenshots Tour

For Ubuntu enthusiasts, you should know that the next iteration of Ubuntu – Maverick Meerkat is set to release on 10 Oct 2010. For those who are keen to find out what’s new in this release, here is the full review (and screenshots) of Ubuntu Maverick. This review was done on Ubuntu Maverick beta. While […]

How to Create a Custom Debian Live CD through the Web

How to Create a Custom Debian Live CD through the Web

If Debian means one thing, it’s functionality. You typically don’t go to Debian for cutting-edge features or fancy bells and whistles, but if you’re after an extremely versatile, stable, and dependable Linux, it can’t be beat. One of Debian’s newer offerings is the ability to create a custom Live CD directly from their website. You […]

A Look at KDE Desktop Effects

A Look at KDE Desktop Effects

KDE’s visual effects for windows and menus technically dates back to KDE 3. Experimental programs like kompmgr provided drop shadows and transparency for windows, and the KDE desktop itself had built-in support for basic menu transparency, shadows, and other effects. With the coming of KDE 4, the number of effects has multiplied, and KWin (KDE’s […]

How to Enable Foreign Language Input In Ubuntu

How to Enable Foreign Language Input In Ubuntu

Q: Thanks for your useful guide in Make Tech Easier, they are really very useful. Recently I have just switched to Ubuntu and I really love it. However, I can’t seem to find a way to input foreign language (Chinese) other than English. How can I do that in Ubuntu? Assuming that you are using […]

How to Manage Fonts in Linux with FontMatrix

How to Manage Fonts in Linux with FontMatrix

I’ve written software on Linux, compiled kernels, set up servers, and a whole host of other pretty technical feats. Having been a die-hard Linux user for 10 years, I thought I had handled just about every situation a desktop user is likely to encounter. That is, until I installed Linux for a friend, who then […]

How to Rip Audio CD in Linux

How to Rip Audio CD in Linux

As MP3 players and mobile devices become very common, more and more people are beginning to convert their audio CD collection to music files so they will listen to them while on the move. In Windows and Mac, the conversion can be done automatically with Windows Media Player or iTunes. What about Linux? Let’s take […]

[Snippet] Ubuntu: Backup Your Applications Easily With A Single Command

[Snippet] Ubuntu: Backup Your Applications Easily With A Single Command

Installing applications in Ubuntu is as easy as the app store in iPhone. Hit the Ubuntu Software Center, find the application you want and click Install. Due to this convenience, most of the time, you won’t need to backup the applications itself. However, there are times when you want to restore the newly formatted machine […]

How to Use KDE Plasma Activities

How to Use KDE Plasma Activities

The concept of activities is a new feature introduced with KDE 4. In the old desktop model of KDE 3, the desktop was a program called “kdesktop”, which gave users the ability to have a number of virtual desktops. Although other tools like Superkaramba could be used to add more features, the essential KDE desktop […]