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Basket – A Multi-Purpose Note Pad For KDE

Basket – A Multi-Purpose Note Pad For KDE

Basket Note Pads is a multipurpose note-taking application for KDE. Business people can use it to keep track of important tasks and notes. Writers can use it to organize their thoughts. Students can use it for note taking. And generally anyone can use it as a virtual paste bin or clip drawer. Basket was one […]

How to Sync Your Empathy Logs Across Various Computers [Linux Ubuntu]

How to Sync Your Empathy Logs Across Various Computers [Linux Ubuntu]

Since Empathy became the default IM app in Ubuntu 9.10, it has also replaced Pidgin as my default IM app. Empathy is simple to use and the version in Ubuntu 10.04 come with a nice interface. So even though Pidgin is functionally better, I have no compelling reasons to switch it back. There is one […]

How to Configure Linux for Children

How to Configure Linux for Children

Many people still cling to the notion that Linux is for 30-year-old male geeks. While that may be true, there are plenty of other people of all ages, ethnicities, and genders who enjoy Linux and other free and open source software. For the most part, the operating systems a child uses are determined by the […]

Using Compiz As A Window Management Tool

Using Compiz As A Window Management Tool

You’ve seen the wobbly windows, you’ve seen the cube, you’ve seen the raindrops. Compiz is just a bunch of useless eye candy right? Wrong. While the flashy effects get most of the attention, Compiz is a top-notch window manager in its own right. In fact, it’s got so many workspace and window management tools that […]

Free Mega Games Pack For Linux

Free Mega Games Pack For Linux

Remember a time when the most complex aspect of a game was unwrapping the packaging? It was a time when a first-person shooter truly was just about one person doing a whole lot of shooting and not much else. It was a time when RAM was still counted by the megabyte and 1024×768 resolution was […]

Getting to Know Your fstab

Getting to Know Your fstab

Most modern Linux distros are pretty good about automatically mounting your drives and partitions when you need them, but as with most things automatic, it doesn’t always work quite the way you want. On Ubuntu, for instance, secondary drives and partitions are not mounted until you attempt to access them by the file manager or […]

Backup All Your Mobile Data With m:IQ

Backup All Your Mobile Data With m:IQ

We talk a lot about backing up on Make Tech Easier, but generally this is with respect to computers. Backing up mobile phones is still in its infancy as mobile internet has just recently started to become more ubiquitous. The two leading smartphone operating systems, Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android, both have some backup functions […]

Daniusoft Video Converter Ultimate + Free Giveaway

Daniusoft Video Converter Ultimate + Free Giveaway

Update: This contest has ended. How I wish that there is only one unified video format in the whole world and all the media players support that particular format. In reality, this is not the case. With so many mobile devices out there each supporting different audio/video format, it can be a great hassle finding […]

Sync Your Desktop Browser to Your Android Phone

Sync Your Desktop Browser to Your Android Phone

Let’s say you are doing research on your desktop browser and you need to leave your computer to run some errand. Wouldn’t it be great if you can sync what you are reading to your mobile phone so that you can continue your research on the move? If you are using an Android phone (running […]

Snippet: Make Windows Live Messenger Minimize to Status Bar

Snippet: Make Windows Live Messenger Minimize to Status Bar

If you are using Windows 7 and the Windows Live Essential software, you will notice that your Windows Live Messenger (and Mail) does not minimize to the status bar. Instead it will show a highlighted icon on the task bar, which I find it rather annoying and disruptive. Here’s a quick way to take it […]

Snippet: Recover the Icons For the Ubuntu System Menu

Snippet: Recover the Icons For the Ubuntu System Menu

I give you a minute and you tell me what is missing from the Ubuntu menu bar. Time up! Still can’t find the fault? If you have been a detailed person, you will notice that the all the icons are missing from the System menu. Look for the screenshot below for illustration. This is not […]

4 Linux Games You Probably Have Not Played

4 Linux Games You Probably Have Not Played

It is no secret that Linux is not a popular gaming platform. Despite that stigma, however, the open nature of Linux makes it easy, even for relatively inexperienced developers, to produce quality games. Therefore, while the number of high-rated Linux game titles may be small in comparison to Windows or gaming consoles, there are a […]

Want Your Privacy Back? Install and Run Tor in Ubuntu

Want Your Privacy Back? Install and Run Tor in Ubuntu

Have you ever felt that you are being watched in whatever you do online? Websites seem to know who you are and can greet you with your name when you visit them. Google always seems to know what you are searching, even before you started the search. Getting scared? Perhaps it’s time to turn your […]

Build Your Own Ubuntu-based Distro With Novo Builder

Build Your Own Ubuntu-based Distro With Novo Builder

There are many reasons why people want to create their own linux distro. It could be that they are not satisfied with all the existing distros out there and wanted to build one that can fulfill their needs, or they just want to try out something new and show off their “geekiness”. Whatever the reasons, […]

How to Automate Your Podcast Downloads with gPodder

How to Automate Your Podcast Downloads with gPodder

If you’re a fan of podcasts, you’ve probably at some point become fed up with manually finding and downloading your favorites. This can be a real pain for people who count on fresh daily podcasts to make it through the work day, so multiple solutions have been attempted to make this process simpler. One such […]

How to Run Chrome OS the Easy Way

How to Run Chrome OS the Easy Way

A few of us here at MTE have a bit of a crush on Chrome OS. It’s not just the system itself, it’s the fact that someone is finally taking the concept of an operating system in a new direction. We wrote a brief synopsis of Chrome OS shortly after the first announcement that showed […]

How to Sync Your iPhone Contacts to Ubuntu One

How to Sync Your iPhone Contacts to Ubuntu One

Note: As of June 1, 2011, Ubuntu One contacts sync for mobile (including iOS) will no longer be active. For more information, please refer to this post. When Ubuntu One first launched, we all thought that it is just another file storage service, just like Dropbox, with the limitation that it is only available for […]

Using Zoho Web Service as an Alternative to Open Office in Ubuntu

Using Zoho Web Service as an Alternative to Open Office in Ubuntu

When it comes to alternative to Microsoft Office, most people will think of Open Office. But if you are just doing simple word processing or spreadsheet calculation, Open Office can also be an overkill, especially if you are using a netbook. Personally, I have a netbook running Ubuntu Lucid with Open Office pre-installed. Whenever I […]