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Admit it, playing around with image editing tools such as Photoshop and GIMP can be pretty fun, depending on what you’re trying to do. Virtually anything can be done with these tools, from some simple photo touch-ups all the way to creating impressive graphics from scratch. However, it’s not as fun if you only have an idea and you don’t actually know how to do it.
If you’ve ever been a little more curious, you may have noticed that the GNOME desktop environment has its own browser. No, it’s not Firefox, which is the replacement of the said browser by the distributions that include it. Instead, you may have heard of the Epiphany browser, a very low-resource program that uses WebKit as its rendering engine.
Imagine this: it’s a great day, you’re busy working on your computer at some event, and everything seems fine. After a while you get tired and decide to get something to eat and shut down your laptop. Although it’s not supposed to happen, someone steals it while you’re gone. At this point you freak out because your life information is on that machine.
It seems that there are a couple of services and Linux distributions (such as Linux Mint) that are switching over to Duck Duck Go as their default search engine. So why the heck are they doing this? Isn’t Google a mile ahead of every other search engine? Well, not exactly. Let’s see why and decide for ourselves.
Linux Mint has been quite a revolutionary distribution, gaining plenty of popularity. In fact, DistroWatch statistics suggest the Linux Mint is now the second most popular distribution in the world, behind Ubuntu (upon which it’s based) and in front of Fedora. Linux Mint has now released version 12 not long ago with plenty of improvements that aren’t found in other distributions. Let’s take a look.
I don’t know about you, but I tend to listen to Internet radio streams quite a bit, enough to where I’ve got a subscription to one. It’s fairly easy to listen to them already, but it stinks that I have to use a full-fledged media player for it, especially when I move onto my netbook. Thankfully, there’s a little application for Linux that can solve this problem.
It can’t be denied. We at MakeUseOf, along with most of the world, still love Dropbox dearly. It’s the synchronization tool of choice because it simply works like you expect it to. However, using just the basics of the software may make you miss out on some useful stuff that could make your life even easier.
A “phish” is a term for a scam website that tries to look like a site that you know might well and visit often. The act of all these sites trying to steal your account information is called phishing. While it’s very easy to spot some sites as a phish, others aren’t nearly as easy. Here are four different methods you can use so that you don’t fall victim to phishing.
As the internet becomes more evolved, more tools pop up to help each other out and spread information. There are quite a few products out there that make long distance presentations easy, while others can give remote support. The newest version of TeamViewer starts to combine both of these functions into one package. Not only is it effective, but it is also free and cross-platform.
Viruses are the scourge we are all afraid of. Let’s say that you followed all recommended safety tips to protect your computer and you still ended up getting infected, as you probably noticed once an antivirus tool you never installed suddenly tells you your computer is about to self-destruct. Well, that’s just great. What do you do now? There’s hope and solutions on offer. So, read on.
People have to come to know quite a few different video editing tools for various tasks. This includes everything from Windows Movie Maker, which used to be included with Windows by default but must now be installed manually. vReveal is a video editing tool that does much more than what Windows Movie Maker can for a single video clip. In fact, it is arguably easier to use than Windows Movie Maker as well.
In recent months, operating systems have been trying to reinvent how a person works with a computer, experimenting with ways that could lead to some positive results. However, getting some of the features in one operating system into another can be difficult sometimes. Thankfully, someone has made a little program to replicate Lion OSX’s “Natural Scrolling” feature for touchpads on Ubuntu.
Whether we do it as a hobby or just out of plain curiosity, benchmarking has become almost an art. People always try to find the best ways to benchmark a piece of software or hardware in order to increase the ease of replicating those results and to be more accurate. Although benchmarking has been criticized, it is still a good indicator of how powerful or fast something is.
Not too long ago I wrote an article about how myBB, a very versatile open source forum framework, can help you create a thriving community. While the software itself is pretty interesting to know about, it does you no good when it’s not installed anywhere for you to use. Therefore, this whole article is dedicated to getting myBB installed so that you can use it.
Today’s computers have hardware that do some pretty astounding work. This is especially true when comparing today’s hardware with the hardware from 5+ years back. However, today’s workloads have also been increased alongside the power increase of hardware. In that respect, people have been trying to find ways to make applications run more efficiently on their machines in order to get maximum performance.