How to Play Ogg Vorbis Files from the Linux Command Line

If you’re a dedicated user of free and open source software, chances are your dedication goes beyond just software. You probably try to use as many open file formats as you can. Document formats, video formats, and audio formats. Especially audio formats. In the world of free and open source software, a popular format is […]

Backup Files from Your Linux Desktop with Pybackpack

As you probably know, there are a number of great web apps for backing up your files. Many of us here at Techerator are partial to Dropbox. That said, for some people cloud-based storage is overkill. Others have serious reservations about trusting their files to others. Fair enough. So what can they do? Well, they […]

Creating a Bootable Linux USB Drive with UNetbootin

Test driving and installing a Linux distribution has become a lot easier over the years. In the early days, you needed to install Linux on a dedicated computer. Or, you could set your computer up to dual boot. Of course that meant navigating the potential perils of partitioning your hard drive. Later, a Live CD […]

Converting Graphics on the Linux Desktop with Converseen

If you’re a Linux user, then you probably know how spoiled you are when it comes to applications for working with graphics. Whatever you need to do — editing, resizing, viewing, converting — there’s an application for that. One of the most powerful Linux tools for manipulating graphics is ImageMagick. As powerful as it is, […]

Taking Screen Captures on the Linux Desktop with Shutter

Once upon a time, just about the only people who took screen captures were technical communicators and technology writers. Nowadays, it seems that everyone needs to grab a window or screen on their desktop. Which is why, I guess, the number of screen capture tools available for various operating systems has blossomed over the years. […]

5 Basic Commands Every Linux User Should Know

So you’ve been using Linux for a while but have never gone to the command line. Hmm … guess what? That’s not uncommon. While you don’t need to go to the command line to effectively use Linux, knowing even a few basic commands can be useful. That knowledge can open a few doors, expand your […]

How to Back Up Your Google Tasks

One of the the main concerns people have about trusting their data to a cloud service is whether or not they can get their information out of a  particular service. Some services do a good job. Others … well, not so much. Google is trying to make backing up your data easier, with both Google […]

5 Must-Have Chromebook Apps for Work

So you’ve got a shiny new Chromebook. You’ve installed all of the stock Google apps — like Google Docs, Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Reader. But you need more apps to do your work. The big problem is choosing apps from all of the options that are available. Let’s wander over to the Chrome Web […]

3 Great Alternatives to Dropbox

When it comes to sharing and syncing files, the most popular tool out there is arguably Dropbox. It’s a favorite among the folks here at Techerator and for good reason. Dropbox is easy to use and gives you a lot of flexibility. But Dropbox isn’t the only file sharing/syncing program available on the web. There are […]

Posting to Tumblr from the Linux Desktop with OpenTumblr Client

If you’re looking to publish online, but want a platform that’s somewhere between Twitter and a fully-fledged blog, then you might want to check out Tumblr. With Tumblr, you post tumblelogs, short posts that can be text, video, or audio. The great thing about a tumblelog is that it’s simple to set up and use. […]