Secure and Encrypt Your Files with Truecrypt

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File encryption is not just the stuff of spy movies. There are plenty of practical reasons why you might decide to encrypt a single file, multiple files, or even an entire drive. If you keep sensitive digital copies of financial information such as bank statements and tax returns, you can encrypt them to make sure unauthorized users cannot get to them. You may just have documents, such as your first novel, that you do not want anyone to see. Encryption provides an extra layer of security that simple password protection cannot.


How You Can Save Money On Your Web Development Project

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HTML for Babies book

When you take on a web development project, you have more to worry about than just keeping those creative juices flowing., Time and energy go into the work in abundance, and so does money. It takes real cash to keep things running, and while there is always hope that the investment will be returned in revenue, there is no guarantee that it will even out, much less that a profit will be made.


Apps to Do Everything Social in Linux

posted in: Linux, Social Media | 5

Social media has permeated nearly every aspect of the web, and people are more social than ever without seeing their contacts face-to-face. To keep up with this social activity, many people have several devices, including computers, mobile phones, and even gaming consoles. If you happen to have a computer running Linux, there is no reason to be left out of the social loop. Linux has a number of social tools to help you stay connected.

Choqok Twitter app in KDE


New KDE Userbase Design

posted in: Free Software, KDE | 0

The other day I noticed that KDE UserBase has a new look.

KDE UserBase screenshot

For those of you unfamiliar with KDE, it is a free and open source desktop environment, development platform, and application suite, primarily for Linux and other Unix-like operating systems.  Portions of KDE are also available for Mac OS X and Windows.

KDE UserBase is a wiki containing helpful documentation for KDE users.  While KDE TechBase is for more technical information, primarily for developers, the UserBase is designed to be simple and straightforward, even for beginners.

KDE 4 Screencasts

posted in: Free Software, Technology | 1


In an effort to bring more exposure to KDE and its features, I have created two videos.  One is a brief introduction to KDE and some highly acclaimed features.  The second is about a specific application: Krunner.  It is based on an article I wrote for MakeTechEasier.

Both videos are available for streaming and download.

Introducing KDE 4.3

10 Awesome Features of Krunner in KDE 4

The production plan is also available in PDF format.

How to Layout a Book with Part 1

posted in: Free Software, Technology | 0

ooo_writerIt is all in your head: the plot, the characters, the locations, and even the scenes, but for some reason, staring at the blank page and blinking cursor makes you freeze. You like the idea of writing a book but cannot imagine actually completing it. If that feeling sounds familiar, then this might be the right article for you.  Even if you have written a book and have it all ready to go, you may intend to self-publish it, start your own publishing company, send it to an editor, or just layout your book so you can see how it looks.

There is a long list of reasons why you might need to prepare an document in book form, and once you have learned how to do it, you will have a useful skill that you or people you know may need in the future. You can use this method for both print publications and e-books.

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10 Awesome Features of Krunner in KDE 4

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Krunner KDE 4.3 Beta 2

Many KDE 3 users depended on Krun, a simple yet effective application used to execute commands. Executed simply by pressing “Alt-F2″, it was much easier to start applications using it, rather than navigating through a launch menu or opening a terminal window. The only catch with Krun was that you had to know the exact name of the command you intended to launch. With the advent of KDE 4, that has all changed.

Krunner operates independently of the Plasma desktop system as a standalone application. It includes a ton of features that make it useful beyond simple command launching. It has retained many of the features present in KDE 3 and greatly expanded them. We would fail to do it justice if we did not give it a top ten list.

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KDE 4.2.3 Released

posted in: Free Software, Technology | 0

May 6th, 2009. The KDE Community today announced the immediate availability of KDE 4.2.3, another bugfix and maintenance update for the latest generation of the most advanced and powerful free desktop. This is a monthly update to KDE 4.2. It ships with desktop workspace and many cross-platform applications such as administration programs, network tools, educational applications, utilities, multimedia software, games, artwork, development tools and more. KDE’s award-winning tools and applications are available in more than 50 languages.

See the full announcement.