Kodi, formerly known as XBMC, is one of the most versatile media players available. With it, you can play virtually any internet and media file in a large variety of formats, and it can be used on practically every single operating system out there, including iOS 10. Kodi, an ...more
Android comprises an entire ecosystem of apps, games, functions, and features, so it would only make sense that it has its own lexicon. Words, phrases, and acronyms that didn't exist 7 years ago are now used in an off-the-cuff style by developers and support technicians across ...more
Having a custom Linux distro can be the coolest thing ever. Most of you will probably be satisfied with any particular Linux distribution, but I know I'm not the only one out there who wants it to have custom configurations and programs preloaded while leaving the bloatware be ...more
Oh how we love open source software. If it wasn't for Open Office, we never would have been able to write that seven-page English paper while on our friend's Microsoft Office-lacking laptop during an impromptu road trip to Mexico. And Ubuntu, an open source secure operating sy ...more
GIMP is the free alternative to Photoshop, and many of the things that you can do in Photoshop, you can also do in this open source software. Want to see how you'd look with a lip piercing, or want to touch up a photo and add one where there isn't? This tutorial shows you how ...more
Need to find some directions? No problem, use Google Maps. Want to find some spy photos of yourself? No problem, use Google Street View. Beginning in 2007, hordes of Google hybrid electric vehicles have stormed the streets, each equipped with multiple cameras attached to a la ...more
We're halfway through our series on getting your Mac ready for hacking, and now that you have some of the Git basics down, it's time to move on to using a package manager. A Linux/Unix environment without a package manager means a lot of extra work on your part. So without a ...more
One of the main reasons I was held back from fully switching over to Linux was the fact that media streaming is nearly impossible. You have two choices in Windows: either you use file sharing with Windows Media Player, or you can just use the Windows Media Center. But both of ...more
New to Audacity? Audacity is a free, open source software for recording and editing sounds. It is available for Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux, and other operating systems. This video tutorial will show you how to filter noise from an audio clip with Audacity. Removin ...more
When you look up the word free in the dictionary, you'll find a lot of definitions, but in the days of digital dependency and a falling economy, free only means one thing—expensive stuff for nothing. And if you own a Windows computer, one of the best sites to get free software ...more
Okay, stop me if you've heard this one. You have a document that you want your co-workers' advice on. You attach said document onto a mass email. The first reply comes back with an edited version of the document. You begin to make changes, but another email comes in, with yet ...more
Luckily, a Mythbox won't get you into nearly as much trouble as Pandora's Box if opened and used. That's because Mythbox is an open source software that allows you to run Myth TV, which is a free way to turn your TV into a PC. You get a much larger interface as well as cool op ...more
New to Ubuntu Linux? This computer operating system could be a bit tricky for beginners, but fret not, help is here. Check out this video tutorial on how to share files between Ubuntu (Host) & XP (Guest). VirtualBox is a family of powerful x86 virtualization products for ente ...more
A few months ago, we showed you a pretty awesome light painting project that visually captured invisible Wi-Fi signals around town using a Wi-Fi detecting rod filled with 80 LEDs. With some long exposure photography, the results were pretty amazing. This project was inspired b ...more
As most of you know, I am a strong advocate for using Linux for hacking. In fact, I would go so far as to say that you cannot be a hacker without knowing Linux well. I laid out various reasons for this in my "Why Every Hacker Should Know & Use Linux" article, and I even have a ...more
As advanced gaming systems continue to evolve, older classics like the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) are one step closer to extinction. They're rotting in the basements of gamers. They're gathering dust at the local pawn shop. Or worse... being thrown out in the trash li ...more
Pencil is an open source software for Mac OSX and Windows systems. This video will show you how to do 2D animations of a ghost in Pencil.
This open source software tutorial shows you how to put text around a circle in Inkscape. This is similar to having text follow a path, but you have the text follow a circle. Improve your graphic design abilities with this Inkscape tutorial.
This open source software tutorial shows you how to use the tile clone tools in Inkscape. The tile clone tool allows you to create the first few tiles and then clone them to create an entire grid or fill a specific area with the tiled pattern. Check out this Inkscape tutorial ...more
Greg French talks to us about the different ways to reboot a computer to resolve issues in the computer. The first way is by pressing F8 key while startup after rebooting the system. When you insert a wrong driver for video card or something, sometimes when you boot the comput ...more
Does open source software make you want to dance? There are many MP3 players available for the Ubuntu Linux distribution, including XMMS and Amarok. This video clip will show you how to install an MP3-compatible music player on Ubuntu.
Welcome back, my greenhorn hackers! As hackers, we often take for granted that nearly all of our hacking tools and operating system are free and open source. I think it's important to examine a bit of background on how we arrived at this intriguing juncture in the history of ...more
We live in a computer world full of file formats. Whether we are talking about images, videos, or text documents, there are dozens of file types for each, and there are new ones added every year to applications. Keeping in mind that many of these formats were created before th ...more
In today's time of rampant information crimes, including identity theft, security is more important to the average computer user than ever. This tutorial from Linux Journal Online shows how you can use GnuPG to secure and verify data on your Linux box. (This video was created ...more
This video shows you how to convert videos to DVD using a cross-platform free, open-source authoring application called DVDStyler. It has a wide range of features, and this video shows you how to use it in the Windows OS. This program will also work for Ubuntu Linux. Update yo ...more
Java is a wonderful programming language which is widely used all over the world. To do programming in Java you will need a Java Development Kit which is also called as JDK in short. This can be downloaded from the Java Website for free. To improve and assist in your developme ...more
In this software tutorial you will see how to create a polaroid picture and make it look like it is pinned up on a wall using Inkscape. All you need for this creative pinned-up polaroid is a picture and the open source software Inkscape.
This software tutorial is on downloading and using Sizer to resize windows for exact screen grabs. Sizer is a free open source software that allows you to size a window to an exact numeric size instead of dragging the window around randomly. This is great for screen recordings ...more
How To Start To start developing website is a hard way to tell people depending on what they are best at. I'd like to describe a few of 'em. I will call them a few names depending on what effect comes out of 'em. And I will describe what developing languages there are out the ...more
To go Open Source or go proprietary? There is a common conception that open-source is unsafe and insecure and therefore companies should rather go for proprietary solutions. They think that because software is termed "open-source", that the world can see the vulnerabilities of ...more
In order for software developers to do their jobs as new hardware reaches the market, they will need the right tools to get their projects off the ground and into augmented and mixed reality devices. There have been completely new approaches to development when it comes to AR ...more
Hi Message: I said quite a while ago I needed a break, and it looks like that break is over, because here I am. I dont want to ramble on unnecessary things that doesn't need explanation. I needed time off to sort something out irl, and i'll be returning slowly but surely now ...more
Note: Little Brother is available as a free ebook download. Warnings I read Boing Boing a lot, which means that I know just about everything about Cory Doctorow's politics and opinions. So, knowing his politics definitely colors my perceptions of this novel. My review will i ...more