Articles from the year 2008

How to Customize the Login Window in Ubuntu [Ubuntu]

One of the many great things about Ubuntu and a free operating system like Linux is that you can customize the login window without having to hack the operating system. One of my favorite login prompts is Earth Lights and you can find plenty more at

You can also set up Ubuntu to automatically login if you don't want to bother entering your username ...

How to Get Started with MonoDevelop [Ubuntu]

I've put together a simple screencast for people who are curious about getting familiar with programming in Ubuntu or who maybe have a background in C#, Java, or working with Visual Studios in Windows. To install MonoDevelop, simply paste this command into a terminal window:

sudo apt-get install mono mono-gmcs mono-gac mono-utils monodevelop monodoc-browser monodevelop-nunit monodevelop-versioncontrol

The following video shows how to do a simple "Hello World ...

How to Install Crossover on Ubuntu

As you probably already know, Codeweavers released Crossover Pro free today only. Crossover lets you run Windows applications within Linux/Mac. Its has alot better compatibility than Wine. First thing I installed? Internet Explorer 6 with Shockwave, so I can finally run some fun shockwave enabled sites on Ubuntu. :-) Crossover also supports Microsoft Office XP among a host of other windows applications.

Heres the video tutorial I made ...

How to setup Conky on Ubuntu

If you want to customize your Ubuntu Linux desktop with some great meters and overlays, try Conky. Among other things, Conky can embed into your desktop background the weather, check your email, and display your CPU or RAM usage.

I recently came across a great tutorial that explained how to do set it up and I decided to make it into this screencast below for those who find ...

Intro to Web Programming and HTML

My friends and family often ask me how to get started in web development, which is what I do for a living. I've put together a very basic introduction to web programming and HTML.  If you want to follow this tutorial you should first make sure you have downloaded and installed the following tools, which will help you on your path to becoming a web developer.

  1. Mozilla ...