The Best Cloud Gaming Services for Streaming Video Games

Around 2015, a few companies started to pop up that offer “cloud gaming,” a service promising to turn your cheap laptop into a high powered gaming rig through the power of “the cloud” (and a fast internet connection). A lot has changed in the few years, and cloud gaming is now a fully realized service, with many different options from which to choose.

How to Convert MKV Videos to MP4

Video formats can be confusing, and some might not work in your video player of choice, especially more obscure formats like MKV. It’s often easier or even necessary to convert them to something more usable, like MP4. Luckily, that conversion is easy to do.

What is a tar.gz File, and How Do I Open It?

A tar file, often called a tarball, is a collection of files wrapped up in one single file for easy storage. Rather than keep track of a whole folder of files, you only need to keep track of one. Tar files are often compressed after being created, giving it the .tar.gz file extension. Technically these are TGZ files, but nearly everyone calls both .tar and .tar.gz files simple “tar files.”

How Does File Compression Work?

Software engineers have always developed new ways of fitting a lot of data into a small space. It was true when our hard drives were tiny, and the advent of the internet has just made it more critical. File compression plays a big part in connecting us, letting us send less data down the line so we can have faster downloads and fit more connections onto busy networks.

What is a DMG File (And How Do I Use One)?

DMG files are containers for apps in macOS. You open them, drag the app to your Applications folder, and then eject them, saving you the hassle of the dreaded “Install Wizard” of most Windows apps. So if all they are is a folder for an app, why do we use them instead of just downloading the app itself?

How to Find and Delete Large Files on Your Mac

Freeing up disk space on a full hard drive can be difficult, especially when it’s full of small files. However, there are some excellent tools for macOS that let you find the files taking up the most space and delete the ones you don’t need. Ready to get your disk cleaned up?

How to Recover Deleted Files on Your Mac

Nearly everyone has accidentally deleted a file before. Whether it’s family pictures or important documents, all files are just data on your hard drive, and that data doesn’t exactly go away after you delete it. There are plenty of ways to recover them after being sent to the trash.

How to Use Geektool to Customize Your Mac’s Desktop

Geektool is a program for adding customizable widgets to your Mac’s desktop. Geektool runs almost entirely on shell scripts, which update every few seconds to display useful information on the desktop. Customizing Geektool is made easy by packaged scripts called Geeklets, which can be installed quickly and do not require knowledge of shell scripts to use.

Getting Started with Garageband on OS X

Apple’s prepackaged tool for audio editing and song writing isn’t hard to operate, even with minimal experience with music composition. Garageband is surprisingly powerful for being so lightweight, and can be used for everything from simple audio editing to a full songwriter’s studio.

How to Use Rainmeter to Customize Your Windows Desktop

Rainmeter is a lightweight application for customizing your Windows desktop. Rainmeter works by installing community made ‘skins’, many of which can change how the desktop works with widgets like app launchers, RSS and email readers, calendars, weather reports, and many others. It has been around since Windows XP, where it was used as a tool for displaying basic info on the desktop, but has since gained a large community following which has produced high quality skins which can change the whole desktop experience.

8 Essential Plugins for any Bukkit Server

Running a vanilla Minecraft server is fun, but the real advantage to using Bukkit is the ability to install plugins to change gameplay. Bukkit plugins can do anything from protecting your world and managing large servers to adding gameplay and new features, and we’ve compiled a list of the best to add to your server.

Make Building in Minecraft Easier with WorldEdit

Minecraft is a game all about blocks, and the beauty of it is that you can build anything your heart desires. Building in Minecraft is like building with digital Legos, but, like Legos, building takes a long time and is often tedious and repetitive for anything more than a few blocks on each side. WorldEdit is a plugin that makes the repetitive tasks like filling in walls and replacing blocks easier.

How to Run a Spigot Minecraft Server for Customized Multiplayer

Minecraft’s native LAN support is great for running games on the fly, but if you want a dedicated, customized server, Spigot is the way to go. Spigot is built on a plugin API called Bukkit, which makes customizing your gameplay easy, and since the Bukkit project has been around since the dawn of Minecraft multiplayer, many developers have released their own plugins and modifications.