How to install a Steam skin on Windows 10

The Steam client is hardly the most aesthetically pleasing app in any sense of the word. It’s slow to start and navigation isn’t the greatest. You can’t really speed it up but you can take some of the ugliness out of it if you install a Steam skin. Here’s how.

Find Steam Skins

Skins for Steam are like themes for Windows 10 or skins for Minecraft. There’s no one place where you can find them all. There are lots of different places where you can find Steam skins. A good, well-built Steam skin has quite a few files and folders in it so it will download as a zip file. It is up to you to find something that looks nice. For this article, we’re going with the popular Metro for Steam skin.

Install a Steam skin

Download the skin you want to install and extract it. Once extracted, it’s a good idea to look at the name of folder that the skin extracted to. This name will dictate the name the skin will appear with in Steam’s settings. If it’s not user-friendly, change it to whatever you like.

Once extracted, you need to paste the folder inside the Skins folder in Steam. A lot of people install Steam to their Windows drive which is usually the C drive while others choose to install it to one of the other drives on their system. Locate the Steam folder on your PC and open it. Inside, you’ll find a folder called ‘Skins’. Open it.

If you’ve never installed a Steam skin, this folder will be empty save for a text file. Paste the extracted skin folder here. Paste the entire folder into the Skins folder instead of copying the files from it.

Open Steam and go to the Steam menu. Select Settings. On the Settings window, select the Interface tab and open the dropdown under ‘Select the skin you wish Steam to use’. Select the skin you just added to the Skins folder and restart Steam when you’re prompted to.

When Steam relaunches, it will be with the new skin.

I mentioned earlier that a good Steam skin will have quite a few files and folders. If you install a skin and there are some parts of the Steam client that are still using the old UI, or something doesn’t look right, it is possible that the developer of the skin hasn’t modified that particular part of the Steam UI. You can try using a different skin, or see if you can make do with the one you have if it isn’t missing anything too critical.

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How to fix folders not writable by user account in Linux

Not all of the folders on a Linux-based operating system is writable to the user. There’s a good reason for this: system-level folders require high-level permissions. The problem with these permissions is that often, it locks out user-level access. So, if you’re trying to place files in a system directory and you’re not able to, you’ll need to learn how to change the permissions so that non-root accounts have access.

In this guide, we’ll show you how you can update the permissions of folders on Linux to make them writable by your user account.

Update permissions of folders in terminal

Folder permissions on Linux are most easily updated with the chmod command. Here’s a small list of basic chmod permissions.

  • 7 – read, write, and execute.
  • 6 – read and write.
  • 5 – read and execute.
  • 4 – read-only
  • 3 – write and execute.
  • 2 – write-only.
  • 1 – execute only.
  • 0 – no access.

Each of the numbers in the list works with the Chmod command in groups of three. Here’s an example. To change the permissions of the “test” folder on Linux, so that everyone can read, write, and execute code inside of it. Do:

chmod 777 /test

Additionally, to change the permissions of every single folder inside of the “test” directory, so that it reflects the same permissions, the recursive option must be used. For example

chmod 777 -R /test

Each of the numbers in the Chmod command example above has a purpose. The first number represents the user. The second number sets the permission for the group, and the third set it for the rest of the system.

So, if you’re having issues writing inside of a folder on the system that is not accessible, look to the list above and apply it to the example code below.

chmod XXX

Or, to update all of the folders inside of the top-level one.

chmod XXX -R folder-name

Update ownership of folders in terminal

Sometimes updating the individual permissions of a folder through Chmod is not possible. Sometimes, the user needs to update the ownership of the directory completely.

A good example of times where you’d need to update the ownership of a directory is if you’re dealing with placing website files in /var/www/, manipulating database files, etc.

To change the ownership of any directory on a Linux system, gain root access using the su or sudo -s command in terminal.

su

or

sudo -s

With root access, use the chown example below to change the ownership of a directory entirely.

chown user:user /location/of/directory

Once you’ve run the chown command above, use the ls command along with the “l” switch to check the permissions of the folder, and confirm that it worked.

ls -l /location/of/directory

Update permissions of folders in the file manager

Updating permissions through the file manager on Linux is severely limited compared to doing it with the command-line. However, if you’re not a fan of the terminal, it’s good to know how to do this kind of thing with the file manager.

Gnome/Budgie, etc

Step 1: Open up a terminal window, and use the sudo command to launch the file manager as root.

sudo nautilus

Step 2: Click on the root file manager. Then, find “root file-system” to gain access to the system files on your Linux hard drive.

Step 3: Using the Gnome file manager, look through the file system for the folder you wish to update.

Step 4: Right-click on the folder and select “Properties.”

Step 5: Click on the “Permissions” tab to gain access to the permissions of the folder.

Step 6: Use the permission window to set the folder to whichever permissions you’d like. Then, click the “Change Permissions” button.

Close the “Properties” window, and the permissions should automatically update to the directory.

KDE

Sadly, it is not possible to open up the KDE Dolphin file manager as root easily, due to a software patch. Follow the command-line instructions above to update permissions instead.

Mate

Step 1: Open up a terminal window and run the command below to launch the Mate file manager as root.

sudo caja

Step 2: Click on “filesystem” under the “Devices” column on the left. Then, browse through the root folder for a file you’d like to change the permissions of.

Step 3: Right-click on the folder you’re looking to modify and select “Permissions.”

Step 4: Use the “Permissions” area to set permissions of the folder. Then, click the “Change Permissions” button.

Step 5: Close the “Properties” window.

After closing the “Properties” window, permissions should automatically update.

XFCE

Step 1: Open up Thunar as root by pressing Alt + F2 and typing in the command below into the quick-launcher.

pkexec thunar

Step 2: Enter your user password into the box that appears to access Thunar in root mode.

Step 3: Find “Filesystem root” on the left side-bar and select it to gain access to the root file-system. Using the file manager, find the folder for which you’d like to update permissions .

Step 4: Right-click on the folder and select “Properties.” Then, click “Permissions” to access the permissions window.

Step 5: In “Permissions,” use the window to set the folder permissions. Then, close the window.

With the “Properties” window closed, permission settings should automatically apply.

Generic Linux file managers

There are a lot of different file managers out there. In this section of the guide, we covered the 4 most common ones. If your file manager isn’t covered, consider following the terminal instructions instead.

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Fight Night: How to Stream Pacquiao vs. Thurman Online

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Manny Pacquiao returns to the ring Saturday, July 20 at 9:00 PM Eastern Time (US) to face off against undefeated Super WBA Welterweight Champion Keith Thurman in Las Vegas. Here’s how to watch.

How to Watch the Fight Live in the United States

In the US, the fight is available online exclusively through Fox PPV for a price of $74.99. Coverage of the title fight begins at 9:00 PM Eastern Time (US).

At this time, there’s no way to watch the fight through any other streaming service, though Fox PPV is available on most devices, including iPhone, Android, Apple TV, Roku, Xbox, FireTV, and Android TV. You can also stream live from foxsports.com.

How to Watch the Fight Live in the UK

In the UK, the fight is available exclusively through FITE for a price of 12.95 GBP. Coverage of the title fight begins at 9:00 PM Eastern Time (US).

You can watch the fight in full HD streaming on your TV, desktop computer, or mobile device.

Having Issues Bypassing Geographic Restrictions? Use a VPN

Whether you’re traveling from your home country or live in a place that has ridiculous restrictions on what’s available, the solution to bypassing restrictions is always to use a VPN, which makes it appear as if you are coming from a different location. Our VPN picks are these:

ExpressVPN: This VPN choice is incredibly fast, easy to use, and has very user-friendly clients for every platform. Here’s how to watch the fight:

  1. Download Express VPN.
  2. Connect to a server located in the U.S if you want to use Fox PPV or in the UK if you want to watch via FITE.
  3. Head to Fox PPV or FITE (depending on which you chose) and purchase the fight. You will need to supply a valid ZIP code.

StrongVPN: This VPN isn’t quite as user-friendly, but is very fast and tends to be useful for bypassing restrictions because it’s not quite as well known.

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How To Track Someone Down Using Online Sources

It used to be that if you wanted someone found, you would hire a private investigator and let them “work their sources”. Of course you can still do that but private investigators are expensive. If you are looking for someone, you can quite often find them on your own using the Internet.

A lot of people try their level best to avoid being online but truth be told, you end up online these days whether you like it or not. So if you are looking for someone, you just have to know the right online places to look.

Social Media

The first obvious port of call is obviously social media, in the form of Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Twitter is very limited in what they can tell you about a person (apart from their photo and location – if they enter that information). 

But Facebook and LinkedIn? Well, that’s a whole different ball-game because they are designed for people to reveal everything about themselves – and they do.

I have read books by former US Marshals involved in the Witness Protection Program who said that a lot of people in the program were eventually found by their enemies because they kept updating their social media pages!

Facebook

Whether or not the person you are looking for is on Facebook will depend on how old they are and how “into tech” they are. Generally speaking, those under 50 will most likely have a Facebook account. Anyone over 50….well, then it’s a tossup.

Finding the person will depend on things like :

  • how unique the person’s name is. Zachary Zucker is more likely to show up clearly than John Smith.
  • If they are still living in the same area where you saw them last. If they have a common name and have moved to the other side of the world, identifying them might be a problem.
  • If they have information on their profile that makes it obvious it is them – photos, former schools, former employers, etc.

Another thing to try (if you know it) is to see if their former school has an alumni Facebook group. Most schools have Facebook groups set up by former students who upload old class photos and talk about the old days. You might find the person there.

LinkedIn

If you strike out on Facebook, try LinkedIn next. I have had an incredible amount of luck with LinkedIn because it has become the one-stop place for anyone wanting to build a career. This means there will be photos of the person, their entire work history, location, schools, etc.

It can also be incredibly satisfying to look up the former school bullies and discover they are flipping burgers in Burger King or cleaning toilets!

Search Engines

If the person is not on social media, the next step is the search engine which more or less means Google.

Google can throw up a huge amount of information about people. Newspaper articles can be indexed on Google so maybe the person did something noteworthy that got them into the news?

Or maybe they committed a crime and went to prison, in which case the trial would have been covered? Then there are the obituaries which told me a friend was dead when he suddenly dropped off the radar one day. Finally, see if the person has their own website.

Here are some specialist search engines you could also try. Most will give you basic information with a nominal fee required to access more advanced information. But the basic information will cover things like names, addresses, relatives, and maybe phone numbers. 

The slightly annoying thing though is that many of these websites cover the US only.

Phone Books

Many countries now publish their phone directories online, making the days of getting bulky print books a relic of the past. A Google search of “phone book” + “your country” will bring up the directories. But when checking for this article, the site for US numbers was down. The British equivalents are BT and 192 Directory Enquiries.

Prison databases

If you discover from Google that they have gone to prison, or you just want to tick prison off the list, the next step is to look on the right databases.

In the UK, there is no actual database. Instead, you must email the Prison Service and request that they look for you. Then the prisoner has to consent to their location being given

However, in the US, forget about prisoner privacy! The Federal Bureau of Prisons maintains a database for federal inmates. And this website links to prisoner locator tools for every state in the US.

Local Newspaper Archives

One other thing you could try are local newspaper archives. Some newspapers allow search engines to index their stories, but many do not. Instead, they put their archives behind paywalls. Newspapers like the New York Times and Washington Post are notorious for this, as well as many smaller local community newspapers.

So see if newspapers in the region have archives, pay the nominal fee, and have a look around for the person you’re looking for. I have had success before so it’s worth it.

If All Else Fails – Follow The Friends & Relatives

Now don’t get me wrong. I don’t mean in a creepy stalker-ish way, hiding in the bushes with a long-range camera lens. What I mean is that if the person you seeking is not showing up – and you know their friends and relatives – look for them. If they are in touch with the person, you could find them that way.

This is probably the best bet if someone has changed their name due to marriage and you don’t know the new name. Look in the friends and relatives’ friends lists on social media – see if the person is there under a new name.

If you don’t know the relatives, go to ancestry.com . Enter the person you’re looking for then it will tell you their relatives’ details. It’s all public record so you’re not doing anything wrong.

How to Play Games on a Mac in 2019

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Think owning a Mac means you can’t play games? Think again. The Mac gaming ecosystem is robust. From brand new releases to retro classics and even Windows-only titles; there’s plenty of fun to be had on a Mac.

Why You Should (Probably) Skip the Mac App Store

The Mac App Store is full of games. These include big-budget $60 releases like Civilization VI, short indie experiences like Oxenfree, and the kind of casual games you’d find on the iPhone like Donut County. To browse the catalog, open up the Mac App Store app then click on the “Play” tab from the sidebar.

Unfortunately, the Mac App Store isn’t always the best place to buy your games from. It’s often more expensive than other storefronts, and it suffers from too few new releases and a lack of reviews on many items due to relatively low patronage.

Civilization VI on the Mac App Store

Multiplayer games, in particular, have always had issues on the Mac App Store. id Software opted to cut multiplayer entirely from their 2011 shooter RAGE when it was released, and the game has since disappeared from the platform. Gearbox Software’s Borderlands was released on the Mac App Store with rewritten multiplayer support to accommodate Apple’s own Game Center APIs. The game has also disappeared from the service.

Contrast that with Steam, which enjoys far more players on Windows, Linux, and Mac with full support for cross-play. Apple ditched the standalone Game Center app in 2016, but the service lives on as an optional feature that developers can implement. It’s unclear whether Apple still requires multiplayer games to use its own APIs, but most multiplayer games skip the App Store entirely.

With the arrival of Apple’s anticipated porting of iOS apps to the macOS platform sometime in 2019, we could see a lot more iOS experiences arriving on the Mac App Store. That will make it much easier for developers to port their games to the Mac, but you’ll probably be better off playing these games on an iPhone or iPad instead.

Apple’s upcoming subscription gaming service Apple Arcade will also be Mac-compatible. The service launches in fall 2019 on the App Store and promises an ad-free experience, and cross-play between Mac, iOS, and Apple TV. When it launches, Apple Arcade will be another attempt at a “Netflix for games” service, with the main twist being a focus entirely on Apple devices.

Get Games from Steam, GOG, and Other Stores

If you want the latest big-budget releases, particularly multiplayer games, then you’ll need to turn to a third-party storefront like Steam. Valve’s distribution service has been the king of digital game downloads for well over a decade, and it enjoys more users than any other gaming service.

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