Danny Stieben

Joined March 2011

Danny is a senior at the University of North Texas who enjoys all aspects of open source software and Linux. You can check out his personal website or follow him on Twitter.

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Feel free to contact at danny@makeuseof.com

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How to Modify & Manage the Hosts File in Linux

5 days ago

Modifying a little known feature called the hosts file can improve your system security, whether you need to create shortcuts, block websites, or more. But how do you find and make changes to it?


How to Create a Secure USB Drive in Ubuntu with Linux Unified Key Setup

20th April, 2015

Your portable thumb-sized USB flash drive is a security risk. But if you’re a Linux user, you can easily encrypt the drive to protect data should it be stolen.


How To Use Multiple and External Displays In Linux Ubuntu

16th April, 2015

Using Linux wisely can make you just as productive as other operating systems, and adding displays to your setup can provide further benefits. Installing external displays to Ubuntu is easier than you might think.


Top 6 Ways To Get Your iTunes Experience On Linux

5th April, 2015

Switched to Linux and want to access your iTunes library? It’s not as simple as you may think, but there are several strong iTunes alternatives that you can switch to offering a similar experience.


The Most Useful Media Converter For Linux Just Got Better: Meet The New Handbrake

2nd April, 2015

The cross-platform Handbrake utility has gotten a significant update that makes it even better at converting videos between various codecs. Let’s check out all of the exciting stuff in the newest Handbrake.


5 Surprising Reasons Behind The GNOME Resurgence

27th March, 2015

Today, GNOME 3 is finally regaining users, and there are less people who go online to voice their hatred for the desktop environment. What happened to make GNOME slowly come back?

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Lenovo ThinkPad X131e Chromebook Review and Giveaway

27th March, 2015

Lenovo’s ThinkPad laptops are known as being among the best Windows laptops you can buy; so when Lenovo released a ThinkPad-branded Chromebook, we were eager to see whether the ThinkPad branding was justified.


Everything You Need to Know About Fedora 21 Cloud Flavor

18th March, 2015

What exactly is Cloud flavor, and how is it different from the Server flavor? What can you do with it? We’ll take a closer look so you know which choice is best for you.


Linux VPS Hosting: How to Choose Your Virtual Private Network Host

8th March, 2015

There are various factors that you need to consider when you’re choosing a VPS provider. Instead of naming providers, here’s a general guide that will help you choose the right VPS for you.


Distro Indecision: A Cheat’s Guide to Choosing a Linux Distribution

6th March, 2015

This guide is all about how to pick the right distribution, and how to test them before you actually commit to using it, arguably one of the most difficult steps in getting into Linux.


Why You Really Want a Linux Virtual Server Instead of a Private Server

5th March, 2015

We’ll show you how to set up your own server, and explain why a hosted virtual private server (VPS) may still be a better choice.


10 Mistakes That Make You Sound Like a Rookie Linux User

4th March, 2015

How can you tell when you’re not a Linux rookie anymore? Check out these mistakes rookies make, and see if you’ve made any of them recently. If you have, don’t worry!


The Very Best Linux Desktop Environment For Programming: The Secrets Of The Pros

3rd March, 2015

Linux is a great choice for programming, as it’s easy to install support for virtually any language you can think of. Programming is simply made easier on Linux. But there’s more to it.


Replace Samsung Apps With These Better Alternatives

19th February, 2015

Whether you have a Samsung device and want to avoid the built-in apps, or you just want some of those cool Samsung features, these are apps you should check out.


Keep A Portable Ubuntu Installation With You Wherever You Go

13th February, 2015

There’s so much you can do with an Ubuntu installation. But what if you could take that same Ubuntu installation and make it portable so you can have it with you wherever you are?