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Danny Stieben

/ Joined 23 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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What Disadvantages Are There To Bitcoin Mining?

Internet

What Disadvantages Are There To Bitcoin Mining?

Several times since the beginning of this decade, Bitcoins have been slowly but surely been causing a (good) disturbance in the way people think about currency. If you don’t know yet what Bitcoins are, then reading this introduction, or our Bitcoin manual, or this feature on the matter should get you caught up. Now, if you know what they are or have just read the provided materials, you’ll know that Bitcoins can be used after they’re “discovered” through a process called “mining”.

11-04-2013
What Disadvantages Are There To Bitcoin Mining?
Nintendo 3DS XL Review and Giveaway

Product Reviews

Nintendo 3DS XL Review and Giveaway

Among all the big names in gaming consoles, Nintendo is definitely among the top favorites. As a ’90s kid, I associate much of my childhood with playing Nintendo games. I remember growing up with the Nintendo 64, the GameBoy Color, GameBoy Advance, and Nintendo DS. Through all the different iterations, the gameplay had improved drastically with new features and visual effects. Nintendo is still going strong and has brought out their latest generation portable gaming console, the Nintendo 3DS. Today, we’ll be taking an in-depth look at the Nintendo 3DS XL as well as give one away to a lucky reader!

09-04-2013
Nintendo 3DS XL Review and Giveaway
From FAT To NTFS To ZFS: File Systems Demystified [MakeUseOf Explains]

Linux

From FAT To NTFS To ZFS: File Systems Demystified [MakeUseOf Explains]

Do you really know what your hard drive does whenever you read a file from it or write one to it? Our hard drives can now store massive amounts of data, and that massive space requires a high level of organization in order to prevent issues and maintain performance. Hard drives can be well organized through the use of file systems.

08-04-2013
From FAT To NTFS To ZFS: File Systems Demystified [MakeUseOf Explains]
The Best Ways To Recover Data On Linux

Linux

The Best Ways To Recover Data On Linux

No matter whether it was your fault or not, things can happen to the data stored on your devices. Hard drives, solid state drives, and removable media can all potentially “lose” files because of numerous different causes. Additionally, sometimes you may delete a file – no matter if on purpose or by accident – and then determine later on that you actually need it.

06-04-2013
The Best Ways To Recover Data On Linux
For Literary Penguins: 4 Great Writing Tools [Linux]

Linux

For Literary Penguins: 4 Great Writing Tools [Linux]

A great amount of productivity comes from writing tasks, whether it be for school assignments, articles for your blog, or much more. While full-featured office applications tend to be the norm for such tasks, it may sometimes be a good idea to go in the opposite direction and use some simpler or specialized tools, depending on what you’re working on. Often, this can either help you focus more on the work that’s ahead.

04-04-2013
For Literary Penguins: 4 Great Writing Tools [Linux]
Google Nexus 10 Review and Giveaway

Product Reviews

Google Nexus 10 Review and Giveaway

Google has recently come out with a number of intriguing products, including the Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10, and multiple different Chromebooks. I’ve recently reviewed a Samsung Chromebook, and Jackson has taken a look at the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7. Therefore, naturally we have to take a look at the Google Nexus 10 and see how it performs, how useful it is in real life scenarios, and whether it’s worth the price. The best part is, you’ll have the chance to win this incredible tablet for yourself! Read the review and giveaway details after the jump.

01-04-2013
Google Nexus 10 Review and Giveaway
How To Fake Camera Blur On Your Android For SLR-Like Photos [Android]

Android

How To Fake Camera Blur On Your Android For SLR-Like Photos [Android]

The cameras on our Android devices have been getting some impressive upgrades over the last few years, and there’s been a reinforced push towards making Android devices complete replacements for good quality cameras. While these cameras are able to take clear, sharp images, they still don’t have the quality that SLR cameras provide. These cameras can make amazing pictures as they are able to focus strongly on foreground objects.

30-03-2013
How To Fake Camera Blur On Your Android For SLR-Like Photos [Android]
Teach Yourself Baking With Android

Android

Teach Yourself Baking With Android

For some people, it’s already pretty hard to get good at relatively simple cooking, but there are plenty of apps available for Android which can help you in this regard. However, cooking and baking are often seen as two completely separate events, so most cooking apps tend to be skimpy when it comes to baking items. This is because baking makes extreme use of the oven, sugar, and precise measurements of the needed ingredients.

25-03-2013
Teach Yourself Baking With Android
4 Creative Multitasking Apps For Android

Android

4 Creative Multitasking Apps For Android

As our smart-devices are being more and more capable, we want to be able to make the most use out of them. There’s simply no better way to do just that than to become a multitasking pro. The newest versions of Android already make multitasking a fairly easy affair, but it also places a strong importance on simplicity, staying rather slim with the number of features.

21-03-2013
4 Creative Multitasking Apps For Android
5 Interesting Ways To Learn To Code

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5 Interesting Ways To Learn To Code

Many people have realized the importance of learning how to code as a life skill. No matter where you go, and what job you have, it’s always seen as in a positive light if you know how to work some code, even if that’s not your profession. As this importance increases ever more, there are plenty of new initiatives to get kids to learn code in school. While it’s great to see them, you can take control of your coding education by taking some steps on your own.

18-03-2013
5 Interesting Ways To Learn To Code
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