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 Figure Out Why Your PC Won’t Boot

28th September, 2012

We’ve all had our fair share of computer problems, but most of them have been about being unable to connect to a network, being unable to run a certain program, or some other software-related issue. However, you have a much bigger issue if your entire computer doesn’t seem to run at all. Let’s forget about problems that might plague Windows, but concentrate solely on the hardware in your system and what might occur with them.


Why Netflix Doesn’t Run On Linux, And How You Can Get Around This

24th September, 2012

One of the most popular video streaming services is undoubtedly Netflix, because of its vast collection of movies and other video content which can be instantly streamed. Most people can enjoy it whenever they sign up for the monthly subscription. However, there’s the problem — most people can enjoy it. One of the few groups of people which are left out are Linux users. What’s the problem, and how can it be solved?


Jellybean Not Available For Your Phone? Get Its Best Features With These Apps [Android]

22nd September, 2012

Not all too long ago, Google released Android 4.1, named Jelly Bean. With it comes a lot of features, which you can look at in better detail by checking out this article. While it’s fantastic that all of this new technology is already released, the update schedule for most phones is far from acceptable. A large number of phones which haven’t even got the 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update won’t see the Jelly Bean update.


Watch All Your Videos & Music With Totem Movie Player [Linux]

20th September, 2012

Everyone likes a good media player, no matter what system they’re using. While I still highly recommend VLC media player as one of the best for any system because of its wide range of playable formats and open source nature, it certainly isn’t the only media player worthy of your time. In fact, most of the popular Linux distributions come with a very worthy media player which can play a decent amount of formats and is rather simple to use.


Edit System Menu Items With Alacarte [Linux]

17th September, 2012

When you think about it, our Linux desktop environments are pretty smart. Whereas Windows just creates a new folder for a newly installed program in the Start Menu, the Linux desktop environment automatically organize all installed applications into different categories. While this system can work very well, there are some packages that place shortcuts into categories which you deem to be incorrect. You may need to go into the menus and add/edit/remove items, but it can all be achieved using an application called Alacarte.


How To Manually Install (“Side Load”) Apps On Your Android Device

15th September, 2012

Ignoring any “app count” wars between the iOS and Android worlds, one thing is for sure — there are a ton of apps available to install on Android, no matter how you look at it. The app you’d like might not even be found in the Google Play Store — although this is a rare occurrence. No matter what the issue at hand is, it’d be great if you can manually install, or “side load”, apps onto your Android device. But how do you do this?


Play & Manage Your Music Collection With Rhythmbox [Linux]

13th September, 2012

Music is a way of life for a lot of people, and their music collections often reflect that to a massive degree. We all enjoy our music, and should be able to keep tabs with what music we have. This requires a good program that can easily organize our music so that perfect song is only a short distance away. Whatever your needs may be, it’d be ideal to take care of it all using just one program.


Growly Write: A Text Processor With Only What You Need [Mac]

11th September, 2012

Whenever we have to create elaborate documents, we often fire up some heavyweight text processors such as Word to take care of the job. While this prevents us from having to worry about lacking a feature, the heaviness of the program can get in the way quite often. When you think about it, you probably […]


Access Facebook From The Linux Command Line

10th September, 2012

Virtually everyone, especially in first world countries, is on Facebook. Friends, events, pictures, and plenty more are all commonly found on Facebook unlike any other location. However, an ultimate geek may not want to use Facebook like everyone else — namely via their website. Instead, the most geeky way to access the social network is to use the command line.


Penguins Can Rock Out, Too: 4 Cloud Music Options For Linux

8th September, 2012

After some very popular cloud services such as Gmail, Google Docs/Drive, Dropbox, and more, the latest craze in cloud computing is cloud music. More specifically, cloud computing is the ability to play any song at any time from any device, anywhere in the world. There are already a number of cloud music services out there which either let you play any song in existence or any song that you already own. But which ones play nice with our favorite penguin?


Have Fun Taking Photos With Cheese Photo Booth [Linux]

6th September, 2012

Taking pictures is always a great way to keep memories, wherever you are. They’re also a fantastic way to spend some time and bond with friends and family. However, taking ordinary pictures with a camera or webcam can get pretty boring after a while. Mac OS X’s photo booth program can get pretty interesting with all of the possible effects that you can select, but what about Linux? Thankfully there’s a fairly popular application which gets the job done.


Organize Firefox With These Superb Tab Management Tools

3rd September, 2012

Multiple tabs are a common reality to modern web browsing. It doesn’t take long at all before you have a good number of tabs open, and that’s natural. However, despite the great convenience that tabs bring us, it’s not always easy to sift through them, especially when we start reaching 20 tabs or more. Therefore, there are tons of extensions which can help you tackle those tabs with ease.


What Is A Processor Core? [MakeUseOf Explains]

1st September, 2012

Every computer has a processor, whether it’s a small efficiency pro or a large performance powerhouse, or else it wouldn’t be able to function. Of course, the processor, also called the CPU or Central Processing Unit, is an important part of a functioning system, but it isn’t the only one. Today’s processors are almost all at least dual-core, meaning that the entire processor itself contains two separate cores with which it can process information. But what are processor cores, and what exactly do they do?


Servers Ultimate: Run Web Servers From Your Android Device [Android 2.1+]

31st August, 2012

Running your own servers has its own benefits. You can run your own websites, your own email addresses, your file hosting, your calendars, and so much more. In order to remain as flexible as possible while owning your data rather than having some other company babysit it for you, running your own servers is the […]


Which Is More Secure, A Password Or a Pattern Lock?

30th August, 2012

Our smartphones carry a lot of personal information. All of your text messages, emails, notes, apps, app data, music, pictures, and so much more are all on there. While it’s a very great convenience to have all of these on your phone, it’s also a major security risk if all of this data is easily accessible. The best way to prevent simple unauthorized access is by setting some sort of lock on your phone. Two popular choices, especially on Android phones, are passwords and pattern locks. However, which one is the most secure to use? In order to answer that, we’ll have to use our brains and some math.