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.

Newsletter Editor and Linux Enthusiast

Feel free to contact at danny@makeuseof.com

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What’s A Sandbox, And Why Should You Be Playing in One

25th August, 2012

Highly-connective programs can do a lot, but they’re also an open invitation for bad hackers to strike. To prevent strikes from becoming successful, a developer would have to spot and close every single hole in their code, which simply isn’t possible. Instead, developers have to take that fact and plan their code with that in mind. The most common and effective solution: a sandbox.

Alarmed: A Full Featured All-in-One Alarm [iOS 4.0+]

23rd August, 2012

Believe it or not, but there are plenty of people working long hours trying to figure out the best way to wake you up or otherwise notify you of something important. We’ve covered numerous alarms at MakeUseOf, but Alarmed, an app for iOS devices, has some unique features of its own which may interest a […]


LastPass Premium: Treat Yourself To The Best Password Management Ever [Rewards]

23rd August, 2012

If you’ve never heard of LastPass, I’m sorry to say that you have been living under a rock. However, you are reading this article, so you’ve already made a step in the right direction. LastPass is one of the best password managers currently available, and it’s basic feature set is pretty hefty, and should be enough for a lot of people. But if you love it so much (like most people do), then it’s worth going straight for the Premium version of the service


WikiVS: Find The Best Comparisons Online

23rd August, 2012

Users are overrun with so many different options that it’s sometimes very frustrating to figure which product is the right one for you. What makes one product better over the other? What does one product have that the other doesn’t? What’s the difference between two things that seem to do the same thing? Researching such […]


Pholium: Create Photo eBooks With Ease [iPad]

21st August, 2012

One of the best ways to share your photos is through eBooks, where you can also add whatever you like on all those pages. It really gives you a lot of flexbility and creative power for crafting your masterpiece. Creating an ebook sounds pretty difficult, but it shouldn’t be. If you have an iPad, you’re […]


15 Android Ice Cream Sandwich Tips You Should Already Know

20th August, 2012

Not all too long ago, Google released the next great upgrade to the Android mobile operating system, version 4.o codenamed “Ice Cream Sandwich”, or ICS for short. While in the meantime Android 4.1 “Jelly Bean” has been released, most phones are still using ICS or will be updated to it soon. Therefore, most people will be interested about what cool tricks ICS can bring to the table.

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ZabKab: Call A Taxi From Anywhere [Android & iOS]

18th August, 2012

Sometimes, it’s pretty difficult to get a taxi even when you’re in a city where it shouldn’t be. Taxi drivers tend to go to those places where the chances of someone needing a taxi are highest, and the fact is that there’s a good chance that you’re not at one of those spots. So instead […]

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Web Search Optimizer: Get Customized Search Results [Firefox]

18th August, 2012

The Internet has massively evolved over the last decade, to the benefit of the world’s population. When Google was first founded, it’s search results were, like most other search engines’ results, mediocre at best. Today, however, we really don’t have to worry too much about finding what we want when we use these search engines. […]


Configure Timers With Enhanced Functionality Using Mutely [Android 2.0.1+]

18th August, 2012

Why limit ourselves to something that beeps after a countdown? Instead, your device should behave in a certain way when a timer is active, and those settings should be configurable for each timer. Sound like something you’d want in a timer app? Mutely is an Android app which specializes specifically with timers. The real advantage to using Mutely is that you can configure your device’s behavior for whenever that timer is active.


Launch Tasks With Ease Using 1Tap Quick Bar [Android 2.0.1+]

16th August, 2012

There are plenty of apps for Android, which make launching applications a snap, through the use of shortcuts, widgets, notification items, and more. But sometimes, the fact that this only works for launching applications can leave much to be desired. You may wish you could have shortcuts which automatically call someone with a single tap, or create a new text message to a specific person.


Burner: Protect Yourself With Disposable Phone Numbers [iOS]

13th August, 2012

You probably find yourself giving away your phone number pretty often. Whether it be at bars, dating sites, Craigslist, or any other place where you’re not entirely confident in the person you’re possibly giving your number to. In these cases, you need a way to protect yourself from possible abuse. By giving away your real […]


Pocketory: Keep An Inventory List Of Your Possessions [iOS]

13th August, 2012

Face it, there’s a good chance that a decent amount of items are in your house. I’m talking about everything, from your TV, couch, and other furniture and appliances. It may not seem like a necessary thing to do, but it’s actually very helpful if you make a list of all your possessions. Not only […]


How To Change Your DNS Servers & Improve Internet Security

13th August, 2012

Imagine this – you wake up one beautiful morning, pour yourself a cup of coffee, and then sit down at your computer to get started with your work for the day. Before you actually get stuff done, you go over to your favorite browser and type in http://www.makeuseof.com. Within seconds, you’re looking at our website and all of our latest posts. But hold on, how the heck did your computer even know where to find MakeUseOf?


Automatically Switch Between Sound & Power Profiles With Smart Settings [Android 2.1+]

11th August, 2012

In a perfect world, our smartphones would know exactly when they should be silent, when they need to remind us of things, and when they should conserve battery. By default, however, our phones don’t do this, and there haven’t been any apps which can change the phone’s settings for us. At least, that’s been the case until now. “Smart Settings” is an app for Android which focuses on changing your phone’s behaviors at certain moments.


Avant Window Navigator: A Great Desktop Dock With Plenty of Applets [Linux]

9th August, 2012

One of the most helpful tools we can have on our desktops are docks. Whether they help us keep track of open windows, offer us shortcuts to common folders or applications, or even update us on the current weather, they’re extremely extensible and flexible. Among Linux users, the most recommended dock is Docky, and I can’t deny that I love it too.