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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Miro: An All-In-One Application To Manage All Of Your Media [Cross-Platform]

11th October, 2012

We have a lot of media that we need to keep track of before we forget that we even have them. We’re also on a constant need for new, fresh media. Ideally, it’d be great to have an application which could do all of this for us, and become our “all-in-one media application”. For a large number of people, iTunes fulfills this role fairly well, but some people may not enjoy iTunes for a number of reasons, including its very closed nature.


Create Great Home Videos Using Openshot Video Editor [Linux]

8th October, 2012

It’s extremely easy today to record videos, as every smartphone now has the capability to do so. But simply recording may not be the idea, especially when you want to add a couple of extras or crop out boring or other undesirable sections. Among Linux users, the operating system family is well known for not having a professional video editor available for it. However, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t decent editors available, especially for fairly low-key needs.


Enjoy Great Desktop Effects With Compiz Fusion [Linux]

6th October, 2012

Some people just want to use something that looks really pretty. On the other hand, there are some geeks who want to trick out their systems with the same effects to make a truly interesting user experience. There’s a handful of programs for Linux which can manage and execute these desktop effects. One of the most popular choices is called Compiz Fusion.


gedit: One Of The Most Feature-Filled Plain Text Editors [Linux & Windows]

4th October, 2012

When you think of plain text editors, the first thing that may pop into your head is Windows’ Notepad application. It does exactly what its job description states – plain features for a plain text editor. But this is a common misconception about what plain text editors should be about. Those who need more out of them deserve something better and that “something better” is called gedit.


OggConvert: Easily Convert Proprietary Formats Like MP3 Into Free Formats Like OGG [Linux]

1st October, 2012

Sadly enough, the famous MP3 format for music is a proprietary product, and all devices which can play them have (or at least should have) a license to legally play them. In order to make a statement that you don’t support something proprietary, or to make sure that you are being 100% legal with your playback of music, it’s best if you convert your MP3 and similarly proprietary music files into a free format.


How To Synchronize Your Gmail, Google Calendar, And More With Your Linux Computer

29th September, 2012

A good number of users highly value the services provided by Google, including emails, calendars, tasks, documents, and so much more. But Linux users also love their desktop applications, and how they often integrate very nicely with the desktop. So what can people do who use Linux but love Google’s products? Thankfully, there are a good number of Linux applications which can connect very well to both Google’s products as well as your Linux desktop.

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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.