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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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One Of The Most Important Tools In Linux – Understanding Chmod

Linux

One Of The Most Important Tools In Linux – Understanding Chmod

There are plenty of features that make Linux special, but one of them that makes it so secure is its permissions system. You can have fine-grain control over all the files in your system and assign permissions to users, groups, and everyone else. The terminal utility “chmod” helps you control all the permissions on your system, so it’s vital to know how chmod works in order to get the most use out of this feature, especially if you’re planning on building your own Linux server.

27-04-2013
One Of The Most Important Tools In Linux – Understanding Chmod
Create 3D Images With An Android Smartphone: It’s Easier Than You Think

Android

Create 3D Images With An Android Smartphone: It’s Easier Than You Think

Android phones are increasingly shipping with powerful cameras with at least 8MP for their backside camera. Additionally, there are some phones such as the HTC Evo 3D which come with two cameras in the back, allowing you to take 3D photos. But what if you’d like to take 3D-like pictures with your single-camera phone? As the concept of 3D-enabled devices/TVs and 3D photos becomes more popular, chances are that you will want to dive into this new form of photography.

25-04-2013
Create 3D Images With An Android Smartphone: It’s Easier Than You Think
Nintendo Wii U Review and Giveaway

Product Reviews

Nintendo Wii U Review and Giveaway

Despite the increasing shift to mobile gaming, consoles are still very popular devices for playing immersive, graphics-intensive games; and that won’t change anytime soon as long as the major console makers continue to improve with newer generations. Nintendo has been the first console maker to update its last-generation console, the Wii. As a result, we’re now greeted with the Wii U, ahead of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox (720). Luckily for us, we get to review this next-generation console; and for you, since you’ll have a chance to win one at the end of the review!

23-04-2013
Nintendo Wii U Review and Giveaway
Considering Switching to T-Mobile USA? Here’s What You Need to Know About Plans, Service, and Phones

Internet

Considering Switching to T-Mobile USA? Here’s What You Need to Know About Plans, Service, and Phones

T-Mobile USA recently made major changes to the way they are providing service with a new “Un-carrier” initiative. This new perspective for a wireless carrier has made plenty of people wonder whether those changes can benefit them. However, before you jump carriers on a whim, it’s always best to do your research to make sure that you’re getting the best deal for the service that’s right for you. I’ve done that research, and the answers are inside.

22-04-2013
Considering Switching to T-Mobile USA? Here’s What You Need to Know About Plans, Service, and Phones
Five Tech Myths Debunked: Who Really Created Linux, And More

Internet

Five Tech Myths Debunked: Who Really Created Linux, And More

The world is full of urban legends, and the technological world is no exception. While device or software rumors usually make up the largest portion of these, they are temporary as any rumors are proven correct or incorrect whenever official announcements are made. However, there are always a few myths which are much more complex, and the truths about them are hidden deep inside the Internet.

20-04-2013
Five Tech Myths Debunked: Who Really Created Linux, And More
Send It Later: 4 Useful SMS Scheduling Apps To Text At Just The Right Time [Android]

Android

Send It Later: 4 Useful SMS Scheduling Apps To Text At Just The Right Time [Android]

MS messages have become one of the most common forms of communication. They can also be extremely flexible, with scheduling and delivery reports. While delivery reports are usually included in stock SMS apps, scheduling is not. It would be great to have that ability, so you can easily send regular reminders to friends and coworkers, wish someone a happy birthday right at midnight, or otherwise pre-type a message that you want to send later because you know that you will be busy. There are plenty of apps available for Android which can take care of this for you.

18-04-2013
Send It Later: 4 Useful SMS Scheduling Apps To Text At Just The Right Time [Android]
How Can I Identify The Best GPUs For Bitcoin Mining?

Technology Explained

How Can I Identify The Best GPUs For Bitcoin Mining?

Quite recently, I wrote an article revealing the disadvantages to Bitcoin mining. More precisely, a major disadvantage to the actual mining process is the cost vs. revenue battle, where you may be spending more money on generating bitcoins than you are earning with the bitcoins you have mined. This can vary based on the hardware you use for mining as well as the current value of a bitcoin.

15-04-2013
How Can I Identify The Best GPUs For Bitcoin Mining?
What Disadvantages Are There To Bitcoin Mining?

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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
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