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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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.

CloudVault Photo Uploader: Automatically Upload Pictures To Google Drive [Android 2.1+]

30th August, 2012

Most of the popular cloud services can automatically upload any pictures that you take on your device. This list includes Dropbox, iCloud, Ubuntu One, and more. However, the Google Drive app for Android doesn’t have such functionality yet, which is a major feature that is sorely missed. Instead of having to wait until Google comes […]


Top Reasons Your New Game Won’t Run On Your PC

27th August, 2012

Even as a casual computer user, it’s absolute devastation if a piece of software you bought doesn’t work on your system. While programs which help you get work done will most likely work as they have relatively few requirements, the same cannot be said for games. Yes, games aren’t nearly as important as software you may need for work, but you’ll still feel the same frustration.


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 […]