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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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Why You Should Upgrade To USB 3.0

Technology Explained

Why You Should Upgrade To USB 3.0

It’s been quite a while since USB 3.0 has been included in motherboards, but now we’ve come to the point where most devices and computers come with the new and improved ports. We all know about the technical data of the new specification, but what does all of that gibberish translate into? What real reasons are there to use USB 3.0 or actively seek devices which offer the port?

Danny Stieben March 11, 2013 11-03-2013
Why You Should Upgrade To USB 3.0
How Do I Install Ubuntu on a New Windows 8 Computer?

Linux

How Do I Install Ubuntu on a New Windows 8 Computer?

The introduction of personal computers with Windows 8 preinstalled with them also introduced a controversial under-the-hood modification – Secure Boot. Secure Boot is a technology which is included in any new computer that has Windows 8 preinstalled and the official sticker. It is meant to check that you have a certified operating system installed on your computer before it tries to boot it.

Danny Stieben March 9, 2013 09-03-2013
How Do I Install Ubuntu on a New Windows 8 Computer?
What Is Bitrate & Why Is It Important? [MakeUseOf Explains]

Technology Explained

What Is Bitrate & Why Is It Important? [MakeUseOf Explains]

With today’s technology, we can expect high amounts of speed and quality with everything that we do on our computers, our smartphones, and any other recent gadgets. However, while this increase in speed and quality has a number of factors, a lot of it relates to something called bitrate. What bitrate means depends on the context in which you use it, but it’s very important to know what it is.

Danny Stieben March 7, 2013 07-03-2013
What Is Bitrate & Why Is It Important? [MakeUseOf Explains]
How To Setup a Minecraft Server

Gaming

How To Setup a Minecraft Server

Minecraft has exploded over the last couple of years to become one of the greatest indie games of all time. There’s simply so much you can do with the game – not only by its own, but also with the wealth of plugins that are now available. With so many people playing the game, there’s no better time than now to set up your very own Minecraft server. It’s not too difficult to get started, and with some time you can turn your server into the next big thing.

Danny Stieben March 4, 2013 04-03-2013
How To Setup a Minecraft Server
6 Top Uses For Bluetooth On Your Android Phone

Android

6 Top Uses For Bluetooth On Your Android Phone

Bluetooth has been an impressive wireless technology to enable all sorts of cool functionality with multiple gadgets. While it was rather limited during the early stages of its life, Bluetooth has evolved to be capable of plenty of different data communications. Especially now that the latest revisions of the Bluetooth specifications include some great energy efficiency, now is better than ever to connect devices to your Android phone via Bluetooth.

Danny Stieben March 2, 2013 02-03-2013
6 Top Uses For Bluetooth On Your Android Phone
How To Tether Your Smartphone In Linux

Linux

How To Tether Your Smartphone In Linux

Our smartphones are amazing tools as they receive Internet service almost wherever we travel, unlike most laptops which are limited to whatever WiFi hotspot they can find. While some carriers place limits on the amount of data which you can consume, others have plans which have higher limits which allow tethering, as well as unlimited data.

Danny Stieben February 28, 2013 28-02-2013
How To Tether Your Smartphone In Linux
Which Office Solutions Should I Use On Linux & Why?

Linux

Which Office Solutions Should I Use On Linux & Why?

Computers are necessary tools to be productive members in today’s society. We need them to be able to do what we want them to, whenever and wherever. A part of being productive means using an office suite to write documents and create presentations. Under Linux, there are a number of great options available which allow you to be as productive as you possibly can. Each office suite has its own advantages.

Danny Stieben February 25, 2013 25-02-2013
Which Office Solutions Should I Use On Linux & Why?
Better Than Photoshop? Make GIMP Even More Powerful With These Plugins

Linux Windows

Better Than Photoshop? Make GIMP Even More Powerful With These Plugins

We all know that Photoshop is the premiere application for image and graphics manipulation. It simply does everything you could possibly want, which is the reason why most professionals choose it and why your wallet has a deep hole after you buy it. But Photoshop isn’t the only image manipulation tool on the block. The leading open source alternative to Photoshop, GIMP, has plenty of power under the hood as well.

Danny Stieben February 23, 2013 23-02-2013
Better Than Photoshop? Make GIMP Even More Powerful With These Plugins
New Computer, Old OS: How To Migrate Linux Between Machines

Linux

New Computer, Old OS: How To Migrate Linux Between Machines

Technology is progressing forward at a pretty fast rate, so much so that it isn’t uncommon for you to find yourself buying a new computer or computer part. For example, you may want to buy a brand new laptop or replace a dying hard drive that your system is currently using. In cases like these, it would be great if you can simply move your operating system over to the new hard drive or system with as little fuss as possible.

Danny Stieben February 21, 2013 21-02-2013
New Computer, Old OS: How To Migrate Linux Between Machines
Everything You Need To Know About Windows 8 Swipe Gestures On A Laptop

Windows

Everything You Need To Know About Windows 8 Swipe Gestures On A Laptop

With the introduction of Windows 8, a lot of brand-new touch-friendly features have been added to make the operating system enjoyable to use on touch-enabled devices. However, for typical laptops which only have touchpads for their input, it may be a bit confusing as to how to move your mouse in order to achieve the same results. Here is how you can easily take advantage of Windows 8’s new Modern UI goodies.

Danny Stieben February 18, 2013 18-02-2013
Everything You Need To Know About Windows 8 Swipe Gestures On A Laptop
Samsung Chromebook Series 3 Review and Giveaway

Browsers Product Reviews

Samsung Chromebook Series 3 Review and Giveaway

People today are constantly on the move and connected to the Internet, doing anything from creating presentations to checking emails to chatting with friends to playing games. People use all sorts of devices to accomplish these tasks, primarily via smartphones because they’re so mobile. However, they’re nowhere near as power as an actual computer, but traditional computers tend to have low battery life. The geniuses over at Google have thought about these issues and created their solution: the Chromebook. We’ll be taking a look at the Samsung Chromebook Series 3, and giving it away at the end of this review!

Danny Stieben February 18, 2013 18-02-2013
Samsung Chromebook Series 3 Review and Giveaway
Will Windows 8 Run On My PC? Here’s How to Tell

Windows

Will Windows 8 Run On My PC? Here’s How to Tell

It’s been about three months since Microsoft released Windows 8, and people have had lots of time to hear about what’s new and decide whether they wish to upgrade. If you have decided to commit to the upgrade, you need to be sure that your system is capable of handling the new software, or else burn a useless hole in your wallet.

Danny Stieben February 16, 2013 16-02-2013
Will Windows 8 Run On My PC? Here’s How to Tell
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