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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Penguins Can Rock Out, Too: 4 Cloud Music Options For Linux

8th September, 2012

After some very popular cloud services such as Gmail, Google Docs/Drive, Dropbox, and more, the latest craze in cloud computing is cloud music. More specifically, cloud computing is the ability to play any song at any time from any device, anywhere in the world. There are already a number of cloud music services out there which either let you play any song in existence or any song that you already own. But which ones play nice with our favorite penguin?


Have Fun Taking Photos With Cheese Photo Booth [Linux]

6th September, 2012

Taking pictures is always a great way to keep memories, wherever you are. They’re also a fantastic way to spend some time and bond with friends and family. However, taking ordinary pictures with a camera or webcam can get pretty boring after a while. Mac OS X’s photo booth program can get pretty interesting with all of the possible effects that you can select, but what about Linux? Thankfully there’s a fairly popular application which gets the job done.


Organize Firefox With These Superb Tab Management Tools

3rd September, 2012

Multiple tabs are a common reality to modern web browsing. It doesn’t take long at all before you have a good number of tabs open, and that’s natural. However, despite the great convenience that tabs bring us, it’s not always easy to sift through them, especially when we start reaching 20 tabs or more. Therefore, there are tons of extensions which can help you tackle those tabs with ease.


What Is A Processor Core? [MakeUseOf Explains]

1st September, 2012

Every computer has a processor, whether it’s a small efficiency pro or a large performance powerhouse, or else it wouldn’t be able to function. Of course, the processor, also called the CPU or Central Processing Unit, is an important part of a functioning system, but it isn’t the only one. Today’s processors are almost all at least dual-core, meaning that the entire processor itself contains two separate cores with which it can process information. But what are processor cores, and what exactly do they do?


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 […]