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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Avant Window Navigator: A Great Desktop Dock With Plenty of Applets [Linux]

9th August, 2012

One of the most helpful tools we can have on our desktops are docks. Whether they help us keep track of open windows, offer us shortcuts to common folders or applications, or even update us on the current weather, they’re extremely extensible and flexible. Among Linux users, the most recommended dock is Docky, and I can’t deny that I love it too.


Stealthy: Bypass Filters & Blocks With Proxies [Firefox & Chrome] (Updated)

9th August, 2012

As a constant Internet user, it’s an absolute pain whenever a website is blocked because of a filter or because the content you want to see is country-specific. For example, there’s plenty of good content on Hulu, but nobody outside of the US is able to watch it. Some YouTube videos are also restricted because […]


RouteTask: Find The Most Efficient Route To All Your Destinations

9th August, 2012

When you have a busy day ahead of you and lots of places to go, you’ll want to know the fastest, most efficient way to get to those places. Sure you could let your favorite maps service find the best routes in between your stops, but what if the order of your stops doesn’t matter? […]


BeeZee: Let People Know Why You’re Busy & Can’t Answer Phone Calls [Android]

8th August, 2012

I absolutely hate the feeling I get when I have to ignore or decline a call because I’m busy. Not only can some people find it rude in today’s “constantly available” world, but it will more than likely leave them wondering why you didn’t pick up and when they should try again. You could always […]


GeoCha: Start Conversations With People Around You

7th August, 2012

To be able to talk about something relevant, you may need to find someone close to you. Or maybe you’d like to ask something to someone for information on a local item. This is very hard to do without the right tools, as it’s not only awkward but an often unsuccessful technique to simply ask […]


Using Linux? Here Are Your Options For File Compression

6th August, 2012

Under Windows, you can compress your data with the file system itself (which can be recognized by the blue file name), but under Linux, ext4 – the default file system for almost all distributions – is not capable of file compression. Don’t worry though, there’s plenty of other ways you can compress your files under Linux – quickly and easily.


Avoid Linux HDD Faults & Errors With These Tools

4th August, 2012

From personal experience, whenever I have a problem with any component in my computer, it’s more often the hard drive than anything else. My CPU has never failed me, nor my RAM, and my motherboard only once – partially. However, if I still had all the hard drives which have caused me some sort of grief or failed completely, it would sum up to a good-sized pile. However, you can prolong the life of your hard drives through careful monitoring and maintenance.


InstaCC: A Calendar & Challenges App For Instagram [iOS]

4th August, 2012

Sometimes, finding the right photo from the right time on Instagram isn’t the most enjoyable thing to do. Neither is finding a good photo challenge for you to complete. However, people with iOS devices can turn that frown upside down by using an app called InstaCC for these tasks and more. InstaCC is a simple […]

Annotary: Highlight Webpages & Take Notes Easily

4th August, 2012

Keeping track of important information that you find online isn’t quite as easy as you might think. A lot of people will tend to simply copy and paste that information into a text document. While it works, it’s far from being an optimal solution, as it’s hard to search through them efficiently. It may also […]


What Is Overclocking, And How It Can Help Your PC, Tablet, & Phone [MakeUseOf Explains]

2nd August, 2012

Provided that you have hardware from a manufacturer who understands those principles, you can do plenty to juice up your system, whether it be a computer, tablet, or smartphone. One of the best things you can do — with appropriate hardware, firmware, and/or software — is to speed up your system by overclocking it.

Fast Company

Collections for Mac: Search Through All Of Your Cloud Data [Mac]

1st August, 2012

There are quite a lot of different cloud services out there. Dropbox, Google Drive, Instagram, and so many more can all share your precious data in their own clouds. This is great for you when considering each service independently, but wouldn’t it be easier if you could find something you’re looking for, across all cloud services? […]

Young Entrepreneur

Chuck: A Quick & Simple App Launcher With A Moustache [Mac]

1st August, 2012

There’s plenty of variety when it comes to launching applications, especially in Mac OS X. Some popular choices such as QuickSilver, LaunchBar or Alfred can do the job, but sometimes you may want to just go back to the basics, with just the functionality that you need it to do, in a stripped down interface with […]


OutMyWindow: Control Privacy Settings Of Your Shared Photos [iOS]

31st July, 2012

It’s not always the case that we want all of our photos to be shared with everyone in the entire world.  More likely, we’d rather share some photos with family, others with friends, and then some with co-workers. Current social networks don’t necessarily provide the easiest ways to control the privacy of those photos, so […]

4 Drop-Dead Gorgeous Gnome Themes [Linux]

30th July, 2012

As an avid Linux user I know quite well how customizable my desktop really is. Whether it comes to the desktop shell, or the window borders, or the menu colors, or even the icon theme, all of it can usually be changed pretty easily. I’ve also gone over plenty of Gnome Shell themes, such as Faience or Alternative. But when it comes to overall themes, usually known as Gnome or GTK themes, there aren’t nearly as many that are covered. So, we’re about to fix that.


Ext4 vs. Btrfs: Why We’re Making The Switch [Linux]

28th July, 2012

Quite honestly, one of the last things people look at is which file system is being used. Windows and Mac OS X users have even less reason to look, because they really have only one choice for their system – NTFS and HFS+, respectively. Linux, on the other hand, has plenty of different file system options, with the current default being ext4. However, there’s been another push to change the file system to something called btrfs.