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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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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.

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.

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.

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

Product Reviews Browsers

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!

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.

16-02-2013
Will Windows 8 Run On My PC? Here’s How to Tell
What Is the Difference Between An APU, A CPU And A GPU? [MakeUseOf Explains]

Technology Explained

What Is the Difference Between An APU, A CPU And A GPU? [MakeUseOf Explains]

Over the last five or more years, there have been a number of different terms swirling around to describe computer hardware. Some of those terms include but aren’t limited to APU, CPU, and GPU. But for people who are confused about acronyms, it’s difficult to understand what a computer really has.

14-02-2013
What Is the Difference Between An APU, A CPU And A GPU? [MakeUseOf Explains]
5 Great Cloud Backup Tools & Services That Fully Support Linux

Linux

5 Great Cloud Backup Tools & Services That Fully Support Linux

If you ask any power user for one good piece of advice that applies to any operating system, it would be to back up your files regularly. As much as technology can be helpful, it can also cause problems or even fail at the worst possible times. Therefore, it is important that you are able to identify different backup methods for your system. With Linux, you have a good amount of reliable options at your disposal, but it may not be quite as obvious as with other platforms.

11-02-2013
5 Great Cloud Backup Tools & Services That Fully Support Linux
How To Use Reddit Like an Old Pro

Internet

How To Use Reddit Like an Old Pro

There are plenty of online communities which can be found on the Internet – Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and YouTube are easily the most popular and recognizable ones. However, there are plenty of other gems online which could potentially impact your life in a substantial way. One of these communities for me has been Reddit. I love Reddit not because of its design or features, but because of the culture that exists there as well as the content which people find and post.

09-02-2013
How To Use Reddit Like an Old Pro
Control Virus Scans From The Command Line With Clam Antivirus [Linux]

Linux

Control Virus Scans From The Command Line With Clam Antivirus [Linux]

There are a few ways in which you can access Clam Antivirus for numerous purposes. First, there’s a front end to Clam Antivirus which you can use to perform tasks graphically. It is called Clamtk and has been featured on MakeUseOf before. By installing the graphical front end, your package manager should also pull in the Clam Antivirus engine that it depends on. The other option is to skip the graphical interface and just use the Clam engine via the command line.

04-02-2013
Control Virus Scans From The Command Line With Clam Antivirus [Linux]
Using Wine to Play Games On Linux? Here’s Why You Should Switch To Steam Right Now

Linux

Using Wine to Play Games On Linux? Here’s Why You Should Switch To Steam Right Now

In the last couple of months, Steam has been getting a lot of attention. Not necessarily because of the games that it’s been carrying, but because of its expanding support of different operating systems. If you haven’t heard already, Steam has made official plans to support Linux, and has already made substantial progress with their beta Linux client. It really won’t be too long before the Steam client is stable.

02-02-2013
Using Wine to Play Games On Linux? Here’s Why You Should Switch To Steam Right Now
Even If You’re A Windows User: Top 5 Uses For A Linux Box

Linux

Even If You’re A Windows User: Top 5 Uses For A Linux Box

Despite advances made by other operating systems, Windows still stands as the most used operating system in the world. And, as a Linux user, I respect your decision to stick with it as it does have a large ecosystem that both businesses and consumers seem to agree on. But just because you use Windows as your daily driver does not mean that you can’t experiment with other operating systems for any of your computing needs.

31-01-2013
Even If You’re A Windows User: Top 5 Uses For A Linux Box
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