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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Create Your Very Own Operating System With Linux From Scratch [Linux]

14th July, 2012

Do you know how customizable Linux really is? Well you should if you’ve even heard of Linux or dabbled in it a bit. If not, try taking a look at a list of over 1,000 different Linux distributions currently available. All of them try to cater to your exact needs and tastes, so a reasonable mind would think that there’d have to be a distribution out there with which you’ll find the perfect companion.

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Which Android Smartphone Is The Easiest To Hack And Modify?

12th July, 2012

Android phones are very tweakable and customizable, even in their stock form without any “hacks”. But for some of us, we don’t care if they’re customizable right when we get them, but instead we want to unlock their complete power to do everything we want them to.

QuicklyChat: Start Short Conversations Instantly [Windows & Mac]

10th July, 2012

Let’s face it, trying to start a small talk or conversation is much more difficult when done remotely over a computer rather than if you were able to simply walk up to the person. It would be much easier if you could do the same thing, despite being farther away than a simple walk. With […]

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Evolution of Android: From 1.0 to Jelly Bean [Geek History Lessons]

9th July, 2012

There is absolutely no denying that the Android mobile operating system has gone through a lot and climbed to new heights within a few years of its¬†existence. Today, some sources claim that all versions of Android combined currently take up a larger market share than iOS. Indeed, the story of how Android came to be […]

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BirdHerd: Easy Twitter Management For Groups, Teams, & Brands

9th July, 2012

Sometimes managing a Twitter account which covers an entire group of people isn’t easy, especially when everyone has something they’d like to do with said Twitter account. You could share the username and password of the Twitter account among the members of the group, but that becomes a security hazard. Other methods of managing can […]

ePubBud: Download Free Childrens Books

8th July, 2012

If you have an eBook reader, finding quality sources for your different eBooks may not always be easy. Either the eBooks are of bad quality, they’re relatively expensive, or the site simply don’t offer what you want. When you comes to your kids, you’ll also need to be able to trust that the site offers […]

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How To Tie A Scarf: Learn To Tie A Scarf

7th July, 2012

For lots of guys, how to tie a tie is a pretty big challenge which often requires some outside help. However, what about tying a scarf? Of course, it’s not hard to whip your scarf around your neck so it’ll stay on, but if you’re wearing your scarf as a fashion statement or you’re just […]

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IPv6 vs. IPv4 : Should You Care (Or Do Anything) As A User? [MakeUseOf Explains]

7th July, 2012

More recently, there’s been a lot of talk about switching to IPv6 and how it will bring a lot of benefits to the Internet. But, this “news” keeps repeating itself, as there’s always an occasional post which tries to push the Internet to the IPv6 protocol. Why is this theme recurring, you ask? Primarily because the transition to the new protocol is very slow. However, does it really matter to you whether the transition is going slowly or not? Should you even care?

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Folder iChanger: Change Icons Of Your Folders [Windows]

7th July, 2012

After using Windows for many years, day in and day out, you might get a little tired of seeing the same old icons. Or maybe you want different icons for better visual organization? ¬†No matter the reason, if you want to change your folder icons, how do you do so? That isn’t easy to answer […]

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MyShelf: Store Notes For Easy Access Without The Cloud

7th July, 2012

If you regularly frequent the Internet, you’ve probably heard of Evernote, a cloud-based note-saving service which many people enjoy. However, some things that you’ll want to save may be pretty personal, and you don’t want to push that data into the cloud where you don’t have outright ownership of it. If this is an issue […]

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Sentry Vision Security: A Free Webcam Based Home Security System [Windows]

7th July, 2012

Whether if it’s to check for intruders, check how your teenager at home is doing, or anything else, having quick and easy access to a webcam feed in your house is truly helpful. The power of knowing what’s going on can give you real peace of mind. However, setting up professional webcam-based systems can be […]

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Smartphone Specs For Dummies: What Should You Look For?

5th July, 2012

More and more people are owning smartphones as they are becoming more capable of handling all our possible needs. Today’s smartphones have as much processing power as full desktop computers less than a decade ago, and that power is still increasing with the rise of the first quad-core CPUs for smartphones. However, if you’ve lived on this planet long enough you’ll know that marketing techniques for new phones can’t be trusted 100%.

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TraderClock: Keep Track Of Opening & Closing Times Of Stock Exchanges [Windows]

4th July, 2012

If you’re someone who is actively involved in trading stocks, keeping close tabs with all your stock (and possible future stock) is absolutely vital. This is even more the case when you are looking for the best stock in the world, and use multiple stock exchanges to accomplish that. However, the world is not flat […]

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Print Queue Cleaner: Delete Stuck Jobs From Your Printing Queue [Windows]

4th July, 2012

If you regularly print documents, webpages, and other media, you often have to deal with the printer and any problems that it may encounter. While printers usually do their jobs well, sometimes it’s not the printer’s fault that something has gone wrong. Often, you will find Windows messing up your printing jobs, in a way […]

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Satellite Eyes: Change Your Desktop Wallpaper Based On Your Current Location [Mac]

3rd July, 2012

Have you ever wanted to have a wallpaper that changes depending on your location? There’s a few that change depending on your current time, but barely any that work based on your location. If you move around a lot with your Mac computer, have you ever wanted to see what the area looks like? Satellite […]