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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AbpMon: Dockable Toolbar Which Displays System Stats [Windows]

27th July, 2012

As an avid Windows user (or computer user in general), your system’s status is very important to you. You’ll want to know exactly why your system may be running slow, whether it be a fully utilized CPU, not enough free RAM, or if you have enough resources to open up a certain program. If there’s […]


3 Best Sites To Look For Simple Desktop Wallpapers

26th July, 2012

When it comes to the look and feel of your desktop, the wallpaper plays a big part. You’ll probably be staring at your wallpaper whenever you’re not surfing around in your browser, and since your desktop is basically your computer’s symbolic home, you should make it feel like a home. So where can you get them? Here’s my top three places I visit whenever I’m in the need for a new wallpaper.

Bitcasa: Gives Infinite Storage Space To Your Folders

26th July, 2012

Many of us deeply value some of the tools that exist out there which make our lives so much easier. One of the best examples is Dropbox, the application which seamlessly synchronizes our files across all of our devices. Without Dropbox, our workflow would become a lot less efficient, and we’d probably have more gray […]


TrapIt: Get The Latest Articles & Videos About What Interests You [iOS]

25th July, 2012

There is a lot floating around the Internet. Some of it may interest you, while some of it may not. Some of it may be new, while some of it may be really old. No matter what it is, you always want to hear about the latest news and information about the things that interest […]


OpenPuff: Professional Strength Steganography By Hiding Data In Photos & More [Windows]

23rd July, 2012

Sometimes, when you really want to make sure people aren’t able to read your data, encrypting it may not be enough. While people won’t have immediate access to encrypted files, they may eventually find a brute force way to decrypt it, or they may force you to share the password and encryption algorithm. For cases […]


Use Social Pressure With “I Will Wake Up!” Alarm Clock [Android 2.2+]

23rd July, 2012

Making alarm clocks for mobile operating systems like Android and iOS is some pretty serious business, as I’ve found out. If you don’t believe me, just do a quick search in your respective app store for “alarm clock”, and you’ll quickly notice that you’ll be scrolling for quite a while. Some alarm clocks are the […]

YouTube Ratings Preview: Know Whether A Video Is Good Beforehand [Chrome]

22nd July, 2012

It’s happened often enough — we all go browse through YouTube looking for new and interesting videos. Whether it’s to simply kill some time or to find videos over our hobbies or other interests, we absolutely hate clicking on a video, thinking it’ll be what you expect, only to find out that it’s rather poorly […]


Where Math Meets Beauty: Generate Stunning Fractals With These Free Tools

21st July, 2012

If you’ve ever seen fractals and their near-infinite zoom capabilities, you might as well stare at them all day long because of how interesting they can be. It’d be great to have some fractal viewers in hand so that you can explore their unique worlds whenever you wish. Even better, there are some very good tools out there which are also free, so why waste the opportunity?

UMSkinCheck: Check Yourself For Skin Cancer At Home [iOS]

19th July, 2012

Skin cancer has become a quiet epidemic, affecting plenty of people. Prevention and early detection is definitely something everyone should try to achieve for something so serious as skin cancer. Surprisingly, there is now an app, straight from the University of Michigan, which can help you with the early detection process. With UMSkinCheck, you can […]


4 Free & Excellent Tools For Editing CSS Code

19th July, 2012

Websites are wondrous tools which convey all sorts of information and ideas. They have evolved quite a lot in merely 10 to 15 years, and they are now expected to be top-notch and beautifully designed. Of course, there are technologies that help us achieve this – hence the evolution – with CSS being the one mainly responsible for design and other aesthetic aspects of your site.

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Soft2Base: Keep Multiple Applications Up-To-Date [Windows]

18th July, 2012

Keeping all your software up to date under Windows can be pretty stressful. Not only are there likely plenty of applications that need to be tracked, but for anyone who’s steadily used Linux will feel like this is just an unnecessary activity. No matter what you may be thinking, only one thing is for sure […]

Chemcraft: Look Up Information On Elements In A Visually Appealing Periodic Table [iOS]

18th July, 2012

Any high school or college student will know just how involved chemistry can be. Protons, neutrons, electrons, electron shells, covalent bonds – the list goes on and on. Therefore, it’s almost a no-brainer to have some sort of reference material at the ready whenever you’re allowed to have it. Interestingly enough, a high school senior […]


LiveGrep: Search Through Linux Kernel’s Source Code

17th July, 2012

As the code to the Linux kernel is open source, anyone can go through it and study it, modify it, patch it, and so on. And because it is also hosted on GitHub, it is quite easy to access. So easy, in fact, that someone has made a search tool which will instantly show results […]

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Retranstwitter: Automate Your Retweets On Twitter

17th July, 2012

As a heavy Twitter user, you may wish to use your account to retweet anything that you find important or that you want your followers to see. However, going through all those tweets yourself to look for the ones to retweet can be stressful. You probably wish there would be a better way to do […]


Wireless Alphabet Soup Explained: What Is 4G, 3G, LTE, & More [MakeUseOf Explains]

16th July, 2012

We just absolutely love acronyms, don’t we? So much so that we use them literally everywhere to have a shorter way to name something. Whether it’s an official acronym such as USB or something unofficial like FB, there’s simply way too many for us to remember. Additionally, there are a good number of acronyms which have multiple meanings, all depending on the context you’re using them in.