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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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.


Gomigo: Quick Access To Many Applications From Your Tray [Windows]

28th July, 2012

Unlike most other popular operating systems, Windows doesn’t have a very quick way of launching applications, apart from desktop shortcuts and pinned applications. While those two methods may be good enough for light users, it doesn’t work very well for those who use their computers heavily and have many different applications installed which they use […]


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 […]