logo-background menu search search-start close email bookmark facebook google twitter pinterest stumbleupon whatsapp amazon youtube youtube label-rectangle triangle-long down
Headshot of MakeUseOf Writer, Danny Stieben

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.

583 Articles
1304 Comments
Penguin Origins: The History of Linux [Geek History]

Linux

Penguin Origins: The History of Linux [Geek History]

There’s virtually no place you can go without being in contact with Linux – it powers everything from regular computers to the most powerful servers to our handheld mobile devices. Most people who aren’t techies like us don’t even know what Linux is, nor do they know that Android runs using Linux. Whether you know it or not, Linux is everywhere, and that presence seems to only be increasing.

28-01-2013
Penguin Origins: The History of Linux [Geek History]
Last As Long As You Can Without Crashing In Extreme Road Trip [Android & iOS]

Android iPhone and iPad

Last As Long As You Can Without Crashing In Extreme Road Trip [Android & iOS]

Sometimes, when you’re playing a game on your mobile device, you just want instant gratification — you want to get down to killing time by playing a couple sessions of a game which doesn’t require much thought, but is still stimulating to your senses. There are a handful of games which allow you to do this, but none are quite as simple as a game called Extreme Road Trip.

26-01-2013
Last As Long As You Can Without Crashing In Extreme Road Trip [Android & iOS]
Bring Back An Old Classic With Pinball Deluxe [Android 2.1+]

Android Gaming

Bring Back An Old Classic With Pinball Deluxe [Android 2.1+]

Whenever I think of pinball, I always think of the Space Invaders version of pinball which was installed by default on Windows XP. It was a fun game to play – and definitely more visually appealing than solitaire – and has therefore become a classic in simple computer games. Now that we’re overrun with mobile devices, there’s a lack of those old classics on these devices.

24-01-2013
Bring Back An Old Classic With Pinball Deluxe [Android 2.1+]
Empathy: Use One Application To IM Chat On All Networks [Linux]

Linux

Empathy: Use One Application To IM Chat On All Networks [Linux]

There are still plenty of people who use instant messaging networks to talk with each other, as it’s very quick to exchange messages or ask a simple question. In fact, there are plenty of corporations who run their own networks, to make communication between employees a snap. Therefore, it’s good to have a capable instant messaging client by your side so that you can keep in touch with just about everyone.

17-01-2013
Empathy: Use One Application To IM Chat On All Networks [Linux]
Cheese Tower: Don’t Let The Cheese Fall Over In This Great Puzzle Game! [Android]

Android

Cheese Tower: Don’t Let The Cheese Fall Over In This Great Puzzle Game! [Android]

After playing a puzzle game for a while, you tend to get bored of it because it’s still the same despite increasing difficulty. So it’s a good idea to have a variety of puzzle games in hand to keep it interesting, and I have a great addition that I would recommend to your mobile puzzle game assortment.

14-01-2013
Cheese Tower: Don’t Let The Cheese Fall Over In This Great Puzzle Game! [Android]
PCLinuxOS: A Linux Distribution Which Mixes And Matches Software For A Better Experience

Linux

PCLinuxOS: A Linux Distribution Which Mixes And Matches Software For A Better Experience

It’s an understatement to say that Linux users have plenty of choice when it comes to which distribution they’d like to use. There are multiple approaches to accomplishing the same tasks, from what kind of packages (such as .deb or .rpm) are used to what packages are included by default on installation media to the purpose of a distribution — whether it’s stable or cutting edge and if its pure or accepting of proprietary software.

12-01-2013
PCLinuxOS: A Linux Distribution Which Mixes And Matches Software For A Better Experience
Gentoo: A Linux Distribution Where You Compile Your Own Optimized Software

Linux

Gentoo: A Linux Distribution Where You Compile Your Own Optimized Software

The sheer number of different ways in which Linux can be run is astounding, as there are plenty of choices to go around. While there are plenty of distributions which rely on either the .deb or .rpm package formats, there’s also a handful which use their own formats, if any at all. One of those distributions is very unique compared to most others as the distribution’s developers don’t compile software into binary packages for easy installation.

10-01-2013
Gentoo: A Linux Distribution Where You Compile Your Own Optimized Software
Debian: Enjoy One Of The Most Stable And Trusted Linux Distributions

Linux

Debian: Enjoy One Of The Most Stable And Trusted Linux Distributions

There are plenty of Linux users out there who are using distributions such as Ubuntu or one of the many distributions which are based from Ubuntu, including Linux Mint. However, no matter what you’re using, as long as it uses .deb packages, there’s one main distribution where it all comes from – Debian. There are a good number of reasons why Debian is such a popular choice for people who have high expectations.

07-01-2013
Debian: Enjoy One Of The Most Stable And Trusted Linux Distributions
Enjoy A Better Typing Experience With SwiftKey 3 [Android]

Android

Enjoy A Better Typing Experience With SwiftKey 3 [Android]

We type a lot on our mobile devices. We constantly text people, browse the web, type up documents, and so much more. Therefore, keyboards have become one of the most important apps on your device, so it’s important to be using one that you like the most. Plenty of recent Android devices come with the Swype keyboards, which, if you like the swiping mechanism which it uses, is perfectly fine. But there’s room for improvement.

05-01-2013
Enjoy A Better Typing Experience With SwiftKey 3 [Android]
Turn CD Tracks Into MP3s With Sound Juicer [Linux]

Linux

Turn CD Tracks Into MP3s With Sound Juicer [Linux]

When you look around today, you’ll notice that virtually everyone now uses some digital device, whether it be an iPod or other generic MP3-capable device, to listen to their music. This is very different from a decade or two ago, where most people would carry around portable CD players to listen to their music on the go. As the technology for MP3-playback and storage became dirt cheap, more and more people started adopting the new devices.

03-01-2013
Turn CD Tracks Into MP3s With Sound Juicer [Linux]
Become The Best Grocery Bagger In Bag It! [Android & iOS]

Android iPhone and iPad

Become The Best Grocery Bagger In Bag It! [Android & iOS]

All of the concepts in the different puzzle games are unique and pretty entertaining, while others seem quite strange at first. For example, who knew that bagging some groceries in a game could be so fun? I’m not so sure myself, but there’s a game that revolves all around that and actually makes it surprisingly fun to play!

29-12-2012
Become The Best Grocery Bagger In Bag It! [Android & iOS]
1 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 49