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. He is also a contributor for the Fedora Project. You can check out his here.

Feel free to contact at danny@makeuseof.com

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Red Eclipse – A Pulse-Pounding First Person Shooter Game

3rd March, 2012

First person shooters are fun, no doubt about that. In fact, they’re so fun, a ridiculous amount of first person shooters are now in existence. Counting out all the commercial titles (of which there are a lot), there are still plenty of free or open source titles as well. My favorite open source first person shooter up to this point has been Urban Terror, which I reviewed a while back. However, that was then. Now, I enjoy a different game even more.


Gain More Control Of Your Ubuntu System With Ubuntu Tweak [Linux]

1st March, 2012

The popular Linux distribution is fun to mess with and work on, no matter what kind of user you are. However, you may be interested in controlling your system even more to get the absolute most out of it. Terminals have usually been the way to go for things like this, but on Ubuntu you have another choice: Ubuntu Tweak.


Decide Whether To Watch A Video With YouTube Preview [Chrome]

27th February, 2012

It’s easy to see why YouTube is one of the greatest places on the Web. Of course, there’s plenty of others that are just as good, if not better, but there’s still a reason why YouTube is such a household name. Inside this wonderful world of web videos, you can search and view so many […]


Enhance Your Browsing Experience With FastestWeb [Chrome]

25th February, 2012

Do you think the web is fast? What if I told you that you could make your Internet even faster (as far as productivity is concerned), without having to get a faster Internet connection? It already exists and is waiting for you to use it. What’s this magic potion I’m talking about? A Chrome extension, based on a very popular Firefox extension that hasn’t been getting a lot of love here at MakeUseOf.


Get Your School Schedule & Homework In Order With Studious [Android]

23rd February, 2012

For students, there haven’t been a lot of quality apps for Android to track our class schedule, notes, and homework. Yes, there’s Google Calendar; Google Tasks, Astrid, or Taskos; and Google Docs, but those tools are made for general-use purposes, and aren’t tailored to be a student’s best friend. However, a few student-specific management applications now exist, and one of them is well worth mentioning.


Take Control Of Your Power Usage With Gnome Power Statistics [Linux]

21st February, 2012

For all of you who are conscious about your power usage, you probably tend to check over your power settings often to make sure that you’re being as energy-efficient as possible. This is even more the case with laptop and netbook users, who benefit from tight, energy-saving power rules to extend the amount of time they can run on battery power.


Take Control And Manage Your Tabs Automatically With Tab Wrangler [Chrome]

18th February, 2012

As the web has evolved, some pretty interesting problems have risen. One of these problems is the so-called “tab overload”, where you have a ridiculous amount of tabs open. There are a handful of tab aids that try to help you manage your tabs as efficiently as possible, but they all implement different variations of mainly the same approach. What about an extension with a completely different approach?


Play Open Source Turn-Based Multiplayer Board Games With TripleA

16th February, 2012

At the end of the day, you might like to sit back and relax with some classic old gaming. With so many possible games for your system to choose from, which one should you play? Which ones will actually be worth your valuable time? Well, would a game that requires you to strategize and comes with many maps sound worth your time? TripleA is the answer for you!


Efficiently Manage Your Finances With GnuCash [Windows, Mac, Linux]

13th February, 2012

Admittedly, there are plenty of different software tools that help you manage your finances. However, a huge portion of those that are worthwhile cost money (sometimes a lot). The solution, obviously, would be to use a worthwhile tool that doesn’t cost any money. Usually the best way is to look for an open source alternative, which thankfully exists. Let me introduce you to GnuCash.


Fix Your Videos The Super Easy Way With vReveal [Giveaway]

13th February, 2012

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PewPew: A Fast, Fun Retro Shooting Game [Android & iOS]

11th February, 2012

For both iOS and Android, there are plenty of games that can waste a lot of our time. However, out of all the games in existence, there is a much smaller number of games that are actually high-quality and worth playing. PewPew is a prime example of a game that fits all these qualifications.


Find The Perfect Combination Of Colors With Agave [Linux]

9th February, 2012

If you’re trying to redesign your house, redo your wardrobe, or create some form of art, you’ll more than likely be involved with choosing colors. However, there already lies the problem. With so many colors to choose from, which ones do you select? What if you want to have a certain color no matter what, but don’t know which other colors would fit? For this, Agave for Linux comes to the rescue.


Waterfox: Your New & Speedy 64-bit Version Of Firefox [Windows]

6th February, 2012

Today’s browsers are constantly trying to improve and beat their competition. This ranges from behind-the-scenes changes to improved speed or standards support, user interface changes for a cleaner look, or even the addition of entirely new features. However, the developers of all those browsers haven’t been very active (or successful) in one type of improvement that could potentially bring some massive results: going from 32-bit to 64-bit.


Increase Your Resolution Beyond Monitor’s Limit With newrez [Linux]

4th February, 2012

I’m sure that you’ve come across a computer like this, especially a laptop or netbook. The screen is decently large, but the low resolution doesn’t seem to fit well with such a nice screen. Are you stuck with whatever the native resolution is? Apparently not, as there is a simple script that will take care of the problem and increase your resolution beyond what your system considers as normal!


Make Switching From Windows To Linux Easier With Zorin OS

2nd February, 2012

Linux is not hard to use or understand, but it simply doesn’t fit the Windows mindset that most people have. Expecting to do everything in Linux exactly like in Windows is where problems start appearing, which can easily deter a good number of users. Thankfully, there is now a Linux distribution that could make the process a whole lot easier.