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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.

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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]
Mageia: Enjoy The New Fork Of RPM-based Mandriva [Linux]

Linux

Mageia: Enjoy The New Fork Of RPM-based Mandriva [Linux]

Mageia is an RPM-based Linux distribution which forked off Mandriva (formerly Mandrake) in September 2010 when Mandriva was experiencing severe financial difficulties. It’s first release was in July 2011, and after just about a year and a half later it’s been creating quite the buzz. In fact, there are three main aspects of Mageia which are grabbing people’s attention.

20-12-2012
Mageia: Enjoy The New Fork Of RPM-based Mandriva [Linux]
Share Links With Friends Using Send From Gmail [Chrome]

Browsers

Share Links With Friends Using Send From Gmail [Chrome]

Ever since Google created the email wonder known as Gmail, people have been raving all about it, and it doesn’t look like there’s an end in sight because of Google’s continual updates to the service and the lack of similar competition. As such, there are plenty of people who are using the service, with that number growing on an hourly basis. Using Gmail for your email needs also allows you to make use of items which are designed for Gmail.

17-12-2012
Share Links With Friends Using Send From Gmail [Chrome]
Barcode Scanner: Discover More Information From Barcodes & QR Codes [Android]

Android

Barcode Scanner: Discover More Information From Barcodes & QR Codes [Android]

Barcodes are found practically everywhere in the world. Any item you can find at a store will have one, representing a number which helps identify the item. Additionally, more and more QR codes are found on all sorts of media, from simple leaflets to T-shirts to TV advertisements, no matter if that’s good or bad. Without the appropriate tools, these barcodes and QR codes will have little meaning to you, essentially leaving you out of the loop.

10-12-2012
Barcode Scanner: Discover More Information From Barcodes & QR Codes [Android]
Better Than PowerPoint: 3 Online Tools For Creating Gorgeous Presentations

Android

Better Than PowerPoint: 3 Online Tools For Creating Gorgeous Presentations

Whether it be for school, your professional life, or pretty much any other reason, presentations are some of the most useful tools for organizing and conveying information to others. Everyone creates them on a regular basis, including any kids you may have! Microsoft Office’s PowerPoint is the most commonly used application for this task, but it’s not the only tool which can get the job done.

08-12-2012
Better Than PowerPoint: 3 Online Tools For Creating Gorgeous Presentations
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