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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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 […]


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 […]