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.

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Feel free to contact at danny@makeuseof.com

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Easily Synchronize All Your Program’s Settings With Dropboxifier [Windows]

23rd June, 2012

Anyone who’s ever used such a service at least once knows how much convenience something like Dropbox can add to a user’s life. It’s quick, it’s easy, and it works practically everywhere on every device. Being able to synchronize your documents, music, photos, and more is a great use of Dropbox, but what would be even better is if we could synchronize our programs’ settings and associated data via Dropbox as well.

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Easily Connect With Friends Using Trillian 5 [Windows & Mac]

21st June, 2012

We often have some friends who use one service while others use another. The simple answer is to be present on all the services your friends are on so you don’t leave anyone out, but keeping up with multiple services isn’t always fun. Unless you use Trillian, that is.

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Microsoft’s on{X} Helps You Automate Daily Tasks On Your Phone [Android]

18th June, 2012

I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love ifttt. In case you don’t know what it is, ifttt is an online automation service where you can choose from different “recipes” to automatically perform a task when certain conditions are met. I primarily use it to automatically send out tweets via my Twitter account whenever a new article (just like this one!) goes live, but it’s capable of plenty more.

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Linux Mint 13 “Maya”: A Very Stable Release With Long-Term Support

16th June, 2012

The “Linux release season” is starting to come to an end as the last few major distributions are coming out with their latest release, most notably Linux Mint. This time around the Linux Mint developers have released version 13, codenamed “Maya”. As far as major releases go, Linux Mint 13 is a very solid update that rides on Ubuntu 12.04’s LTS (long-term support) status.

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A Review Of MATE – Is It A True Gnome 2 Replica? [Linux]

14th June, 2012

The world of Linux desktop environments has dramatically changed since then. Gnome 3 was born, Gnome 2 was essentially thrown to the side, Gnome 3 was forked to create Cinnamon, and so on. However, Gnome 2 wasn’t completely thrown to the side, as it its code is now actively maintained in another project called MATE. Is it stable? Is the experience exactly as Gnome 2’s? Let’s find out!

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How To Change Your Boot Screen In Linux

11th June, 2012

I just love turning on my Linux system to be greeted by my awesome boot screen before I arrive at my desktop without even having time for a sip of coffee. You don’t feel the same way? Maybe you should change your boot screen to something you’ll actually like! Since Linux is so highly customizeable, you can do exactly that with just a few instructions.

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Fedora 17 “Beefy Miracle” – Possibly The Best Release Yet [Linux]

9th June, 2012

Fedora 17 was released a little over a week ago, and as the Fedora project leader put it, there are an unusually large amount of new features in this release. There’s a great mix of new stuff for everyone, from developers to everyday web-browsing users. You can get this hot new release, code named “Beefy Miracle”, by going to the download page.

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Know When Storms Are Coming To You With Radar Now! [Android]

7th June, 2012

Despite the world’s advancements in housing, weaponry, and whatever else you can come up with, mother nature is a force that we will always have to keep a respectful eye on. In order to increase your survival rate during natural disasters, or if you just want to see if rain is coming your way, looking at a radar image is one of the best things you can do.

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Moborobo: The Best Tool To Manage Your Android Phone From Your Computer [Windows]

4th June, 2012

Our Android devices have plenty of information on them that sometimes we’d like to transfer over to our computers so that we can manipulate that information, use it with our computer’s programs, or simply save as a backup location for your phone’s information. However, after all these years I’ve never really heard of any software that can do this.

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Get Paid To Shop Smarter With Smoopa [Android 1.6+ & iOS]

2nd June, 2012

If you’re a frugal shopper or just someone who is conscious of the prices of the items you buy, you more than likely compare prices of items between stores. Others, on the other hand, don’t do it because it takes a lot of time and energy to check the prices of everything to find the best ones. It would be great, however, if there was a much easier way to find the best price for an item.

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Free Up More System RAM With Smart RAM Booster [Android 2.1+]

31st May, 2012

A proven method of giving your Android device a speed boost and battery life increase is to clear out any low-importance applications so more RAM is freed up. Clearing out RAM may be a bit more important than you think, and having the ability to control that feature is necessary for a power user.

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Practice Your Foreign Language Pronunciation With Listen & Speak [Android 2.1+]

28th May, 2012

In our globalizing world, the ability to speak more than one language is one of the best things you can have. Whether your second language is English, Spanish, Chinese, German, Russian, Japanese, or anything else out there, you’re more marketable when you can speak more than just your mother tongue.

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Enhance YouTube Features & Search Results With The YouWatch Extension [Opera]

26th May, 2012

We all know that the world loves YouTube. Practically everyone who is on the Internet has been to YouTube or has at least heard of it. There are also plenty of browser extensions that add some good functionality to YouTube to make everyday YouTube usage a bit more comfortable. However, I found an Opera extension that adds some highly practical features that makes using YouTube better.

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5 Ideological Reasons Why You Should Try Opera

24th May, 2012

Not a lot of people have tried Opera or even heard much about Opera as the browser has always watched from far away as Internet Explorer, then Firefox, and now Google Chrome are taking the stage of Internet prominence. However, is that relatively small amount of attention deserved? Not really

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Alarm Clock Ultra: The Best Clock App For Your Phone [Android]

21st May, 2012

Sometimes, the regular clock apps that come with Android just aren’t enough. They’re fine for simple things, and features like Smart Alarm make them decent, but that’s all it can do. In any case, if you’re not happy with the stock alarm clock, there’s only one thing you can do – get a new one. However, there are plenty of alarm clocks out there. So what’s the best one?