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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Playlist Lite: Create Playlists For QuickTime [Mac]

2nd July, 2012

QuickTime is indeed a very popular application for Mac users, but despite its large amount of features, it does not offer support for playlists. For some this isn’t a big deal, but for others who are used to such functionality, this is a huge inconvenience. Of course, iTunes supports playlists, but QuickTime doesn’t. However, Playlist […]


Linux Distros For The Paranoid: What Are The Most Secure Distros?

2nd July, 2012

If you’re a Linux user, security was probably one of the benefits that made you switch from whatever operating system you were using before. Linux has a great reputation for being one tough nut to crack, and it lives up to that reputation daily. Users don’t have to worry about viruses or other malware to the point where anti-virus tools made for Linux actually sniff out Windows viruses to help fight their spread.


ikiMap: Create Your Own Custom Maps Easily & Flexibly

1st July, 2012

If you love maps, you’re going to love this. There’s an easier way to create custom, personalized maps than with Google Maps. Although Google Maps is a notably powerful service and resource, it may not be “easy as pie” to create custom maps with whatever tools you’d like. Thankfully, a service like ikiMap exists to […]

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Super Missed Call: Enable Streamlined Features When You Miss A Call [Android]

30th June, 2012

When you miss a call, you might want it to go to voicemail. Although that may be a normal and accepted solution to missed calls, it would be great if we could do a little more with them. With Super Missed Call for Android, we can have more control over what happens with our missed […]


Train Your Brain & Stay Sharp With gbrainy [Linux]

30th June, 2012

In today’s highly competitive world, people are constantly looking for ways to make their minds sharper in order to gain an advantage. Others may also want to keep their minds in good shape as they age. Whatever your reason may be, finding programs which can fulfill that role may sometimes be a little difficult. Linux users have nothing to worry about, however.


WorkFu: Socially Find The Best Job Opportunities For You

28th June, 2012

The labor market has got pretty tough lately, so it’s no easy task to land a good job. However, you have the best chance of finding a good job if you have the right connections. Therefore, being social in your search for a job is a good choice for success in your mission. Sadly, though, […]


Change Your Wallpaper To A Video With Alive Video Wallpaper [Android 2.0+]

28th June, 2012

Despite Android’s live wallpaper feature, you can’t actually use a video as your wallpaper, so you’re limited to the software-rendered ones. Video Live Wallpaper has been the go-to app so far, but it hasn’t been updated in well over a year. Thankfully that’s about to change.


doo: Import Documents From Multiple Sources For Easy Management

28th June, 2012

You constantly get bills, emails, and other documents from many different sources, and sometimes that can become pretty stressful. A service which can pull all of that information in and display it in a central, functional location would save you lots of time, effort, and possibly money. Thankfully, a service with the name “doo” can […]


Add The Perfect Personal Touch With Tattoo Droid [Android 2.1+]

25th June, 2012

Remember those times where you felt so rebellious that you absolutely had to have a tattoo? Maybe you still feel that way if you didn’t get one right then. Also, maybe you just want to stand out and personalize stuff around you. If you have an Android device, there are plenty of opportunities to personalize your phone. All it takes is the right tool.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!


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.