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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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 […]

Chemcraft: Look Up Information On Elements In A Visually Appealing Periodic Table [iOS]

18th July, 2012

Any high school or college student will know just how involved chemistry can be. Protons, neutrons, electrons, electron shells, covalent bonds – the list goes on and on. Therefore, it’s almost a no-brainer to have some sort of reference material at the ready whenever you’re allowed to have it. Interestingly enough, a high school senior […]


LiveGrep: Search Through Linux Kernel’s Source Code

17th July, 2012

As the code to the Linux kernel is open source, anyone can go through it and study it, modify it, patch it, and so on. And because it is also hosted on GitHub, it is quite easy to access. So easy, in fact, that someone has made a search tool which will instantly show results […]

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Retranstwitter: Automate Your Retweets On Twitter

17th July, 2012

As a heavy Twitter user, you may wish to use your account to retweet anything that you find important or that you want your followers to see. However, going through all those tweets yourself to look for the ones to retweet can be stressful. You probably wish there would be a better way to do […]


Wireless Alphabet Soup Explained: What Is 4G, 3G, LTE, & More [MakeUseOf Explains]

16th July, 2012

We just absolutely love acronyms, don’t we? So much so that we use them literally everywhere to have a shorter way to name something. Whether it’s an official acronym such as USB or something unofficial like FB, there’s simply way too many for us to remember. Additionally, there are a good number of acronyms which have multiple meanings, all depending on the context you’re using them in.


Create Your Very Own Operating System With Linux From Scratch [Linux]

14th July, 2012

Do you know how customizable Linux really is? Well you should if you’ve even heard of Linux or dabbled in it a bit. If not, try taking a look at a list of over 1,000 different Linux distributions currently available. All of them try to cater to your exact needs and tastes, so a reasonable mind would think that there’d have to be a distribution out there with which you’ll find the perfect companion.


Which Android Smartphone Is The Easiest To Hack And Modify?

12th July, 2012

Android phones are very tweakable and customizable, even in their stock form without any “hacks”. But for some of us, we don’t care if they’re customizable right when we get them, but instead we want to unlock their complete power to do everything we want them to.

QuicklyChat: Start Short Conversations Instantly [Windows & Mac]

10th July, 2012

Let’s face it, trying to start a small talk or conversation is much more difficult when done remotely over a computer rather than if you were able to simply walk up to the person. It would be much easier if you could do the same thing, despite being farther away than a simple walk. With […]


Evolution of Android: From 1.0 to Jelly Bean [Geek History Lessons]

9th July, 2012

There is absolutely no denying that the Android mobile operating system has gone through a lot and climbed to new heights within a few years of its existence. Today, some sources claim that all versions of Android combined currently take up a larger market share than iOS. Indeed, the story of how Android came to be […]


BirdHerd: Easy Twitter Management For Groups, Teams, & Brands

9th July, 2012

Sometimes managing a Twitter account which covers an entire group of people isn’t easy, especially when everyone has something they’d like to do with said Twitter account. You could share the username and password of the Twitter account among the members of the group, but that becomes a security hazard. Other methods of managing can […]

ePubBud: Download Free Childrens Books

8th July, 2012

If you have an eBook reader, finding quality sources for your different eBooks may not always be easy. Either the eBooks are of bad quality, they’re relatively expensive, or the site simply don’t offer what you want. When you comes to your kids, you’ll also need to be able to trust that the site offers […]


How To Tie A Scarf: Learn To Tie A Scarf

7th July, 2012

For lots of guys, how to tie a tie is a pretty big challenge which often requires some outside help. However, what about tying a scarf? Of course, it’s not hard to whip your scarf around your neck so it’ll stay on, but if you’re wearing your scarf as a fashion statement or you’re just […]