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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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Control The Skies And Land Planes Safely With Air Control [Android 1.6+]

Android

Control The Skies And Land Planes Safely With Air Control [Android 1.6+]

Air traffic controllers have some of the most important jobs out there — without the passengers even noticing, they route any plane you fly on through the sea of other planes in the air. It’s thanks to them that planes don’t crash into each other mid-flight, and they’re often put under a lot of stress with the amount of planes they’re responsible for at a time. To better understand what they have to go through, there’s a game available for Android devices where you can test your own skills at controlling the skies.

20-10-2012
Control The Skies And Land Planes Safely With Air Control [Android 1.6+]
Get Detailed Sports Scores And Stats With ESPN Scorecenter [Android & iOS]

Android iPhone and iPad

Get Detailed Sports Scores And Stats With ESPN Scorecenter [Android & iOS]

Whether you’d like to admit it or not, everyone has a favorite team in at least one sport. I follow multiple teams myself across different sports and always want to be able to follow their games, both completed and in-progress ones. Thankfully, one of the top providers of sports, ESPN, has our backs covered wherever we are and with whichever device we have.

13-10-2012
Get Detailed Sports Scores And Stats With ESPN Scorecenter [Android & iOS]
Miro: An All-In-One Application To Manage All Of Your Media [Cross-Platform]

Linux Mac

Miro: An All-In-One Application To Manage All Of Your Media [Cross-Platform]

We have a lot of media that we need to keep track of before we forget that we even have them. We’re also on a constant need for new, fresh media. Ideally, it’d be great to have an application which could do all of this for us, and become our “all-in-one media application”. For a large number of people, iTunes fulfills this role fairly well, but some people may not enjoy iTunes for a number of reasons, including its very closed nature.

11-10-2012
Miro: An All-In-One Application To Manage All Of Your Media [Cross-Platform]
Enjoy Great Desktop Effects With Compiz Fusion [Linux]

Linux

Enjoy Great Desktop Effects With Compiz Fusion [Linux]

Some people just want to use something that looks really pretty. On the other hand, there are some geeks who want to trick out their systems with the same effects to make a truly interesting user experience. There’s a handful of programs for Linux which can manage and execute these desktop effects. One of the most popular choices is called Compiz Fusion.

06-10-2012
Enjoy Great Desktop Effects With Compiz Fusion [Linux]
gedit: One Of The Most Feature-Filled Plain Text Editors [Linux & Windows]

Linux Windows

gedit: One Of The Most Feature-Filled Plain Text Editors [Linux & Windows]

When you think of plain text editors, the first thing that may pop into your head is Windows’ Notepad application. It does exactly what its job description states – plain features for a plain text editor. But this is a common misconception about what plain text editors should be about. Those who need more out of them deserve something better and that “something better” is called gedit.

04-10-2012
gedit: One Of The Most Feature-Filled Plain Text Editors [Linux & Windows]
OggConvert: Easily Convert Proprietary Formats Like MP3 Into Free Formats Like OGG [Linux]

Linux

OggConvert: Easily Convert Proprietary Formats Like MP3 Into Free Formats Like OGG [Linux]

Sadly enough, the famous MP3 format for music is a proprietary product, and all devices which can play them have (or at least should have) a license to legally play them. In order to make a statement that you don’t support something proprietary, or to make sure that you are being 100% legal with your playback of music, it’s best if you convert your MP3 and similarly proprietary music files into a free format.

01-10-2012
OggConvert: Easily Convert Proprietary Formats Like MP3 Into Free Formats Like OGG [Linux]
How To Synchronize Your Gmail, Google Calendar, And More With Your Linux Computer

Linux

How To Synchronize Your Gmail, Google Calendar, And More With Your Linux Computer

A good number of users highly value the services provided by Google, including emails, calendars, tasks, documents, and so much more. But Linux users also love their desktop applications, and how they often integrate very nicely with the desktop. So what can people do who use Linux but love Google’s products? Thankfully, there are a good number of Linux applications which can connect very well to both Google’s products as well as your Linux desktop.

29-09-2012
How To Synchronize Your Gmail, Google Calendar, And More With Your Linux Computer
How To Figure Out Why Your PC Won’t Boot

Windows

How To Figure Out Why Your PC Won’t Boot

We’ve all had our fair share of computer problems, but most of them have been about being unable to connect to a network, being unable to run a certain program, or some other software-related issue. However, you have a much bigger issue if your entire computer doesn’t seem to run at all. Let’s forget about problems that might plague Windows, but concentrate solely on the hardware in your system and what might occur with them.

28-09-2012
How To Figure Out Why Your PC Won’t Boot
Why Netflix Doesn’t Run On Linux, And How You Can Get Around This

Browsers Linux

Why Netflix Doesn’t Run On Linux, And How You Can Get Around This

One of the most popular video streaming services is undoubtedly Netflix, because of its vast collection of movies and other video content which can be instantly streamed. Most people can enjoy it whenever they sign up for the monthly subscription. However, there’s the problem — most people can enjoy it. One of the few groups of people which are left out are Linux users. What’s the problem, and how can it be solved?

24-09-2012
Why Netflix Doesn’t Run On Linux, And How You Can Get Around This
Jellybean Not Available For Your Phone? Get Its Best Features With These Apps [Android]

Android

Jellybean Not Available For Your Phone? Get Its Best Features With These Apps [Android]

Not all too long ago, Google released Android 4.1, named Jelly Bean. With it comes a lot of features, which you can look at in better detail by checking out this article. While it’s fantastic that all of this new technology is already released, the update schedule for most phones is far from acceptable. A large number of phones which haven’t even got the 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update won’t see the Jelly Bean update.

22-09-2012
Jellybean Not Available For Your Phone? Get Its Best Features With These Apps [Android]
Watch All Your Videos & Music With Totem Movie Player [Linux]

Linux

Watch All Your Videos & Music With Totem Movie Player [Linux]

Everyone likes a good media player, no matter what system they’re using. While I still highly recommend VLC media player as one of the best for any system because of its wide range of playable formats and open source nature, it certainly isn’t the only media player worthy of your time. In fact, most of the popular Linux distributions come with a very worthy media player which can play a decent amount of formats and is rather simple to use.

20-09-2012
Watch All Your Videos & Music With Totem Movie Player [Linux]
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