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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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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?


Apply Instagram-Like Effects To Your Photos On Your Desktop With Perfect Effects 3 [Windows & Mac]

19th May, 2012

Ever since Instagram was introduced on iOS, people have been easily adding filters to their images to make them look better, or cooler, or any other adjective you can think of. The only downside to Instagram is that it is only for iOS and Android devices, so it cannot be used while you’re on your desktop, laptop, or other daily driver. What can you possibly use instead?


Will Linux Ever Experience The Year Of The Desktop? [Opinion]

17th May, 2012

For quite a while now, Linux users have constantly been discussing whether the open source operating system will ever experience a “year of the desktop” where Linux’s desktop market share suddenly rises in relatively dramatic fashion. What are the actual chances of it happening, or can you even call it the “year of the desktop”?


4 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Encrypt Your Linux Partitions

14th May, 2012

Popular Linux distributions make it pretty easy to encrypt your home folder or even entire partitions if you’d like, without many issues. This is a great option to have if you’re someone who needs their data, whether it’s the home folder or entire partitions, that need to be encrypted. In most cases, all you need to do is select a check mark, and it’ll take care of the rest.


3 Reasons Why You Might Want to Compile Your Own Kernel [Linux]

12th May, 2012

Linux systems are so ridiculously flexible and configurable, it’s downright crazy. A huge part of why Linux is so flexible is because of its modular structure. Every single system component and program is split up into many different packages that can easily be removed, added, or replaced by something else. Absolutely no part of the operating system has an exception to that rule, including the Linux kernel itself.


Top 3 Websites To Check Whether Your Hardware Is Supported By Linux

10th May, 2012

No operating system will have support for every single piece of hardware out of the box, and it’s important to know which ones have that support. There’s always a driver for that piece of Windows hardware, but with Linux, you do not have that guarantee, so the overall hardware support is smaller. You can figure out, however, which pieces of hardware do have Linux support by checking hardware databases.


5 Reasons Why You Should Update Your Kernel Often [Linux]

7th May, 2012

If you’re using a Linux distribution like Ubuntu or Fedora, you’re also using the Linux kernel, the core that actually makes your distribution a Linux distribution. Your distribution constantly asks you to update your kernel. Why should you do this when it’s been running just fine?