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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Linux Mint Debian Edition: Your Perfect Flavor Of Linux That You’ll Never Have To Reinstall

24th March, 2012

During recent years, many people have touted the ease of use that comes with Linux Mint compared to virtually all other distributions. As such, Linux Mint is now one of the most popular distributions out there, and almost as popular (or in some terms more popular) than Ubuntu. With so many users, the Mint developers have been experimenting with a version of Linux Mint based on Debian direct.


4 Reasons Why Wireless Internet Is The Future [Opinion]

22nd March, 2012

Before the era of smartphones, we’ve always been used to getting our internet from good old cables, whether it be phone lines, broadband cable, or DSL. While those were pretty good options when they first came out (and they’re still decent today, except dial-up), we’re starting to go toward a more wireless world.


Why More Cores Will Beat Better Cores [Opinion]

19th March, 2012

There’s absolutely no doubt that competition between chip makers is steadily increasing not only for PC processors but for mobile and other-purpose processors as well. The big five that need to be mentioned are Intel, AMD, nVidia, Qualcomm, and Apple. All these companies have different takes on how to evolve their processors, which will make it interesting to see whose strategy will allow them to rise to the top.


5 Ways To Make Linux Boot Faster

17th March, 2012

Linux users are quite proud of the fact that Linux is pretty darn fast when compared to other operating systems. Not only that, but Linux doesn’t seem to suffer much of the same “bogging down” effect that Windows gets when you have hundreds of applications installed on the system. However, the speed addicts who use Linux always need to find new ways to make their system go even faster.


Enjoy Long Term Improvements With Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Beta 1 [Linux]

15th March, 2012

Ubuntu has just recently announced their Beta 1 of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, set to be released on April 26th. With this new release, there are some pretty interesting changes coming up in all kinds of different corners. Since there’s a lot of cover, let’s get started.


FlightGear 2.6: Your Free, Open Source Flight Simulator Got Even Better [Cross Platform]

12th March, 2012

As a kid, I’ve always loved to play with flight simulators. I still do today, except the ones we get to enjoy today are way more advanced than what I got to play with about 13 years ago (although the same applies to all games). While today’s flight simulators are much more advanced, they also carry a price tag which not everyone may want to pay. So what’s the best free flight simulator known to man? FlightGear of course!


4 Reasons Why You Should Upgrade to Windows 8 [Opinion]

10th March, 2012

In case you haven’t heard yet, Windows 8 is slowly getting more and more media attention as it nears completion. Recently Windows 8 has been getting a massive amount of coverage since the release of its Consumer Preview, and it’s been pretty good. Here is why I think you should upgrade to Windows 8 rather than skipping this release in favor of what will become Windows 9.


Follow Your Favorite Teams With Score Alarm [Android 2.2+ & iOS]

8th March, 2012

You have to admit, some of us are die-hard sports fans. Nothing is wrong with this, and there are plenty of tools to help out with your sports cravings. However, not all apps are easy to use, and others are plainly not worth your time. So what app is? Give Score Alarm a shot.


How To Install CyanogenMod On Your Android Device

5th March, 2012

A lot of people can agree that the Android operating system is pretty awesome. Not only is it great to use, but it’s also free as in open source, so that it can be modified by anyone. This is why custom ROMs, like CyanogenMod, can exist. But how the heck can you install those ROMs onto your device? This requires a couple of steps, so read carefully!


Red Eclipse – A Pulse-Pounding First Person Shooter Game

3rd March, 2012

First person shooters are fun, no doubt about that. In fact, they’re so fun, a ridiculous amount of first person shooters are now in existence. Counting out all the commercial titles (of which there are a lot), there are still plenty of free or open source titles as well. My favorite open source first person shooter up to this point has been Urban Terror, which I reviewed a while back. However, that was then. Now, I enjoy a different game even more.


Gain More Control Of Your Ubuntu System With Ubuntu Tweak [Linux]

1st March, 2012

The popular Linux distribution is fun to mess with and work on, no matter what kind of user you are. However, you may be interested in controlling your system even more to get the absolute most out of it. Terminals have usually been the way to go for things like this, but on Ubuntu you have another choice: Ubuntu Tweak.


Decide Whether To Watch A Video With YouTube Preview [Chrome]

27th February, 2012

It’s easy to see why YouTube is one of the greatest places on the Web. Of course, there’s plenty of others that are just as good, if not better, but there’s still a reason why YouTube is such a household name. Inside this wonderful world of web videos, you can search and view so many […]


Enhance Your Browsing Experience With FastestWeb [Chrome]

25th February, 2012

Do you think the web is fast? What if I told you that you could make your Internet even faster (as far as productivity is concerned), without having to get a faster Internet connection? It already exists and is waiting for you to use it. What’s this magic potion I’m talking about? A Chrome extension, based on a very popular Firefox extension that hasn’t been getting a lot of love here at MakeUseOf.


Get Your School Schedule & Homework In Order With Studious [Android]

23rd February, 2012

For students, there haven’t been a lot of quality apps for Android to track our class schedule, notes, and homework. Yes, there’s Google Calendar; Google Tasks, Astrid, or Taskos; and Google Docs, but those tools are made for general-use purposes, and aren’t tailored to be a student’s best friend. However, a few student-specific management applications now exist, and one of them is well worth mentioning.


Take Control Of Your Power Usage With Gnome Power Statistics [Linux]

21st February, 2012

For all of you who are conscious about your power usage, you probably tend to check over your power settings often to make sure that you’re being as energy-efficient as possible. This is even more the case with laptop and netbook users, who benefit from tight, energy-saving power rules to extend the amount of time they can run on battery power.