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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What Is The Difference Between A Good Hacker & A Bad Hacker? [Opinion]

16th April, 2012

Every now and then, we hear something in the news about hackers taking down sites, exploit a multitude of programs, or threatening to wiggle their way into high-security areas where they shouldn’t belong. But, if you think about it, what actually constitutes being called a hacker? Are all hackers evil and out to get us?


How To Install Proprietary Graphics Drivers In Ubuntu & Fedora [Linux]

14th April, 2012

Being a Linux user lets you have a pretty cool choice – open source or proprietary software. While a lot of die-hard Linux users will scream at you if you use anything proprietary, you can still install whatever the heck you want. There are a good amount of proprietary products that are being made available for Linux, both free and paid, and they aren’t going away anytime soon.


Enjoy Streaming Music On The Go With DI.FM & Sky.FM [Android & iOS]

12th April, 2012

There is no doubt that music is a big part of many people’s lives. People get their music through many different methods, from CDs, to iTunes to streaming music. Indeed, there are some pretty good streaming services out there, notably Slacker and Pandora, but there are some other good ones out there as well. After I found out that there wasn’t an article about these lovely two apps I’m about to share with you, I was shocked.


Turn Your Wallpaper Into A Flickr Slideshow With Flickr My Wallpaper [Android]

9th April, 2012

It’s quite surprising how much we can do with our smartphones today.Today our phones have about as much computing power as an entire desktop computer did back then, if not more. With that amount of computing power, you can do almost anything your heart desires, including some pretty neat tricks with your wallpaper.

Enjoy Some Desktop Improvements With Gnome 3.4 [Linux]

7th April, 2012

As it is now April, what I like to call the “Linux spring release season” has finally begun! This is the time frame, usually during April and May, where most of the popular distributions have their new releases. These dates are ideally picked so that other projects complete their own cycle and the distribution developers have enough time to implement it into their distribution before issuing a release as well.


How the Tor Project Can Help You Protect Your Own Online Privacy

5th April, 2012

Privacy has been a constant issue with virtually all major sites that you visit today, especially those that handle personal information on a regular basis. However, while most security efforts are currently directed towards the secure transfer of information from your computer to the site’s servers, that doesn’t change the fact that there is a lot of data being transmitted that can be used to identify you.


3 Websites To Get Started With Learning C++ Programming Language

2nd April, 2012

Learning to program can be difficult for many, even with relatively easy programming languages. While Java is easier to get started with (where we have numerous articles here at MakeUseOf for Java as well as Internet scripting languages and deciding which one to learn), C++ may not be. Those with some programming experience however will find learning C++ less difficult than beginners.


Get A New Desktop Look With The Hope Theme [Linux]

31st March, 2012

I simply love how customizable Linux really is. You can transform just about anything and get a completely different desktop while still running Linux. For a fanboy like me, it’s a thing of beauty. Speaking of beauty, there are so many different Gnome Shell themes and GTK themes in existence, that it’s downright awesome. One of those themes is called Hope.


Alternative: A Small-Screen Optimized Alternate Gnome Shell Theme [Linux]

29th March, 2012

Today’s featured theme is written by popular theme artist half-left, in a theme titled “Alternative”. This theme is meant to be a sleek, compact theme that still keeps a few aspects of the default theme shipped with Gnome Shell. It’s also optimized for lower resolutions, so it’s a perfect theme for use on your netbook or other small-screen device.


PageEdit: A Real-Time WYSIWYG Page Editor [Chrome]

26th March, 2012

People who use Chrome or Firefox for web development purposes know that there are some very good tools available for each browser that make developing pages a whole lot easier. From Firefox’s Firebug extension, to Chrome’s built-in web development tools, developers can quickly and easily edit the code they see on a page and have the changes appear instantly, allowing them to determine what works and what doesn’t.


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.