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. He is also a contributor for the Fedora Project. You can check out his here.

Feel free to contact at danny@makeuseof.com

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How To Encrypt Your Home Folder After Ubuntu Installation [Linux]

29th December, 2011

Imagine this: it’s a great day, you’re busy working on your computer at some event, and everything seems fine. After a while you get tired and decide to get something to eat and shut down your laptop. Although it’s not supposed to happen, someone steals it while you’re gone. At this point you freak out because your life information is on that machine.


Get A Better Search Experience With Duck Duck Go

26th December, 2011

It seems that there are a couple of services and Linux distributions (such as Linux Mint) that are switching over to Duck Duck Go as their default search engine. So why the heck are they doing this? Isn’t Google a mile ahead of every other search engine? Well, not exactly. Let’s see why and decide for ourselves.


Enjoy The Best In Linux With Linux Mint 12

24th December, 2011

Linux Mint has been quite a revolutionary distribution, gaining plenty of popularity. In fact, DistroWatch statistics suggest the Linux Mint is now the second most popular distribution in the world, behind Ubuntu (upon which it’s based) and in front of Fedora. Linux Mint has now released version 12 not long ago with plenty of improvements that aren’t found in other distributions. Let’s take a look.


Easily Listen To Free Internet Radio Streams With Radio Tray [Linux]

23rd December, 2011

I don’t know about you, but I tend to listen to Internet radio streams quite a bit, enough to where I’ve got a subscription to one. It’s fairly easy to listen to them already, but it stinks that I have to use a full-fledged media player for it, especially when I move onto my netbook. Thankfully, there’s a little application for Linux that can solve this problem.


4 Ways To Optimize Your Dropbox Experience

19th December, 2011

It can’t be denied. We at MakeUseOf, along with most of the world, still love Dropbox dearly. It’s the synchronization tool of choice because it simply works like you expect it to. However, using just the basics of the software may make you miss out on some useful stuff that could make your life even easier.


4 General Methods You Can Use To Detect Phishing Attacks

17th December, 2011

A “phish” is a term for a scam website that tries to look like a site that you know might well and visit often. The act of all these sites trying to steal your account information is called phishing. While it’s very easy to spot some sites as a phish, others aren’t nearly as easy. Here are four different methods you can use so that you don’t fall victim to phishing.


Provide Remote Assistance And Host Meetings Using TeamViewer 7

15th December, 2011

As the internet becomes more evolved, more tools pop up to help each other out and spread information. There are quite a few products out there that make long distance presentations easy, while others can give remote support. The newest version of TeamViewer starts to combine both of these functions into one package. Not only is it effective, but it is also free and cross-platform.


What To Do If Your Computer Gets Infected By A Virus

12th December, 2011

Viruses are the scourge we are all afraid of. Let’s say that you followed all recommended safety tips to protect your computer and you still ended up getting infected, as you probably noticed once an antivirus tool you never installed suddenly tells you your computer is about to self-destruct. Well, that’s just great. What do you do now? There’s hope and solutions on offer. So, read on.


How To Edit And Improve Your Videos With vReveal [Windows]

10th December, 2011

People have to come to know quite a few different video editing tools for various tasks. This includes everything from Windows Movie Maker, which used to be included with Windows by default but must now be installed manually. vReveal is a video editing tool that does much more than what Windows Movie Maker can for a single video clip. In fact, it is arguably easier to use than Windows Movie Maker as well.


How To Get Mac OS X’s “Natural Scrolling” In Ubuntu [Linux]

8th December, 2011

In recent months, operating systems have been trying to reinvent how a person works with a computer, experimenting with ways that could lead to some positive results. However, getting some of the features in one operating system into another can be difficult sometimes. Thankfully, someone has made a little program to replicate Lion OSX’s “Natural Scrolling” feature for touchpads on Ubuntu.


AppTimer: Get Start Up Times For Benchmarking Purposes [Windows]

5th December, 2011

Whether we do it as a hobby or just out of plain curiosity, benchmarking has become almost an art. People always try to find the best ways to benchmark a piece of software or hardware in order to increase the ease of replicating those results and to be more accurate. Although benchmarking has been criticized, it is still a good indicator of how powerful or fast something is.


How To Install myBB Forum Software Onto Your Server

3rd December, 2011

Not too long ago I wrote an article about how myBB, a very versatile open source forum framework, can help you create a thriving community. While the software itself is pretty interesting to know about, it does you no good when it’s not installed anywhere for you to use. Therefore, this whole article is dedicated to getting myBB installed so that you can use it.


Give Your Applications A Speed Boost with Process Prioritizer [Windows]

1st December, 2011

Today’s computers have hardware that do some pretty astounding work. This is especially true when comparing today’s hardware with the hardware from 5+ years back. However, today’s workloads have also been increased alongside the power increase of hardware. In that respect, people have been trying to find ways to make applications run more efficiently on their machines in order to get maximum performance.


What Can I Do To Protect My PC Without Anti-Virus Software?

28th November, 2011

For plenty of users, getting and using anti-virus software can be a hassle for lots of different reasons. Not only can they be expensive, but they can be slow, difficult to control, and a major eyesore if the product happens to display its name everywhere you look. Whatever the reason may be, you might prefer to not have any antivirus software installed at all.


2 Websites & 2 Apps That Can Help When Learning Java Programming

26th November, 2011

There are plenty of people I know who’d like to know how to program, yet they’re confused by how to start and what the general ideas of programming are. In addition, there are a large number of programming languages to choose from, so choosing the right one to start out with may be a little difficult for the inexperienced programmer. This article will help you get started with a relatively easy to learn language.