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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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Enjoy Great Music Selections With Slacker Radio [Website & Mobile]

Android

Enjoy Great Music Selections With Slacker Radio [Website & Mobile]

Anyone who even remotely enjoys music – and I believe that’s most of us – will absolutely love it when they discover new music that they like. We have a number of highly popular music services which allow us to do just that, including Spotify and Pandora. However, those definitely aren’t the only names in the music discovery business. In fact, some have existed for quite a while, including Slacker Radio.

01-11-2012
Enjoy Great Music Selections With Slacker Radio [Website & Mobile]
Enjoy A Robot-Themed Tower Defense Game With Robo Defense [Android 1.6+]

Android

Enjoy A Robot-Themed Tower Defense Game With Robo Defense [Android 1.6+]

Don’t you just hate it when you’re bored? Whether you’re waiting for something and have nothing to do during that time or if you don’t have anything planned, a good game for your mobile device can save you from such misery. If you’re in such a situation, and you like Tower Defense or other similar games, you may want to look at a game which combines Tower Defense with war machinery.

29-10-2012
Enjoy A Robot-Themed Tower Defense Game With Robo Defense [Android 1.6+]
Challenge Your Instincts And Intuition With The Game Called 100 Floors [Android & iOS]

Android iPhone and iPad

Challenge Your Instincts And Intuition With The Game Called 100 Floors [Android & iOS]

There are a large number of great time wasters out in the world, including Angry Birds and Air Control, an app for Android which I reviewed very recently. However, while Air Control might be a fairly challenging game, it still isn’t quite as challenging for your brain. For a better challenge which could frustrate you because of the simplicity of some of the puzzles, you may want to check out the increasingly popular “100 Floors” game!

22-10-2012
Challenge Your Instincts And Intuition With The Game Called 100 Floors [Android & iOS]
System76 Gazelle Professional Laptop Review & Giveaway

Product Reviews

System76 Gazelle Professional Laptop Review & Giveaway

As an avid user of Linux, I’ve been very interested in laptops specifically built to operate Linux, as my own laptop had a few minor issues that were never resolved. This high interest led us to buy a 15.6-inch System76 Gazelle Professional laptop. We’re giving away a brand new one of these brilliant laptops designed to optimally run Linux worth almost $1000 to one very lucky reader! Read our review to find out more about this System76 laptop and then join our giveaway to be in the running.

22-10-2012
System76 Gazelle Professional Laptop Review & Giveaway
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
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