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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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.


Take Control And Manage Your Tabs Automatically With Tab Wrangler [Chrome]

18th February, 2012

As the web has evolved, some pretty interesting problems have risen. One of these problems is the so-called “tab overload”, where you have a ridiculous amount of tabs open. There are a handful of tab aids that try to help you manage your tabs as efficiently as possible, but they all implement different variations of mainly the same approach. What about an extension with a completely different approach?


Play Open Source Turn-Based Multiplayer Board Games With TripleA

16th February, 2012

At the end of the day, you might like to sit back and relax with some classic old gaming. With so many possible games for your system to choose from, which one should you play? Which ones will actually be worth your valuable time? Well, would a game that requires you to strategize and comes with many maps sound worth your time? TripleA is the answer for you!


Efficiently Manage Your Finances With GnuCash [Windows, Mac, Linux]

13th February, 2012

Admittedly, there are plenty of different software tools that help you manage your finances. However, a huge portion of those that are worthwhile cost money (sometimes a lot). The solution, obviously, would be to use a worthwhile tool that doesn’t cost any money. Usually the best way is to look for an open source alternative, which thankfully exists. Let me introduce you to GnuCash.


Fix Your Videos The Super Easy Way With vReveal [Giveaway]

13th February, 2012

This week, we’re giving away 25 free copies of vReveal Premium worth $1,225 in total! Find out more about vReveal and join our giveaway below.