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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5 Ideological Reasons Why You Should Try Opera

24th May, 2012

Not a lot of people have tried Opera or even heard much about Opera as the browser has always watched from far away as Internet Explorer, then Firefox, and now Google Chrome are taking the stage of Internet prominence. However, is that relatively small amount of attention deserved? Not really


Alarm Clock Ultra: The Best Clock App For Your Phone [Android]

21st May, 2012

Sometimes, the regular clock apps that come with Android just aren’t enough. They’re fine for simple things, and features like Smart Alarm make them decent, but that’s all it can do. In any case, if you’re not happy with the stock alarm clock, there’s only one thing you can do – get a new one. However, there are plenty of alarm clocks out there. So what’s the best one?


Apply Instagram-Like Effects To Your Photos On Your Desktop With Perfect Effects 3 [Windows & Mac]

19th May, 2012

Ever since Instagram was introduced on iOS, people have been easily adding filters to their images to make them look better, or cooler, or any other adjective you can think of. The only downside to Instagram is that it is only for iOS and Android devices, so it cannot be used while you’re on your desktop, laptop, or other daily driver. What can you possibly use instead?


Will Linux Ever Experience The Year Of The Desktop? [Opinion]

17th May, 2012

For quite a while now, Linux users have constantly been discussing whether the open source operating system will ever experience a “year of the desktop” where Linux’s desktop market share suddenly rises in relatively dramatic fashion. What are the actual chances of it happening, or can you even call it the “year of the desktop”?


4 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Encrypt Your Linux Partitions

14th May, 2012

Popular Linux distributions make it pretty easy to encrypt your home folder or even entire partitions if you’d like, without many issues. This is a great option to have if you’re someone who needs their data, whether it’s the home folder or entire partitions, that need to be encrypted. In most cases, all you need to do is select a check mark, and it’ll take care of the rest.


3 Reasons Why You Might Want to Compile Your Own Kernel [Linux]

12th May, 2012

Linux systems are so ridiculously flexible and configurable, it’s downright crazy. A huge part of why Linux is so flexible is because of its modular structure. Every single system component and program is split up into many different packages that can easily be removed, added, or replaced by something else. Absolutely no part of the operating system has an exception to that rule, including the Linux kernel itself.


Top 3 Websites To Check Whether Your Hardware Is Supported By Linux

10th May, 2012

No operating system will have support for every single piece of hardware out of the box, and it’s important to know which ones have that support. There’s always a driver for that piece of Windows hardware, but with Linux, you do not have that guarantee, so the overall hardware support is smaller. You can figure out, however, which pieces of hardware do have Linux support by checking hardware databases.


5 Reasons Why You Should Update Your Kernel Often [Linux]

7th May, 2012

If you’re using a Linux distribution like Ubuntu or Fedora, you’re also using the Linux kernel, the core that actually makes your distribution a Linux distribution. Your distribution constantly asks you to update your kernel. Why should you do this when it’s been running just fine?


Ubuntu One: An Unknown But Worthy Contender In Cloud Storage

5th May, 2012

Just a little over a week ago, a lot of news was made in the world of personal cloud storage, where Dropbox added more sharing features, SkyDrive introduced their new synchronization application for desktops, and Google Drive was unveiled. Soon after, plenty of new comparisons were made between the different services. However, despite the “Big Three” being the most discussed, there may be some worthy services that are being left out.


Get Improved Spelling & Grammar Corrections With Ginger [Chrome & Firefox]

3rd May, 2012

Whether you like to admit it or not, we all make heavy use of our computer’s spell checker. They save us from all sorts of typos and downright horrible spelling. Thankfully, more powerful software such as Microsoft Word also includes a decent grammar checker to make sure that your sentences also make sense, and aren’t just spelled right. Life is great until you come to the browser.


Add Personality & Complexity To Your Lock Screen With Photo Lock Screen [Android]

30th April, 2012

Being able to customize just about anything in whatever way you please is one of the great perks of owning an Android phone. Not only can you replace entire pieces such as your home launcher, but you can also add new lock methods to protect your phone from prying eyes. But what could be better than PINs or lock combinations?


3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Install Lots Of Browser Extensions [Opinion]

28th April, 2012

We all love our browsers, and we all love the extensions that you can install with them. We love browser extensions because they allow us to do what we want our browser to do that it couldn’t do before. But, as you install more and more extensions that you find useful, you’ll soon start to encounter some consequences of doing so. Here’s 3 scenarios.


If You’re Still Using IE6 You Are A Problem [Opinion]

26th April, 2012

IE6 was the best of the best when it came freshly squeezed out of Microsoft’s software factory. Because of that it was able to achieve the record 95% browser market share at the height of IE’s reign. It could do things other browsers couldn’t, and it was right there in the operating system. The user didn’t have to do a thing. But that was then…


The German Privacy Foundation Crypto Stick – How & Why It Is More Secure

23rd April, 2012

New technologies are constantly being created in order to increase security, and many of those technologies eventually go away because of loopholes and other issues that are eventually discovered. No form of security is exempt from this, including any kind of security that involves transfer of communications. Or at least that’s what the status quo currently is.


Convert Images Into PDFs With Hexonic ScanToPDF [Windows]

21st April, 2012

What do you do when you need a PDF but your scanner and the software that comes with it only gives you images? Hexonic ScanToPDF can take care of those problems quickly and easily. The great thing about this program is that it almost does a direct conversion from an image format to a PDF.