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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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.


Become A Champion Or Play Against Friends With Pocket Soccer [Android]

19th April, 2012

No matter what most Americans might have to say, soccer is still the most popular sport in the world. With popular sports come popular games, especially for mobile devices. But before you go out into the Play Store and look at the rather large selection of soccer games, which ones are worth trying out? Why not try out Pocket Soccer for your Android device?


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.