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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.

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Using An Old Computer? Give It New Life With LXDE

Linux

Using An Old Computer? Give It New Life With LXDE

As Linux is arguably the most customizeable operating system between it, Windows, and Mac OS X; there’s plenty of room to change just about whatever you please. Proper customizing can potentially lead to massive performance improvements, giving even the oldest hardware a new leash on life. I previously reviewed Xfce quite a while back as a great choice for resource-conscious users, but apparently there’s a new kid on the block that is even more lightweight and great for the crappiest hardware imaginable.

08-07-2013
Using An Old Computer? Give It New Life With LXDE
Tired of VLC? Try MPlayer – A Unique, Modular Alternative for Linux

Linux

Tired of VLC? Try MPlayer – A Unique, Modular Alternative for Linux

Ask just about any Linux user, and they’ll more than likely recommend VLC Player as the best choice for playing any media format you can think of. But it only offers one implementation — a complete media playing package that uses its own technologies as well as its own GUI. In the spirit of Linux, you may wish to use something that’s a bit more modular. This way, you can use a single media decoder and then customize everything else about it.

06-07-2013
Tired of VLC? Try MPlayer – A Unique, Modular Alternative for Linux
Fedora 19 “Schrödinger’s Cat” Is Alive And Full Of New Features and Improvements

Linux

Fedora 19 “Schrödinger’s Cat” Is Alive And Full Of New Features and Improvements

Joy to the world, a new version of Fedora codenamed “Schrödinger’s Cat” has been released! In the past, Fedora has provided leadership in the open source community, holding up to strict open source policies, continuous support to upstream projects, and by offering the latest software before any other distribution.

04-07-2013
Fedora 19 “Schrödinger’s Cat” Is Alive And Full Of New Features and Improvements
ASUS USB-N66 Dual-Band Wireless-N900 USB Network Adapter Review and Giveaway

Product Reviews

ASUS USB-N66 Dual-Band Wireless-N900 USB Network Adapter Review and Giveaway

You may not be able to control the type and make of router you use or where it’s placed, but you can always control what wireless receiver you use. There are a handful of different wireless adapters that claim to boost your signal and speed, so we’ve decided to test this by picking up an ASUS USB-N66 Dual-Band Wireless-N900 USB network adapter. At the end of this review, you’ll be able to enter the competition for a chance to win a unit for yourself!

02-07-2013
ASUS USB-N66 Dual-Band Wireless-N900 USB Network Adapter Review and Giveaway
Relax and Play (Legal) Poker with the Cross-Platform PokerTH

Windows Gaming

Relax and Play (Legal) Poker with the Cross-Platform PokerTH

If you happen to enjoy playing cards on your computer and are tired of Solitaire and other card games, there are plenty of other options available. Playing Poker on your computer tends to be risky business because most time-worthy poker games are online and actually involve gambling, making its legality uncertain from country to country. If you’re worried or even affected by this, don’t think that you’ll have to forget about playing poker on your computer. Instead, you can try out PokerTH, a fun and complete poker game that’s cross-platform and free.

01-07-2013
Relax and Play (Legal) Poker with the Cross-Platform PokerTH
Can You Make A Living Out Of Ethical Hacking?

Internet

Can You Make A Living Out Of Ethical Hacking?

Being labeled a “hacker” usually comes with plenty of negative connotations. If you call yourself a hacker, people will often perceive you as someone who causes mischief just for giggles. But there is a difference between good and bad hackers, as there are also ethical hackers that end up doing similar tasks for good and not evil. But while ethical hackers exist, is it possible to make a living as one?

29-06-2013
Can You Make A Living Out Of Ethical Hacking?
Need to Record & Edit Audio? 4 Audacity Alternatives to Try

Windows

Need to Record & Edit Audio? 4 Audacity Alternatives to Try

Audacity can be a fantastic audio recording and editing tool, especially because of its cross platform and open source nature. However, there may be a number of reasons why you do not wish to use Audacity, such as its lackluster interface, steep learning curve, or technical issues. If this sounds like you, there are a handful of great alternatives to Audacity that you can jump right into. If you need help weeding out some of your options, here are four recommended tools you can use.

27-06-2013
Need to Record & Edit Audio? 4 Audacity Alternatives to Try
Cleaners Compared: CCleaner vs. Slimcleaner vs. IObit Advanced SystemCare

Windows

Cleaners Compared: CCleaner vs. Slimcleaner vs. IObit Advanced SystemCare

Although Windows is a very capable operating system, it is infamous for its deteriorating performance over time. With the help of some clever system cleaners, however, you can drastically increase the life expectancy of your system before you have to resort to a re-installation. I compared three programs based on their interface, features, scan times, and results. An ideal cleaner should have a simple, easy to use interface with effective features, quick scan times and accurate and helpful results.

24-06-2013
Cleaners Compared: CCleaner vs. Slimcleaner vs. IObit Advanced SystemCare
What You Need To Know About Watching Blu-Ray On Linux

Linux

What You Need To Know About Watching Blu-Ray On Linux

If you’ve been using Linux back since DVDs first came out, you might remember just how long it took before DVDs were somewhat supported. Heck, even now, if you want to play an encrypted DVD, you’ll need to add an extra repository and install a few extra packages just to be able to replay them with barely acceptable quality. Once Blu-Rays came out, it wasn’t a surprise that it was going to be a while before they would also be supported under Linux.

22-06-2013
What You Need To Know About Watching Blu-Ray On Linux
Let It Shine: 3 Apps To Customize Your Galaxy or Nexus LED

Android

Let It Shine: 3 Apps To Customize Your Galaxy or Nexus LED

A very nifty feature that a handful of Android smartphones include is a notification LED. However, the LED might not used how you would like it to be, including the events which turn the LED on, what color the LED is, and its flash interval. There are a few apps which support Nexus and Galaxy phones (as well as a few other lucky ones) that can put some control in your hands.

21-06-2013
Let It Shine: 3 Apps To Customize Your Galaxy or Nexus LED
The Journey Of A Coder: How To Enhance Your Coding Skills By Contributing To An Open Source Project

Programming Internet

The Journey Of A Coder: How To Enhance Your Coding Skills By Contributing To An Open Source Project

If you’re looking to market yourself as a competent programmer, there’s no better time to show off your skills in the best way possible — by contributing to open source projects. There are many reasons why you should contribute to open source projects , but the most important reason of them all is that you can “learn by doing”. And once you learn, you can not only claim that you have coding skills, but you can prove it by showing your work.

18-06-2013
The Journey Of A Coder: How To Enhance Your Coding Skills By Contributing To An Open Source Project
5 Ways to Blog On The Go with Android

Android

5 Ways to Blog On The Go with Android

While the blogging craze has passed us, there are still plenty of good reasons to start a blog, whether it be to keep a personal record of your life, update your family, or keep your fans informed. There are a large number of different ways for you to get started with blogging, all of which are completely free and easy to use. Best of all, you can access many of these services right from your Android device via their respective apps. Here are five of the top blogging apps you can get on Android.

13-06-2013
5 Ways to Blog On The Go with Android
Corsair Voyager Air and Patriot Gauntlet 320 Comparative Review and Giveaway

Product Reviews

Corsair Voyager Air and Patriot Gauntlet 320 Comparative Review and Giveaway

Portable hard drives are much more today than a simple enclosure with a wimpy USB 2.0 connection. Modern portable hard drive enclosures support numerous wired interfaces such as USB 3.0, eSATA, or even Thunderbolt; as well as Wi-Fi and ethernet, making sharing even more convenient. We wanted to review a pair of portable external hard drives which support networking, so we picked up the $200 Corsair Voyager Air 1 TB and the $110 Patriot Gauntlet 320. At the end of this review, you’ll be able to enter for a chance to win either of these portable hard drives, plus 3 additional Corsair Voyager Air 500 GB units!

13-06-2013
Corsair Voyager Air and Patriot Gauntlet 320 Comparative Review and Giveaway
Should You Use AMD Proprietary Graphics Drivers & How Do You Install Them? [Ubuntu]

Linux

Should You Use AMD Proprietary Graphics Drivers & How Do You Install Them? [Ubuntu]

If you have an AMD or nVidia graphics card or chip in your desktop or laptop, you have some serious graphics processing power under the hood. However, these highly respected graphics vendors like to keep their secrets, which includes making their drivers proprietary software. Ubuntu and other Linux distributions use open source drivers to make them work. But what’s the difference between the two, and how do you install the proprietary driver in Ubuntu if you decide to use it?

10-06-2013
Should You Use AMD Proprietary Graphics Drivers & How Do You Install Them? [Ubuntu]
Save the World with These 5 Ethical Apps [Android & iOS]

Android iPhone and iPad

Save the World with These 5 Ethical Apps [Android & iOS]

With so much access to information nowadays, it’s quite simple to find whatever interests you. However, people still neglect to research from who they buy products, and what those people or corporations stand for. You might be interested in knowing their political leanings, as well as their business practices, so you can be a responsible citizen and speak with your purchasing power.

08-06-2013
Save the World with These 5 Ethical Apps [Android & iOS]
Robots On Wheels: 5 Top Cycling Apps For Android

Android

Robots On Wheels: 5 Top Cycling Apps For Android

Riding a bicycle is a great way to get exercise, as well as train your body to be physically fit. A key component of training is tracking your progress, and that can be difficult to accomplish without the right tools. With an Android phone, you’ll have plenty of apps at your disposal to plan, calculate, and track your bicycle rides.

06-06-2013
Robots On Wheels: 5 Top Cycling Apps For Android
Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS Review and Giveaway

Product Reviews

Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS Review and Giveaway

Taking pictures is a fantastic way of retaining memories through the years, and nowadays, technological advances have made it possible to take decent photos with your smartphone. However, if you take the trouble to use a digital camera, you’ll often find that they have a lot more to offer. We’ve picked up the Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS as an affordable camera that people may want to get, and reviewed it. At the end of this review, you’ll also have a chance to win a camera for yourself!

06-06-2013
Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS Review and Giveaway
4 Astounding Linux Mouse Hacks

Linux

4 Astounding Linux Mouse Hacks

Ever since its invention, the mouse has become an extremely useful tool that makes using a computer much easier to learn when coupled with a graphical user interface. However, some of you may feel like the mouse should be capable of doing more work for you. Then there are some of you who like the keyboard better and may want to be able to use mouse functions without actually invoking a mouse.

01-06-2013
4 Astounding Linux Mouse Hacks
Tired Of Windows 8? How To Dual Boot Windows & Ubuntu

Linux

Tired Of Windows 8? How To Dual Boot Windows & Ubuntu

If you discover that Windows 8 isn’t quite your cup of tea, and you have no feasible path to downgrade, it may be a good idea to dual boot with Linux to have an alternative operating system you can use. For most people, using Ubuntu is an excellent choice because of its popularity, software selection, hardware support, and ease of use. However, if you want to dual-boot, you need to do a few things before you’re ready to enjoy your Linux installation.

30-05-2013
Tired Of Windows 8? How To Dual Boot Windows & Ubuntu
OneDrive vs Google Drive – Which Is Best for Office Productivity?

Windows

OneDrive vs Google Drive – Which Is Best for Office Productivity?

As the push towards web apps has evolved, we’re now met with two powerful cloud solutions — SkyDrive and Google Drive. These two options offer all the tools needed for file synchronization and office productivity. However, while both of them can be great, only one of them can be the best solution for office productivity. In order to objectively evaluate which solution is more ideal, we will take a close look at both. Who shall be the winner?

27-05-2013
OneDrive vs Google Drive – Which Is Best for Office Productivity?
Use These Apps to Help You Sleep Better [Android & iOS]

iPhone and iPad Android

Use These Apps to Help You Sleep Better [Android & iOS]

After a hectic day, the best thing you can do is to get a beneficial amount of sleep. There are always new studies appearing that prove how important sleep really is to a person, improving everything from your energy and mood to your metabolism. However, it may not be quite as easy to get that much-needed sleep, especially the deep sleep that can make all the difference. It might be a good idea to try a few apps to help you with your sleep.

25-05-2013
Use These Apps to Help You Sleep Better [Android & iOS]
7 Tools To Improve The Way You Use Evernote

Internet

7 Tools To Improve The Way You Use Evernote

For most people, the note-taking application of choice is Evernote. And Evernote users have good reasons for choosing the service for their note-taking needs — it’s very functional, highly accessible, and has add-on features that can take you beyond the default Evernote experience. Here are seven tools that help to improve the way you use Evernote.

23-05-2013
7 Tools To Improve The Way You Use Evernote
Roku 3 Review and Giveaway

Product Reviews

Roku 3 Review and Giveaway

As more content becomes available online, the need for a traditional television subscription may not be enough anymore to justify the costs. If you’re already subscribed to services like Netflix or Hulu Plus, now may be the time to make the switch. You will still need a computer or system that can access all of that content for you — more commonly, it’s called a media streamer or a home theatre PC. We got a Roku 3 to review and give away to a lucky reader, so let’s see whether it lives up to the hype!

21-05-2013
Roku 3 Review and Giveaway