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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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Arch Linux: Letting You Build Your Linux System From Scratch

Linux

Arch Linux: Letting You Build Your Linux System From Scratch

For Linux power users, it’s highly desirable to be able to completely customize your system. Sometimes, that can be best achieved from the start — by piecing together the components that you’d like to include on your system. This way, as there are usually multiple programs that achieve the same result in different manners, you can pick those applications which you’re most fond of. Most common desktop distributions don’t make this high level of customization very possible (as it’s not ideal and more difficult), but Arch Linux isn’t like most distributions.

29-07-2013
Arch Linux: Letting You Build Your Linux System From Scratch
SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop: Better Than Red Hat?

Linux

SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop: Better Than Red Hat?

Recently, I took a closer look at Red Hat Enterprise Linux, or “RHEL”, to see how good of an enterprise desktop operating system it really is. However, Red Hat isn’t the only company in the Linux enterprise desktop market — there’s also SUSE. SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop, or “SLED” costs $120 for a one-year subscription, and offers different technologies and software to get the job done. But just what can SLED offer, and how is it different to Red Hat’s offering?

27-07-2013
SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop: Better Than Red Hat?
Red Hat Enterprise Linux: A Rock Solid Desktop Distribution For Companies

Linux

Red Hat Enterprise Linux: A Rock Solid Desktop Distribution For Companies

Not too long ago, I covered CentOS, a free operating system that is rebuilt from packages of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, or “RHEL”. While CentOS may be a nice way to get enterprise-quality software on your systems without spending a dime, it may still be worth a look at the real deal. So what features does Red Hat Enterprise Linux (which costs $299 per year) include that make it worthwhile to use on enterprise desktops, and is it ultimately the best enterprise desktop solution?

25-07-2013
Red Hat Enterprise Linux: A Rock Solid Desktop Distribution For Companies
Gnome-Based Desktop Environments Explained: MATE vs. Gnome Shell vs. Unity vs. Cinnamon

Linux

Gnome-Based Desktop Environments Explained: MATE vs. Gnome Shell vs. Unity vs. Cinnamon

Ever since Gnome went ahead with their Gnome Shell idea, the Linux community has been at a frenzy to find a new desktop environment that is right for them. A majority of users used Gnome 2, but the introduction of Gnome 3 attracted a lot of users, forking Gnome 2 into MATE, modifying it with Cinnamon and Unity, or flock completely away from anything Gnome-related to desktop environments such as Xfce, LXDE, or KDE. But the Gnome desktop environment came with a lot of popular software that supported it very well, which still leaves a lot of people trying to find the version of Gnome — MATE, Gnome Shell, Unity, or Cinnamon — that’s appropriate for them. Here’s a quick take at these four to see what the major differences are.

22-07-2013
Gnome-Based Desktop Environments Explained: MATE vs. Gnome Shell vs. Unity vs. Cinnamon
KMyMoney vs. GnuCash: The Battle Of Linux Desktop Money Management Apps

Linux

KMyMoney vs. GnuCash: The Battle Of Linux Desktop Money Management Apps

It’s really important to keep track of your financial position. Online banking can keep you up to date about your account activity and balance, but not every bank offers more tools than that in order to better track your finances. Although there are online tools such as Mint.com, the service isn’t available worldwide and it requires that you trust a third-party with your sensitive financial data while you use their online service.

20-07-2013
KMyMoney vs. GnuCash: The Battle Of Linux Desktop Money Management Apps
nano vs. vim: Terminal Text Editors Compared

Linux

nano vs. vim: Terminal Text Editors Compared

Although Linux has become easy enough for practically anyone to use without ever having to use the Terminal, there are some of us who regularly use it or are curious about how one can control their system with it. In any case, one of the primary ways to use the Terminal is to configure text files Terminal text editors and control how certain programs or system services behave.

18-07-2013
nano vs. vim: Terminal Text Editors Compared
ownCloud: A Cross-Platform, Self-Hosted Alternative to Dropbox & Google Calendar

Windows Internet

ownCloud: A Cross-Platform, Self-Hosted Alternative to Dropbox & Google Calendar

The NSA and PRISM scares demonstrated that governments can and will access the various popular online cloud services. This means that now is one of the best times to consider creating your own cloud solution. With your own cloud, you can get the same benefits of accessing various services such as file storage and calendars that you find with commercial solutions, but instead, all of that data is under your control.

15-07-2013
ownCloud: A Cross-Platform, Self-Hosted Alternative to Dropbox & Google Calendar
Don’t Want To Pay For Red Hat Linux? Try CentOS Instead

Linux

Don’t Want To Pay For Red Hat Linux? Try CentOS Instead

In case you don’t know already, most of the web is powered by Linux — Facebook, Twitter, Google, and a vast majority of other major Internet sites use Linux for their servers. While server administrators can choose between multiple distributions for their enterprise or server setups, the primary leader of these distributions is Red Hat. However, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, or RHEL for short, costs a lot of money in support fees. If RHEL interests you but money is an issue, then it’s almost a given to try CentOS.

13-07-2013
Don’t Want To Pay For Red Hat Linux? Try CentOS Instead
What’s The Difference Between Linux Distributions If They’re All Linux? [MakeUseOf Explains]

Technology Explained Linux

What’s The Difference Between Linux Distributions If They’re All Linux? [MakeUseOf Explains]

When a user is first introduced to Linux, they might be told they’re using Linux, but they’ll quickly learn that it’s called something else. Yes, Ubuntu, Fedora, Linux Mint, Debian, openSUSE, and so many others are all variants of Linux, or “Linux distributions”. That’s cool and all, but if you give it a little thought, you’ll be asking yourself why there are so many different distributions in existence, especially if they’re all Linux anyway.

11-07-2013
What’s The Difference Between Linux Distributions If They’re All Linux? [MakeUseOf Explains]
Logitech Solar Keyboards K750 and K760 Review and Giveaway

Product Reviews

Logitech Solar Keyboards K750 and K760 Review and Giveaway

Wireless keyboards and mice have been historically undervalued because of unreliability in their wireless communications and constant need for replacement batteries. But I took one step further and got solar keyboards to see if they could entirely replace the need to exchange batteries. Therefore, I reviewed the Logitech K750 and K760. At the end of this review, you have a chance to win to win one of the keyboards!

09-07-2013
Logitech Solar Keyboards K750 and K760 Review and Giveaway
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]