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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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The Archie Search Engine – The World’s First Search!

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The Archie Search Engine – The World’s First Search!

Written over two decades ago and with no updates since then, Archie provides a very different search experience than we’re used to today. So how is it different, and could it still be useful today? I’ll take you on a tour of this pioneering search engine and give you a perspective of how things have changed over the past 23 years.

20-05-2013
The Archie Search Engine – The World’s First Search!
What Are the Best Stock Apps for Daily Use On Android?

Android

What Are the Best Stock Apps for Daily Use On Android?

One of the most popular and possibly most profitable way to make money off of your investments is to buy and sell stocks. As a company becomes more successful, its stocks increase in value, which you can sell for a major profit. However, if the company does poorly, the stocks lose value and make your investment a failure. The value of the stocks can change rapidly, so it’s absolutely necessary to use the best tools to keep track of the stocks you own.

16-05-2013
What Are the Best Stock Apps for Daily Use On Android?
Ubuntu 13.04: What’s New In Raring Ringtail? [Linux]

Linux

Ubuntu 13.04: What’s New In Raring Ringtail? [Linux]

On April 25th, the newest version of one of the most popular Linux distributions was released — Ubuntu 13.04, codenamed “Raring Ringtail”. Unlike previous releases of Ubuntu, 13.04 doesn’t bring extraordinary new visual features which may make some people even more skeptical about this release than others. So what exactly is new, and should you really upgrade?

11-05-2013
Ubuntu 13.04: What’s New In Raring Ringtail? [Linux]
iCan’t: 5 Things Android Users Take For Granted and iPhone Users Just Can’t Do

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iCan’t: 5 Things Android Users Take For Granted and iPhone Users Just Can’t Do

Have you ever thought that there might be a reason Android users brag about their customizability? Sure, as an iPhone user, you can add and configure apps, change your wallpaper, and otherwise make yourself feel at home. But at the end of the day, you’ve only changed a few small details. If you happen to have jailbreaked your iPhone and are enjoying Cydia, you can do more. But users with stock iOS are able to do much less. Don’t believe me?

06-05-2013
iCan’t: 5 Things Android Users Take For Granted and iPhone Users Just Can’t Do
How To View & Edit The Source Code Of An Open-Source App

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How To View & Edit The Source Code Of An Open-Source App

While going open source might be a good choice, you’ll also need to invest in the right community. GitHub is one of the best places to do this, not only because of the sheer amount of users who visit the site, but also because of the features that GitHub offers. If you find an open source app on GitHub, I’ll show you a few things you can do with it, including viewing, editing, and forking the code.

04-05-2013
How To View & Edit The Source Code Of An Open-Source App
5 Minecraft How-To Tips To Start Crafting Like A Pro

Gaming

5 Minecraft How-To Tips To Start Crafting Like A Pro

Minecraft has steadily gained popularity with no signs that the trend will change anytime soon. I’m a big fan of the game and I have plenty of friends who play it or would like to get a copy for themselves. But let’s say that you liked the game so much, you bought your own copy. Of course you can now play a round of survival, but that’s too basic. What other cool stuff can you do with Minecraft, and what essentials do you need to know?

02-05-2013
5 Minecraft How-To Tips To Start Crafting Like A Pro
3 Best Free Flight Simulators To Pretend You Know How To Fly

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3 Best Free Flight Simulators To Pretend You Know How To Fly

For me, there are only two kinds of simulator games which actually get me interested – city management games and flight simulators. However, anyone who’s looked at getting a simulation game will have quickly discovered that they are not cheap. In fact, SimCity currently goes for $60, or $80 if you consider the Deluxe Edition. Good flight simulation software isn’t much different. So which flight simulators are both free and good enough to use?

29-04-2013
3 Best Free Flight Simulators To Pretend You Know How To Fly
Create 3D Images With An Android Smartphone: It’s Easier Than You Think

Android

Create 3D Images With An Android Smartphone: It’s Easier Than You Think

Android phones are increasingly shipping with powerful cameras with at least 8MP for their backside camera. Additionally, there are some phones such as the HTC Evo 3D which come with two cameras in the back, allowing you to take 3D photos. But what if you’d like to take 3D-like pictures with your single-camera phone? As the concept of 3D-enabled devices/TVs and 3D photos becomes more popular, chances are that you will want to dive into this new form of photography.

25-04-2013
Create 3D Images With An Android Smartphone: It’s Easier Than You Think
Nintendo Wii U Review and Giveaway

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Nintendo Wii U Review and Giveaway

Despite the increasing shift to mobile gaming, consoles are still very popular devices for playing immersive, graphics-intensive games; and that won’t change anytime soon as long as the major console makers continue to improve with newer generations. Nintendo has been the first console maker to update its last-generation console, the Wii. As a result, we’re now greeted with the Wii U, ahead of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox (720). Luckily for us, we get to review this next-generation console; and for you, since you’ll have a chance to win one at the end of the review!

23-04-2013
Nintendo Wii U Review and Giveaway
Considering Switching to T-Mobile USA? Here’s What You Need to Know About Plans, Service, and Phones

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Considering Switching to T-Mobile USA? Here’s What You Need to Know About Plans, Service, and Phones

T-Mobile USA recently made major changes to the way they are providing service with a new “Un-carrier” initiative. This new perspective for a wireless carrier has made plenty of people wonder whether those changes can benefit them. However, before you jump carriers on a whim, it’s always best to do your research to make sure that you’re getting the best deal for the service that’s right for you. I’ve done that research, and the answers are inside.

22-04-2013
Considering Switching to T-Mobile USA? Here’s What You Need to Know About Plans, Service, and Phones
Five Tech Myths Debunked: Who Really Created Linux, And More

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Five Tech Myths Debunked: Who Really Created Linux, And More

The world is full of urban legends, and the technological world is no exception. While device or software rumors usually make up the largest portion of these, they are temporary as any rumors are proven correct or incorrect whenever official announcements are made. However, there are always a few myths which are much more complex, and the truths about them are hidden deep inside the Internet.

20-04-2013
Five Tech Myths Debunked: Who Really Created Linux, And More
Send It Later: 4 Useful SMS Scheduling Apps To Text At Just The Right Time [Android]

Android

Send It Later: 4 Useful SMS Scheduling Apps To Text At Just The Right Time [Android]

MS messages have become one of the most common forms of communication. They can also be extremely flexible, with scheduling and delivery reports. While delivery reports are usually included in stock SMS apps, scheduling is not. It would be great to have that ability, so you can easily send regular reminders to friends and coworkers, wish someone a happy birthday right at midnight, or otherwise pre-type a message that you want to send later because you know that you will be busy. There are plenty of apps available for Android which can take care of this for you.

18-04-2013
Send It Later: 4 Useful SMS Scheduling Apps To Text At Just The Right Time [Android]
What Disadvantages Are There To Bitcoin Mining?

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What Disadvantages Are There To Bitcoin Mining?

Several times since the beginning of this decade, Bitcoins have been slowly but surely been causing a (good) disturbance in the way people think about currency. If you don’t know yet what Bitcoins are, then reading this introduction, or our Bitcoin manual, or this feature on the matter should get you caught up. Now, if you know what they are or have just read the provided materials, you’ll know that Bitcoins can be used after they’re “discovered” through a process called “mining”.

11-04-2013
What Disadvantages Are There To Bitcoin Mining?
Nintendo 3DS XL Review and Giveaway

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Nintendo 3DS XL Review and Giveaway

Among all the big names in gaming consoles, Nintendo is definitely among the top favorites. As a ’90s kid, I associate much of my childhood with playing Nintendo games. I remember growing up with the Nintendo 64, the GameBoy Color, GameBoy Advance, and Nintendo DS. Through all the different iterations, the gameplay had improved drastically with new features and visual effects. Nintendo is still going strong and has brought out their latest generation portable gaming console, the Nintendo 3DS. Today, we’ll be taking an in-depth look at the Nintendo 3DS XL as well as give one away to a lucky reader!

09-04-2013
Nintendo 3DS XL Review and Giveaway
The Best Ways To Recover Data On Linux

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The Best Ways To Recover Data On Linux

No matter whether it was your fault or not, things can happen to the data stored on your devices. Hard drives, solid state drives, and removable media can all potentially “lose” files because of numerous different causes. Additionally, sometimes you may delete a file – no matter if on purpose or by accident – and then determine later on that you actually need it.

06-04-2013
The Best Ways To Recover Data On Linux
For Literary Penguins: 4 Great Writing Tools [Linux]

Linux

For Literary Penguins: 4 Great Writing Tools [Linux]

A great amount of productivity comes from writing tasks, whether it be for school assignments, articles for your blog, or much more. While full-featured office applications tend to be the norm for such tasks, it may sometimes be a good idea to go in the opposite direction and use some simpler or specialized tools, depending on what you’re working on. Often, this can either help you focus more on the work that’s ahead.

04-04-2013
For Literary Penguins: 4 Great Writing Tools [Linux]
Google Nexus 10 Review and Giveaway

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Google Nexus 10 Review and Giveaway

Google has recently come out with a number of intriguing products, including the Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10, and multiple different Chromebooks. I’ve recently reviewed a Samsung Chromebook, and Jackson has taken a look at the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7. Therefore, naturally we have to take a look at the Google Nexus 10 and see how it performs, how useful it is in real life scenarios, and whether it’s worth the price. The best part is, you’ll have the chance to win this incredible tablet for yourself! Read the review and giveaway details after the jump.

01-04-2013
Google Nexus 10 Review and Giveaway
How To Fake Camera Blur On Your Android For SLR-Like Photos [Android]

Android

How To Fake Camera Blur On Your Android For SLR-Like Photos [Android]

The cameras on our Android devices have been getting some impressive upgrades over the last few years, and there’s been a reinforced push towards making Android devices complete replacements for good quality cameras. While these cameras are able to take clear, sharp images, they still don’t have the quality that SLR cameras provide. These cameras can make amazing pictures as they are able to focus strongly on foreground objects.

30-03-2013
How To Fake Camera Blur On Your Android For SLR-Like Photos [Android]
Teach Yourself Baking With Android

Android

Teach Yourself Baking With Android

For some people, it’s already pretty hard to get good at relatively simple cooking, but there are plenty of apps available for Android which can help you in this regard. However, cooking and baking are often seen as two completely separate events, so most cooking apps tend to be skimpy when it comes to baking items. This is because baking makes extreme use of the oven, sugar, and precise measurements of the needed ingredients.

25-03-2013
Teach Yourself Baking With Android
5 Interesting Ways To Learn To Code

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5 Interesting Ways To Learn To Code

Many people have realized the importance of learning how to code as a life skill. No matter where you go, and what job you have, it’s always seen as in a positive light if you know how to work some code, even if that’s not your profession. As this importance increases ever more, there are plenty of new initiatives to get kids to learn code in school. While it’s great to see them, you can take control of your coding education by taking some steps on your own.

18-03-2013
5 Interesting Ways To Learn To Code