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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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What Disadvantages Are There To Bitcoin Mining?

Internet

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

Product Reviews

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

Linux

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

Product Reviews

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

Internet

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
Leaving Cash Behind: Using a Digital Wallet For a Week

Android

Leaving Cash Behind: Using a Digital Wallet For a Week

It’s been just under two years since Google came out with Google Wallet, a revolutionary way to use your Android smartphone or tablet’s NFC capabilities to pay for stuff that you regularly buy. Since the service first came out, there are now a number of devices which are capable of using it, provided you’re also on the right carrier. It also supports MasterCard, Visa, Discover, and American Express credit cards.

14-03-2013
Leaving Cash Behind: Using a Digital Wallet For a Week
Sennheiser HD 598 Headphones Review and Giveaway

Product Reviews

Sennheiser HD 598 Headphones Review and Giveaway

There are only a few things which can unite people more than music. People who enjoy the same tastes in music tend to get along better, or simply enjoy sharing their favorite bands to each other. In any case, great music is good to have, but you also have to give it justice by playing it through great hardware. Forget about those cheap $10 earbuds, you’ll need to invest in some quality headgear to hear your music the way it was meant to be heard. Therefore, a good start would be listening through some audiophile-quality headphones, such as the $250 Sennheiser HD 598. And, if luck would have it, you may be able to win one at the end of this review!

14-03-2013
Sennheiser HD 598 Headphones Review and Giveaway
Why You Should Upgrade To USB 3.0

Technology Explained

Why You Should Upgrade To USB 3.0

It’s been quite a while since USB 3.0 has been included in motherboards, but now we’ve come to the point where most devices and computers come with the new and improved ports. We all know about the technical data of the new specification, but what does all of that gibberish translate into? What real reasons are there to use USB 3.0 or actively seek devices which offer the port?

11-03-2013
Why You Should Upgrade To USB 3.0
How Do I Install Ubuntu on a New Windows 8 Computer?

Linux

How Do I Install Ubuntu on a New Windows 8 Computer?

The introduction of personal computers with Windows 8 preinstalled with them also introduced a controversial under-the-hood modification – Secure Boot. Secure Boot is a technology which is included in any new computer that has Windows 8 preinstalled and the official sticker. It is meant to check that you have a certified operating system installed on your computer before it tries to boot it.

09-03-2013
How Do I Install Ubuntu on a New Windows 8 Computer?
What Is Bitrate & Why Is It Important? [MakeUseOf Explains]

Technology Explained

What Is Bitrate & Why Is It Important? [MakeUseOf Explains]

With today’s technology, we can expect high amounts of speed and quality with everything that we do on our computers, our smartphones, and any other recent gadgets. However, while this increase in speed and quality has a number of factors, a lot of it relates to something called bitrate. What bitrate means depends on the context in which you use it, but it’s very important to know what it is.

07-03-2013
What Is Bitrate & Why Is It Important? [MakeUseOf Explains]
How To Setup a Minecraft Server

Gaming

How To Setup a Minecraft Server

Minecraft has exploded over the last couple of years to become one of the greatest indie games of all time. There’s simply so much you can do with the game – not only by its own, but also with the wealth of plugins that are now available. With so many people playing the game, there’s no better time than now to set up your very own Minecraft server. It’s not too difficult to get started, and with some time you can turn your server into the next big thing.

04-03-2013
How To Setup a Minecraft Server
6 Top Uses For Bluetooth On Your Android Phone

Android

6 Top Uses For Bluetooth On Your Android Phone

Bluetooth has been an impressive wireless technology to enable all sorts of cool functionality with multiple gadgets. While it was rather limited during the early stages of its life, Bluetooth has evolved to be capable of plenty of different data communications. Especially now that the latest revisions of the Bluetooth specifications include some great energy efficiency, now is better than ever to connect devices to your Android phone via Bluetooth.

02-03-2013
6 Top Uses For Bluetooth On Your Android Phone
How to Tether Any Smartphone to Linux (Android, iPhone, and BlackBerry)

Linux

How to Tether Any Smartphone to Linux (Android, iPhone, and BlackBerry)

Our smartphones are amazing tools as they receive Internet service almost wherever we travel, unlike most laptops which are limited to whatever WiFi hotspot they can find. While some carriers place limits on the amount of data which you can consume, others have plans which have higher limits which allow tethering, as well as unlimited data.

28-02-2013
How to Tether Any Smartphone to Linux (Android, iPhone, and BlackBerry)
Which Office Solutions Should I Use On Linux & Why?

Linux

Which Office Solutions Should I Use On Linux & Why?

Computers are necessary tools to be productive members in today’s society. We need them to be able to do what we want them to, whenever and wherever. A part of being productive means using an office suite to write documents and create presentations. Under Linux, there are a number of great options available which allow you to be as productive as you possibly can. Each office suite has its own advantages.

25-02-2013
Which Office Solutions Should I Use On Linux & Why?
Better Than Photoshop? Make GIMP Even More Powerful With These Plugins

Windows Linux

Better Than Photoshop? Make GIMP Even More Powerful With These Plugins

We all know that Photoshop is the premiere application for image and graphics manipulation. It simply does everything you could possibly want, which is the reason why most professionals choose it and why your wallet has a deep hole after you buy it. But Photoshop isn’t the only image manipulation tool on the block. The leading open source alternative to Photoshop, GIMP, has plenty of power under the hood as well.

23-02-2013
Better Than Photoshop? Make GIMP Even More Powerful With These Plugins
New Computer, Old OS: How To Migrate Linux Between Machines

Linux

New Computer, Old OS: How To Migrate Linux Between Machines

Technology is progressing forward at a pretty fast rate, so much so that it isn’t uncommon for you to find yourself buying a new computer or computer part. For example, you may want to buy a brand new laptop or replace a dying hard drive that your system is currently using. In cases like these, it would be great if you can simply move your operating system over to the new hard drive or system with as little fuss as possible.

21-02-2013
New Computer, Old OS: How To Migrate Linux Between Machines
Everything You Need To Know About Windows 8 Swipe Gestures On A Laptop

Windows

Everything You Need To Know About Windows 8 Swipe Gestures On A Laptop

With the introduction of Windows 8, a lot of brand-new touch-friendly features have been added to make the operating system enjoyable to use on touch-enabled devices. However, for typical laptops which only have touchpads for their input, it may be a bit confusing as to how to move your mouse in order to achieve the same results. Here is how you can easily take advantage of Windows 8’s new Modern UI goodies.

18-02-2013
Everything You Need To Know About Windows 8 Swipe Gestures On A Laptop
Samsung Chromebook Series 3 Review and Giveaway

Product Reviews Browsers

Samsung Chromebook Series 3 Review and Giveaway

People today are constantly on the move and connected to the Internet, doing anything from creating presentations to checking emails to chatting with friends to playing games. People use all sorts of devices to accomplish these tasks, primarily via smartphones because they’re so mobile. However, they’re nowhere near as power as an actual computer, but traditional computers tend to have low battery life. The geniuses over at Google have thought about these issues and created their solution: the Chromebook. We’ll be taking a look at the Samsung Chromebook Series 3, and giving it away at the end of this review!

18-02-2013
Samsung Chromebook Series 3 Review and Giveaway
Will Windows 8 Run On My PC? Here’s How to Tell

Windows

Will Windows 8 Run On My PC? Here’s How to Tell

It’s been about three months since Microsoft released Windows 8, and people have had lots of time to hear about what’s new and decide whether they wish to upgrade. If you have decided to commit to the upgrade, you need to be sure that your system is capable of handling the new software, or else burn a useless hole in your wallet.

16-02-2013
Will Windows 8 Run On My PC? Here’s How to Tell