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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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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
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
5 Great Cloud Backup Tools & Services That Fully Support Linux

Linux

5 Great Cloud Backup Tools & Services That Fully Support Linux

If you ask any power user for one good piece of advice that applies to any operating system, it would be to back up your files regularly. As much as technology can be helpful, it can also cause problems or even fail at the worst possible times. Therefore, it is important that you are able to identify different backup methods for your system. With Linux, you have a good amount of reliable options at your disposal, but it may not be quite as obvious as with other platforms.

11-02-2013
5 Great Cloud Backup Tools & Services That Fully Support Linux
How To Use Reddit Like an Old Pro

Internet

How To Use Reddit Like an Old Pro

There are plenty of online communities which can be found on the Internet – Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and YouTube are easily the most popular and recognizable ones. However, there are plenty of other gems online which could potentially impact your life in a substantial way. One of these communities for me has been Reddit. I love Reddit not because of its design or features, but because of the culture that exists there as well as the content which people find and post.

09-02-2013
How To Use Reddit Like an Old Pro
Control Virus Scans From The Command Line With Clam Antivirus [Linux]

Linux

Control Virus Scans From The Command Line With Clam Antivirus [Linux]

There are a few ways in which you can access Clam Antivirus for numerous purposes. First, there’s a front end to Clam Antivirus which you can use to perform tasks graphically. It is called Clamtk and has been featured on MakeUseOf before. By installing the graphical front end, your package manager should also pull in the Clam Antivirus engine that it depends on. The other option is to skip the graphical interface and just use the Clam engine via the command line.

04-02-2013
Control Virus Scans From The Command Line With Clam Antivirus [Linux]
Using Wine to Play Games On Linux? Here’s Why You Should Switch To Steam Right Now

Linux

Using Wine to Play Games On Linux? Here’s Why You Should Switch To Steam Right Now

In the last couple of months, Steam has been getting a lot of attention. Not necessarily because of the games that it’s been carrying, but because of its expanding support of different operating systems. If you haven’t heard already, Steam has made official plans to support Linux, and has already made substantial progress with their beta Linux client. It really won’t be too long before the Steam client is stable.

02-02-2013
Using Wine to Play Games On Linux? Here’s Why You Should Switch To Steam Right Now
Even If You’re A Windows User: Top 5 Uses For A Linux Box

Linux

Even If You’re A Windows User: Top 5 Uses For A Linux Box

Despite advances made by other operating systems, Windows still stands as the most used operating system in the world. And, as a Linux user, I respect your decision to stick with it as it does have a large ecosystem that both businesses and consumers seem to agree on. But just because you use Windows as your daily driver does not mean that you can’t experiment with other operating systems for any of your computing needs.

31-01-2013
Even If You’re A Windows User: Top 5 Uses For A Linux Box
Penguin Origins: The History of Linux [Geek History]

Linux

Penguin Origins: The History of Linux [Geek History]

There’s virtually no place you can go without being in contact with Linux – it powers everything from regular computers to the most powerful servers to our handheld mobile devices. Most people who aren’t techies like us don’t even know what Linux is, nor do they know that Android runs using Linux. Whether you know it or not, Linux is everywhere, and that presence seems to only be increasing.

28-01-2013
Penguin Origins: The History of Linux [Geek History]
Last As Long As You Can Without Crashing In Extreme Road Trip [Android & iOS]

iPhone and iPad Android

Last As Long As You Can Without Crashing In Extreme Road Trip [Android & iOS]

Sometimes, when you’re playing a game on your mobile device, you just want instant gratification — you want to get down to killing time by playing a couple sessions of a game which doesn’t require much thought, but is still stimulating to your senses. There are a handful of games which allow you to do this, but none are quite as simple as a game called Extreme Road Trip.

26-01-2013
Last As Long As You Can Without Crashing In Extreme Road Trip [Android & iOS]
Bring Back An Old Classic With Pinball Deluxe [Android 2.1+]

Gaming Android

Bring Back An Old Classic With Pinball Deluxe [Android 2.1+]

Whenever I think of pinball, I always think of the Space Invaders version of pinball which was installed by default on Windows XP. It was a fun game to play – and definitely more visually appealing than solitaire – and has therefore become a classic in simple computer games. Now that we’re overrun with mobile devices, there’s a lack of those old classics on these devices.

24-01-2013
Bring Back An Old Classic With Pinball Deluxe [Android 2.1+]
Empathy: Use One Application to IM Chat on All Networks [Linux]

Linux

Empathy: Use One Application to IM Chat on All Networks [Linux]

There are still plenty of people who use instant messaging networks to talk with each other, as it’s very quick to exchange messages or ask a simple question. In fact, there are plenty of corporations who run their own networks, to make communication between employees a snap. Therefore, it’s good to have a capable instant messaging client by your side so that you can keep in touch with just about everyone.

17-01-2013
Empathy: Use One Application to IM Chat on All Networks [Linux]
PCLinuxOS: A Linux Distribution Which Mixes And Matches Software For A Better Experience

Linux

PCLinuxOS: A Linux Distribution Which Mixes And Matches Software For A Better Experience

It’s an understatement to say that Linux users have plenty of choice when it comes to which distribution they’d like to use. There are multiple approaches to accomplishing the same tasks, from what kind of packages (such as .deb or .rpm) are used to what packages are included by default on installation media to the purpose of a distribution — whether it’s stable or cutting edge and if its pure or accepting of proprietary software.

12-01-2013
PCLinuxOS: A Linux Distribution Which Mixes And Matches Software For A Better Experience