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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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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
Gentoo: A Linux Distribution Where You Compile Your Own Optimized Software

Linux

Gentoo: A Linux Distribution Where You Compile Your Own Optimized Software

The sheer number of different ways in which Linux can be run is astounding, as there are plenty of choices to go around. While there are plenty of distributions which rely on either the .deb or .rpm package formats, there’s also a handful which use their own formats, if any at all. One of those distributions is very unique compared to most others as the distribution’s developers don’t compile software into binary packages for easy installation.

10-01-2013
Gentoo: A Linux Distribution Where You Compile Your Own Optimized Software
Debian: Enjoy One Of The Most Stable And Trusted Linux Distributions

Linux

Debian: Enjoy One Of The Most Stable And Trusted Linux Distributions

There are plenty of Linux users out there who are using distributions such as Ubuntu or one of the many distributions which are based from Ubuntu, including Linux Mint. However, no matter what you’re using, as long as it uses .deb packages, there’s one main distribution where it all comes from – Debian. There are a good number of reasons why Debian is such a popular choice for people who have high expectations.

07-01-2013
Debian: Enjoy One Of The Most Stable And Trusted Linux Distributions
Enjoy A Better Typing Experience With SwiftKey 3 [Android]

Android

Enjoy A Better Typing Experience With SwiftKey 3 [Android]

We type a lot on our mobile devices. We constantly text people, browse the web, type up documents, and so much more. Therefore, keyboards have become one of the most important apps on your device, so it’s important to be using one that you like the most. Plenty of recent Android devices come with the Swype keyboards, which, if you like the swiping mechanism which it uses, is perfectly fine. But there’s room for improvement.

05-01-2013
Enjoy A Better Typing Experience With SwiftKey 3 [Android]
Turn CD Tracks Into MP3s With Sound Juicer [Linux]

Linux

Turn CD Tracks Into MP3s With Sound Juicer [Linux]

When you look around today, you’ll notice that virtually everyone now uses some digital device, whether it be an iPod or other generic MP3-capable device, to listen to their music. This is very different from a decade or two ago, where most people would carry around portable CD players to listen to their music on the go. As the technology for MP3-playback and storage became dirt cheap, more and more people started adopting the new devices.

03-01-2013
Turn CD Tracks Into MP3s With Sound Juicer [Linux]
Become The Best Grocery Bagger In Bag It! [Android & iOS]

Android iPhone and iPad

Become The Best Grocery Bagger In Bag It! [Android & iOS]

All of the concepts in the different puzzle games are unique and pretty entertaining, while others seem quite strange at first. For example, who knew that bagging some groceries in a game could be so fun? I’m not so sure myself, but there’s a game that revolves all around that and actually makes it surprisingly fun to play!

29-12-2012
Become The Best Grocery Bagger In Bag It! [Android & iOS]
Mageia: Enjoy The New Fork Of RPM-based Mandriva [Linux]

Linux

Mageia: Enjoy The New Fork Of RPM-based Mandriva [Linux]

Mageia is an RPM-based Linux distribution which forked off Mandriva (formerly Mandrake) in September 2010 when Mandriva was experiencing severe financial difficulties. It’s first release was in July 2011, and after just about a year and a half later it’s been creating quite the buzz. In fact, there are three main aspects of Mageia which are grabbing people’s attention.

20-12-2012
Mageia: Enjoy The New Fork Of RPM-based Mandriva [Linux]
Share Links With Friends Using Send From Gmail [Chrome]

Browsers

Share Links With Friends Using Send From Gmail [Chrome]

Ever since Google created the email wonder known as Gmail, people have been raving all about it, and it doesn’t look like there’s an end in sight because of Google’s continual updates to the service and the lack of similar competition. As such, there are plenty of people who are using the service, with that number growing on an hourly basis. Using Gmail for your email needs also allows you to make use of items which are designed for Gmail.

17-12-2012
Share Links With Friends Using Send From Gmail [Chrome]
Stay Connected With All Your IM Accounts Using Trillian [Android & iOS]

Android iPhone and iPad

Stay Connected With All Your IM Accounts Using Trillian [Android & iOS]

We have an unlimited amount of means to communicate with each other using common gadgets found in practically every household. We can call, text, email, post on walls, and instant message. No matter what you may believe, there are still a large number of people who use instant messaging, especially when you include everyone who uses Facebook Messages, which can be used with many IM applications.

06-12-2012
Stay Connected With All Your IM Accounts Using Trillian [Android & iOS]
Love Candy & Cute Little Monsters? Play Cut The Rope! [Android & iOS]

Android Gaming

Love Candy & Cute Little Monsters? Play Cut The Rope! [Android & iOS]

The pool of ideas for games seems to be endless, no matter how many new and exciting titles get released. Thankfully because of this endless amount of creativity, there have been many exciting titles that we could all enjoy, especially those which truly grab our attention and challenge our minds to think of common conceptions in a different way. One of those is Cut The Rope.

01-12-2012
Love Candy & Cute Little Monsters? Play Cut The Rope! [Android & iOS]
Get Stuff Done With These 4 To-Do List Tools [Linux]

Linux

Get Stuff Done With These 4 To-Do List Tools [Linux]

Most of us lead extremely busy lives that we’re expected to keep track of at all times. Whether we have stressful jobs, school work, or plenty of social events, it’s crucial that we remember what we have to do and when we have to do it by. Therefore, to-do list applications can become one of our best friends because they are a reliable aid to keeping our lives in check.

29-11-2012
Get Stuff Done With These 4 To-Do List Tools [Linux]
Try To Last The Longest Without Getting Electrocuted In Jetpack Joyride [Android & iOS]

Android iPhone and iPad

Try To Last The Longest Without Getting Electrocuted In Jetpack Joyride [Android & iOS]

Jetpack Joyride is a game from the creators of Fruit Ninja, and is available for Android and iOS devices in which the player attempts to “escape” from a lab and last as long as possible before hitting some sort of obstacle. It’s impossible to literally escape from the lab, as the scoring is based on the distance you’ve gone. There are plenty of customizations which you can add to your in-game character, as well as other items which can become useful during gameplay.

26-11-2012
Try To Last The Longest Without Getting Electrocuted In Jetpack Joyride [Android & iOS]