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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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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]
Kill Windows Viruses With an Ubuntu Live CD

Windows

Kill Windows Viruses With an Ubuntu Live CD

Today’s anti-virus solutions are pretty reliable, protecting you from most of the common threats out there in the world. With safe browsing habits, there’s a rare chance that you’d ever get infected with malware. However, there’s never a guarantee that you’ll be completely safe if you are simply careful and run your anti-virus software. Especially when it comes to zero-day threats, sometimes things just happen to you that you can’t blame on yourself.

22-11-2012
Kill Windows Viruses With an Ubuntu Live CD
Discover New Music & What It’s Actually Called With Shazam [Android & iOS]

iPhone and iPad Android

Discover New Music & What It’s Actually Called With Shazam [Android & iOS]

Music is one of the great forces that can bring people from all walks of life together. Most of us love at least one genre of music, and we tend to get along with those who like the same genre(s). Such groups will respect your love for a genre of music if you’re knowledgeable in it, but it’s sad if you can’t even name a song that you want to share with others.

19-11-2012
Discover New Music & What It’s Actually Called With Shazam [Android & iOS]
How To Get Mac & Windows Fonts in Ubuntu [Linux]

Linux

How To Get Mac & Windows Fonts in Ubuntu [Linux]

Whenever you’re happily setting up your new Ubuntu system, one of the things you’ll probably think about the least is getting the correct fonts installed. If you’re a bit confused about why I mentioned fonts, it’s because most distributions (or at least those who’d like to remain legal) only use free, or “libre”, fonts. While there’s absolutely nothing wrong with using these fonts, there will most likely be multiple cases where you’ll be required to have certain fonts.

17-11-2012
How To Get Mac & Windows Fonts in Ubuntu [Linux]
Update All Your Major Social Networks With TweetDeck [Android & iOS]

Android iPhone and iPad

Update All Your Major Social Networks With TweetDeck [Android & iOS]

We are also out and about most of the time with our busy lives, using our mobile devices as our true personal assistants. But our mobile devices only work the way we want them to if we have the right apps installed on them. One of the top app choices in managing social networks is TweetDeck.

15-11-2012
Update All Your Major Social Networks With TweetDeck [Android & iOS]
Enjoy Twisting Fun While Testing Your Knowledge Of Physics With Angry Birds Space [Android & iOS]

iPhone and iPad Android

Enjoy Twisting Fun While Testing Your Knowledge Of Physics With Angry Birds Space [Android & iOS]

During the last couple of years, one of the most popular games ever created for mobile devices has seen many improvements and plenty of new releases, each with their own twist to the original goal of the game. The game series is now arguably the most popular one for mobile devices (and much more). From plush toys to virtually every item you can think of with its branding, the Angry Birds series has made an impact on the entire world.

12-11-2012
Enjoy Twisting Fun While Testing Your Knowledge Of Physics With Angry Birds Space [Android & iOS]
Stay Organized & Remember Everything With Tomboy Notes [Linux]

Linux

Stay Organized & Remember Everything With Tomboy Notes [Linux]

If the title made you think of Evernote, I don’t blame you. It’s a great tool which is capable of a lot, plus it syncs with whatever devices it can run on. However, Evernote is still a proprietary tool, and some Linux users may not wish to use it simply because of this reason. It’s also possible that they don’t want all of their notes stored on a different server, where they don’t own their data.

03-11-2012
Stay Organized & Remember Everything With Tomboy Notes [Linux]
Enjoy Great Music Selections With Slacker Radio [Website & Mobile]

Android Internet

Enjoy Great Music Selections With Slacker Radio [Website & Mobile]

Anyone who even remotely enjoys music – and I believe that’s most of us – will absolutely love it when they discover new music that they like. We have a number of highly popular music services which allow us to do just that, including Spotify and Pandora. However, those definitely aren’t the only names in the music discovery business. In fact, some have existed for quite a while, including Slacker Radio.

01-11-2012
Enjoy Great Music Selections With Slacker Radio [Website & Mobile]
Enjoy A Robot-Themed Tower Defense Game With Robo Defense [Android 1.6+]

Android

Enjoy A Robot-Themed Tower Defense Game With Robo Defense [Android 1.6+]

Don’t you just hate it when you’re bored? Whether you’re waiting for something and have nothing to do during that time or if you don’t have anything planned, a good game for your mobile device can save you from such misery. If you’re in such a situation, and you like Tower Defense or other similar games, you may want to look at a game which combines Tower Defense with war machinery.

29-10-2012
Enjoy A Robot-Themed Tower Defense Game With Robo Defense [Android 1.6+]
Challenge Your Instincts And Intuition With The Game Called 100 Floors [Android & iOS]

Android iPhone and iPad

Challenge Your Instincts And Intuition With The Game Called 100 Floors [Android & iOS]

There are a large number of great time wasters out in the world, including Angry Birds and Air Control, an app for Android which I reviewed very recently. However, while Air Control might be a fairly challenging game, it still isn’t quite as challenging for your brain. For a better challenge which could frustrate you because of the simplicity of some of the puzzles, you may want to check out the increasingly popular “100 Floors” game!

22-10-2012
Challenge Your Instincts And Intuition With The Game Called 100 Floors [Android & iOS]
System76 Gazelle Professional Laptop Review & Giveaway

Product Reviews

System76 Gazelle Professional Laptop Review & Giveaway

As an avid user of Linux, I’ve been very interested in laptops specifically built to operate Linux, as my own laptop had a few minor issues that were never resolved. This high interest led us to buy a 15.6-inch System76 Gazelle Professional laptop. We’re giving away a brand new one of these brilliant laptops designed to optimally run Linux worth almost $1000 to one very lucky reader! Read our review to find out more about this System76 laptop and then join our giveaway to be in the running.

22-10-2012
System76 Gazelle Professional Laptop Review & Giveaway
Control The Skies And Land Planes Safely With Air Control [Android 1.6+]

Android

Control The Skies And Land Planes Safely With Air Control [Android 1.6+]

Air traffic controllers have some of the most important jobs out there — without the passengers even noticing, they route any plane you fly on through the sea of other planes in the air. It’s thanks to them that planes don’t crash into each other mid-flight, and they’re often put under a lot of stress with the amount of planes they’re responsible for at a time. To better understand what they have to go through, there’s a game available for Android devices where you can test your own skills at controlling the skies.

20-10-2012
Control The Skies And Land Planes Safely With Air Control [Android 1.6+]
Get Detailed Sports Scores And Stats With ESPN Scorecenter [Android & iOS]

Android iPhone and iPad

Get Detailed Sports Scores And Stats With ESPN Scorecenter [Android & iOS]

Whether you’d like to admit it or not, everyone has a favorite team in at least one sport. I follow multiple teams myself across different sports and always want to be able to follow their games, both completed and in-progress ones. Thankfully, one of the top providers of sports, ESPN, has our backs covered wherever we are and with whichever device we have.

13-10-2012
Get Detailed Sports Scores And Stats With ESPN Scorecenter [Android & iOS]
Miro: An All-In-One Application To Manage All Of Your Media [Cross-Platform]

Windows Linux

Miro: An All-In-One Application To Manage All Of Your Media [Cross-Platform]

We have a lot of media that we need to keep track of before we forget that we even have them. We’re also on a constant need for new, fresh media. Ideally, it’d be great to have an application which could do all of this for us, and become our “all-in-one media application”. For a large number of people, iTunes fulfills this role fairly well, but some people may not enjoy iTunes for a number of reasons, including its very closed nature.

11-10-2012
Miro: An All-In-One Application To Manage All Of Your Media [Cross-Platform]
Enjoy Great Desktop Effects With Compiz Fusion [Linux]

Linux

Enjoy Great Desktop Effects With Compiz Fusion [Linux]

Some people just want to use something that looks really pretty. On the other hand, there are some geeks who want to trick out their systems with the same effects to make a truly interesting user experience. There’s a handful of programs for Linux which can manage and execute these desktop effects. One of the most popular choices is called Compiz Fusion.

06-10-2012
Enjoy Great Desktop Effects With Compiz Fusion [Linux]
gedit: One Of The Most Feature-Filled Plain Text Editors [Linux & Windows]

Windows Linux

gedit: One Of The Most Feature-Filled Plain Text Editors [Linux & Windows]

When you think of plain text editors, the first thing that may pop into your head is Windows’ Notepad application. It does exactly what its job description states – plain features for a plain text editor. But this is a common misconception about what plain text editors should be about. Those who need more out of them deserve something better and that “something better” is called gedit.

04-10-2012
gedit: One Of The Most Feature-Filled Plain Text Editors [Linux & Windows]
OggConvert: Easily Convert Proprietary Formats Like MP3 Into Free Formats Like OGG [Linux]

Linux

OggConvert: Easily Convert Proprietary Formats Like MP3 Into Free Formats Like OGG [Linux]

Sadly enough, the famous MP3 format for music is a proprietary product, and all devices which can play them have (or at least should have) a license to legally play them. In order to make a statement that you don’t support something proprietary, or to make sure that you are being 100% legal with your playback of music, it’s best if you convert your MP3 and similarly proprietary music files into a free format.

01-10-2012
OggConvert: Easily Convert Proprietary Formats Like MP3 Into Free Formats Like OGG [Linux]
How To Synchronize Your Gmail, Google Calendar, And More With Your Linux Computer

Linux

How To Synchronize Your Gmail, Google Calendar, And More With Your Linux Computer

A good number of users highly value the services provided by Google, including emails, calendars, tasks, documents, and so much more. But Linux users also love their desktop applications, and how they often integrate very nicely with the desktop. So what can people do who use Linux but love Google’s products? Thankfully, there are a good number of Linux applications which can connect very well to both Google’s products as well as your Linux desktop.

29-09-2012
How To Synchronize Your Gmail, Google Calendar, And More With Your Linux Computer
How To Figure Out Why Your PC Won’t Boot

Windows

How To Figure Out Why Your PC Won’t Boot

We’ve all had our fair share of computer problems, but most of them have been about being unable to connect to a network, being unable to run a certain program, or some other software-related issue. However, you have a much bigger issue if your entire computer doesn’t seem to run at all. Let’s forget about problems that might plague Windows, but concentrate solely on the hardware in your system and what might occur with them.

28-09-2012
How To Figure Out Why Your PC Won’t Boot
Why Netflix Doesn’t Run On Linux, And How You Can Get Around This

Linux Browsers

Why Netflix Doesn’t Run On Linux, And How You Can Get Around This

One of the most popular video streaming services is undoubtedly Netflix, because of its vast collection of movies and other video content which can be instantly streamed. Most people can enjoy it whenever they sign up for the monthly subscription. However, there’s the problem — most people can enjoy it. One of the few groups of people which are left out are Linux users. What’s the problem, and how can it be solved?

24-09-2012
Why Netflix Doesn’t Run On Linux, And How You Can Get Around This
Jellybean Not Available For Your Phone? Get Its Best Features With These Apps [Android]

Android

Jellybean Not Available For Your Phone? Get Its Best Features With These Apps [Android]

Not all too long ago, Google released Android 4.1, named Jelly Bean. With it comes a lot of features, which you can look at in better detail by checking out this article. While it’s fantastic that all of this new technology is already released, the update schedule for most phones is far from acceptable. A large number of phones which haven’t even got the 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update won’t see the Jelly Bean update.

22-09-2012
Jellybean Not Available For Your Phone? Get Its Best Features With These Apps [Android]
Watch All Your Videos & Music With Totem Movie Player [Linux]

Linux

Watch All Your Videos & Music With Totem Movie Player [Linux]

Everyone likes a good media player, no matter what system they’re using. While I still highly recommend VLC media player as one of the best for any system because of its wide range of playable formats and open source nature, it certainly isn’t the only media player worthy of your time. In fact, most of the popular Linux distributions come with a very worthy media player which can play a decent amount of formats and is rather simple to use.

20-09-2012
Watch All Your Videos & Music With Totem Movie Player [Linux]
Edit System Menu Items With Alacarte [Linux]

Linux

Edit System Menu Items With Alacarte [Linux]

When you think about it, our Linux desktop environments are pretty smart. Whereas Windows just creates a new folder for a newly installed program in the Start Menu, the Linux desktop environment automatically organize all installed applications into different categories. While this system can work very well, there are some packages that place shortcuts into categories which you deem to be incorrect. You may need to go into the menus and add/edit/remove items, but it can all be achieved using an application called Alacarte.

17-09-2012
Edit System Menu Items With Alacarte [Linux]