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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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How To Change Your DNS Servers & Improve Internet Security

Internet

How To Change Your DNS Servers & Improve Internet Security

Imagine this – you wake up one beautiful morning, pour yourself a cup of coffee, and then sit down at your computer to get started with your work for the day. Before you actually get stuff done, you go over to your favorite browser and type in //www.makeuseof.com. Within seconds, you’re looking at our website and all of our latest posts. But hold on, how the heck did your computer even know where to find MakeUseOf?

13-08-2012
How To Change Your DNS Servers & Improve Internet Security
Automatically Switch Between Sound and Power Profiles With Smart Settings [Android 2.1+]

Android

Automatically Switch Between Sound and Power Profiles With Smart Settings [Android 2.1+]

In a perfect world, our smartphones would know exactly when they should be silent, when they need to remind us of things, and when they should conserve battery. By default, however, our phones don’t do this, and there haven’t been any apps which can change the phone’s settings for us. At least, that’s been the case until now. “Smart Settings” is an app for Android which focuses on changing your phone’s behaviors at certain moments.

11-08-2012
Automatically Switch Between Sound and Power Profiles With Smart Settings [Android 2.1+]
Using Linux? Here Are Your Options For File Compression

Linux

Using Linux? Here Are Your Options For File Compression

Under Windows, you can compress your data with the file system itself (which can be recognized by the blue file name), but under Linux, ext4 – the default file system for almost all distributions – is not capable of file compression. Don’t worry though, there’s plenty of other ways you can compress your files under Linux – quickly and easily.

06-08-2012
Using Linux? Here Are Your Options For File Compression
Avoid Linux HDD Faults & Errors With These Tools

Linux

Avoid Linux HDD Faults & Errors With These Tools

From personal experience, whenever I have a problem with any component in my computer, it’s more often the hard drive than anything else. My CPU has never failed me, nor my RAM, and my motherboard only once – partially. However, if I still had all the hard drives which have caused me some sort of grief or failed completely, it would sum up to a good-sized pile. However, you can prolong the life of your hard drives through careful monitoring and maintenance.

04-08-2012
Avoid Linux HDD Faults & Errors With These Tools
What Is Overclocking, And How It Can Help Your PC, Tablet, & Phone [MakeUseOf Explains]

Technology Explained

What Is Overclocking, And How It Can Help Your PC, Tablet, & Phone [MakeUseOf Explains]

Provided that you have hardware from a manufacturer who understands those principles, you can do plenty to juice up your system, whether it be a computer, tablet, or smartphone. One of the best things you can do — with appropriate hardware, firmware, and/or software — is to speed up your system by overclocking it.

02-08-2012
What Is Overclocking, And How It Can Help Your PC, Tablet, & Phone [MakeUseOf Explains]
4 Drop-Dead Gorgeous GNOME Themes

Linux

4 Drop-Dead Gorgeous GNOME Themes

As an avid Linux user I know quite well how customizable my desktop really is. Whether it comes to the desktop shell, or the window borders, or the menu colors, or even the icon theme, all of it can usually be changed pretty easily. I’ve also gone over plenty of Gnome Shell themes, such as Faience or Alternative. But when it comes to overall themes, usually known as Gnome or GTK themes, there aren’t nearly as many that are covered. So, we’re about to fix that.

30-07-2012
4 Drop-Dead Gorgeous GNOME Themes
3 Best Sites To Look For Simple Desktop Wallpapers

Internet

3 Best Sites To Look For Simple Desktop Wallpapers

When it comes to the look and feel of your desktop, the wallpaper plays a big part. You’ll probably be staring at your wallpaper whenever you’re not surfing around in your browser, and since your desktop is basically your computer’s symbolic home, you should make it feel like a home. So where can you get them? Here’s my top three places I visit whenever I’m in the need for a new wallpaper.

26-07-2012
3 Best Sites To Look For Simple Desktop Wallpapers
Where Math Meets Beauty: Generate Stunning Fractals With These Free Tools

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Where Math Meets Beauty: Generate Stunning Fractals With These Free Tools

If you’ve ever seen fractals and their near-infinite zoom capabilities, you might as well stare at them all day long because of how interesting they can be. It’d be great to have some fractal viewers in hand so that you can explore their unique worlds whenever you wish. Even better, there are some very good tools out there which are also free, so why waste the opportunity?

21-07-2012
Where Math Meets Beauty: Generate Stunning Fractals With These Free Tools
4 Free and Excellent Tools for Editing CSS Code

Internet

4 Free and Excellent Tools for Editing CSS Code

Websites are wondrous tools which convey all sorts of information and ideas. They have evolved quite a lot in merely 10 to 15 years, and they are now expected to be top-notch and beautifully designed. Of course, there are technologies that help us achieve this – hence the evolution – with CSS being the one mainly responsible for design and other aesthetic aspects of your site.

19-07-2012
4 Free and Excellent Tools for Editing CSS Code
Wireless Alphabet Soup Explained: What Is 4G, 3G, LTE, & More [MakeUseOf Explains]

Technology Explained

Wireless Alphabet Soup Explained: What Is 4G, 3G, LTE, & More [MakeUseOf Explains]

We just absolutely love acronyms, don’t we? So much so that we use them literally everywhere to have a shorter way to name something. Whether it’s an official acronym such as USB or something unofficial like FB, there’s simply way too many for us to remember. Additionally, there are a good number of acronyms which have multiple meanings, all depending on the context you’re using them in.

16-07-2012
Wireless Alphabet Soup Explained: What Is 4G, 3G, LTE, & More [MakeUseOf Explains]
Create Your Very Own Operating System With Linux From Scratch [Linux]

Linux

Create Your Very Own Operating System With Linux From Scratch [Linux]

Do you know how customizable Linux really is? Well you should if you’ve even heard of Linux or dabbled in it a bit. If not, try taking a look at a list of over 1,000 different Linux distributions currently available. All of them try to cater to your exact needs and tastes, so a reasonable mind would think that there’d have to be a distribution out there with which you’ll find the perfect companion.

14-07-2012
Create Your Very Own Operating System With Linux From Scratch [Linux]
Which Android Smartphone Is The Easiest To Hack And Modify?

Android

Which Android Smartphone Is The Easiest To Hack And Modify?

Android phones are very tweakable and customizable, even in their stock form without any “hacks”. But for some of us, we don’t care if they’re customizable right when we get them, but instead we want to unlock their complete power to do everything we want them to.

12-07-2012
Which Android Smartphone Is The Easiest To Hack And Modify?