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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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Play & Manage Your Music Collection With Rhythmbox [Linux]

Linux

Play & Manage Your Music Collection With Rhythmbox [Linux]

Music is a way of life for a lot of people, and their music collections often reflect that to a massive degree. We all enjoy our music, and should be able to keep tabs with what music we have. This requires a good program that can easily organize our music so that perfect song is only a short distance away. Whatever your needs may be, it’d be ideal to take care of it all using just one program.

13-09-2012
Play & Manage Your Music Collection With Rhythmbox [Linux]
Access Facebook From The Linux Command Line

Linux

Access Facebook From The Linux Command Line

Virtually everyone, especially in first world countries, is on Facebook. Friends, events, pictures, and plenty more are all commonly found on Facebook unlike any other location. However, an ultimate geek may not want to use Facebook like everyone else — namely via their website. Instead, the most geeky way to access the social network is to use the command line.

10-09-2012
Access Facebook From The Linux Command Line
Have Fun Taking Photos With Cheese Photo Booth [Linux]

Linux

Have Fun Taking Photos With Cheese Photo Booth [Linux]

Taking pictures is always a great way to keep memories, wherever you are. They’re also a fantastic way to spend some time and bond with friends and family. However, taking ordinary pictures with a camera or webcam can get pretty boring after a while. Mac OS X’s photo booth program can get pretty interesting with all of the possible effects that you can select, but what about Linux? Thankfully there’s a fairly popular application which gets the job done.

06-09-2012
Have Fun Taking Photos With Cheese Photo Booth [Linux]
Organize Firefox With These Superb Tab Management Tools

Browsers

Organize Firefox With These Superb Tab Management Tools

Multiple tabs are a common reality to modern web browsing. It doesn’t take long at all before you have a good number of tabs open, and that’s natural. However, despite the great convenience that tabs bring us, it’s not always easy to sift through them, especially when we start reaching 20 tabs or more. Therefore, there are tons of extensions which can help you tackle those tabs with ease.

03-09-2012
Organize Firefox With These Superb Tab Management Tools
What Is A Processor Core? [MakeUseOf Explains]

Technology Explained

What Is A Processor Core? [MakeUseOf Explains]

Every computer has a processor, whether it’s a small efficiency pro or a large performance powerhouse, or else it wouldn’t be able to function. Of course, the processor, also called the CPU or Central Processing Unit, is an important part of a functioning system, but it isn’t the only one. Today’s processors are almost all at least dual-core, meaning that the entire processor itself contains two separate cores with which it can process information. But what are processor cores, and what exactly do they do?

01-09-2012
What Is A Processor Core? [MakeUseOf Explains]
Which Is More Secure, A Password Or a Pattern Lock?

Android

Which Is More Secure, A Password Or a Pattern Lock?

Our smartphones carry a lot of personal information. All of your text messages, emails, notes, apps, app data, music, pictures, and so much more are all on there. While it’s a very great convenience to have all of these on your phone, it’s also a major security risk if all of this data is easily accessible. The best way to prevent simple unauthorized access is by setting some sort of lock on your phone. Two popular choices, especially on Android phones, are passwords and pattern locks. However, which one is the most secure to use? In order to answer that, we’ll have to use our brains and some math.

30-08-2012
Which Is More Secure, A Password Or a Pattern Lock?
Top Reasons Your New Game Won’t Run On Your PC

Gaming

Top Reasons Your New Game Won’t Run On Your PC

Even as a casual computer user, it’s absolute devastation if a piece of software you bought doesn’t work on your system. While programs which help you get work done will most likely work as they have relatively few requirements, the same cannot be said for games. Yes, games aren’t nearly as important as software you may need for work, but you’ll still feel the same frustration.

27-08-2012
Top Reasons Your New Game Won’t Run On Your PC
What’s A Sandbox, And Why Should You Be Playing in One

Web Culture

What’s A Sandbox, And Why Should You Be Playing in One

Highly-connective programs can do a lot, but they’re also an open invitation for bad hackers to strike. To prevent strikes from becoming successful, a developer would have to spot and close every single hole in their code, which simply isn’t possible. Instead, developers have to take that fact and plan their code with that in mind. The most common and effective solution: a sandbox.

25-08-2012
What’s A Sandbox, And Why Should You Be Playing in One
LastPass Premium: Treat Yourself To The Best Password Management Ever [Rewards]

Browsers

LastPass Premium: Treat Yourself To The Best Password Management Ever [Rewards]

If you’ve never heard of LastPass, I’m sorry to say that you have been living under a rock. However, you are reading this article, so you’ve already made a step in the right direction. LastPass is one of the best password managers currently available, and it’s basic feature set is pretty hefty, and should be enough for a lot of people. But if you love it so much (like most people do), then it’s worth going straight for the Premium version of the service

23-08-2012
LastPass Premium: Treat Yourself To The Best Password Management Ever [Rewards]
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
Ext4 vs. Btrfs: Why We’re Making The Switch [Linux]

Linux

Ext4 vs. Btrfs: Why We’re Making The Switch [Linux]

Quite honestly, one of the last things people look at is which file system is being used. Windows and Mac OS X users have even less reason to look, because they really have only one choice for their system – NTFS and HFS+, respectively. Linux, on the other hand, has plenty of different file system options, with the current default being ext4. However, there’s been another push to change the file system to something called btrfs.

28-07-2012
Ext4 vs. Btrfs: Why We’re Making The Switch [Linux]