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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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IPv6 vs. IPv4 : Should You Care (Or Do Anything) As A User? [MakeUseOf Explains]

Web Culture

IPv6 vs. IPv4 : Should You Care (Or Do Anything) As A User? [MakeUseOf Explains]

More recently, there’s been a lot of talk about switching to IPv6 and how it will bring a lot of benefits to the Internet. But, this “news” keeps repeating itself, as there’s always an occasional post which tries to push the Internet to the IPv6 protocol. Why is this theme recurring, you ask? Primarily because the transition to the new protocol is very slow. However, does it really matter to you whether the transition is going slowly or not? Should you even care?

07-07-2012
IPv6 vs. IPv4 : Should You Care (Or Do Anything) As A User? [MakeUseOf Explains]
Smartphone Specs For Dummies: What Should You Look For?

Technology Explained

Smartphone Specs For Dummies: What Should You Look For?

More and more people are owning smartphones as they are becoming more capable of handling all our possible needs. Today’s smartphones have as much processing power as full desktop computers less than a decade ago, and that power is still increasing with the rise of the first quad-core CPUs for smartphones. However, if you’ve lived on this planet long enough you’ll know that marketing techniques for new phones can’t be trusted 100%.

05-07-2012
Smartphone Specs For Dummies: What Should You Look For?
Train Your Brain & Stay Sharp With gbrainy [Linux]

Linux

Train Your Brain & Stay Sharp With gbrainy [Linux]

In today’s highly competitive world, people are constantly looking for ways to make their minds sharper in order to gain an advantage. Others may also want to keep their minds in good shape as they age. Whatever your reason may be, finding programs which can fulfill that role may sometimes be a little difficult. Linux users have nothing to worry about, however.

30-06-2012
Train Your Brain & Stay Sharp With gbrainy [Linux]
Add The Perfect Personal Touch With Tattoo Droid [Android 2.1+]

Android

Add The Perfect Personal Touch With Tattoo Droid [Android 2.1+]

Remember those times where you felt so rebellious that you absolutely had to have a tattoo? Maybe you still feel that way if you didn’t get one right then. Also, maybe you just want to stand out and personalize stuff around you. If you have an Android device, there are plenty of opportunities to personalize your phone. All it takes is the right tool.

25-06-2012
Add The Perfect Personal Touch With Tattoo Droid [Android 2.1+]
Linux Mint 13 “Maya”: A Very Stable Release With Long-Term Support

Linux

Linux Mint 13 “Maya”: A Very Stable Release With Long-Term Support

The “Linux release season” is starting to come to an end as the last few major distributions are coming out with their latest release, most notably Linux Mint. This time around the Linux Mint developers have released version 13, codenamed “Maya”. As far as major releases go, Linux Mint 13 is a very solid update that rides on Ubuntu 12.04’s LTS (long-term support) status.

16-06-2012
Linux Mint 13 “Maya”: A Very Stable Release With Long-Term Support
A Review of MATE: Is It a True GNOME 2 Replica for Linux?

Linux

A Review of MATE: Is It a True GNOME 2 Replica for Linux?

The world of Linux desktop environments has dramatically changed since then. Gnome 3 was born, Gnome 2 was essentially thrown to the side, Gnome 3 was forked to create Cinnamon, and so on. However, Gnome 2 wasn’t completely thrown to the side, as it its code is now actively maintained in another project called MATE. Is it stable? Is the experience exactly as Gnome 2’s? Let’s find out!

14-06-2012
A Review of MATE: Is It a True GNOME 2 Replica for Linux?
How To Change Your Boot Screen In Linux

Linux

How To Change Your Boot Screen In Linux

I just love turning on my Linux system to be greeted by my awesome boot screen before I arrive at my desktop without even having time for a sip of coffee. You don’t feel the same way? Maybe you should change your boot screen to something you’ll actually like! Since Linux is so highly customizeable, you can do exactly that with just a few instructions.

11-06-2012
How To Change Your Boot Screen In Linux
Moborobo: The Best Tool To Manage Your Android Phone From Your Computer [Windows]

Windows Android

Moborobo: The Best Tool To Manage Your Android Phone From Your Computer [Windows]

Our Android devices have plenty of information on them that sometimes we’d like to transfer over to our computers so that we can manipulate that information, use it with our computer’s programs, or simply save as a backup location for your phone’s information. However, after all these years I’ve never really heard of any software that can do this.

04-06-2012
Moborobo: The Best Tool To Manage Your Android Phone From Your Computer [Windows]
Get Paid To Shop Smarter With Smoopa [Android 1.6+ & iOS]

Android iPhone and iPad

Get Paid To Shop Smarter With Smoopa [Android 1.6+ & iOS]

If you’re a frugal shopper or just someone who is conscious of the prices of the items you buy, you more than likely compare prices of items between stores. Others, on the other hand, don’t do it because it takes a lot of time and energy to check the prices of everything to find the best ones. It would be great, however, if there was a much easier way to find the best price for an item.

02-06-2012
Get Paid To Shop Smarter With Smoopa [Android 1.6+ & iOS]
Practice Your Foreign Language Pronunciation With Listen & Speak [Android 2.1+]

Android

Practice Your Foreign Language Pronunciation With Listen & Speak [Android 2.1+]

In our globalizing world, the ability to speak more than one language is one of the best things you can have. Whether your second language is English, Spanish, Chinese, German, Russian, Japanese, or anything else out there, you’re more marketable when you can speak more than just your mother tongue.

28-05-2012
Practice Your Foreign Language Pronunciation With Listen & Speak [Android 2.1+]
Enhance YouTube Features & Search Results With The YouWatch Extension [Opera]

Internet

Enhance YouTube Features & Search Results With The YouWatch Extension [Opera]

We all know that the world loves YouTube. Practically everyone who is on the Internet has been to YouTube or has at least heard of it. There are also plenty of browser extensions that add some good functionality to YouTube to make everyday YouTube usage a bit more comfortable. However, I found an Opera extension that adds some highly practical features that makes using YouTube better.

26-05-2012
Enhance YouTube Features & Search Results With The YouWatch Extension [Opera]
Will Linux Ever Experience The Year Of The Desktop? [Opinion]

Linux

Will Linux Ever Experience The Year Of The Desktop? [Opinion]

For quite a while now, Linux users have constantly been discussing whether the open source operating system will ever experience a “year of the desktop” where Linux’s desktop market share suddenly rises in relatively dramatic fashion. What are the actual chances of it happening, or can you even call it the “year of the desktop”?

17-05-2012
Will Linux Ever Experience The Year Of The Desktop? [Opinion]
3 Reasons Why You Might Want to Compile Your Own Kernel [Linux]

Linux

3 Reasons Why You Might Want to Compile Your Own Kernel [Linux]

Linux systems are so ridiculously flexible and configurable, it’s downright crazy. A huge part of why Linux is so flexible is because of its modular structure. Every single system component and program is split up into many different packages that can easily be removed, added, or replaced by something else. Absolutely no part of the operating system has an exception to that rule, including the Linux kernel itself.

12-05-2012
3 Reasons Why You Might Want to Compile Your Own Kernel [Linux]
Top 3 Websites To Check Whether Your Hardware Is Supported By Linux

Linux

Top 3 Websites To Check Whether Your Hardware Is Supported By Linux

No operating system will have support for every single piece of hardware out of the box, and it’s important to know which ones have that support. There’s always a driver for that piece of Windows hardware, but with Linux, you do not have that guarantee, so the overall hardware support is smaller. You can figure out, however, which pieces of hardware do have Linux support by checking hardware databases.

10-05-2012
Top 3 Websites To Check Whether Your Hardware Is Supported By Linux
5 Reasons Why You Should Update Your Kernel Often [Linux]

Linux

5 Reasons Why You Should Update Your Kernel Often [Linux]

If you’re using a Linux distribution like Ubuntu or Fedora, you’re also using the Linux kernel, the core that actually makes your distribution a Linux distribution. Your distribution constantly asks you to update your kernel. Why should you do this when it’s been running just fine?

07-05-2012
5 Reasons Why You Should Update Your Kernel Often [Linux]
Ubuntu One: An Unknown But Worthy Contender In Cloud Storage

Linux

Ubuntu One: An Unknown But Worthy Contender In Cloud Storage

Just a little over a week ago, a lot of news was made in the world of personal cloud storage, where Dropbox added more sharing features, SkyDrive introduced their new synchronization application for desktops, and Google Drive was unveiled. Soon after, plenty of new comparisons were made between the different services. However, despite the “Big Three” being the most discussed, there may be some worthy services that are being left out.

05-05-2012
Ubuntu One: An Unknown But Worthy Contender In Cloud Storage
Get Improved Spelling & Grammar Corrections With Ginger [Chrome & Firefox]

Browsers

Get Improved Spelling & Grammar Corrections With Ginger [Chrome & Firefox]

Whether you like to admit it or not, we all make heavy use of our computer’s spell checker. They save us from all sorts of typos and downright horrible spelling. Thankfully, more powerful software such as Microsoft Word also includes a decent grammar checker to make sure that your sentences also make sense, and aren’t just spelled right. Life is great until you come to the browser.

03-05-2012
Get Improved Spelling & Grammar Corrections With Ginger [Chrome & Firefox]
3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Install Lots Of Browser Extensions [Opinion]

Browsers

3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Install Lots Of Browser Extensions [Opinion]

We all love our browsers, and we all love the extensions that you can install with them. We love browser extensions because they allow us to do what we want our browser to do that it couldn’t do before. But, as you install more and more extensions that you find useful, you’ll soon start to encounter some consequences of doing so. Here’s 3 scenarios.

28-04-2012
3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Install Lots Of Browser Extensions [Opinion]
If You’re Still Using IE6 You Are A Problem [Opinion]

Windows

If You’re Still Using IE6 You Are A Problem [Opinion]

IE6 was the best of the best when it came freshly squeezed out of Microsoft’s software factory. Because of that it was able to achieve the record 95% browser market share at the height of IE’s reign. It could do things other browsers couldn’t, and it was right there in the operating system. The user didn’t have to do a thing. But that was then…

26-04-2012
If You’re Still Using IE6 You Are A Problem [Opinion]
The German Privacy Foundation Crypto Stick – How & Why It Is More Secure

Internet

The German Privacy Foundation Crypto Stick – How & Why It Is More Secure

New technologies are constantly being created in order to increase security, and many of those technologies eventually go away because of loopholes and other issues that are eventually discovered. No form of security is exempt from this, including any kind of security that involves transfer of communications. Or at least that’s what the status quo currently is.

23-04-2012
The German Privacy Foundation Crypto Stick – How & Why It Is More Secure
What Is The Difference Between A Good Hacker & A Bad Hacker? [Opinion]

Internet

What Is The Difference Between A Good Hacker & A Bad Hacker? [Opinion]

Every now and then, we hear something in the news about hackers taking down sites, exploit a multitude of programs, or threatening to wiggle their way into high-security areas where they shouldn’t belong. But, if you think about it, what actually constitutes being called a hacker? Are all hackers evil and out to get us?

16-04-2012
What Is The Difference Between A Good Hacker & A Bad Hacker? [Opinion]
How the Tor Project Can Help You Protect Your Own Online Privacy

Windows Linux

How the Tor Project Can Help You Protect Your Own Online Privacy

Privacy has been a constant issue with virtually all major sites that you visit today, especially those that handle personal information on a regular basis. However, while most security efforts are currently directed towards the secure transfer of information from your computer to the site’s servers, that doesn’t change the fact that there is a lot of data being transmitted that can be used to identify you.

05-04-2012
How the Tor Project Can Help You Protect Your Own Online Privacy