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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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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

Internet

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?
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+]