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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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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]
Alarm Clock Ultra: The Best Clock App for Your Android Phone

Android

Alarm Clock Ultra: The Best Clock App for Your Android Phone

Sometimes, the regular clock apps that come with Android just aren’t enough. They’re fine for simple things, and features like Smart Alarm make them decent, but that’s all it can do. In any case, if you’re not happy with the stock alarm clock, there’s only one thing you can do – get a new one. However, there are plenty of alarm clocks out there. So what’s the best one?

21-05-2012
Alarm Clock Ultra: The Best Clock App for Your Android Phone
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
3 Websites To Get Started With Learning C++ Programming Language

Internet

3 Websites To Get Started With Learning C++ Programming Language

Learning to program can be difficult for many, even with relatively easy programming languages. While Java is easier to get started with (where we have numerous articles here at MakeUseOf for Java as well as Internet scripting languages and deciding which one to learn), C++ may not be. Those with some programming experience however will find learning C++ less difficult than beginners.

02-04-2012
3 Websites To Get Started With Learning C++ Programming Language
Get A New Desktop Look With The Hope Theme [Linux]

Linux

Get A New Desktop Look With The Hope Theme [Linux]

I simply love how customizable Linux really is. You can transform just about anything and get a completely different desktop while still running Linux. For a fanboy like me, it’s a thing of beauty. Speaking of beauty, there are so many different Gnome Shell themes and GTK themes in existence, that it’s downright awesome. One of those themes is called Hope.

31-03-2012
Get A New Desktop Look With The Hope Theme [Linux]
PageEdit: A Real-Time WYSIWYG Page Editor [Chrome]

Browsers

PageEdit: A Real-Time WYSIWYG Page Editor [Chrome]

People who use Chrome or Firefox for web development purposes know that there are some very good tools available for each browser that make developing pages a whole lot easier. From Firefox’s Firebug extension, to Chrome’s built-in web development tools, developers can quickly and easily edit the code they see on a page and have the changes appear instantly, allowing them to determine what works and what doesn’t.

26-03-2012
PageEdit: A Real-Time WYSIWYG Page Editor [Chrome]
Linux Mint Debian Edition: Your Perfect Flavor Of Linux That You’ll Never Have To Reinstall

Linux

Linux Mint Debian Edition: Your Perfect Flavor Of Linux That You’ll Never Have To Reinstall

During recent years, many people have touted the ease of use that comes with Linux Mint compared to virtually all other distributions. As such, Linux Mint is now one of the most popular distributions out there, and almost as popular (or in some terms more popular) than Ubuntu. With so many users, the Mint developers have been experimenting with a version of Linux Mint based on Debian direct.

24-03-2012
Linux Mint Debian Edition: Your Perfect Flavor Of Linux That You’ll Never Have To Reinstall
4 Reasons Why Wireless Internet Is the Future

Internet

4 Reasons Why Wireless Internet Is the Future

Before the era of smartphones, we’ve always been used to getting our internet from good old cables, whether it be phone lines, broadband cable, or DSL. While those were pretty good options when they first came out (and they’re still decent today, except dial-up), we’re starting to go toward a more wireless world.

22-03-2012
4 Reasons Why Wireless Internet Is the Future
Why More Cores Will Beat Better Cores [Opinion]

Technology Explained

Why More Cores Will Beat Better Cores [Opinion]

There’s absolutely no doubt that competition between chip makers is steadily increasing not only for PC processors but for mobile and other-purpose processors as well. The big five that need to be mentioned are Intel, AMD, nVidia, Qualcomm, and Apple. All these companies have different takes on how to evolve their processors, which will make it interesting to see whose strategy will allow them to rise to the top.

19-03-2012
Why More Cores Will Beat Better Cores [Opinion]
5 Ways To Make Linux Boot Faster

Internet

5 Ways To Make Linux Boot Faster

Linux users are quite proud of the fact that Linux is pretty darn fast when compared to other operating systems. Not only that, but Linux doesn’t seem to suffer much of the same “bogging down” effect that Windows gets when you have hundreds of applications installed on the system. However, the speed addicts who use Linux always need to find new ways to make their system go even faster.

17-03-2012
5 Ways To Make Linux Boot Faster
FlightGear 2.6: Your Free, Open Source Flight Simulator Got Even Better [Cross Platform]

Linux Mac

FlightGear 2.6: Your Free, Open Source Flight Simulator Got Even Better [Cross Platform]

As a kid, I’ve always loved to play with flight simulators. I still do today, except the ones we get to enjoy today are way more advanced than what I got to play with about 13 years ago (although the same applies to all games). While today’s flight simulators are much more advanced, they also carry a price tag which not everyone may want to pay. So what’s the best free flight simulator known to man? FlightGear of course!

12-03-2012
FlightGear 2.6: Your Free, Open Source Flight Simulator Got Even Better [Cross Platform]
4 Reasons Why You Should Upgrade to Windows 8

Windows

4 Reasons Why You Should Upgrade to Windows 8

In case you haven’t heard yet, Windows 8 is slowly getting more and more media attention as it nears completion. Recently Windows 8 has been getting a massive amount of coverage since the release of its Consumer Preview, and it’s been pretty good. Here is why I think you should upgrade to Windows 8 rather than skipping this release in favor of what will become Windows 9.

10-03-2012
4 Reasons Why You Should Upgrade to Windows 8
Follow Your Favorite Teams With Score Alarm [Android 2.2+ & iOS]

Android iPhone and iPad

Follow Your Favorite Teams With Score Alarm [Android 2.2+ & iOS]

You have to admit, some of us are die-hard sports fans. Nothing is wrong with this, and there are plenty of tools to help out with your sports cravings. However, not all apps are easy to use, and others are plainly not worth your time. So what app is? Give Score Alarm a shot.

08-03-2012
Follow Your Favorite Teams With Score Alarm [Android 2.2+ & iOS]