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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 Install CyanogenMod On Your Android Device

Android

How To Install CyanogenMod On Your Android Device

A lot of people can agree that the Android operating system is pretty awesome. Not only is it great to use, but it’s also free as in open source, so that it can be modified by anyone. This is why custom ROMs, like CyanogenMod, can exist. But how the heck can you install those ROMs onto your device? This requires a couple of steps, so read carefully!

05-03-2012
How To Install CyanogenMod On Your Android Device
Gain More Control Of Your Ubuntu System With Ubuntu Tweak [Linux]

Linux

Gain More Control Of Your Ubuntu System With Ubuntu Tweak [Linux]

The popular Linux distribution is fun to mess with and work on, no matter what kind of user you are. However, you may be interested in controlling your system even more to get the absolute most out of it. Terminals have usually been the way to go for things like this, but on Ubuntu you have another choice: Ubuntu Tweak.

01-03-2012
Gain More Control Of Your Ubuntu System With Ubuntu Tweak [Linux]
Take Control Of Your Power Usage With Gnome Power Statistics [Linux]

Linux

Take Control Of Your Power Usage With Gnome Power Statistics [Linux]

For all of you who are conscious about your power usage, you probably tend to check over your power settings often to make sure that you’re being as energy-efficient as possible. This is even more the case with laptop and netbook users, who benefit from tight, energy-saving power rules to extend the amount of time they can run on battery power.

21-02-2012
Take Control Of Your Power Usage With Gnome Power Statistics [Linux]
Efficiently Manage Your Finances With GnuCash [Windows, Mac, Linux]

Windows Linux

Efficiently Manage Your Finances With GnuCash [Windows, Mac, Linux]

Admittedly, there are plenty of different software tools that help you manage your finances. However, a huge portion of those that are worthwhile cost money (sometimes a lot). The solution, obviously, would be to use a worthwhile tool that doesn’t cost any money. Usually the best way is to look for an open source alternative, which thankfully exists. Let me introduce you to GnuCash.

13-02-2012
Efficiently Manage Your Finances With GnuCash [Windows, Mac, Linux]
Waterfox: Your New & Speedy 64-bit Version of Firefox [Windows]

Windows Browsers

Waterfox: Your New & Speedy 64-bit Version of Firefox [Windows]

Today’s browsers are constantly trying to improve and beat their competition. This ranges from behind-the-scenes changes to improved speed or standards support, user interface changes for a cleaner look, or even the addition of entirely new features. However, the developers of all those browsers haven’t been very active (or successful) in one type of improvement that could potentially bring some massive results: going from 32-bit to 64-bit.

06-02-2012
Waterfox: Your New & Speedy 64-bit Version of Firefox [Windows]
Increase Your Resolution Beyond Monitor’s Limit With newrez [Linux]

Linux

Increase Your Resolution Beyond Monitor’s Limit With newrez [Linux]

I’m sure that you’ve come across a computer like this, especially a laptop or netbook. The screen is decently large, but the low resolution doesn’t seem to fit well with such a nice screen. Are you stuck with whatever the native resolution is? Apparently not, as there is a simple script that will take care of the problem and increase your resolution beyond what your system considers as normal!

04-02-2012
Increase Your Resolution Beyond Monitor’s Limit With newrez [Linux]
Make Switching From Windows To Linux Easier With Zorin OS

Linux

Make Switching From Windows To Linux Easier With Zorin OS

Linux is not hard to use or understand, but it simply doesn’t fit the Windows mindset that most people have. Expecting to do everything in Linux exactly like in Windows is where problems start appearing, which can easily deter a good number of users. Thankfully, there is now a Linux distribution that could make the process a whole lot easier.

02-02-2012
Make Switching From Windows To Linux Easier With Zorin OS
3 Reasons Why Gnome Shell Is Better Than Ubuntu’s Unity [Opinion]

Linux

3 Reasons Why Gnome Shell Is Better Than Ubuntu’s Unity [Opinion]

There’s absolutely no denying the fact that there has been a lot of bickering between people about which desktop environment is the best. The discussion has been expanded and refocused, from not just Gnome vs. KDE but now Gnome Shell vs. Unity, two desktop environments that are both dependent on the Gnome framework. However, Gnome Shell has finally started to build itself a place in my heart, while Unity has not.

28-01-2012
3 Reasons Why Gnome Shell Is Better Than Ubuntu’s Unity [Opinion]
Make Gnome Shell Look Like Android 4.0 With Ice Cream Shell Theme [Linux]

Linux

Make Gnome Shell Look Like Android 4.0 With Ice Cream Shell Theme [Linux]

Today, we’ll be covering a very nice theme that should easily find a special place in the heart of Android lovers. Yes, you guessed it, there’s a well-done theme of Android’s new 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich” release for Gnome Shell.

23-01-2012
Make Gnome Shell Look Like Android 4.0 With Ice Cream Shell Theme [Linux]
Encrypt Data Using The Right-Click Menu With Turbo-Secure [Linux]

Linux

Encrypt Data Using The Right-Click Menu With Turbo-Secure [Linux]

There are so many different ways of encrypting data, especially in Linux. My favorite method has always been using Truecrypt as it’s relatively easy to use and extremely effective. However, if you want to encrypt individual files, having to create a new container just for them might be a little impractical, especially when they aren’t similar files. Instead, there’s a nice little tool that will configure encryption options.

19-01-2012
Encrypt Data Using The Right-Click Menu With Turbo-Secure [Linux]
Fedora vs. openSUSE vs. CentOS: Which Distribution Should You Use? [Linux]

Linux

Fedora vs. openSUSE vs. CentOS: Which Distribution Should You Use? [Linux]

Not too long ago I wrote a similar article about the top three distributions of the Debian side in the Linux family (Debian, Ubuntu, and Linux Mint), but as a true Linux geek I would never want to forget the entire other side of the Linux family, probably best known as the “RPM family”.

14-01-2012
Fedora vs. openSUSE vs. CentOS: Which Distribution Should You Use? [Linux]
Scan Your System And Removable Media For Viruses With ClamTk [Linux]

Linux

Scan Your System And Removable Media For Viruses With ClamTk [Linux]

ClamAV may be even more popular on Linux, where it first began its life. In this article, we’ll be taking a look at the most popular client of ClamAV for Linux, known as ClamTk. ClamTk is an easy-to-use GUI for the ClamAV engine that should help you keep your Linux system virus free. ClamTk is available for most of the popular distributions such as Ubuntu and Fedora.

12-01-2012
Scan Your System And Removable Media For Viruses With ClamTk [Linux]
Protect Your System With Clam AntiVirus [Windows]

Windows

Protect Your System With Clam AntiVirus [Windows]

Some antivirus tools are indeed tricky to figure out and check whether they are as good as they claim, especially in comparison to other antivirus tools. Some say that they can remove viruses very well, but their detection rates are not what they ought to be. So how can you know that you’re choosing a good product to protect your system?

09-01-2012
Protect Your System With Clam AntiVirus [Windows]
Easily Create Screencast Videos With Kazam Screencaster [Linux]

Linux

Easily Create Screencast Videos With Kazam Screencaster [Linux]

What do you do if you want to make a video tutorial on Linux yourself? You’ve may have seen some people use their video camera to point to the monitor, but those look very unprofessional when compared to others that show only what the monitor shows, without the monitor acting as a border around the video. The tool for the job is a screencasting software. Kazam Screencaster is an easily available free screencasting tool that you can use on Linux.

07-01-2012
Easily Create Screencast Videos With Kazam Screencaster [Linux]
How To Encrypt Your Home Folder After Ubuntu Installation [Linux]

Linux

How To Encrypt Your Home Folder After Ubuntu Installation [Linux]

Imagine this: it’s a great day, you’re busy working on your computer at some event, and everything seems fine. After a while you get tired and decide to get something to eat and shut down your laptop. Although it’s not supposed to happen, someone steals it while you’re gone. At this point you freak out because your life information is on that machine.

29-12-2011
How To Encrypt Your Home Folder After Ubuntu Installation [Linux]
Get A Better Search Experience With Duck Duck Go

Internet

Get A Better Search Experience With Duck Duck Go

It seems that there are a couple of services and Linux distributions (such as Linux Mint) that are switching over to Duck Duck Go as their default search engine. So why the heck are they doing this? Isn’t Google a mile ahead of every other search engine? Well, not exactly. Let’s see why and decide for ourselves.

26-12-2011
Get A Better Search Experience With Duck Duck Go
Enjoy The Best In Linux With Linux Mint 12

Linux

Enjoy The Best In Linux With Linux Mint 12

Linux Mint has been quite a revolutionary distribution, gaining plenty of popularity. In fact, DistroWatch statistics suggest the Linux Mint is now the second most popular distribution in the world, behind Ubuntu (upon which it’s based) and in front of Fedora. Linux Mint has now released version 12 not long ago with plenty of improvements that aren’t found in other distributions. Let’s take a look.

24-12-2011
Enjoy The Best In Linux With Linux Mint 12
Easily Listen To Free Internet Radio Streams With Radio Tray [Linux]

Internet

Easily Listen To Free Internet Radio Streams With Radio Tray [Linux]

I don’t know about you, but I tend to listen to Internet radio streams quite a bit, enough to where I’ve got a subscription to one. It’s fairly easy to listen to them already, but it stinks that I have to use a full-fledged media player for it, especially when I move onto my netbook. Thankfully, there’s a little application for Linux that can solve this problem.

23-12-2011
Easily Listen To Free Internet Radio Streams With Radio Tray [Linux]
4 General Methods You Can Use To Detect Phishing Attacks

Internet

4 General Methods You Can Use To Detect Phishing Attacks

A “phish” is a term for a scam website that tries to look like a site that you know might well and visit often. The act of all these sites trying to steal your account information is called phishing. While it’s very easy to spot some sites as a phish, others aren’t nearly as easy. Here are four different methods you can use so that you don’t fall victim to phishing.

17-12-2011
4 General Methods You Can Use To Detect Phishing Attacks
Provide Remote Assistance And Host Meetings Using TeamViewer 7

Windows Linux

Provide Remote Assistance And Host Meetings Using TeamViewer 7

As the internet becomes more evolved, more tools pop up to help each other out and spread information. There are quite a few products out there that make long distance presentations easy, while others can give remote support. The newest version of TeamViewer starts to combine both of these functions into one package. Not only is it effective, but it is also free and cross-platform.

15-12-2011
Provide Remote Assistance And Host Meetings Using TeamViewer 7