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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 Edit And Improve Your Videos With vReveal [Windows]

Windows

How To Edit And Improve Your Videos With vReveal [Windows]

People have to come to know quite a few different video editing tools for various tasks. This includes everything from Windows Movie Maker, which used to be included with Windows by default but must now be installed manually. vReveal is a video editing tool that does much more than what Windows Movie Maker can for a single video clip. In fact, it is arguably easier to use than Windows Movie Maker as well.

10-12-2011
How To Edit And Improve Your Videos With vReveal [Windows]
How To Get Mac OS X’s “Natural Scrolling” In Ubuntu [Linux]

Linux

How To Get Mac OS X’s “Natural Scrolling” In Ubuntu [Linux]

In recent months, operating systems have been trying to reinvent how a person works with a computer, experimenting with ways that could lead to some positive results. However, getting some of the features in one operating system into another can be difficult sometimes. Thankfully, someone has made a little program to replicate Lion OSX’s “Natural Scrolling” feature for touchpads on Ubuntu.

08-12-2011
How To Get Mac OS X’s “Natural Scrolling” In Ubuntu [Linux]
AppTimer: Get Start Up Times for Benchmarking Purposes [Windows]

Windows

AppTimer: Get Start Up Times for Benchmarking Purposes [Windows]

Whether we do it as a hobby or just out of plain curiosity, benchmarking has become almost an art. People always try to find the best ways to benchmark a piece of software or hardware in order to increase the ease of replicating those results and to be more accurate. Although benchmarking has been criticized, it is still a good indicator of how powerful or fast something is.

05-12-2011
AppTimer: Get Start Up Times for Benchmarking Purposes [Windows]
Give Your Applications A Speed Boost with Process Prioritizer [Windows]

Windows

Give Your Applications A Speed Boost with Process Prioritizer [Windows]

Today’s computers have hardware that do some pretty astounding work. This is especially true when comparing today’s hardware with the hardware from 5+ years back. However, today’s workloads have also been increased alongside the power increase of hardware. In that respect, people have been trying to find ways to make applications run more efficiently on their machines in order to get maximum performance.

01-12-2011
Give Your Applications A Speed Boost with Process Prioritizer [Windows]
What Can I Do To Protect My PC Without Anti-Virus Software?

Internet

What Can I Do To Protect My PC Without Anti-Virus Software?

For plenty of users, getting and using anti-virus software can be a hassle for lots of different reasons. Not only can they be expensive, but they can be slow, difficult to control, and a major eyesore if the product happens to display its name everywhere you look. Whatever the reason may be, you might prefer to not have any antivirus software installed at all.

28-11-2011
What Can I Do To Protect My PC Without Anti-Virus Software?
2 Websites & 2 Apps That Can Help When Learning Java Programming

Internet

2 Websites & 2 Apps That Can Help When Learning Java Programming

There are plenty of people I know who’d like to know how to program, yet they’re confused by how to start and what the general ideas of programming are. In addition, there are a large number of programming languages to choose from, so choosing the right one to start out with may be a little difficult for the inexperienced programmer. This article will help you get started with a relatively easy to learn language.

26-11-2011
2 Websites & 2 Apps That Can Help When Learning Java Programming
Experience Minecraft for Free in Your Browser With Minecraft Classic

Gaming

Experience Minecraft for Free in Your Browser With Minecraft Classic

As far as Indie games go, Minecraft has been getting all of the buzz lately. Now with its official release behind us, you might be a little baffled at the price of $28 (although there are plenty of other games that dig a bigger hole in your wallet). Although the game is quite addictive, as I have bought it myself, those who’d rather save the money can still get a taste of what Minecraft has to offer.

24-11-2011
Experience Minecraft for Free in Your Browser With Minecraft Classic
7 Hidden Features Of Ubuntu 11.10 You Might Not Know Of

Linux

7 Hidden Features Of Ubuntu 11.10 You Might Not Know Of

As the latest version of Ubuntu was released, the team of developers have been hard at work adding some convenient features. However, some are more known than others, while others will surprise you when they pop up. Some aren’t even installed by default but can be very useful. So what are these features that can make a major difference?

19-11-2011
7 Hidden Features Of Ubuntu 11.10 You Might Not Know Of
Launch Your Applications In Style Using GNOME Pie [Linux]

Linux

Launch Your Applications In Style Using GNOME Pie [Linux]

Over the years, we’ve changed a lot about the way we try to launch our applications. Out of all the operating systems out there, Linux seems to be the experimental playground. A new, promising solution has appeared which already offers an effective way to launch your applications.

12-11-2011
Launch Your Applications In Style Using GNOME Pie [Linux]
XFCE: Your Lightweight, Speedy, Fully-Fledged Linux Desktop

Linux

XFCE: Your Lightweight, Speedy, Fully-Fledged Linux Desktop

As far as Linux goes, customization is king. Not only that, but the customization options are so great it might make your head spin. I have previously mentioned the differences between the major desktop environments available on Linux and then realized that we have only been talking extensively about two of the three desktop environments that I mentioned. So, without further ado, here’s your crash course on XFCE.

10-11-2011
XFCE: Your Lightweight, Speedy, Fully-Fledged Linux Desktop
What’s The Difference Between Linux Desktop Environments? [Technology Explained]

Linux

What’s The Difference Between Linux Desktop Environments? [Technology Explained]

If you’ve been introduced to the world of Linux, it probably didn’t take too long to notice that it doesn’t have a single “face”. Linux can sport all kinds of desktop environments, or none at all. That alone is one of the great benefits of Linux among many more. But while that’s impressive, it leaves a very important question for you to decide: What desktop environment should you choose?

07-11-2011
What’s The Difference Between Linux Desktop Environments? [Technology Explained]
How To Use KDE’s Netbook-Optimized Interface [Linux]

Linux

How To Use KDE’s Netbook-Optimized Interface [Linux]

One of the major benefits of the Linux desktop is the ability to customize literally every aspect of your computing experience. If you want an ultralight and speedy desktop, you’re covered. If you want a flashy, powerful desktop that you can show off to your friends, you’re covered. KDE has plenty of customization features but did you know it offers an optimized desktop interface for netbooks?

05-11-2011
How To Use KDE’s Netbook-Optimized Interface [Linux]
4 Methods to Create & Edit PDF Files for Free

Internet

4 Methods to Create & Edit PDF Files for Free

Out of all the common file types found in our computing world, PDF is probably one of the most restrictive ones, while at the same time being available for everyone to use (primarily to read). Indeed, the world of PDF reading is full of sunshine and rainbows, but once you want to create your own PDFs it seems as if you’ll be leaving with an empty wallet – if anything.

03-11-2011
4 Methods to Create & Edit PDF Files for Free
Midori: One Of The Most Lightweight Browsers Around [Linux & Windows]

Windows Linux

Midori: One Of The Most Lightweight Browsers Around [Linux & Windows]

We’ve had browser wars back when Netscape was still the king. Today, it’s Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and Opera all battling it out to see who’s top dog. However, sometimes we forget that there are still some other browsers than the Big 5. Today, we’ll be looking at one of the fastest and most lightweight browsers outside of the Big 5.

31-10-2011
Midori: One Of The Most Lightweight Browsers Around [Linux & Windows]
How To Upgrade Fedora Linux Easily

Linux

How To Upgrade Fedora Linux Easily

While one of our MakeUseOf authors wrote a great guide on upgrading Ubuntu to the latest version (which can be found here), we haven’t offered one that helped users upgrade their Fedora installation to the latest and greatest. Considering some of the features that have been coming out in recent Fedora releases (such as GNOME 3 for Fedora 15, GRUB 2 for Fedora 16, and possibly Btrfs for Fedora 17), upgrading will give you plenty of benefits. So, how exactly do we do this?

29-10-2011
How To Upgrade Fedora Linux Easily
How To Control WordPress Versions Using Subversion [Linux]

Wordpress & Web Development

How To Control WordPress Versions Using Subversion [Linux]

Most of you probably already know that WordPress powers a large amount of websites that we look at every day. With the large userbase and support, you can do a lot of cool things with it. While WordPress even offers one-click upgrades to the latest WP versions, some people simply can’t use it because their server doesn’t support it.

27-10-2011
How To Control WordPress Versions Using Subversion [Linux]
How To Set Up An Apache Web Server In 3 Easy Steps

Linux

How To Set Up An Apache Web Server In 3 Easy Steps

Whatever the reason is, you may at some point want to get a web server going. Whether you want to give yourself remote access to certain pages or services, you want to get a community group going, or anything else, you’ll need to have the right software installed and configured for that to happen. So how exactly can you do that? It’s actually quite simple.

22-10-2011
How To Set Up An Apache Web Server In 3 Easy Steps
How To Install Java On Fedora [Linux]

Linux

How To Install Java On Fedora [Linux]

Under Linux, there are two different implementations of Java that are available for use. Ubuntu and Arch let you easily install either implementation, while Fedora users will have a slightly tougher time (at least when it comes to installing Oracle Java). This article should clear up any of the confusion on how to get it working, including some tips and tricks I discovered for 64-bit users.

20-10-2011
How To Install Java On Fedora [Linux]
Prevent Your Hard Drives From Going To Sleep With KeepAliveHD

Windows

Prevent Your Hard Drives From Going To Sleep With KeepAliveHD

This must have happened to you often enough: while working on something from your hard drive (no matter if internal or external), the system eventually puts it into a “sleep mode” where it’ll take a while to wake up again before it’ll finally be able to do what you actually want it to do. This problem is now solved thanks to an open source developer who had a simple idea that honestly works quite well.

17-10-2011
Prevent Your Hard Drives From Going To Sleep With KeepAliveHD
Linux Just Got Better With The Fedora 16 Beta Distribution

Linux

Linux Just Got Better With The Fedora 16 Beta Distribution

Linux distributions have been improving by leaps and bounds, and those improvements are becoming visible in the latest beta releases. Fedora, one of the flagship distributions carrying GNOME 3, is no different and should have plenty of new features to make your mouth water. As Fedora 16 is currently in beta, it still has plenty of bugs.

13-10-2011
Linux Just Got Better With The Fedora 16 Beta Distribution
How To Reformat Your FAT32 Drive To NTFS – And The Advantages Of Doing It

Windows

How To Reformat Your FAT32 Drive To NTFS – And The Advantages Of Doing It

You may not know it, but choosing the right filesystem for your drives is actually pretty important. Although the main idea of all filesystems is the same, there are many advantages and disadvantages over each one. While there are many more filesystems out there, we’ll be looking at the most popular two, FAT32 and NTFS.

10-10-2011
How To Reformat Your FAT32 Drive To NTFS – And The Advantages Of Doing It
Optimize Your System To Run At Its Best With CCleaner

Windows

Optimize Your System To Run At Its Best With CCleaner

Over the last two years, CCleaner has changed quite a bit in terms of version numbers…up now to version 3.10 at the time of this writing. While visually the program actually hasn’t changed much (it’s good, why break something that’s not broken?), a lot of additional features have been included behind-the-scenes to make it more functional than ever.

06-10-2011
Optimize Your System To Run At Its Best With CCleaner
4 Windows Applications That Originated On Linux

Windows

4 Windows Applications That Originated On Linux

We all know that, as the most widely used operating system, Windows has the largest collection of software. But not every successful piece of software started out in the Windows world. In fact there are quite a few examples, both well known and lesser known, that have made their way from Linux to Windows after a large amount of adoption. Curious as to what they are? Let’s find out.

03-10-2011
4 Windows Applications That Originated On Linux