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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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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
14 Most Popular YouTube Pranks You Can Play on Your Friends

Internet

14 Most Popular YouTube Pranks You Can Play on Your Friends

Don’t you just love playing pranks on other people? I sure do, as long as I know that it won’t result in the other person(s) wanting to kill me. Keeping things funny helps build connections with friends (please, be sensible about what’s over the top), maintains a less-serious atmosphere, and simply makes everyone laugh. After all, we all know that laughter is the best medicine out there.

26-09-2011
14 Most Popular YouTube Pranks You Can Play on Your Friends
10 Hilarious & Weird Personas Like Charlie Sheen on Twitter

Internet

10 Hilarious & Weird Personas Like Charlie Sheen on Twitter

We all know that with the millions of users that are on Twitter, there are bound to be some pretty interesting accounts to follow. In fact, there are way too many that should be mentioned as worthy of your time, but sadly that number has to be cut down dramatically for the purposes of this post. Here’s 10 of them that you should consider following.

24-09-2011
10 Hilarious & Weird Personas Like Charlie Sheen on Twitter
3 Open Source Web Analytics Tools If You’re Not A Google Analytics Fan

Internet

3 Open Source Web Analytics Tools If You’re Not A Google Analytics Fan

If you operate your own website, analytic software can be crucial in order to track exactly how well your site is doing. Without this software, you can do whatever you want with your site, but you will never know if it is getting more visitors, aside from the amount of comments. When you look at the possible options you have for analytic software, the most popular choice is Google Analytics.

17-09-2011
3 Open Source Web Analytics Tools If You’re Not A Google Analytics Fan
Defraggler: Better Defragmentation Software For Windows

Windows

Defraggler: Better Defragmentation Software For Windows

Alternative defragmentation tools have been mentioned for years and years now, as most people deem the default defragmenter that comes with Windows to be insufficient. There are plenty of different solutions that try to out-do each other, some free and some paid. However, you can’t just pick any free solution. You need to know which ones actually make a difference on your system.

12-09-2011
Defraggler: Better Defragmentation Software For Windows
Should You Get A Solid State Drive (SSD)? [Opinion]

Product Reviews

Should You Get A Solid State Drive (SSD)? [Opinion]

If you’ve kept up with some of the latest news about new computer parts, you may have heard about SSDs, or solid state drives. They are designed to replace your clunky, slow hard drive and give your system a major performance boost. However, some people have experienced some hiccups by using these new pieces of technology, including usage and price. Here we’re going to discuss the exact pros and cons of owning a solid state drive and whether such an investment would be right for you.

10-09-2011
Should You Get A Solid State Drive (SSD)? [Opinion]
Faience: One Of The Best Gnome Shell Themes Yet [Linux]

Linux

Faience: One Of The Best Gnome Shell Themes Yet [Linux]

You have to admit that Gnome Shell does look elegant, even if you completely hate it for how it works. Some people even say that Gnome Shell practically breaks every ergonomics rule in the book, but others seem to enjoy it. Currently I myself find it most useful on my netbook, and I like what the developers have done to try to put some new life into the boring old desktop.

08-09-2011
Faience: One Of The Best Gnome Shell Themes Yet [Linux]
5 Different uTorrent Add-Ons You Should Try Out

Windows Linux

5 Different uTorrent Add-Ons You Should Try Out

The most popular torrent client, uTorrent, has been getting a lot of extra effort put into it to simplify its use while expanding its feature set. I must say that the uTorrent developers have done an excellent job to do all of this while still keeping the program lightweight. One of the newer features that you’ll find is called add-ons.

03-09-2011
5 Different uTorrent Add-Ons You Should Try Out
The Difference Between Windows Full Format & Quick Format [Technology Explained]

Windows

The Difference Between Windows Full Format & Quick Format [Technology Explained]

When installing Windows, the installer will ask you a strange question – how do you want to format your hard drive? For Windows systems, there are only a few possible answer choices. You either format it in NTFS or FAT, or you format it in NTFS or FAT (quick). Have you ever stopped to wonder what the difference actually is between a full and quick format?

01-09-2011
The Difference Between Windows Full Format & Quick Format [Technology Explained]
Enjoy Browsing Improvements With Firefox 6

Browsers

Enjoy Browsing Improvements With Firefox 6

Yet another couple months have passed (or weeks, depending on how you count), and Mozilla has released the next version of its flagship product, Firefox 6. Even though Firefox’s release schedule has been cranked up, that doesn’t mean there are virtually no changes with each new release. Here we’ll find out what did change and why you should update.

27-08-2011
Enjoy Browsing Improvements With Firefox 6
KMail – A Different Kind Of Email Client For KDE [Linux]

Linux

KMail – A Different Kind Of Email Client For KDE [Linux]

People use various tools to manage their email, the two most popular being the Gmail website and the Thunderbird desktop app. However, today we’ll be looking at a top KDE choice that has plenty to offer for those of you who crave some power and control over their applications. It’s called KMail.

25-08-2011
KMail – A Different Kind Of Email Client For KDE [Linux]
5 Reasons Why Intel Is Being Pushed Against The Wall By AMD

Web Culture

5 Reasons Why Intel Is Being Pushed Against The Wall By AMD

Over the years, Intel and AMD have been in quite a battle to bring out the best processors. Eventually a point came where you didn’t hear all too much about what AMD was up to, while Intel was rolling out all of its latest processors. However, AMD’s “quiet time” was very well used, as they are now releasing their newest APUs to reignite the battle with Intel.

22-08-2011
5 Reasons Why Intel Is Being Pushed Against The Wall By AMD
guiminer – An Extensive Tool For Bitcoin Mining

Windows

guiminer – An Extensive Tool For Bitcoin Mining

As of late there’s been a been a great buzz going around about Bitcoin, the latest P2P digital currency. One of the main activities of getting Bitcoins is through a process called mining. No need to fear, though, because there’s a great program that comes with a GUI that does all the dirty work!

20-08-2011
guiminer – An Extensive Tool For Bitcoin Mining
Enjoy A Clean, Improved Desktop With KDE 4.7 [Linux]

Linux

Enjoy A Clean, Improved Desktop With KDE 4.7 [Linux]

One of Linux’s most popular desktop environments, KDE, released their latest series (version 4.7) at the end of July. This version improves on work done in previous releases by adding new features while improving performance and stability. However, this new version does not provide a drastic change such as GNOME 3 as most changes are under the hood.

18-08-2011
Enjoy A Clean, Improved Desktop With KDE 4.7 [Linux]