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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 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]
Access Your Evernote Data With The Open Source Client Nevernote

Linux

Access Your Evernote Data With The Open Source Client Nevernote

Linux users have long been used to the fact that a lot of online services that also offers its own optional client generally doesn’t have one for Linux. Instead, they have to use the service without the optional client. While using the service will still be very possible, the clients sometimes add a few nice little features that would make using the service be a tad bit easier and more enjoyable.

11-08-2011
Access Your Evernote Data With The Open Source Client Nevernote
How To Learn To Speak Esperanto With Lernu

Internet

How To Learn To Speak Esperanto With Lernu

At some point or another, you may have thought about or had to learn a language. What if I told you that if you’ve ever been interested in Esperanto, there’s a website that can teach you for free? Esperanto is a constructed language that was created in the hopes that it would become an international auxiliary language. Find out more about it here.

06-08-2011
How To Learn To Speak Esperanto With Lernu
Marble – An Open Source Alternative To Google Earth [Linux]

Linux

Marble – An Open Source Alternative To Google Earth [Linux]

If you haven’t tried out Google Earth, you may be missing out. But it can sometimes be a resource hog. Additionally, Google Earth is made by, well, Google, which might lead some people to automatically boycott it. In any case, even though there is a Linux version, there’s also a decent open source alternative that users can try as well.

04-08-2011
Marble – An Open Source Alternative To Google Earth [Linux]
Urban Terror: A Hollywood-Style First Person Shooter

Gaming

Urban Terror: A Hollywood-Style First Person Shooter

We all know that there is no shortage of first person shooters, so we have to make our choice of which ones we want to play. We’ve been accustomed to the fact that most first person shooters have a price, and run on either Windows or a game console. With Urban Terror, we break away from the stereotype.

23-07-2011
Urban Terror: A Hollywood-Style First Person Shooter
Make Use Of KDE’s Desktop Features: Activities, Widgets & Dashboard [Linux]

Linux

Make Use Of KDE’s Desktop Features: Activities, Widgets & Dashboard [Linux]

It hasn’t been too long ago (since the beginning of this month, in fact) that I switched from using a GNOME desktop to a KDE desktop for my Linux system. Now, I’m not trying to start a flame war or anything, but I’ve personally found KDE to be better because, for me, it is more intuitive, has very nice eye-appeal, and comes with lots of options built-in.

21-07-2011
Make Use Of KDE’s Desktop Features: Activities, Widgets & Dashboard [Linux]