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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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5 Reasons Why You Should Make Your Own Server

DIY

5 Reasons Why You Should Make Your Own Server

You’ve probably heard at some point that servers aren’t only for those that have a lot of money. In fact, anyone who has a spare box sitting around somewhere in their house can have their very own server, slaving away at whatever whims you may have. Although it sounds very cool, it does take some effort and a little know-how to get it all set up.

21-01-2012
5 Reasons Why You Should Make Your Own Server
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

Linux Mac

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
What To Do If Your Computer Gets Infected By A Virus

Windows

What To Do If Your Computer Gets Infected By A Virus

Viruses are the scourge we are all afraid of. Let’s say that you followed all recommended safety tips to protect your computer and you still ended up getting infected, as you probably noticed once an antivirus tool you never installed suddenly tells you your computer is about to self-destruct. Well, that’s just great. What do you do now? There’s hope and solutions on offer. So, read on.

12-12-2011
What To Do If Your Computer Gets Infected By A Virus
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