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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 Make GNOME Applications Look Like KDE Applications With Oxygen-GTK [Linux]

Linux

How To Make GNOME Applications Look Like KDE Applications With Oxygen-GTK [Linux]

Are you someone who’d like to use KDE but still keep the GNOME apps? The integration of those GNOME apps (which rely on a theme engine known as GTK) with KDE’s appearance (where KDE uses a theme engine known as Qt) has never quite worked out. Now, a new project has started to try to finally bring the sides closer.

11-07-2011
How To Make GNOME Applications Look Like KDE Applications With Oxygen-GTK [Linux]
Quickly & Easily Manipulate HTML5’s Canvas Element With jCanvas

Internet

Quickly & Easily Manipulate HTML5’s Canvas Element With jCanvas

The web as we know it is evolving faster than ever before. As of late, HTML5 is coming into the scene, providing the capability of developing highly interactive web apps without the need for the proprietary Flash. Instead, all a user needs is a supported, modern web browser, and they’ll be able to enjoy the best of what the web has to offer.

09-07-2011
Quickly & Easily Manipulate HTML5’s Canvas Element With jCanvas
Sparkleshare – A Great Open Source Alternative To Dropbox [Linux & Mac]

Mac Linux

Sparkleshare – A Great Open Source Alternative To Dropbox [Linux & Mac]

There’s been quite a few problems that have risen about Dropbox in recent months that is making some people feel uncomfortable about using it and are seeking refuge by means of an alternative. There are plenty of other online storage services, such as Box.net, but it seems that there is no alternative that can compete with the benefits that Dropbox provides, namely file synchronization.

07-07-2011
Sparkleshare – A Great Open Source Alternative To Dropbox [Linux & Mac]
How To Install KDE Trunk On openSUSE [Linux]

Linux

How To Install KDE Trunk On openSUSE [Linux]

The open source world moves at a very fast pace, and although there are a lot of regular releases, the time between releases can already offer features that you may need. Using the trunk version of a piece of software (like the Linux kernel) will let you try out the very latest code that hasn’t officially been released yet.

04-07-2011
How To Install KDE Trunk On openSUSE [Linux]
How To Install Arch Linux On Your Computer [Part 1]

Linux

How To Install Arch Linux On Your Computer [Part 1]

During my couple of months here at MakeUseOf, I’ve mentioned Arch Linux (hereafter simply called “Arch”) a couple of times. However, Arch has never really been covered here, so people may still be a little bit confused as to the purpose of Arch, and more importantly, how to get it installed and running on their computer.

30-06-2011
How To Install Arch Linux On Your Computer [Part 1]
Giver – Still The Best Way to Send Files Across A Network [Linux]

Linux

Giver – Still The Best Way to Send Files Across A Network [Linux]

You know that, no matter what operating system you use, sharing files across a network can sometimes be a pain. Sadly, Linux isn’t always an exception in this category either, although for basic folder sharing some distributions make it easier. Having to set up a shared folder is even more painful when all you really want to do is send a file to a different computer, Giver still belongs to the list of top-notch programs.

25-06-2011
Giver – Still The Best Way to Send Files Across A Network [Linux]
How To Convert & Extract Audio From Video Files With Gnac [Linux]

Linux

How To Convert & Extract Audio From Video Files With Gnac [Linux]

At some point in your computer-using life, you may want to convert an audio file or extract audio from a video file. But it’s difficult to find the right program to do the job in Linux. However, Gnac does the job extremely well in a very simple uncluttered format. There aren’t many options to get confused by, and it does exactly what it’s supposed to do, in an easy-to-understand way.

23-06-2011
How To Convert & Extract Audio From Video Files With Gnac [Linux]
How To Encrypt Your Dropbox Data With ENCFS [Linux]

Linux

How To Encrypt Your Dropbox Data With ENCFS [Linux]

Dropbox is arguably one of the best online file sync tools around. However, if you’ve been skimming through the tech news lately, you’ll see that Dropbox is having some privacy issues as of late.Therefore, encrypting the files before they are sent to the Dropbox servers is the way to go in order to keep eyes away.

20-06-2011
How To Encrypt Your Dropbox Data With ENCFS [Linux]
Top 5 Gnome Shell Themes For You To Install [Linux]

Linux

Top 5 Gnome Shell Themes For You To Install [Linux]

Even since before Gnome Shell’s official release, people have been hard at work creating some interesting themes for the new desktop environment. Changing themes in Gnome Shell isn’t hard thanks to some nice configuration tools you can install. Thanks to releases such as Fedora 15, which has Gnome Shell by default, applying themes is quickly becoming a more desired action.

18-06-2011
Top 5 Gnome Shell Themes For You To Install [Linux]
Learn How To Write Programs In Java With Greenfoot

Windows Linux

Learn How To Write Programs In Java With Greenfoot

Greenfoot takes care of learning a programming language by providing a developing platform, meant for educational purposes, where users can quickly get started and get visual results back in the form of graphics. Greenfoot runs and uses Java for its programming language, which runs on virtually every operating system

13-06-2011
Learn How To Write Programs In Java With Greenfoot
Create Your Own Custom Linux Installation Disc With SUSE Studio

Linux

Create Your Own Custom Linux Installation Disc With SUSE Studio

We all know that Linux is very flexible, and you can do so many things with it. One of its advantages is that it can run on virtually any hardware. Linux is also extremely modular, so parts can be added and removed as you please. In fact, it is this ability that makes Linux a great pick for many users, no matter what environment. It is also this principle of modularity that allows SUSE Studio to exist.

11-06-2011
Create Your Own Custom Linux Installation Disc With SUSE Studio
How to Get Your Android Phone’s Notifications on Your Desktop With Android Notifier

Android

How to Get Your Android Phone’s Notifications on Your Desktop With Android Notifier

Our Android phones are capable of more and more every day, and all of those apps generate a lot of notifications. Some of those notifications are ones that you would like to see, even if you don’t have your phone right next to you while you’re working on a computer. However, there is a relatively new service that can detect the notifications on your phone, and show them on your computer desktop.

09-06-2011
How to Get Your Android Phone’s Notifications on Your Desktop With Android Notifier
How To Send Signed & Encrypted Email With Evolution [Linux]

Linux

How To Send Signed & Encrypted Email With Evolution [Linux]

In today’s technological world, sending encrypted messages between people has become an increasing standard. In order to secure your email communications, you need to sign and/or encrypt your emails. In Linux, this is an easy task to accomplish, thanks to the presence of an easy-to-use key-generation program and a capable email client. Evolution, the default email client for the GNOME desktop.

06-06-2011
How To Send Signed & Encrypted Email With Evolution [Linux]
Configure Your Gnome 3 Desktop With Gnome Tweak Tool

Linux

Configure Your Gnome 3 Desktop With Gnome Tweak Tool

There aren’t exactly a bazillion different customization options for just about anything, as GNOME 3/Shell is still relatively new. If you’re one of those people who can’t stand GNOME 3 as long as you cannot change a few more things than are allowed by default, here’s something that will make you think twice.

30-05-2011
Configure Your Gnome 3 Desktop With Gnome Tweak Tool
Fedora 15 – Bringing You The Latest In Linux

Linux

Fedora 15 – Bringing You The Latest In Linux

It’s another great day in the world of Linux. Fedora 15 was finally released yesterday, and this new release brings a massive amount of changes compared to Fedora 14. In fact, there’s so many changes that a lot of them can’t fit into this article. However, the major features that have changed are too important to leave out, that impact users in a very obvious way.

26-05-2011
Fedora 15 – Bringing You The Latest In Linux
Transform Windows 7 Into Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal with Ubuntu Skin Pack

Windows

Transform Windows 7 Into Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal with Ubuntu Skin Pack

There are a lot of advantages and disadvantages that each operating system has. One has the most compatibility with current software, one has the most polish, and one has both but isn’t as supported. This is especially true for systems like Ubuntu. Let’s say that you are a Windows user because all of your programs work with it, but you like how the new release of Ubuntu looks. What can you do about that?

19-05-2011
Transform Windows 7 Into Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal with Ubuntu Skin Pack
How To Change The Settings Of Ubuntu Unity With CompizConfig Settings Manager

Linux

How To Change The Settings Of Ubuntu Unity With CompizConfig Settings Manager

Ubuntu’s latest release, version 11.04, brings with it a completely new desktop interface called Unity. Its release has received mixed reviews, though honestly it comes down to taste. There is never a piece of software that literally everyone likes, and Unity is a good example of that. But if you do like it, congratulations! Aside from a functional desktop, you’ll have a number of configuration tools at your fingertips.

12-05-2011
How To Change The Settings Of Ubuntu Unity With CompizConfig Settings Manager
Make Your Own Programs With Illumination Software Creator [Giveaway]

Windows Linux

Make Your Own Programs With Illumination Software Creator [Giveaway]

If you use your computer for more than just Facebook and Farmville, you’ve probably wanted to create your own software at one point or another. However, you don’t know any code and therefore can’t write any programs. Well, what if I told you that you can, still without writing a single line of code? Let me introduce to you the Illumination Software Creator. This week, we’ll be giving away 25 copies of Illumination Software Creator worth $1,248 in total!

09-05-2011
Make Your Own Programs With Illumination Software Creator [Giveaway]
How To Create Your Own Music Stream With Icecast [Linux]

Linux

How To Create Your Own Music Stream With Icecast [Linux]

There are a handful of people who find creating their own streams a useful thing to do, for whatever reason they want or need. Ever since the YouTube era started video streaming has been hot and music/audio streaming is still a pretty common thing to find. The process in Linux, though pretty easy for basic configuration, is somewhat lengthy.

05-05-2011
How To Create Your Own Music Stream With Icecast [Linux]
How To Find Creative Commons Content With Google

Internet

How To Find Creative Commons Content With Google

Creative Commons content isn’t always as easy to find as you think. In fact, most things that you find and copy are copyrighted in a way that makes it illegal to copy it without asking the owner for permission. However, the Creative Commons license can help you with that and make you feel better as a person by being a good citizen of the internet.

25-04-2011
How To Find Creative Commons Content With Google