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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 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
Geany – A Great Lightweight Code Editor For Linux

Linux

Geany – A Great Lightweight Code Editor For Linux

Surprisingly, Linux doesn’t offer that many good IDE’s (Integrated Development Environments). I believe this is because back in the day most Linux programmers took out good old Notepad (or gedit in this case), and started coding from that. However, I’m glad to know that there are now two really good IDEs out there, and Geany is one of them.

21-04-2011
Geany – A Great Lightweight Code Editor For Linux
Combine All Your Hard Drives Into One Seamless Storage Container With LVM [Linux]

Linux

Combine All Your Hard Drives Into One Seamless Storage Container With LVM [Linux]

If you tend to use up a lot of storage, you’ll probably have had some storage problems. You might still have a lot of empty hard drives lying around, but splitting up all your data across these drives would be confusing in the long run. However, there’s an easy way to combine all of those hard drives into one seamless storage container with a Linux technology called LVM, which is short for “Logical Volume Management”.

18-04-2011
Combine All Your Hard Drives Into One Seamless Storage Container With LVM [Linux]
Xournal – A Great Note-Taking Application For Linux

Linux

Xournal – A Great Note-Taking Application For Linux

There are many applications out there that try to make your life easier by letting you take useful notes that you can search and manipulate in a number of ways. Some of these programs do a decent job while others fail you miserably. Xournal is an amazing little program that has many great purposes and can easily become one of your must-haves. Best of all, it runs great on Linux!

14-04-2011
Xournal – A Great Note-Taking Application For Linux
The Top 5 Portable Apps For Linux

Linux

The Top 5 Portable Apps For Linux

Most of us know about portable apps for Windows, and how useful they can be sometimes. It’s great to simply have your favorite programs and add-ons with you, especially in the case of browsers. However, portable apps for Linux have been nonexistent, at least until now. Lately a decent collection of Linux portable apps have showed up, and are now worth mentioning.

11-04-2011
The Top 5 Portable Apps For Linux
4 Recommended Linux Distros To Help You Choose The Right One For You

Linux

4 Recommended Linux Distros To Help You Choose The Right One For You

When you finally decide to take the plunge and have a stroll through Linux Avenue, you’ll need to be able to decide which distro is right for you. Making the right choice is an important step, because it can help make your experience much more enjoyable. Make sure you know exactly what you want, as it’ll make the selection process a whole lot easier.

07-04-2011
4 Recommended Linux Distros To Help You Choose The Right One For You
Some Great Linux Alternatives For 4 Tasks Normally Requiring Windows

Linux

Some Great Linux Alternatives For 4 Tasks Normally Requiring Windows

Linux has been receiving plenty of attention lately and none of that is going away anytime soon. You can now do things with Linux that you might’ve thought would only work in Windows. Here are some common problems and Linux solutions that you can take advantage of right away.

04-04-2011
Some Great Linux Alternatives For 4 Tasks Normally Requiring Windows