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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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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]
Clip Web Page Notes from Firefox to Word With Notesaver

Browsers

Clip Web Page Notes from Firefox to Word With Notesaver

Some people choose to bookmark all the pages that they find temporarily useful for whatever project they may be working on, while others go through the long, common processes. Going to the page in Firefox, copying it, opening Word, pasting the content into Word, and then saving it. You can shortcut this process by using Notesaver, a Firefox add-on.

29-08-2011
Clip Web Page Notes from Firefox to Word With Notesaver
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]
Learn About The Stars In The Sky With Open Source Program Stellarium

Windows

Learn About The Stars In The Sky With Open Source Program Stellarium

Unless you’ve been living under a rock all your life, you’ve probably stared at the night sky wondering what all their names are and what stars actually make up which constellations. I’ve wondered about this many times, and I still do. But my curiosity can now be quenched thanks to a fantastic open source program that delivers in spectacular fashion.

01-08-2011
Learn About The Stars In The Sky With Open Source Program Stellarium
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]
Get The Most Out Of Your Email With Mozilla Thunderbird 5

Linux Mac

Get The Most Out Of Your Email With Mozilla Thunderbird 5

Mozilla’s at it again. Not only has Firefox been upgraded to version 5, but so has Thunderbird. In fact, in order to keep up with the new version and development scheme that it has set for both Firefox and Thunderbird, Mozilla has decided to skip Thunderbird 4 and go straight to Thunderbird 5. There’s no lack of new features, however, even with the sped up development cycles.

18-07-2011
Get The Most Out Of Your Email With Mozilla Thunderbird 5
Match Firefox’s Theme To KDE With The Oxygen KDE Add-On [Linux]

Browsers Linux

Match Firefox’s Theme To KDE With The Oxygen KDE Add-On [Linux]

In my last article I covered how to make GTK/GNOME applications follow in line with the way KDE applications look by default in Linux. However, if you’ve been tinkering around a little, you may have noticed that Firefox seems to ignore this, and instead continues to use the uglier replacement.

14-07-2011
Match Firefox’s Theme To KDE With The Oxygen KDE Add-On [Linux]
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]