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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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Tiny Core Linux Is Your Smallest Choice For An Operating System

Linux

Tiny Core Linux Is Your Smallest Choice For An Operating System

Linux’s capacity for configuration is exceptional — while it’s pretty known that you can configure it to however you like (such as with SUSE Studio), that capacity isn’t limited to just the selection of used software (ranging everywhere from the graphics stack to the desktop environment to the office suite). In fact, one of the great benefits of Linux’s flexible nature is that you can put the software on any computer imaginable, from high-powered supercomputers to netbooks to embedded systems such as aircraft entertainment systems.

28-08-2013
Tiny Core Linux Is Your Smallest Choice For An Operating System
Full-Featured vs. Basic Linux Code Editor: Eclipse and Geany Compared

Linux

Full-Featured vs. Basic Linux Code Editor: Eclipse and Geany Compared

If you’re someone who writes code regularly, it’s highly important that you use a code editor that you’re comfortable with. Under Linux, there is a large selection of editors to choose from, each one aimed at different types of programmers. Choosing just two editors to compare is really hard, but I chose my two favorites: Eclipse and Geany.

20-08-2013
Full-Featured vs. Basic Linux Code Editor: Eclipse and Geany Compared
Custom Budget Gaming PC Build and Giveaway

Product Reviews

Custom Budget Gaming PC Build and Giveaway

How hard is it to get a decent gaming PC without breaking the bank? If you go out and buy yourself a pre-assembled name-brand computer, chances are, it won’t be powerful enough to be a viable gaming computer, or you’ll spend a lot more than you would prefer. Essentially, neither of these two possibilities are ideal, and it seems like you have no other options. Maybe if you put it in a little labor into building your own computer, you might be able to find a middle ground where you get decent gaming performance at the right price. We’ll be giving away this custom gaming PC, so there’s no reason not to continue reading right until the end then join the giveaway!

15-08-2013
Custom Budget Gaming PC Build and Giveaway
Which Linux File Browser Is More Productive: Nautilus or Dolphin?

Linux

Which Linux File Browser Is More Productive: Nautilus or Dolphin?

Wsers of competing desktop environments will notice that they’re using different file managers — an important part of desktop productivity. Surprisingly, there are a lot of things that can go right or wrong with a file manager, so these applications do a lot more than simply show where your files are. I compared Nautilus, Gnome’s default file manager, with Dolphin, KDE’s default file manager, to see which one is the easiest to use and which one is the best for productivity.

13-08-2013
Which Linux File Browser Is More Productive: Nautilus or Dolphin?
Brasero vs. K3b: Top 2 Linux Disc Burning Utilities

Linux

Brasero vs. K3b: Top 2 Linux Disc Burning Utilities

Although discs are slowly becoming obsolete and being replaced by simple transfers or downloads over the Internet, there are still plenty of reasons for burning or copying some discs. In some cases, your Internet connection may not be sufficient enough to download the files you want. In any case, you need a trusty burning utility to do the job, and Brasero and K3b are your top choices.

09-08-2013
Brasero vs. K3b: Top 2 Linux Disc Burning Utilities
LinCity-NG for Linux vs. SimCity: Is Free Always Better?

Linux

LinCity-NG for Linux vs. SimCity: Is Free Always Better?

I’ve always loved simulation games for as long as I can remember. They can involve so many different aspects of the topic in question and can keep you entertained for hours. However, a common downside to any great simulation game is the price to purchase it. Thankfully, there are open source equivalents which aim to replace their costly proprietary cousins — examples include FlightGear and LinCity-NG as alternatives to Microsoft’s Flight Simulator series and SimCity games respectively.

08-08-2013
LinCity-NG for Linux vs. SimCity: Is Free Always Better?
Vizio E320i-A0 32-inch Smart TV Review and Giveaway

Product Reviews

Vizio E320i-A0 32-inch Smart TV Review and Giveaway

To test out whether a TV can be feature-filled yet affordable, I bought myself a Vizio E320i-A0 32-inch 720p 60Hz LED Smart HDTV, which came in at $288 ($290 at retail price). I tested it out based on its design and features for the price to see whether I felt it was a good pick, even as a budget TV. At the end of this review, you’ll be able to enter for a chance to win one for yourself!

06-08-2013
Vizio E320i-A0 32-inch Smart TV Review and Giveaway
Compiz vs. KWin: Which Window Manager Is Better?

Linux

Compiz vs. KWin: Which Window Manager Is Better?

If you have never messed around with a Linux system, but have seen a YouTube video about it, there’s a high chance that you’ve seen someone show off their fancy desktop effects, most notably the “wobbly windows” effect. These effects are possible due to the window manager software like Compiz and KWin.

05-08-2013
Compiz vs. KWin: Which Window Manager Is Better?
Advanced Linux Text Editors Compared: kate vs gedit

Linux

Advanced Linux Text Editors Compared: kate vs gedit

Any Linux user will tell you that a good text editor is a vital component of a computer system, no matter if you’re a new user or a seasoned pro. While using a Terminal text editor (like nano or vim) is equally important, you might as well make use of your graphical desktop environment whenever it’s available to you.

03-08-2013
Advanced Linux Text Editors Compared: kate vs gedit
How To Enable LTE on The Nexus 4 (It Can Be Done)

Android

How To Enable LTE on The Nexus 4 (It Can Be Done)

Did you know that the Nexus 4 actually has LTE functionality? The absolute truth is that yes, it does in fact have LTE, no matter what Google or anyone else may try to tell you. There are plenty of reasons as to why Google doesn’t advertise the LTE functionality and why they try to make it harder for you to enable it. I’ll tell you all of this as well as how to get LTE enabled, how to go back to a stock, non-LTE configuration, and any other important information that you need to be aware of at any point of the process.

01-08-2013
How To Enable LTE on The Nexus 4 (It Can Be Done)
Arch Linux: Letting You Build Your Linux System From Scratch

Linux

Arch Linux: Letting You Build Your Linux System From Scratch

For Linux power users, it’s highly desirable to be able to completely customize your system. Sometimes, that can be best achieved from the start — by piecing together the components that you’d like to include on your system. This way, as there are usually multiple programs that achieve the same result in different manners, you can pick those applications which you’re most fond of. Most common desktop distributions don’t make this high level of customization very possible (as it’s not ideal and more difficult), but Arch Linux isn’t like most distributions.

29-07-2013
Arch Linux: Letting You Build Your Linux System From Scratch
SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop: Better Than Red Hat?

Linux

SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop: Better Than Red Hat?

Recently, I took a closer look at Red Hat Enterprise Linux, or “RHEL”, to see how good of an enterprise desktop operating system it really is. However, Red Hat isn’t the only company in the Linux enterprise desktop market — there’s also SUSE. SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop, or “SLED” costs $120 for a one-year subscription, and offers different technologies and software to get the job done. But just what can SLED offer, and how is it different to Red Hat’s offering?

27-07-2013
SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop: Better Than Red Hat?
Red Hat Enterprise Linux: A Rock Solid Desktop Distribution For Companies

Linux

Red Hat Enterprise Linux: A Rock Solid Desktop Distribution For Companies

Not too long ago, I covered CentOS, a free operating system that is rebuilt from packages of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, or “RHEL”. While CentOS may be a nice way to get enterprise-quality software on your systems without spending a dime, it may still be worth a look at the real deal. So what features does Red Hat Enterprise Linux (which costs $299 per year) include that make it worthwhile to use on enterprise desktops, and is it ultimately the best enterprise desktop solution?

25-07-2013
Red Hat Enterprise Linux: A Rock Solid Desktop Distribution For Companies
KMyMoney vs. GnuCash: The Battle Of Linux Desktop Money Management Apps

Linux

KMyMoney vs. GnuCash: The Battle Of Linux Desktop Money Management Apps

It’s really important to keep track of your financial position. Online banking can keep you up to date about your account activity and balance, but not every bank offers more tools than that in order to better track your finances. Although there are online tools such as Mint.com, the service isn’t available worldwide and it requires that you trust a third-party with your sensitive financial data while you use their online service.

20-07-2013
KMyMoney vs. GnuCash: The Battle Of Linux Desktop Money Management Apps
ownCloud: A Cross-Platform, Self-Hosted Alternative to Dropbox & Google Calendar

Windows Internet

ownCloud: A Cross-Platform, Self-Hosted Alternative to Dropbox & Google Calendar

The NSA and PRISM scares demonstrated that governments can and will access the various popular online cloud services. This means that now is one of the best times to consider creating your own cloud solution. With your own cloud, you can get the same benefits of accessing various services such as file storage and calendars that you find with commercial solutions, but instead, all of that data is under your control.

15-07-2013
ownCloud: A Cross-Platform, Self-Hosted Alternative to Dropbox & Google Calendar
Don’t Want To Pay For Red Hat Linux? Try CentOS Instead

Linux

Don’t Want To Pay For Red Hat Linux? Try CentOS Instead

In case you don’t know already, most of the web is powered by Linux — Facebook, Twitter, Google, and a vast majority of other major Internet sites use Linux for their servers. While server administrators can choose between multiple distributions for their enterprise or server setups, the primary leader of these distributions is Red Hat. However, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, or RHEL for short, costs a lot of money in support fees. If RHEL interests you but money is an issue, then it’s almost a given to try CentOS.

13-07-2013
Don’t Want To Pay For Red Hat Linux? Try CentOS Instead
Logitech Solar Keyboards K750 and K760 Review and Giveaway

Product Reviews

Logitech Solar Keyboards K750 and K760 Review and Giveaway

Wireless keyboards and mice have been historically undervalued because of unreliability in their wireless communications and constant need for replacement batteries. But I took one step further and got solar keyboards to see if they could entirely replace the need to exchange batteries. Therefore, I reviewed the Logitech K750 and K760. At the end of this review, you have a chance to win to win one of the keyboards!

09-07-2013
Logitech Solar Keyboards K750 and K760 Review and Giveaway
Using An Old Computer? Give It New Life With LXDE

Linux

Using An Old Computer? Give It New Life With LXDE

As Linux is arguably the most customizeable operating system between it, Windows, and Mac OS X; there’s plenty of room to change just about whatever you please. Proper customizing can potentially lead to massive performance improvements, giving even the oldest hardware a new leash on life. I previously reviewed Xfce quite a while back as a great choice for resource-conscious users, but apparently there’s a new kid on the block that is even more lightweight and great for the crappiest hardware imaginable.

08-07-2013
Using An Old Computer? Give It New Life With LXDE
Tired of VLC? Try MPlayer – A Unique, Modular Alternative for Linux

Linux

Tired of VLC? Try MPlayer – A Unique, Modular Alternative for Linux

Ask just about any Linux user, and they’ll more than likely recommend VLC Player as the best choice for playing any media format you can think of. But it only offers one implementation — a complete media playing package that uses its own technologies as well as its own GUI. In the spirit of Linux, you may wish to use something that’s a bit more modular. This way, you can use a single media decoder and then customize everything else about it.

06-07-2013
Tired of VLC? Try MPlayer – A Unique, Modular Alternative for Linux
Fedora 19 “Schrödinger’s Cat” Is Alive And Full Of New Features and Improvements

Linux

Fedora 19 “Schrödinger’s Cat” Is Alive And Full Of New Features and Improvements

Joy to the world, a new version of Fedora codenamed “Schrödinger’s Cat” has been released! In the past, Fedora has provided leadership in the open source community, holding up to strict open source policies, continuous support to upstream projects, and by offering the latest software before any other distribution.

04-07-2013
Fedora 19 “Schrödinger’s Cat” Is Alive And Full Of New Features and Improvements
ASUS USB-N66 Dual-Band Wireless-N900 USB Network Adapter Review and Giveaway

Product Reviews

ASUS USB-N66 Dual-Band Wireless-N900 USB Network Adapter Review and Giveaway

You may not be able to control the type and make of router you use or where it’s placed, but you can always control what wireless receiver you use. There are a handful of different wireless adapters that claim to boost your signal and speed, so we’ve decided to test this by picking up an ASUS USB-N66 Dual-Band Wireless-N900 USB network adapter. At the end of this review, you’ll be able to enter the competition for a chance to win a unit for yourself!

02-07-2013
ASUS USB-N66 Dual-Band Wireless-N900 USB Network Adapter Review and Giveaway
Relax and Play (Legal) Poker with the Cross-Platform PokerTH

Windows Gaming

Relax and Play (Legal) Poker with the Cross-Platform PokerTH

If you happen to enjoy playing cards on your computer and are tired of Solitaire and other card games, there are plenty of other options available. Playing Poker on your computer tends to be risky business because most time-worthy poker games are online and actually involve gambling, making its legality uncertain from country to country. If you’re worried or even affected by this, don’t think that you’ll have to forget about playing poker on your computer. Instead, you can try out PokerTH, a fun and complete poker game that’s cross-platform and free.

01-07-2013
Relax and Play (Legal) Poker with the Cross-Platform PokerTH
Can You Make A Living Out Of Ethical Hacking?

Internet

Can You Make A Living Out Of Ethical Hacking?

Being labeled a “hacker” usually comes with plenty of negative connotations. If you call yourself a hacker, people will often perceive you as someone who causes mischief just for giggles. But there is a difference between good and bad hackers, as there are also ethical hackers that end up doing similar tasks for good and not evil. But while ethical hackers exist, is it possible to make a living as one?

29-06-2013
Can You Make A Living Out Of Ethical Hacking?