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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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Back to School? How to Organize Your Classroom Work With Evernote

Internet

Back to School? How to Organize Your Classroom Work With Evernote

School time can become stressful for both students and teachers, especially in high school and later in college. Therefore, it’s absolutely crucial that you stay as organized as possible so that you know where to find the information you need and make things as easy as possible for yourself. Evernote is a fantastic tool to take care of all of this.

11-09-2013
Back to School? How to Organize Your Classroom Work With Evernote
How to Easily Root, Unroot and Unlock any Nexus Device

Android

How to Easily Root, Unroot and Unlock any Nexus Device

The great thing about the Nexus devices like the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 is that they’re easily upgradable, they’re free of any bloatware provided by vendors and carriers, and they’re made to be tinkered with. Google knows that nerds would want to get customize devices like that, so they don’t try to get in the way of such actions — the bootloader on Nexus devices is easily unlockable, which opens up a world of possibilities with the effort of a single command. Depending on your own needs from your Nexus device, there are a few ways of rooting, unrooting, and unlocking the device.

30-08-2013
How to Easily Root, Unroot and Unlock any Nexus Device
Sennheiser MM 550-X Wireless Travel Headphones Review and Giveaway

Product Reviews

Sennheiser MM 550-X Wireless Travel Headphones Review and Giveaway

Sennheiser, a German-based audio company, has produced some great audio equipment, including the Sennheiser HD 598 headphones that I reviewed not too long ago. I wanted to see what other kinds of innovative headphones they had, and the seemingly “all-in-one” package found in the MM 550-X spiked my interest.

29-08-2013
Sennheiser MM 550-X Wireless Travel Headphones Review and Giveaway
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