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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

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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

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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

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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
Gnome-Based Desktop Environments Explained: MATE vs. Gnome Shell vs. Unity vs. Cinnamon

Linux

Gnome-Based Desktop Environments Explained: MATE vs. Gnome Shell vs. Unity vs. Cinnamon

Ever since Gnome went ahead with their Gnome Shell idea, the Linux community has been at a frenzy to find a new desktop environment that is right for them. A majority of users used Gnome 2, but the introduction of Gnome 3 attracted a lot of users, forking Gnome 2 into MATE, modifying it with Cinnamon and Unity, or flock completely away from anything Gnome-related to desktop environments such as Xfce, LXDE, or KDE. But the Gnome desktop environment came with a lot of popular software that supported it very well, which still leaves a lot of people trying to find the version of Gnome — MATE, Gnome Shell, Unity, or Cinnamon — that’s appropriate for them. Here’s a quick take at these four to see what the major differences are.

22-07-2013
Gnome-Based Desktop Environments Explained: MATE vs. Gnome Shell vs. Unity vs. Cinnamon
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