SanDisk 200GB MicroSD, Linux, and the PSP

📅 July 20, 2016
200g1What? 128GB is not enough space for your camera? How about something larger…

The ubiquitous, tiny memory card format is becoming available in increasing capacities. While 256G versions are available, they are expensive due to their recent entry onto the market.

What to do? Why, use a 200G capacity card, of course! Its much lower price point (compared to a 256GB card) and larger capacity over a 128G card offers plenty of space for digital goodies.

The SanDisk Ultra 200GB MicroSD card is a class 10, UHS-1 card that has received much favorable praise for its fast read speeds and reasonable price per gigabyte, but is it compatible with Linux? If so, what are benchmarks like?

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A Few Notes About Linux Mint 18 Themes

📅 July 18, 2016
breezeThe Linux Mint desktop looks good, but can I customize it?

Yes! One of the best aspects of Linux is its limitless tweaking and customization where the only limit is your own imagination.

In Linux Mint 18, you can easily change the window borders, icons, controls, mouse pointer, and Cinnamon desktop panel from the Themes dialog of System Settings.

By downloading various new themes and icon packs, you can make the Mint desktop look however you want. Do you prefer a gaudy dark-green alien interface? How about a sleek, white, minimalist desktop that screams space-age future? Craving the user interface of days gone by? You can even alter Mint to the point where it looks like any other operating system available and fool unsuspecting users.

Here are a few notes about Linux Mint 18 themes.

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Linux Mint 18 System Settings

📅 July 16, 2016
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“Can you help explain the Linux Mint 18 System Settings?”

Linux Mint 18 is turning out to be a fantastic Linux distribution. Stable. Secure. Simple to grasp. I am enjoying it.

If you want to customize your Linux Mint 18 installation, then the System Settings dialog provides a convenient location from which to tweak your system from a GUI interface without the need to enter commands on a command line.

It works well, and each version of Linux Mint brings welcome improvements and refinements that make it a joyful experience.

To help others become familiar with the system settings in Linux Mint 18, here is a brief description and an image map showing the dialogs that the various settings icons lead to.

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Linux Mint 18 Installation Tips

📅 July 12, 2016
lm18b“Yes! Linux Mint 18 has been released, and it feels like Christmas!”

The Linux world is an exciting landscape of ingenuity to explore, and this new distribution brings improvements that solidify Linux Mint as one of the most stable and user-friendly operating systems available today.

I have been using Linux Mint 18, but a few things are different from past releases. I also encountered a few bumps along the installation road, so here are a few points to be aware of.

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co2CREA Portable Hard Drive Case

📅 June 30, 2016

case01So, you have a portable hard drive, such as the Seagate Ultra Slim+, and you want to protect it from possible mishaps? It sounds like you need a small hard drive carry case!

Many portable hard drive cases flood the market, so I took a chance with the co2CREA travel case for its hard, aluminum shell. It is a worthy purchase?

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Linux Mint 18 BETA Released

📅 June 17, 2016
mint18baIf you are excited like I am about the upcoming release of Linux Mint 18, then you will be pleased to know that a beta version was released a few days ago for your experimentation!

I installed and tinkered with Linux Mint 18 Cinnamon beta in VirtualBox 5.0.22 to see a glimpse of future Mint changes, and I am pleased.

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Which Firefox Addons Block YouTube Comments?

📅 June 13, 2016
no_commentsNext to online ads, user comments have to be among the most annoying “interactive” additions to ever litter a web page. Comment blocking has now become a necessity.

No, I do not care what a fourteen-year-old thinks about copyright law — complete with misspellings, incorrect grammar, zero capitalization, awful sentence structure, and incoherent thoughts flavored with copious amounts of profanity. Multiply this by hordes of armchair experts, and a web page becomes a noisy mess of senseless, banal text.

I feel dumbed down just opening a web browser. Rather than simply ignoring the comments, I would prefer to eliminate them from a page completely in order to reduce visual clutter and focus on the content.

In the past, I would resort to my own low-level blocking techniques, but, thankfully, others have recognized this plight and responded by developing user-friendly comment-blocking browser plugins for various web browsers. This makes comment-blocking easier than ever.

However, not all comment blockers filter all comments, and some refuse to work properly at all or have become outdated.

I tested seven comment blocker addons for Firefox 46.0.1 running in Linux Mint 17.3 to see which ones would block comments from YouTube.

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