MeLE Quieter Mini PC Freeze Up Issue

📅 January 27, 2023
“My Quieter3Q just froze up! Why?”

Not sure since this happens to me as well. The MeLE Quieter2Q and Quieter3Q is are handy mini PCs packing a moderate punch of computing power with low power consumption. 100% silent. Small. Supports NVMe. What could go wrong?

How about a freeze up? I have been using the Quieter2Q as a dedicated Pi-Hole device and the Quieter3Q as a dedicated Ubuntu Cinnamon desktop system, and both work perfectly — as long as they remain working. For some random reason, the Quieter2Q (and the Quieter3Q) will freeze and become completely unresponsive if left on continuously as Pi-Hole needs to be. The only solution is a hard power cycle upon which the Quieter will function normally until the next random freeze up a few days later.

Over the past few months, I have been trying to diagnose the issue with no success by experimenting with a variety of usage by Linux OS, where the OS is installed, kernel upgrades, and so on.

I might have found the culprit, but I am not sure, so here are my experimental results in an attempt to help give others ideas.

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EPOMAKER Flamingo Switches – A Better Jelly Pink

📅 January 6, 2023
The Akko CS Jelly Pink linear switch has given me hours of pleasant typing, and here is another switch that I have been using and enjoying very much: the EPOMAKER Flamingo!

Do you need a 5-pin linear switch in a two-tone pink/violet color that should complement any existing pastel pink theme and be compatible with any hot-swappable mechanical keyboard supporting 5-pin switches?

Here is the answer to your mechanical keyboard prayers.

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The Varmilo Sword 2 Mechanical Keyboard – Gorgeous, But Not Linux-friendly

📅 December 29, 2022
A superbly fine keyboard but with a serious drawback.

I had the opportunity to use undoubtedly the best keyboard I have ever had the joy of typing on so far: the Varmilo Sword 2 mechanical keyboard.

Yes, the Ducky One 2, Ducky One 3, DROP Alt, and Akko keyboards are very good, but the build quality of this particular metal masterpiece is an awe to behold in person. It oozes quality and luxury fresh out of the box.

But how does it perform with Linux? It is a keyboard, after all, so how hard can that be? While this keyboard impresses, I found a few issues from my personal usage that others might want to be aware of.

Given the dearth of information about this keyboard, here are my thoughts regarding this fantastic typing marvel in an effort to assist others using Linux.

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Akko 5108S Pac-Man Themed Keyboard

📅 December 24, 2022
Wakka, wakka, wakka!

Now, here is a glorious find of arcade delight! Completely unexpected, I chanced upon the Akko Pac-Man themed mechanical keyboard and had the opportunity to give it a try.

Does it work with Linux? Is it just a cheap gimmick? Can it be used for serious typing?

Here are my thoughts.

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The Silicon Power 1TB A60 NVMe with Linux

📅 December 23, 2022
I needed a low-cost, high-capacity NVMe for a small Linux project, and the Silicon Power A60 filled the need better than expected.

Having experienced good success and perfect Linux compatibility with the Silicon Power NVMe brand 512GB and 2TB A60 in the past, how does the 1TB compare?

Here are my results.

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MeLE Quieter3Q and Linux – A Faster Silent Mini PC

📅 December 5, 2022
“If you liked the Quieter2Q, then the Quieter3Q is…faster.”

The Quieter2Q is a decent, fanless, low-power, 100% silent mini PC that can be used as a standalone Linux/Windows computer or for dedicated tasks, such as Batocera, Pi-Hole, Proxmox, NAS, or whatever your imagination can conjure where a mini PC will excel.

The Quieter3Q is pretty much the same as the 2Q, but the 3Q uses a faster N5105 CPU compared to the J4125 CPU of the 2Q.

How do the two compare? Can we run some Linux benchmarks for testing? Here are my thoughts.

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Akko Cream Blue Tactile Switches for Mechanical Keyboards

📅 December 4, 2022
“Cream Blue? Is that a confectionery?”

With so many keyboard switches named after fruits and desserts, Akko continues the tradition with a new line of switches.

One tactile set from this flavorful series is named Cream Blue, I wanted to try it out to see if it was any better than the previous tactile Jelly Blue. Is there anything special about it? How does it compare to the Akko Jelly Blue? What is typing like?

Here are my thoughts.

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DROP MT3 Cyber Keycap Set for Mechanical Keyboards

📅 November 30, 2022
“Is a more expensive keycap set better quality?”

We would assume that quality and price should be related, right? This is what I wondered, so I decided to try out an MT3 profile set of keycaps from the legendary DROP.

Well, the results are somewhat disappointing that debunk this assumption, and here are my thoughts.

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Akko Macaw ASA Profile Keycaps for Typing Fun

📅 November 24, 2022
In the quest to improve the Linux command line typing experience, I experimented with a keyboard alteration apart from switches, foam, or lubing: keycaps!

Will changing the keycaps make a typing difference? How about a visual one?

I swapped out the keycaps on a modified Ducky Horizon One 2 keyboard with a decent-quality set of Akko ASA profile caps to see what would happen. Will I become a better typist?

Here are my thoughts of this surprisingly good set of keycaps.

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WS Silent Switches for Mechanical Keyboards

📅 November 16, 2022
“How quiet can we go?”

Mechanical keyboards are fun!

Especially if you type a lot. A quality keyboard can enhance the Linux terminal command-line warrior skills or turn it into an arduous process of typos. After testing the custom keyboard waters, I can definitely see the appeal as we are able to carefully craft every aspect of the keyboard in to “just the right” acoustics, “just the right” typing touch, “just the right” weight, “just the right” aesthetics, and so on.

The switch is no doubt one of the most important components. If you have a swappable keyboard, such as the Ducky One 3, that allows switches to be removed and replaced, that is the best option because it allows you to experiment with different switches. Switches can make a keyboard feel and behave drastically different.

Is there a quiet keyboard switch?

I had the opportunity to experiment with a new set of switches (new for me, at least) from Wuque Studio that claim to be “silent” factory lubed switches. With white exteriors, they look clean and modern, but are they truly quiet?

Here are my opinions about this switch in a modded Ducky One 3 keyboard.

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