Attempting to Silence the Ducky One 3 Keyboard Ping with Foam

πŸ“… January 21, 2022
“What?! You paid how much for glorified packing foam?”

Excuse me while I take a deep breath and regain my composure, but my minimalist pocket clip needs a moment to recuperate.

The Ducky One 3 Fuji is a pretty good mechanical keyboard out of the box, and I like it. However, it is not perfect. One tiny annoyance is the slight keyboard ping that can be heard while typing. It sounds like a “spring ping” echoing through the interior of the keyboard. Of course, the Ducky One 2 Horizon exhibited this ping too, so it is not unique to the Ducky One 3. While not a dealbreaker, the ping can become noticeable over extended typing sessions.

I had the brilliant idea of stuffing the keyboard with foam to help dampen the ping noise and make the keyboard quieter.

How do you open the Ducky One 3 keyboard without breaking it? What kind of foam did I use? Did it even work?

Here are my results…

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The Ducky One 3 Mechanical Keyboard and Linux

πŸ“… January 7, 2022
It seems every time I use a new keyboard, its quality feels better than the last and I am left thinking, “Wow, this is the best keyboard that I have ever used!”

I had the opportunity to use the new Ducky One 3 full-size mechanical keyboard with the eye-popping-but-not-too-popping sakura pink Fuji color scheme, and I am enjoying it. This is another fine keyboard from Ducky that makes typing a fun experience.

Here are my thoughts about this plastic wonder used with Linux.

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A Simple ASCII Christmas Tree in Bash

πŸ“… December 23, 2021
Let’s make a simple multi-colored Christmas tree using ASCII art!

The flexibility of Bash allows us to create some interesting text effects at the command line. Just for fun! To help add some festive Christmas cheer to a Bash terminal this year, we can write a Bash script that will display a small Christmas tree using ANSI color escape sequences to alter tree, star, and ornament colors.

Ho, ho, ho, let’s go!

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LVM Using NVMe and LUKS Encryption in Linux

πŸ“… December 4, 2021
Create a large, single drive from multiple, smaller drives!

Linux is the gift that keeps on giving! It seems whenever I encounter a problem, Linux already has a solution, and that solution has been a part of Linux for the longest time…ready and waiting as part of the system for the day when I need to use it.

Logical volume management (LVM) is one such provided solution to a real world problem. I encountered a situation where I needed 3 TB of super fast storage only made possible by NVMe storage devices. I already had two perfectly good and perfectly fast NVMe drives on hand. One was a 1 TB NVMe, and the other was a 2 TB NVMe.

On their own, neither provided enough storage. 3 TB NVMe does not exist. What to do? Do I grit my teeth and purchase an expensive 4 TB NVMe for a side project? Ouch. That is a lot of money to plunk down.

Isn’t there a way to use what I already have? Indeed there is! With LVM, I was able to combine the two NVMe drives in order to function as a single 3 TB drive. Perfect! Plus, we can encrypt the LVM logical volume using the built-in LUKS encryption system to protect the data from snooping forensics programs.

So, what is the performance like in Linux? Is LVM consisting of two NVMe devices as fast as a single NVMe device? Is LVM with NVMe easy to set up?

Here is my experience and what I did to create a single 3 TB NVMe storage solution using two NVMe drives in Linux.

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SanDisk 1TB MicroSD

πŸ“… December 1, 2021
It’s tiny! It’s a terabyte! It’s a micro SD!

Imagine having a terabyte(*) worth of storage in a space smaller than a fingernail. I had the opportunity to use a 1TB micro SD with Linux, and here are my results with this tiny marvel.

(*) The asterisk, as shown on the packaging, means, “Read the fine print on the back of the box.”

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Turn Your Terminal into a Happy Little Terminal with bobrossquotes

πŸ“… October 26, 2021
Who does not like the afro-sporting, gentle-speaking painter, Bob Ross?

His painting programs were not only interesting to watch, they were classics for those interested in art. But half the fun of his shows were listening to his witty comments. Whether it be slapping a paint brush against the easel or painting a “Happy little tree,” no Bob Ross program was complete without his classic, jocular phrases.

Why not add a touch of his creative humor to a Bash terminal?

In Linux, we can! With a program, appropriately titled bobrossquotes, we can display any one of his several quotes at random complete with ASCII art of the painter himself.

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MK Typist Frozen Llama Full-Size Mechanical Keyboard

πŸ“… October 25, 2021
Ooooooh! Look at the colors!

After having an opportunity to play with another fine mechanical keyboard in Linux, I wanted to share my thoughts about this pastel-rich marvel.

From responsive, tactile keys to 100% plug and play operation, there is little I can fault with this full-size version of the Frozen Llama keyboard.

Here are my thoughts.

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SanDisk Ultra Fit 512G USB and Linux

πŸ“… September 25, 2021
It’s tiny! It’s 512G! It becomes hot to the touch!

It’s the SanDisk Ultra Fit 512G USB 3.1 stick!

Well, stick might be a stretch since this small USB 3.1 storage device is about the size of a thumbnail. While this has been available for some time, I had the opportunity to use it for myself to see how it performs with Linux.

Here are my results in Linux Mint and Ubuntu Cinnamon.

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How to Create a VLAN on the TRENDnet TEG-30284 Switch

πŸ“… September 23, 2021
The TRENDnet TEG-30284 managed switch supports the VLAN (Virtual LAN) feature. Even though this is turning out to be a reliable switch, its documentation is sparse and the user interface requires trial and errorΒ  — especially when setting up a VLAN.

Let’s create a simple VLAN!

Here are some tips from my experience using this switch.

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Erase a Device with dd

πŸ“… September 22, 2021
Secure remove (srm) from the secure-delete set of tools can take an incredibly long time to complete in order to wipe data from a hard drive, USB stick, or SD card.

Sometimes, we want to clear a device, like a USB stick, in order to start fresh. Maybe security is an issue, maybe not. Either way, there may be times when we cannot wait for srm to complete even on its least secure but quickest setting.

“Is there a way to erase a device faster?”

Yes. We can use the dd command (built into Linux) to write nothing but zeroes or random data to a device in order to clear it.

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