The Logitech G513 RGB Keyboard and Linux – A Major Delight

πŸ“… October 6, 2018
On my quest to find a worthy successor to the recently departed Corsair Vengeance K70 mechanical keyboard (which did not last as long as I had hoped), I have encountered what is certainly the best keyboard that I have ever used so far: The Logitech G513!

Along the way, I was met with dismal disappointment regarding the Razer Huntsman Elite. Yuck. What a sorry disappointment.

Undeterred, I gave the G513 a try. It costs less than the Huntsman Elite, so can it be any good? After all, a higher price does not translate into a better product. And most importantly, how well does the G513 work with Linux?

I was pleased beyond expectations with the G513, and here are my thoughts.

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RetroPie and the BerryBlue DualShock 4 Controller

πŸ“… September 27, 2018
A new color scheme of controllers has been released for the PlayStation 4 a few days ago, and one of these controllers is the colorful Berry Blue DualShock 4.

Of course, a fancy controller like this must have more than one purpose in life, right? So, here is the important question: How compatible is it with RetroPie?

As it turns out, this is a very good addition to any RetroPie system as a wired or Bluetooth wireless controller, and it works flawlessly.

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The Razer Huntsman Elite Keyboard and Linux – A Major Disappointment

πŸ“… September 23, 2018
The Corsair VengeanceΒ K70 mechanical keyboard with Cherry MX red switches died recently (that keyboard did not last long), so I have been on the hunt (get it, hunt?) for a suitable replacement.

Having grown fond of the mechanical action for typing, programming, and Linux command line warrior stuff, another mechanical keyboard was required. Could I find another keyboard better than the Corsair that I had spent so much time with?

After looking around and reading reviews, I decided on the Huntsman Elite RGB keyboard from Razer. What was it like to type on? How did the RGB lights perform? And most importantly: how well does it work with Linux?

Despite the promises on the box and on Razer’s web site, I was not impressed, and here is the story…

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PNY Elite-X 256G MicroSD and Linux

πŸ“… August 8, 2018
MicroSD cards continue to increase in capacity, decrease in price, and increase in speed.

The PNY Elite-X 256GB microSD is another entry in the upper-end consumer-grade microSD market. How does it compare to the Samsung EVO Plus 256GB card? Any speed differences? Does it work in Linux?

I purchased my own PNY Elite-X, and here are my results.

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Linux Mint 19 Running Well

πŸ“… August 6, 2018
Linux Mint 19 was released about a month ago, and for the past few weeks, I have been reveling in the continued delight of yet another great Linux distribution.

Quick installation, a refined user interface, excellent hardware support (for my hardware, at least), and familiarity make this an enjoyable operating system to pick up and use without the desktop environment getting in the way of using the computer.

Other than a few issues, such as cumbersome proprietary video drivers (which is not the fault of Linux Mint) and cryptswap, I have experienced good success and switched to this distribution for my main system. Version 19 is based upon Ubuntu 18.04 LTS released a few months prior, so the support will be valid for another two years.

If you like Linux Mint and are already familiar with its operation, then you will feel at home with this new release. If not, Linux Mint is friendly to new users. It’s a win for both parties.

Well worth checking out either on real hardware or in aΒ virtual machine, so give it a try if you are looking for an easy-to-use Linux distribution to share with your friends or those new to Linux.

 

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Fixing a Slow 1550MHz Ryzen 5 2600 CPU Speed in Linux

πŸ“… June 22, 2018
So, you purchased a brand new Ryzen 5 2600 3.4Ghz processor only to discover that Linux reports its speed as 1550 MHz. Why? Can it be fixed?

It turns out that that newer motherboards (X470, for example) for Ryzen CPUs include extra features. One feature is called PSS Support, and it needs to be disabled when using Linux in order for Linux to show the 3400 MHz CPU speed rating.

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Ryzen 5 2600 vs. i7-4770 Quickie Tests in Linux

πŸ“… June 21, 2018
How does a 2nd-generation Ryzen 5 2600 CPU at 3.40 GHz on a recent X470 motherboard compare to an older Intel i7-4770 at 3.40GHz?

Does the six-core AMD Ryzen 5 2600 blow the Intel i7-4770 out of the swimming pool like a tubby chubby doing a cannonball? Or does it leave mere ripples in the shallow end of the kiddie pool like a cautious granny?

Having an opportunity to use both processors, I performed a few kind-of-real-world tests of my own to compare them while keeping most other factors equivalent.

Here are my results.

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