Archive for August, 2012

Kubuntu 12.04 on the Aspire One 722 Netbook

August 23, 2012
No Linux distribution has demonstrated better performance and ease of use across various hardware combinations than the beloved Ubuntu 10.10. If one Linux distribution could win the gold medal for outstanding performance and the best Ubuntu distribution of all time, it would be Ubuntu 10.10. Unfortunately, Ubuntu 10.10 is no longer supported, and newer versions have lost what made Ubuntu great to begin with.

In seeking an updated version of Linux while staying within the Ubuntu line and without adopting the putrid digital slumgullion known better as Unity or GNOME3, Kubuntu 12.04 64-bit was installed on the Acer Aspire One 722 netbook to see how it would perform.

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Trivia: Rain Dance

Q. What is a rain dance?

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How To Shuffle A Bash Array

Is there any way to shuffle the elements in a Bash array?

Absolutely, but you must write your own routine. Unlike other programming languages, such as Python, that contain dedicated shuffle methods, Bash does not have a built-in shuffle function of its own.

Here is one example of a custom shuffle script.

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Trivia: Flag Day

Q. What does flag day mean?

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Compiling and Running VLC 2.0.3 in Ubuntu 10.10

New video formats are continually being developed, but Ubuntu 10.10 only supports older media players unable to play them properly. Since VideoLAN Client (VLC) stops at version 1.1.4 in Ubuntu 10.10, would compiling the latest VLC 2.0.3 provide Ubuntu 10.10 with an updated media player?

Here is another adventure in compiling VLC and eventually getting 2.0.3 to run in Ubuntu 10.10.

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Notes on Timing the Supersonic USB Transfers

Timing the file transfers for the Patriot Supersonic Boost XT USB stick in the previous article was performed by hand using two commands: one to measure writes, and another to measure reads.

Why not use a script instead to automate the entire process? Scripts sound good in theory, but they must be handled carefully or else the time results will be incorrect.

 

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