Archive for June, 2016

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However, not all comment blockers filter all comments, and some refuse to work properly at all or have become outdated.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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The Seagate 2TB Ultra Slim+ and Linux

📅 June 1, 2016
ultra01What’s this? A slim 2TB USB drive?

Seeking more storage capacity for your portable data? Here is a device that works well with Linux: The Seagate Ultra Slim+

While 2TB external drives have been available for a while, this is unique because it packs a full 2TB (1.8 TB after formatting) of storage space in a small, silent, thin package that connects via USB 3.0.

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