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SanDisk 400GB MicroSD and Linux

πŸ“… November 23, 2018
“400 GB on a MiscroSD card? Wow!”

MicroSD cards keep growing in capacity. The SanDisk 400GB MicroSD card packs more space than many hard drives onto a tiny wafer that a vacuum cleaner could easily swallow into oblivion.

Does this card work with Linux, and if so, what kind of performance can be expected? Here are my results.

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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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SanDisk Ultra 500G 3D SSD and Linux

πŸ“… June 9, 2018
Does the SanDisk Ultra 500G SSD work with Linux?

After all, it touts a whopping (up to) 560/530 MB/s on the box and a 5-year warranty. That’s pretty fast for SATA-III, so will this SSD meet these numbers?

Needing a higher-capacity SSD for a Linux system, this drive was purchased mainly for its low price. Given that it was also on sale at the time of purchase, it was a bargain. However, I was not expecting this bargain-priced SSD to perform as well as it did in both Linux Mint 18.3 and Windows 7.

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Anker USB 3.0 Card Reader and Linux

πŸ“… March 29, 2018
Do you need a small, portable device to read SD and MicroSD cards that is also compatible with Linux?

The Anker USB 3.0 Card Reader is turning out to be a handy device to have on hand. It supports SD and MicroSD cards, dual mounting with one device, plugs into USB ports up to 3.0 for faster data transfers, and best of all, it is compatible with Linux.

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