Posts Tagged hardware

The Customizable Mad Catz RAT 8+ Optical Mouse and Linux

๐Ÿ“… May 8, 2019
It blinks! I pulsates! It offers high precision! It’s back!

The Mad Catz R.A.T.7 and the M.M.O.7 are without a doubt the best computer mice that I have ever used, and they continue to work to this day.

However, after a few years of constant use, buttons are becoming loose, and plastic is becoming sticky. What better excuse to acquire a new mouse?

Mad Catz is back with an improved RAT line of eight different models. With the Mad Catz RAT 8+ being closest to the original R.A.T.7 that I adore so much, I decided to purchase the 8+ for myself and see how well it performs with today’s Linux Mint 19.1.

Wow! Am I glad I did!

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The Samsung PRO Endurance MicroSD and Linux

๐Ÿ“… May 7, 2018
“A microSD card is a microSD card, right?”

With so many microSD cards available, what features could one card offer that are superior to another? That depends upon the application.

Needing a microSD card upgrade for write-intensive purposes, I tried the Samsung PRO Endurance 64GB and 128GB microSD cards that are designed especially for continuous writing and supposedly offer better protection against the elements.

These are newer cards, so do they work with Linux?

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Seagate Expansion 4TB External Drive and Linux

๐Ÿ“…ย March 31, 2019
Need more space for backups using an external USB drive? The Seagate Expansion offers 4TB of unformatted room to grow, and it is compatible with Linux!

Parkinson’s Law of Data states that data expands to fill the available space. A 10MB hard drive was deemed a phenomenal amount of storage space in the early 1980’s with the IBM PC XT.

“Who would possibly fill up 10MB?”

But people managed to fill up that space, and then beg for more. Now, we measure hard drive storage space in gigabytes and terabytes as the demand for more storage space increases.

With all of this data, it is important to back it up, and this is best accomplished on an external medium, such as cloud storage or an external hard drive.

The Seagate Expansion 4TB Portable Hard Drive is an external USB 3.0 drive that offers plenty of room to grow in a fairly small package.

How well does it perform with Linux Mint 19.1? Let’s see…

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SanDisk 400GB MicroSD and Linux

๐Ÿ“… 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

๐Ÿ“… 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

๐Ÿ“… 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

๐Ÿ“… September 23, 2018
The Corsair Vengeanceย 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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