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Most modern HDTVs available today only offer HDMI and maybe component video inputs — neither of which the PlayStation (PSX/PS1/PSOne) supports.
However, the PSX outputs RGB (red/green/blue) signals through its video output port to produce the best colors and picture quality.
How can we use RGB with today’s HDMI televisions and monitors? This requires two items: a PSX SCART cable and a SCART-to-HDMI converter. With these, we can achieve almost pixel-perfect sharpness and colors from a nearly 20-year-old gaming console.
📅 July 29, 2016
What? Is a 200GB MicroSD card too much storage space?
The 128GB capacity cards are plentiful, and one good card worth considering is the Samsung EVO 128GB microsd. It is compatible with Linux, it offers decent read and write speeds, and it features the quality we expect from Samsung.
The ubiquitous, tiny memory card format is becoming available in increasing capacities. While 256G versions are available, they are expensive due to their recent entry onto the market.
What to do? Why, use a 200G capacity card, of course! Its much lower price point (compared to a 256GB card) and larger capacity over a 128G card offers plenty of space for digital goodies.
The SanDisk Ultra 200GB MicroSD card is a class 10, UHS-1 card that has received much favorable praise for its fast read speeds and reasonable price per gigabyte, but is it compatible with Linux? If so, what are benchmarks like?
📅 June 30, 2016
So, 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?
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.
I got my hands on a consumer-grade desktop motherboard: MSI Z87-G45 Gaming. Like many other motherboards that contain SATA ports for connecting hard drives, it supports RAID.
I have been using RAID in Linux for many years using mdadm, which is available for free from the Ubuntu repository. This dandy little program allows you to configure various RAID arrays in software whether or not the motherboard supports RAID. It’s reliable, and it works well.
Is there any performance increase from using the RAID supported by the motherboard? What are the differences?
I performed my own simple tests with Linux Mint 17.3 to see if the motherboard RAID offered any advantages over mdadm. Here are the results…
I really liked the Sabrent USB 3.0 external enclosure. Simply insert a 2.5″ SATA drive, screw it together, and plug it in any USB port. Presto! You have recycled a SATA drive into a portable USB drive!
The Sabrent cases have worked well for me, but I wanted to try a different brand to see if it made any difference in data transfer rates.
After running some benchmarks, it turns out that there is definitely a difference in speed between the two enclosures.
Here are my results with CrystalDiskMark and Disks in Linux Mint 17.3.