Posts Tagged linux
📅 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!
📅 June 22, 2018
So, you purchased a brand new Ryzen 5 2600 3.4Ghz processor only to discover that Linux reports its speed as 1550 MHz. Why? Can it be fixed?
It turns out that that newer motherboards (X470, for example) for Ryzen CPUs include extra features. One feature is called PSS Support, and it needs to be disabled when using Linux in order for Linux to show the 3400 MHz CPU speed rating.
📅 June 21, 2018
How does a 2nd-generation Ryzen 5 2600 CPU at 3.40 GHz on a recent X470 motherboard compare to an older Intel i7-4770 at 3.40GHz?
Does the six-core AMD Ryzen 5 2600 blow the Intel i7-4770 out of the swimming pool like a tubby chubby doing a cannonball? Or does it leave mere ripples in the shallow end of the kiddie pool like a cautious granny?
Having an opportunity to use both processors, I performed a few kind-of-real-world tests of my own to compare them while keeping most other factors equivalent.
Here are my results.
📅 June 12, 2018
You are probably aware that you can set a custom icon using the file manager’s GUI, but did you know that you can also set a custom icon on a folder using the command line?
That’s right. The gvfs-set-attribute command will allow you to set a custom icon to a directory so that the new icon will appear in place of the default folder icon when viewed in a GUI file manager.
This is particularly handy for assigning multiple custom icons for movie and music directories while preserving the default folder icons for other system directories. It can be scripted, and it is easier to do than you think.
📅 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.
📅 June 8, 2018
Need a mental diversion?
Try 4digits – a simple guessing game in which you must guess the 4-digit number in eight tries.
📅 February 27, 2018
“I wanted to build a new computer, but RAM and video cards are too expensive!”
Given the ridiculous skyrocketing costs (as of the time of this writing) of RAM and GPUs due to cryptocurrency mining, you might feel dismayed at the prospect of building a new computer system. Whether it be a fancy SLI gaming system or a virtualizing system hosting servers, the current costs will make it more expensive than it would have been a few months ago.
But does this mean give up and wait for prices to fall before doing anything?
There is plenty to do with your current system right now. In fact, learning to work with what you have and improve it to the best of your ability will increase your skills and knowledge.
For hardware and software, here are a few tips that will make your system more pleasant to work with and seem faster than it actually might be.