Posts Tagged linux
📅 September 19, 2017
Are you seeking an easy way to create ASCII illustrations for use in text files? Yes? Then, there is a program for you! Explore the fun with asciio!
If you have ever found the need to insert serious or silly ASCII art or ASCII flowcharts into a plain text file in order to illustrate concepts but dreaded the thought of laboriously entering the art from the keyboard, then you might want to try asciio.
asciio is a handy GUI that lets you create ASCII illustrations and then save them into a text file for copy and paste into other text files. Simply choose elements from premade stencils, and then drag, drop, and move them around on the canvas for perfect alignment
📅 September 9, 2017
“Does the Predator X34 ultra widescreen monitor work with Linux?”
Ultra widescreen 21:9 displays are increasing in numbers. Most reviews focus on games and Windows, but how well does a 21:9 aspect ratio monitor work with Linux?
Specifically, what can we expect with the top-of-the-line Acer Predator X34 display with a 100Hz refresh rate? Will the picture be stretched? Can we achieve a refresh rate higher than 60Hz in Linux? Will G-Sync truly produce smoother gameplay? Are there any unknown issues to be aware of when using Linux?
Yes, there are issues. Here are my results when testing the monitor with Linux Mint 18.2, Xubuntu 16.04, and Windows 7.
📅 August 28, 2017
The Desktop Management Interface (DMI) is a vendor-neutral, standardized framework for managing and gathering information about a computer system.
Which memory slots are populated?
What is the BIOS revision number?
What ports are located on the motherboard?
What is the processor version?
Using a program called dmidecode, these questions and many, many other technical details can be retrieved and displayed at the command line without having to open your computer case and reading tiny print on labels or in poorly-translated multi-lingual manuals.
As long as your hardware supports the DMI protocol, which is almost all modern hardware these days, then you can view the information using dmidecode.
Do you need to know the configured clock speed of your RAM? dmidecode will report the speed without needing to reboot into BIOS. Sure, fancy GUI programs, such as hardinfo, report identical information, but sometimes you simply want to impress your inner geek with command-line goodness.
📅 August 24, 2017
Have you opened a terminal, such as RetroPie for the Raspberry Pi, and admired the RetroPie ASCII art logo adjacent to a brief system information listing?
Wouldn’t it be fun to do the same in a desktop Linux installation?
With a program called neofetch, you can view the ASCII art logo for your current distribution complete with a synopsis of system information.
📅 August 11, 2017
Have you ever admired the smooth motion video seen on 120Hz and 240Hz HDTVs in an electronics store and thought, “Oh, wow. It would be nice to watch my videos like that!”?
Well, now you can!
SmoothVideo Project is a free/pay, cross-platform software product that converts any existing video to 60fps on a computer to produce fluid motion without the stutter or jitter inherent in many video sources due to low frame rates.
Here is my experience installing and using this fun piece of software with Linux Mint.
📅 July 3, 2017
Here are three more items that have stood the test of time:
Let’s compare how well they have performed over time with Linux.
📅 June 30, 2017
How have past hardware devices held up over time when used with Linux?
Time proves what works and what does not. Having used a variety of hardware with Linux, do these devices still perform today?
Here are a few devices that I have used used along with a few comparison notes between then and now.