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PNY Elite-X 256G MicroSD and Linux

📅 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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Ryzen 5 2600 vs. i7-4770 Quickie Tests in Linux

📅 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.

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SanDisk Ultra 500G 3D SSD and Linux

📅 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

📅 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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Samsung EVO Plus 256GB MicroSD and Linux

📅 February 12, 2018
“What can we expect from a 256GB microSD card in Linux? Is it truly as fast as the box claims?”

MicroSD cards are increasing in capacity. The latest consumer-friendly capacity available at a somewhat reasonable price (as of the time of this writing) is the 256GB card. Yes, 256GB on an itty-bitty card so small you could lose it in a vacuum cleaner, accidentally dump it in the trash, and wonder where it went…and given its cost, you would probably cry in the meantime.

Today’s microSD card is the Samsung EVO+ 256GB with a UHS speed class of 3 (U3). The box claims up to 100MB/s read and 90MB/s write speeds.” Hmm, we shall see. Box claims always tend to be exaggerated — especially when the fine print on the back indicates that the actual transfer speed might be lower for whatever reason.

Nonetheless, this card does produce decent results, and it is 100% compatible with Linux. Let’s look at a few benchmarks.

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Five Raspberry Pi Uses

📅 January 31, 2018
The Raspberry Pi is a wonder worker!

So many uses are possible. If you enjoy Linux, then the Pi wonder becomes even more wonderful since most applications depend upon Linux.

Do you have a Raspberry Pi tucked away in a box somewhere because you are not sure what to do with it after the novelty wore off?

Here are five free, useful purposes for the humble Pi.

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Run Windows93 in Linux!

📅 October 3, 2017
Windows Ninety-WHAT?

Do you idle your time away watching pointless cat videos on YouTube like most netizens?

Yes? Really?

Then, why not idle your time away while reminiscing the “good ol’ computing days” with the one and only Windows93 operating system?

“Windows93? Never heard of it. Is this a joke?”

Nope. It really exists.

“Which? The joke or Windows93?”

Both.

And the best part…it works in Linux!

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