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Vivaldi 3.0 Released

šŸ“… April 22, 2020
The free Vivaldi web browser has been one of my favorites over the years, and the latest version 3.0 is a worthwhile upgrade that preserves everything I like while adding improvements.

After using version 3.0 for a little while, it has proven to be just as reliable as previous versions. Most notable is the new tracking and ad blocking privacy feature now built into the browser itself!

That’s right. There should not be a need to install a third-party ad-blocker anymore.

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TypeCatcher Font Picker

šŸ“… March 25, 2020
“Is there an easy way to preview, pick, and install fonts?”

Yes!

Hidden within the depths of the Ubuntu repository is a (probably) little-known program called TypeCatcher that allows you to preview, download, and install fonts directly from Google Fonts without needing to visit the Google Fonts web site at all.

Fonts can be quickly viewed and either downloaded to your computer or installed on your system with the click of a button. Talk about easy!

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The Mad Catz R.A.T. 8+ 1000 Limited Edition and Linux

šŸ“… January 14, 2020
Look at the colors!

The Mad Catz R.A.T. 8+ is a fine mouse that works well with Linux, so how can it be improved? Why, with a new color scheme, of course!

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The UGREEN USB Card Reader and Linux

šŸ“… October 1, 2019
Here is a nifty device that I have been using with Linux for some time: The UGREEN USB Card Reader.

It is a USB 3.0 microSD and SD card reader the size of a larger USB stick possessing Type-A and Type-C plugs that can read two cards at a time. And best of all, it is 100% compatible with Linux!

 

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More SATA Ports for Linux

šŸ“… July 24, 2019
“Oops! My motherboard ran out of SATA ports. How can I add more?”

This was indeed my predicament after all eight SATA-III ports on my motherboard were used by hard drives, and I needed to connect more hard drives to the same system. (RAID in Linux is super cool!)

Is there a way to increase the SATA port count beyond the motherboard limitations?

Yes, and it involved using an inexpensive SATA controller card. I bought one for myself, and it has been working brilliantly in Linux. Here are my thoughts.

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Samsung 970 EVO Plus and Linux

šŸ“… June 26, 2019
“NVMe again!”

What? You say a 3.5″ 7200 RPM hard drive generating heat from its loud whirring noise is not fast enough? Then, why not upgrade to faster, smaller storage in the form of NVMe in an M.2 slot?

In my attempt to develop a faster system, I tried the 500GB and the 1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus NVMe M.2 stick in Linux Mint 19.1 to replace a slow, outdated, out-of-warranty 7200 RPM hard drive from 2008.

Here are my results and thoughts about this fantastic stick of silicon the size of a stick of gum used with Linux Mint.

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The Customizable Mad Catz RAT 8+ Optical Mouse and Linux

šŸ“… 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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