Posts Tagged review
📅 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.
📅 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.
📅 October 3, 2017
Do you idle your time away watching pointless cat videos on YouTube like most netizens?
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?”
And the best part…it works in 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
📅 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.
📅 June 8, 2017
What? Your M.2 NVMe SSD is not fast enough and you want faster speeds?
I have had superb, speedy success using the Samsung 950 Pro NVMe SSD in Linux. Everything from system installation, booting, and everyday usage is a resounding success — even on a Z87-based motherboard.
With the release of the newer Samsung 960 EVO, would Linux performance be as good as or better than the 950 Pro?
Having finally acquired a Samsung 960 EVO 250G SSD for myself, it was time to find out.