Posts Tagged software
📅 March 10, 2017
Can you type faster than a robot?
The Ubuntu Linux repository is filled with lesser-known gems that are surprisingly useful and fun. Speedpad is one of them.
This a typing practice program that displays a random quote from fortune, but you compete against a typing robot.
📅 February 27, 2017
“Does VeraCrypt slow down reads and writes?”
Do you want to encrypt your data, but are you concerned about a performance drop?
I was curious to find out if using VeraCrypt resulted in slower reads and writes for whole disk encryption with an external USB drive and for a standard file container, so I performed my own tests in Linux Mint 18.1.
How would the different encryption algorithms affect performance? Are some faster or slower than others?
Here are my results…
📅 February 17, 2017
“Can I use RapidDisk with VeraCrypt?”
Absolutely. If you have an encrypted volume with VeraCrypt, you can easily add a RAM cache to improve read performance.
The setup is the same as with a regular RapidDisk cache but with an added extra step to map the VeraCrypt volume.
📅 February 14, 2017
Do you have some extra RAM in your system?
Want better read speeds from slower mechanical hard drives?
How about adding a RAM drive to your system?
RapidDisk is an open source tool for Linux that enables you to create RAM disks for general purpose usage or use them as caching systems for existing hard drives.
I have been using RapidDisk myself on desktop systems, and I can say that it greatly improves the read performance of slow hard drives whether they be single drives or RAID arrays. You can even set up a RapidDisk RAM cache for a USB device. RAM disks are surpringly useful despite being volatile. Best of all, RapidDisk is free to obtain and simple to use after a little reading.
Here is how to use RapidDisk in Linux Mint 18.1 in a simple configuration so you can experience faster read speeds from your hard drives.
📅 December 29, 2016
The classic, time-tested game of pure skill called chess is available for Linux, and it is called…Chess.
Chess games are plentiful on many different platforms, and this is one version that is available for Linux. It features a GUI, simple pieces, and simple play mechanics.
📅 December 23, 2016
Linux Mint is a superb operating system, but its default software manager is rather lacking. We can install a better software manager that looks sleeker and is easier to navigate than Linux Mint’s Software Manager.
This article shows how to install the gnome-software program, which is the same user-friendly software manager seen in Ubuntu and Xubuntu. Yes, we can use it in Linux Mint.
📅 December 20, 2016
Are you pondering important life questions, such as, “What is the temperature and current frequency of my Core i7 CPU?”
“I have no idea what C0/C1/C3/C6/C7 states are, but I sure want to know how much time my CPU spends in them.”
“What is the stepping, model, and family info of my i7 CPU? Are we related in some way?”
Well, ponder no longer because the command line program i7z (a reporting tool for Intel i7/i5/i3 processors) will answer those questions for you in real time. And if that is not enough, information can be logged to a log file for serious analysis later.