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Using RapidDisk with VeraCrypt

πŸ“… February 17, 2017
cover“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.

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RapidDisk – Improved Hard Drive Caching

πŸ“… February 14, 2017
coverDo 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, 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.

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Are You Smarter Than Chess for Linux?

πŸ“… December 29, 2016
chess07The 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.

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Software – A Better Software Manager for Linux Mint

πŸ“… December 23, 2016
coverLinux Mint is a superb operating system, but its default software manager is rather lacking. WeΒ 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.

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i7z – What Is Your i7/i5/i3 CPU Doing?

πŸ“… December 20, 2016
coverAre 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.

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bindechexascii – The Command-Line Converter

πŸ“… December 16, 2016
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Wha…what?

Need a quick and easy way to convert between binary, ASCII, decimal, and hexadecimal values?

Try bindechexascii!

 

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Hide Text in Text Files Using stegsnow

πŸ“… December 14, 2016
coverSteganography is the practice (or art) of hiding secret messages in plain view.

Take an image file of a flower, for example. Opening the file shows a flower. Whoopie. However, there might be a hidden message encoded inside the bits and bytes of the image data that is not visible unless certain software is used to decode it.

The same can apply to text files. You could write an innocent readme.txt file that looks like any other text file of instructions when opened normally. With steganography, you could encode a secret message within readme.txt that includes game cheat codes, secret contact information, a cookie recipe, ASCII art, or whatever else you wish to convey to your accomplice who receives the file.

stegsnow is a fun command line program that encodes secret messages in ASCII text files.Β Use stegsnow to encode a text file with a hidden message, and then use stegsnow again to extract the message from the file. The file’s text contents are not altered, so the file reads the same as it did before encoding. Anyone unaware would open the text file and see the innocent text contents in a standard text editor, but “those who know” would run the file with stegsnow to see a completely different message.

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