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Run Windows93 in Linux!

๐Ÿ“… 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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Create ASCII Charts in a Gui using asciio

๐Ÿ“… 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

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Get System Info with dmidecode

๐Ÿ“… August 28, 2017
The Desktop Management Interface (DMI) is a vendor-neutral, standardized framework for managing and gathering information about a computer system.

 

 

 

Which memory slots are populated?

What is the BIOS revision number?

What ports are located on the motherboard?

What is the processor version?

Using a program called dmidecode, these questions and many, many other technical details can be retrieved and displayed at the command line without having to open your computer case and reading tiny print on labels or in poorly-translated multi-lingual manuals.

As long as your hardware supports the DMI protocol, which is almost all modern hardware these days, then you can view the information using dmidecode.

Do you need to know the configured clock speed of your RAM? dmidecode will report the speed without needing to reboot into BIOS. Sure, fancy GUI programs, such as hardinfo, report identical information, but sometimes you simply want to impress your inner geek with command-line goodness.

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View ASCII Art System Info with Neofetch

๐Ÿ“… August 24, 2017
Have you opened a terminal, such as RetroPie for the Raspberry Pi, and admired the RetroPie ASCII art logo adjacent to a brief system information listing?

Wouldn’t it be fun to do the same in a desktop Linux installation?

You can!

With a program called neofetch, you can view the ASCII art logo for your current distribution complete with a synopsis of system information.

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Enjoy Smoother Video with SmoothVideo Project

๐Ÿ“… August 11, 2017
Have you ever admired the smooth motion video seen on 120Hz and 240Hz HDTVs in an electronics store and thought, “Oh, wow. It would be nice to watch my videos like that!”?

Well, now you can!

SmoothVideo Projectย is a free/pay, cross-platform software product that converts any existing video to 60fps on a computer to produce fluid motion without the stutter or jitter inherent in many video sources due to low frame rates.

Here is my experience installing and using this fun piece of software with Linux Mint.

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How to Set Up Anonymous FTP with ProFTP

๐Ÿ“… June 10, 2017
Anonymous FTP is a handy way to provide public files to users over a LAN. Any user may log in to the FTP server without requiring an account on the FTP server itself. Just log in as anonymous and download.

But how can we set this up?

In this quick tutorial, we will see how the process works and what configuration settings must be made for a read-only anonymous FTP login.

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Hard Drive Caching in Windows 7

๐Ÿ“… May 6, 2017
After experiencing good success in Linux using RapidDisk and Flashcache (on older kernels) to speed up mechanical hard drive reads, I thought it would be fun to discover if such software existed for Windows.

Is it possible to install hard drive caching software in Windows 7? How would it perform?

I tried fourย programs, PrimoCache, HDDTurbo, SuperCache 6, and eboostr, and tested reads using CrystalDiskMark. Here are my results.

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