Posts Tagged software

View ASCII Art System Info with Neofetch

📅 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

📅 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 Project 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

📅 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

📅 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 four programs, PrimoCache, HDDTurbo, SuperCache 6, and eboostr, and tested reads using CrystalDiskMark. Here are my results.

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Typing Practice with speedpad

📅 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.

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VeraCrypt and Encryption Algorithm Performance

📅 February 27, 2017
cover“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…

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Using RapidDisk with VeraCrypt

📅 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.

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