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Mesmerize Yourself with ASCII Art Juggling

đź“… November 27, 2016
aajm1Here is another entry in the totally-useless-but-fun-to-distract-yourself-with category of programs for Linux that make Linux fun.

The ASCII art jugglemaster (aajm) program shows a man juggling balls in a terminal using ASCII art.

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Vivaldi – A Superb Web Browser for Linux

đź“… October 11, 2016
vivaldi01What a web browser should be.

Vivaldi is a cross-platform web browser that aims to be “A Browser for Our Friends.

I did not know that the Vivaldi team and I were friends, but, hey, we could be if they continue producing software like this.

I have been using Vivaldi as my primary browser since its beta release, and I have watched it mature into one of the best browsers that I have ever enjoyed using.

Loaded with bells, whistles, customizations, and convenience features galore, Vivaldi impresses. Vivaldi 1.4 stable is the latest version as of the time of this writing. It is free and available for Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows.

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Customize Theme Colors with Oomox

đź“… August 22, 2016
lanceloth2aInterested in customizing your Linux desktop theme colors to a fine degree? Try Oomox!

Oomox is a program that lets you adjust and create your GTK theme colors for your Linux desktop and save the result as a brand new theme set.

Light themes. Dark themes. Classic themes. Wild themes. Your imagination is the limit!

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Which Firefox Addons Block YouTube Comments?

đź“… June 13, 2016
no_commentsNext to online ads, user comments have to be among the most annoying “interactive” additions to ever litter a web page. Comment blocking has now become a necessity.

No, I do not care what a fourteen-year-old thinks about copyright law — complete with misspellings, incorrect grammar, zero capitalization, awful sentence structure, and incoherent thoughts flavored with copious amounts of profanity. Multiply this by hordes of armchair experts, and a web page becomes a noisy mess of senseless, banal text.

I feel dumbed down just opening a web browser. Rather than simply ignoring the comments, I would prefer to eliminate them from a page completely in order to reduce visual clutter and focus on the content.

In the past, I would resort to my own low-level blocking techniques, but, thankfully, others have recognized this plight and responded by developing user-friendly comment-blocking browser plugins for various web browsers. This makes comment-blocking easier than ever.

However, not all comment blockers filter all comments, and some refuse to work properly at all or have become outdated.

I tested seven comment blocker addons for Firefox 46.0.1 running in Linux Mint 17.3 to see which ones would block comments from YouTube.

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Speed Up Your Hard Drive with Flashcache

đź“… May 9, 2016
comparisonDo you have a spare SSD? You can use it as a dedicated hard drive caching device using Flashcache.

Flashcache is software that allows you to use a block device, such as a solid state drive (SSD), to cache the most frequently accessed data from a slow, mechanical drive. It runs on Linux, and it is free.

Most hard drives possess built-in cache memory, but it is usually small — about 64 MB or so. SSDs can hold gigabytes of data, and you can use the entire drive to act as a cache. For example, if you have a 120G SSD, then you can have 120G of dedicated hard drive cache.

Of course, SSDs are not as fast as RAM, so you will be limited to the SSD read and write speeds. However, an SSD is much faster than any mechanical hard drive, so the speed increase is noticeable.

Here are my Flashcache results with 7200RPM hard drives, a Samsung 840 SSD, and Linux Mint 17.3.

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How To Set Up RetroPie 3.5 on Raspberry Pi 2 – Part 2

đź“… February 15, 2016
rgui2With hardware and basic EmulationStation configuration complete, we are ready for further adjustments.

 

 

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Linux Mint 17.3 – Another Great Update

đź“… December 16, 2015
lm173Linux Mint 17.3 was released a few days ago, and after using this new version for a while on a main system, I can say that this is definitely another worthy upgrade.

At first glance following installation, you might wonder, “What’s the difference? It looks the same as before.”

While 17.3 does appear similar to previous versions, 17.3 sports more polish and refinement in little areas as well as more robust operation (apparently). To start with, there is a new set of wallpapers available, and as you use the system over time, the improvements become noticeable.

For example, tweaks have been made throughout the operating system that simplify usage, and certain Nemo freezes (on the Cinnamon version) that I experienced involving SSH and SFTP did not occur in 17.3. It feels as if more time was spent ensuring a polished system.

The default eyecandy is familiar, but this is a good thing since it is a user interface people are already accustomed to. Users can dive in immediately.

Linux Mint 17.3 is a Trusty-based derivation and installs kernel 3.19.0-32, so any Trusty software you already have will work (assuming 32-bit or 64-bit).

As always, time will disclose the reliability of Linux Mint 17.3, but so far, this is certainly one of the best Linux distributions available and quite possibly superior to Ubuntu. Everything from installation to usage to maintenance is easy and hassle-free in Linux Mint, and 17.3 provides even more frustration-free computing. It is no wonder that Linux Mint dominates the Page Hit Ranking score on distrowatch.com as the most popular Linux distribution. Linux Mint does things right without getting in the way of using the computer and without annoying the user.

Beyond a doubt, this is the easiest and most enjoyable operating system I have ever used out all operating systems available over the past years, and I would recommend it to those seeking Linux.

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