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