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rig – The Random Identity Generator

đź“… December 7, 2016
coverSeeking fun with random identities? Need a fake name and address but cannot seem to think of anything?

Try rig!

rig is a command line program that generates simple names and addresses for use with registration where you might need a fake name in order to avoid spam or for whatever reason…like just plain fun.

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GUI Juggling with JuggleMaster Deluxe

đź“… December 2, 2016
jmdlx1What? ASCII art leaves you wanting more? Then, why not have a look at JuggleMaster Deluxe?

aajm is a program that lets you watch a man juggle balls using ASCII art. You can adjust speed and styles and more.

Here is a related program that achieves the same effect but using a GUI. With JuggleMaster Deluxe, you can watch smooth juggling animations with colored balls to mesmerize yourself or to learn how to juggle.

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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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