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April 10, 2015 Notes

is a terminal emulator and can be compared with other popular terminal emulators such as gnome-terminal (Gnome), Konsole (KDE),
xterm and many others.

Plank is a Lightweight Application Dock For Linux.

Cairo-Dock is a desktop interface that takes the shape of docks, desklets, panel, etc. It's available from the Ubuntu repository.

Mushkin Ventura Ultra - is the fastest native USB 3.0 flash drive on the planet.

Alan uses the Mushkin Ventura Ultra 120GB Flash Drive - about $75.00
Read speed: up to 445MB/sec
Write Speed: up to 440MB/sec

Available from:

Mushkin Enhanced Ventura Plus - is a USB Flash Drive with both performance and functionality at a price that can’t be beat.

Alan uses the Mushkin Ventura Ultra 16GB Flash Drive - about $12.00
Read speed: up to 200MB/sec
Write Speed: up to 25MB/sec

Available from:

Intel Announces Insanely Fast 750 Series Solid State Drive Line

Intel SSD 750 Series 1.2TB PCIe and 2.5" SFF Review - NVMe for the Consumer

Alan's Living Room Entertainment Setup

CanaKit Raspberry Pi 2 Complete Starter Kit with WiFi (Latest Version Raspberry Pi 2 + WiFi + Original Preloaded 8GB SD Card + Case +
Power Supply + HDMI Cable)

Open Embedded Linux Entertainment Center (OpenELEC) is a small Linux distribution built from scratch as a platform to turn your computer
into a Kodi (previously XBMC) media center.

Kodi (formerly known as XBMC) is an award-winning free and open source (GPL) software media player and entertainment hub that can be
installed on Linux, OSX, Windows, iOS, and Android, featuring a 10-foot user interface for use with televisions and remote controls. It
allows users to play and view most videos, music, podcasts, and other digital media files from local and network storage media and the

To get started with Raspberry Pi you need an operating system. NOOBS (New Out Of the Box Software) is an easy operating system install
manager for the Raspberry Pi.

iPazzPort Gamer H7 2.4Ghz Mini Wireless Keyboard and Multi Touchpad for PC Android TV Box PS3 and HTPC IPTV

Intel Compute Stick - Available May 1, 2015

Intel Compute Stick - Linux, 32GB ($109) - ($109)

Intel Compute Stick - Win 8.1, 32GB ($149) - ($149)

3 Things You Need to Know About Google Inc.'s Tiny New Chromebit Computers

Google's Chromebit Turns Any TV into a Chrome PC for Under $100

How to Make a Windows 10 USB Bootable Flash Drive

Windows USB/DVD Download Tool

Make a USB Flash Drive Bootable
From a administrator command prompt...
list disk
select disk ?
create partition primary
select partition 1
format fs=ntfs quick label=”WINDOWS 10”

Microsoft’s Nano Server is All About the Cloud

9 Questions New Linux Users Always Ask

Ubuntu MATE 15.04

- is a screen recorder for Linux. Despite the name, this program is actually quite complex. It's 'simple' in the sense that it's easier to use than ffmpeg/avconv or VLC :).

System76 Introduces The Broadwell-Powered, Ubuntu-Loaded "Meerkat" 

Review: Intel’s Broadwell mini PC is a next-generation Ultrabook in a box

Intel NUC5i5RYK Review: A Broadwell-U UCFF PC for Enthusiasts

Intel NUC

Intel NUC5i5RYK SFF Review: This Week in Computer Hardware 304

Intel CPU Codenames

Why I’m Saying Goodbye to Apple, Google and Microsoft - I’m putting more trust in communities than corporations.

March 5, 2015 Notes

Southern California Linux Expo

Southern California Linux Expo YouTube videos

SCALE - Linux Action Show from the floor

Shuttle SH67H3 running FreeNAS

FreeNAS presentation at SCALE by Dru Lavigne


FreeNAS YouTube Videos

FreeNAS User Guide 9.3

FreeNAS Community

Tails presentation at SCALE by Kyle Rankin

Tails above the Rest: the Installation

Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu phone

HP ships one Linux server every minute

The Real Story about Server Market Share

Intel Broadwell (microarchitecture)

Intel Skylake (microarchitecture)

Internet of Things

February 5, 2015 Notes

Lenovo ThinkServer TS440 Server
(A Home Server running Windows 8.1)
This home server can also be configured to run Linux, FreeBSD, etc.

It is simple, cheap and effective...

January 8, 2015 Notes

Intel Compute Stick