SSD Upgrade to Samsung Evo 500

Recently upgraded my 2-3 year old Corsair Force 3 240Gb SSD [$199 then] to the Samsung Evo 500Gb [formatted you get 466Gb]. 224Gb is roughly what you get when you format a 240Gb SSD and l have been running out of temp scratch and users folder space on my Operating system Drive C currently running Windows 10.

The main difference l found between the Samsung evo and Evo pro is 5 vs 10 years warranty and the guaranteed number of reads. The Evo 500 was on sale for $156 – l had a local Frys store match the current price on

Below are benchmark test results. Speed up is roughly 3x and the Samsung is almost about 1/2 as thick as the Crucial was.

as-ssd-bench Samsung SSD 850 8.29.2015 9-32-01 AM as-ssd-bench Samsung SSD 850 8.29.2015 9-31-35 AM

as-ssd-bench Corsair Force 3 8.29.2015 3-26-32 AM

as-ssd-bench Corsair Force 3 8.29.2015 3-25-58 AM


Compare the sizes


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Ubuntu: Python, import tkinter fails

Tkinter is used to make GUI buttons, windows in Python.

To get this working on ubuntu, or linuxmint, do this:

sudo apt-get install tk-dev


import Tkinter

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Upgrade to Blender 2.75 from LinuxMint

Screenshot from 2015-07-22 19:50:21



sudo add-apt-repository ppa:thomas-schiex/blender

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install blender
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Android Studio, Java JDK Setup for Linux, Linuxmint 17

Setting up to run Android Studio [used for Google’s Android mobile app development] , on Linuxmint:

Screenshot from 2015-05-11 21:22:40


updating Android SDK


Screenshot from 2015-05-11 21:21:28

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Bach Cello Suite No.1 – Prelude (Yo-Yo Ma)

Got hooked on this wonderful classical musics again while taking a break watching Marvel’s Daredevil

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Cinebenchmark R15 – GTX560Ti vs GTX970 GPU Card

Some comparative results between an older GTX560Ti [384 cuda units] and a GTX970 [1664 cuda units], mainly using Cinebench R15 and 3d mark software.






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Cinebenchmark R15 – GTX860M GPU Card




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How to change or disable login sound in Linux Mint 17

I find the start up sound upon logging into Linux Mint 17 [rebecca] annoying, and struggled to find out how to turn it off. Here’s how.

Click on the linux mint bottom left icon, and navigate to preferences/system settings/sound/sound effects tab:

Screenshot from 2015-03-23 19:03:33 Screenshot from 2015-03-23 19:04:18

Simply uncheck Starting Cinnamon as well as Leaving Cinnamon.

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Wood Chipping…

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Linux Mint on Alienware 17 – Setup Notes – Nvidia Graphics – Cuda

Linux Mint on Alienware 17 – Setup Notes Nvidia Graphics, Cuda 7 :


Useful link, click here

  • install linux mint, see my other blog post
  • sudo apt-get update
  • sudo apt-get upgrade
  • reboot
  • menu/administration/driver manager, select top nvidia driver, wait, reboot
  • download and install nvidia cuda deb file from nvidia cuda development website, run this, reboot, and very importantly, reboot, then run sudo apt-get update then apt-get upgrade
  • from terminal, run: sudo apt-get install cuda      this will take a while, reboot and test your system.
  • revision – download the .run file from nvidia cuda developer download website
  • set the permission on the .run file to be executable
  • press crtl_alt_f1 to go to text mode
  • run the commands below
  • I use blender and boinc, those applciations should show cuda is installed on your system.



below is my terminal history:

1  sudo apt-get install gparted
2  df -h
3  sudo apt-get update
4  sudo apt-get upgrade
5  sudo reboot

16  sudo apt-get update
17  sudo apt-get upgrade
18  sudo apt-get install vlc
19  sudo apt-get install gimp
20  sudo apt-get install audacity
21  sudo apt-get install cuda
22  sudo reboot
23  df -h
24  sudo apt-get update
25  sudo apt-get upgrade
26  sudo apt-get install inkspace
27  sudo apt-get install blender
28  sudo apt-get install boinc
29  sudo apt-get install audacity
30  sudo apt-get install darktable

36  sudo apt-get install vobcopy
37  sudo apt-get install nmap
38  sudo apt-get install sqlsus
39  sudo apt-get install sqlninja

62  sudo apt-get install openshot
63  sudo apt-get install darktable

68  sudo add-apt-repository ppa:thomas-schiex/blender
69  sudo apt-get update
70  sudo apt-get install blender
71  sudo apt-get install virtualbox
72  sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras
73  sudo apt-get install flashplugin-installer

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