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SSD Overprovisioning in Linux: The Case of a Samsung 850 EVO

As detailed in another post, I was in the process of installing and configuring Linux Mint on a solid state drive (SSD) in my Acer laptop. During that process, I needed to decide how to allocate space on the SSD. … Continue reading

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Using VMware to Run Software When Windows 10 Won’t

A previous post discusses my efforts to use VirtualBox to run software that ran fine in Windows 10 — until, one day, something (a Windows 10 update, apparently) caused that software not to run anymore. Unfortunately, the VirtualBox effort also ran … Continue reading

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Using VirtualBox to Run Software When Windows 10 Won’t

Note: this is the long version. The Summary has a short version. Another post may eventually provide a more detailed short version. Contents Summary Introduction VM Software Options for Choosing and Installing the Operating System Windows 7 Licensing and Activation … Continue reading

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Choosing the Best Benchmarks: A Comparison of VirtualBox vs. VMware Virtual Machines

As described in (1 2) other posts, I was looking at VirtualBox 5.2.6 and VMware Workstation Player 14.1.1 as possible ways to run certain software in a Windows 7 guest virtual machine (VM) on a Windows 10 host computer. The … Continue reading

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Smartphone Newbie’s Extensive Guide to TracFone Samsung Galaxy Core Prime S820

I was looking for an entry-level, pay-as-you-go smartphone. This post describes the process I went through in choosing and setting up the Samsung Galaxy Core Prime S820L smartphone from Walmart. This post includes some descriptions of my own learning and experiences, … Continue reading

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Slow Video Response on Laptop

I had installed Windows 7 on an Acer Aspire V3-772G-9829 laptop.  This laptop used an Intel Core i7 CPU and NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M with 4GB DDR3 VRAM.  In addition, I had a total of 12GB RAM and was running … Continue reading

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Windows 7: Speeding Up Web Browsing with Cache Tweaks

In a previous post, I explored the option of using a RAM disk to speed up web browsing, but found that simple adjustments to the browser’s cache settings made a tremendous difference in responsiveness and stability.  While that previous post … Continue reading

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Windows 7 RAM Disk: First Try

I had extra RAM in my machine.  I wanted to see if I could use it to make the system faster.  This post takes a look at that. Summary In this post (as developed in a later post), I focused on … Continue reading

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