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Fixing Samsung SSD 840 EVO performance issues in Linux Jul 20, 2015

It's been a while since I posted about replacing an iMac's HDD with a solid-state drive (SSD) Samsung 840 EVO, and also about tuning your Ubuntu for it. Once done, you can enjoy the awesome overall responsiveness of your system and instantaneous application startup. And all that at an affordable price.

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Trimming big Jul 20, 2015

I've always wondered how those mile-long roadside hedges get trimmed. And recently witnessed the process, which, expectedly, makes use of technology:

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Upgrade of Koss PortaPro headphones Jul 11, 2015

I managed to upgrade the best-selling Koss PortaPro headphones using a couple of items I've bought on eBay. The headphones are some ten years old now, yet sturdy and rocking, and now have become even better: Koss PortaPro headphones after the upgrade.

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USB testers and charging speed Jun 14, 2015

Out of curiosity I've ordered a couple of USB voltage testers from eBay (there's plenty of them there). USB voltage testers.

For your information, a USB voltage and current tester is a device for measuring voltage and current coming from a USB output into a gadget (usually being charged).

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4K UHD TV Samsung UE75HU7500: a complete review ‣ Part 6. Location, conclusions May 25, 2015

This TV can be either attached to the stand or mounted on the wall.

The first option seems arguable to me: because of its huge size (and the related windage), the panel will sway at any breath. And it won't survive its falling down (neither will its owner).

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4K UHD TV Samsung UE75HU7500: a complete review ‣ Part 5. AV format support May 24, 2015

The built-in video player features an impressive list of codecs and containers. It includes modern formats such as FLV and MKV, and even the recently introduced H.265 and VP8 (WebM):

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