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Category Archives: Desktop

Desktop and workstation topics, such as Windows, utility software, backup, etc. Essentially, home computing.

Splitting up a Zoom Video File


I recently helped out with my wife’s writing conference. During this conference, they recorded Vanessa Brantley Newton doing 1:1 critiques with authors and illustrators. The conference organizers (my wife and her co-leads) offered the attendees individual recordings of their critiques. So, I had to take the overall zoom download and split it up. There were […]

Ansible Playbook to Create Windows Ansible User (bootstrap)


In my last post, I looked at setting up WinRM to give Ansible remote access in to a Windows computer. Presumably, one would use a regular administrative account to do so. However, there are some reasons a regular user account would be less desirable. Namely, that in the Ansible hosts file, the password has to […]

Ansible setup for Windows using WinRM


The Ansible docs are a bit difficult to follow on setting up Windows using WinRM as the connection method. They state that there’s an easy-to-use script. Details about each component can be read below, but the script ConfigureRemotingForAnsible.ps1 can be used to set up the basics. This script sets up both HTTP and HTTPS listeners […]

Inateck USB3 2.5″ enclosure


I got an Inateck USB 3.0 2.5″ SATA III disk enclosure. I placed my OCZ SSD in there, and got the following Crystal Disk Mark results: ———————————————————————– CrystalDiskMark 5.0.2 x64 (C) 2007-2015 hiyohiyo Crystal Dew World : ———————————————————————– * MB/s = 1,000,000 bytes/s [SATA/600 = 600,000,000 bytes/s] * KB = 1000 bytes, KiB = […]

HP 350 G1 i3-4005U DDR3 Benchmarks


I recently bought this laptop. It came with 4GB of DDR3L-1600 CAS-11 memory. I also recently purchased a pair of 8GB OF DDR3L-1600 CAS-9 memory, figuring that this pair would allow for dual-channel acces and also that the CAS-9 would improve performance (not to mention that the extra memory in general would also help). I […]

Sandisk Extreme USB 3.0 64GB SDCZ80-064G-GAM46 Benchmark


Fresh out of the box:

That’s 167 MB/s sequential write—pretty cool. Since this is on Windows 7, there’s no UASP support, which should improve performance even more. Be the first to like. Like Unlike

Home Computer Setup Checklist


2017-02-09 Update As has been widely reported—and a good netizen recently pointed out to me—TrueCrypt is no longer being maintained. I’ve been using Bitlocker To Go (built into Pro versions of Windows) instead. This is only possible on Pro versions of Windows. But, I have Pro where I need it. There are alternatives. This article […]

Mushkin Ventura Pro 64GB USB 3.0 Benchmark


As formated out-of-the-box (58.9 GB FAT32):

After hard formatting as exFAT (with default 128kB clusters):

Got it from this slick deal. It actually performs better (on the reads) than advertised (advertised as 120MB/s), and slightly better on the writes (advertised as 70 MB/s). Update Oct 19 I ran some dd tests […]

Corsair USB 3.0 16GB CMFVYGT3-16GB speed test


Looks basically like that other Corsair I bought a month ago. I basically bought another one so I can set up my FreeBSD root as a mirror of two 16 GB USB drives that are relatively fast for USB (even in a USB 2.0 port). This is in a USB 3.0 port:

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USB 3.0 (SuperSpeed) flash/SSD drive tests


I ran these on my (8GB RAM) Sandy Bridge Core i7-2600K (not overclocked) H67 machine. I compared a newly bought USB 3.0 16 GB drive to an internal Kingston SATA and a previously purchased 8GB USB 3.0. I also compare the USB 3.0 drives to their performance with USB 2.0 port speeds. Be the first […]