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ASUS Zenbook UX305LA 13.3-Inch Ultrabook with Ubuntu 14.04 Review

December 27, 2015

I finally replaced my 3-year-old Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook about 3 weeks ago with this cheaper ASUS Zenbook UX305LA model.

I originally intended to replace it with the newer developer edition of the XPS 13 line but then I found out a couple of days after I placed my order that an even newer model with a newer generation CPU that's more efficient and a faster SSD was just released. The newer edition also ...

Ubuntu users: How to upgrade the BIOS of your Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook

November 22, 2014

For a machine being sold with Ubuntu pre-installed, I find it surprising that Dell doesn't have a utility to make BIOS updates easy on Ubuntu.

Dell's BIOS update utility only runs on Windows or DOS.  So for us Ubuntu users, we'll need a way to run DOS on our machines and execute their update utility there.  Luckily, there's FreeDOS.

If you're having stability or performance issues, updating the BIOS is ...

How to detect new sound devices using command line in Ubuntu 12.04

June 17, 2013

I sometimes connect my Ubuntu laptop to my LCD TV via the HDMI port to watch movies. When I plug in the cable the display works right away but the new sound device (the TV’s speakers) is usually not detected unless I log off and re-login.

An easier way to do this is to restart the pulseaudio service to detect the TV’s speakers via command line. To do this just type:

pulseaudio –kill ...

How to install the Ubuntu 12.04 ‘Sputnik’ image on your Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook

December 3, 2012

I got my new Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook a couple of weeks ago with the Windows 8 OS pre-installed. One of the main reasons I got this laptop was because of Project Sputnik, Dell’s attempt to build an Ubuntu-based developer laptop by working with Canonical.

I was waiting for Project Sputnik to finish before putting Ubuntu on it. About 3 days ago Dell finally announced that the developer edition of the XPS 13 was ...

Cracking passwords using the power of your GPU

July 12, 2011

I read this article a few weeks ago and I just had to try it. The use of GPUs in high performance computing is becoming very popular nowadays because you get so much computing power at very little cost compared to CPUs. You can pretty much buy a workstation and put 8 NVIDIA Tesla GPU cards in it and you got yourself a nice little supercomputer that can compete with a big CPU cluster or ...

How to recalibrate your Dell Streak’s touchscreen

February 21, 2011

A few days ago I was trying to unlock the screen on my Dell Streak and I was having a hard time dragging the lock icon, it wouldn’t go all the way through and not responding well. I thought my Dell Streak was busy at first, maybe a process was using up a lot of resources in the background, but when I was finally able to drag it all the way and at the ...