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4096-Byte Sector Hard Drives & Linux
· β˜• 2 min read · ✍️ Sathya
Recently, I bought a pair of those new Western Digital Caviar Green drives. These new drives represent a transitional point from 512-byte sectors to 4096-byte sectors. A number of articles have been published recently about this, explaining the benefits and some of the challenges that we’ll be facing during this transition. Reportedly, Linux should unaffected by some of the pitfalls of this transition, but my own experimentation has shown that Linux is just as vulnerable to the potential performance impact as Windows XP.

[How-to] Fix the Buggy Intel Driver in Jaunty
· β˜• 1 min read · ✍️ Bharath
So this is a short post on one pestering problem. If youre using Jaunty and find this problem then use the link that follows. When i installed Jaunty i had problems (as usual). One of them was this. First off, videos wont play in any video player. Codecs are in place, no doubt. But the player would go crashing down. Even vlc, which uses a seperate set of codecs fails :(

Start torrent downloads from anywhere using Dropbox and Transmission
· β˜• 2 min read · ✍️ Sathya

I’ve been using Dropbox pretty extensively ever since its private beta days and just love its simplicity and ease with which I can keep all my files in sync across multiple computers. Even more awesome is its simple web interface - just upload a file and boom, the file you uploaded gets sync’d across all your computers. This coupled with Transmission{#aptureLink_qW0FfjT1X1}β€˜s abilityΒ  to start downloading torrents automatically when a torrent file is available in a folder means you can start torrent downloads from anywhere, even if your computer is not accessible. Let me show how you can do this.