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    What exactly do you do with your computer at home ?

    After I boot my PC I visit Facebook then I open my email and that's it.

    I cant find anything interesting to do with my PC.

    What exactly do you do with your computer at home ?
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    Re: What exactly do you do with your computer at home ?

    I have VMs as hack targets, I game (Linux only), I write, I surf, answer and ask tech questions on boards, I chat on IRC and Telegram, I do my banking, probably more, can't think of anything else at the moment.
    “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.”

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    Re: What exactly do you do with your computer at home ?

    I read every new message on Ubuntuforums.org and reply to some of them.
    regards

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    Re: What exactly do you do with your computer at home ?

    Quote Originally Posted by sevendogs1337 View Post
    I have VMs as hack targets, I game (Linux only), I write, I surf, answer and ask tech questions on boards, I chat on IRC and Telegram, I do my banking, probably more, can't think of anything else at the moment.
    I too have a VM (same Lubuntu 18.04) I use it mainly to browse porn.

    I want to try gaming on Linux but don't have the money to buy any games.

    I visit IRC only when I have a problem and try to find an answer before posting

    here but most of the time I need this forum.

    Quote Originally Posted by rbmorse View Post
    I read every new message on Ubuntuforums.org and reply to some of them.
    I do the exact same thing but these days the number of replies to threads is very low.

    The number of threads created is still high.
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    Re: What exactly do you do with your computer at home ?

    First stop is eMail, then it depends on my mood

    Everything gets tweaked software and hardware, thats my never ending task. Latest project, turn half a laptop (no screen,keyboard,storage) into a docking station for my current laptop using some form of a cluster, beowulf I guess. In theory I would end up with 16 core processing.

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    Re: What exactly do you do with your computer at home ?

    Web browsing; web searches; email; using Geany and LibreOffice Writer for text documents; using LibreOffice Calc for a few spreadsheets; viewing other documents (for example, pdf docs with qpdfview); listening to music using Audacious or YouTube; blogging; working with photos that I've taken; learning more about Linux; checking in at Linux forums; downloading isos; tweaking my desktops; paying some bills. That's all I can think of at the moment, but I'm probably leaving something out. No gaming.

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    Re: What exactly do you do with your computer at home ?

    Question got me thinking, very bad idea. So did a google search on something did not think would be there, but there is. https://www.google.com/search?client...UTF-8&oe=UTF-8

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    Re: What exactly do you do with your computer at home ?

    The main thing I do is make videos. I have over 2000 videos on youtube. I also watch videos: news, how-to's, and anything else I find interesting. (No porn).
    I write and have published books on Amazon and Google Play Books. I have a couple of thousand out there, and every month I get about 6 to 8 royalty checks sent to my bank.
    Then I sell stuff on eBay, Amazon, and a local market place in my area through facebook.
    I also do webpages, run a server, operate a sound system at a church, which encludes editing sound files.
    I do so much I don't know how I find time to get it all done and still write and answer posts out here.
    Information on my Main laptop. Information on my small laptop Dell 11 3000
    Using a Asus 3632QM laptop with 8gig RAM, 250 SSD.
    Machine Registered 366271, 366273, 366275.
    Registered Ubuntu user number 18630. Registered Linux user number 458093.

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    Re: What exactly do you do with your computer at home ?

    I use it for YouTube and Facebook when I'm bored or tired.
    My main usage of my PC is related to getting the max performance from my stuff for almost no money. My PCs are interesting; 7 to 16 years old, except my Ryzen 3:
    - 2019 Ryzen 3 2200G (New, except the disks; 1x SSD 128 GB and HDDs 500 + 1000 GB and 320 GB laptop HDD)
    - 2008 HP dc5850 with a Phenom II X4 B97 (1x laptop HDD 160 GB and 1x 80 GB HDD)
    - 2012 HP Elitebook with an i5-2520M and 1 TB SSHD
    - 2003 Pentium 4 HT (from parts I had lying around) with 2 IDE HDDs (320+ 250 GB) and 1 SATA-1 laptop HDD (320GB).

    All PCs run Ubuntu or Ubuntu Mate, only the Pentium runs FreeBSD-12. All systems boot and use ZFS, with memory caching and if possible SSD caching.
    I'm constantly looking how to improve the performance, some improvements are:
    - Boot from striped HDDs (P4 and Phenom) and use striped HDDs in the Ryzen for the Virtual Machines (VMs).
    - Dual boot the Ryzen from a LZ4 compressed ZFS datapool with 2 datasets (folders) on the SSD.
    - Use LZ4 compression for all OSes, it improved usability for the SSHD.
    - Memory caching results in instantaneous response times in my VMs and Linux reboot times are 6 to 10 seconds.
    - SSD caching improved VM boot times; from striped HDDs it takes 40-60 seconds and from SSD cache it takes 15-25 seconds.

    The laptop SSHD and P4 HDDs are used as backup for the Ryzen, so i use the ZFS send/receive over ssh to backup my VMs. On a 1 Gbps link the backup is sent from 64-bits Ubuntu 19.04 to 32-bits FreeBSD-12 (the miracle of well designed software).

    The performance issues for the coming period are;
    - The Phenom II; those two HDDs are extremely slow with a throughput of 60MB/s or less, rearrange some disks or spend $50 - $100 in the future for a Ryzen NVME and rearrange afterwards?
    - The P4 transfer speed is only 250 Mbps, because the P4 CPU load is ~90%.
    --- So do I need 1 or 3 cheap Chinese 1 GB 400MHz DDR sticks; to enable hyper-threading and to increase the cache size. Expected CPU performance increase 20-30%.
    --- How to avoid LZ4 re-compression in the P4 during transfer, that should increase the throughput to physically 300 Mbps. Those 300 Mbps would be 37 MBytes/s of compressed bytes so uncompressed it would equal to ~67 MByte/s (1.8 compression ratio).
    --- Maybe switch off LZ4 compression in the P4, it would only influence the new snapshots send.
    Last edited by lammert-nijhof; 1 Week Ago at 10:19 PM.

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    Re: What exactly do you do with your computer at home ?

    I always go to email first thing, then check my calendar, then social media and a few favorite forums, including Ubuntu Forums. I write a blog, do school work (LibreOffice mostly), and listen to music. That's pretty much it.

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