Mint Linux 17.2 with XFCE

Mint Linux 17.2 with XFCE Review

Review of Mint Linux 16.1 with XFCE on older Asus Laptop

For this review I am using an old Asus laptop of mine that I have owned for several years. It has served me well, but now it’s hardware is a little dated and limited. It does run Windows 7 fairly well but will lag at times running some more resource intensive apps like photoshop or illustrator. And I have never used it for gaming as I don’t think it would be suitable for that. It has an AMD dual core processor that runs at 1.4 Ghz, not too fast. And it has Four Gig’s of RAM.

So here are the specs from my old laptop:
Learn more about the ASUS X401U-EBL4

Model
Brand
ASUS
Model
X401U-EBL4

Quick Info
Color
Matte Deep Blue
Operating System
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
CPU
AMD Dual Core E1-1200 1.4GHz
Screen
14″
Memory
4 GB DDR3
Storage
320 GB
Graphics Card
AMD Radeon HD 7310
Video Memory
Shared memory
Communication
Gigabit LAN and WLAN
Dimensions (W x D x H)
13.54″ x 9.49″ x 0.94″ – 1.18″
Weight
3.88 lbs.

CPU
CPU Type
AMD Dual-Core Processor
CPU Speed
E1-1200 (1.4 GHz)
CPU L2 Cache
1MB

Display
Screen Size
14.0″
Wide Screen Support
Yes

Operating System
Operating System
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit

Graphics
GPU/VPU
AMD Radeon HD 7310
Video Memory
Shared system memory
Graphic Type
Integrated Card

Hard Drives
HDD
320 GB

Memory
Memory
4 GB
Memory Type
204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM

Communications
LAN
10/100/1000Mbps
WLAN
802.11b/g/n Wireless LAN

Ports
USB
1 x USB 2.0
1 x USB 3.0
Video Port
1 x VGA
HDMI
1 x HDMI
Audio Ports
1 x Microphone Jack, 1 x Headphone Jack

Input Device
Webcam
0.3MP webcam with built-in microphone

Power
Battery
6-cell lithium ion
Battery Life
Up to 5 hours 34 mins

Dimensions & Weight
Dimensions (W x D x H)
13.54″ x 9.49″ x 0.94″ – 1.18″
Weight
3.88 lbs.

And here are some photos of it:
Asus LaptopAsus Laptop


Mint linux is my favorite flavor of Linux lately but I usually run the KDE desktop which is a bit heavy for older hardware. Although I’m sure that my older Asus is capable of running it, I still think it would maybe be a little bit sluggish. So when I had to choose a desktop version of Mint Linux to run on it, I decided to give the lightweight XFCE desktop a try. I figured that I would not be able to get the desktop effects, such as wobbly windows and the 3D desktop cube with this lightweight desktop, but after installing it, I have to admin that I was pleasantly surprised. It does run very fast as I expected, but it also looks great and comes with compiz desktop effects (just needs to be enabled in settings), which I did not expect.

Overall Mint Linux 17.2 with XFCE runs very smooth and fast, and I haven’t had any problems at all with it….

Mint Linux 17.2 with XFCE

Mint Linux 17.2 with XFCE

Shane Zentz Camo Windows 7 Theme

Windows 7 Theme by Shane Zentz

Hi,

Here is a new Windows 7 Theme created be me, Shane Zentz. It contains 18 photos created by me using photoshop. (the photos may be a little small 1024 x 768, but I will increase the size of the photos for my next theme.) So here it is, available to download at 4shared.com : http://www.4shared.com/file/F1QGG3tc/Shane-Zentz-Camo.html Go ahead and download it and try it out and feel free to let me know what you think of it.

Here is a preview of some of the included artwork photos by Shane Zentz included

in the theme:

Shane Zentz Camo Windows 7 Theme

Shane Zentz Camo Windows 7 Theme

 

Thanks for reading this post and for reading my blog!

Shane Zentz Camo Windows 7 Theme

Shane Zentz Camo Windows 7 Theme

Shane Zentz Camo Windows 7 Theme

Shane Zentz Camo Windows 7 Theme

How To Access Secret God Mode in Windows 7

How to access Secret God Mode in Windows 7

by Shane Zentz

A Cool Trick in Windows 7

I just learned a cool new trick in Windows 7 and thought that I would share it. It is called ‘God Mode’ and I suppose was suppose to be a secret, but the secret somehow leaked out. Basically what this does is creates a secret folder that contains all the controls that can be changed or manipulated by the admin user all combined in one place. I don’t think that this is like the ‘Super User’ in Linux. It’s just that it places all the controls into one folder, which makes it easier to administer Windows 7 from just one link. It is really easy to do, just create a folder somewhere on your harddrive (I chose the desktop), and rename it to:
GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}
and when you do, it’s icon will change from a folder to the ‘God Mode’ icon that you can see in this photo:

windows-7-god-mode-folder

windows-7-god-mode-folder

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When you open the ‘God Mode’ folder, this is what you will see:

windows-7-god-mode-folder

windows-7-god-mode-folder

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From this folder you will have access to Action Center tools which includes things like user account control settings. You will also have access to administrative tools, backup and restore, credential manager, date and time settings, default program settings, device manager, devices and printers, display settings, folder options, fonts, settings for internet explorer, network and sharing center, performance information and tools, program settings, account settings, and much more. So try out God Mode in Windows 7 if you like to have one central location for all of the administration options.

Thanks for reading this post!
Shane Zentz

What's New in Windows 8

What’s New in Windows 8

A Breif Review of Windows 8 by Shane Zentz

Windows 8 Contains some New Features along with Familiar Windows Features

The first thing I noticed when first using Windows 8 was the new Tiled Start Screen. This is a little unusual in an Operating System and was a little unexpected, but after using it for a while I found it intuitive and kind of cool. At first I was at a loss as to how to find the traditional desktop, and I suspect that a lot of Windows users will have the same experience. Once I figured out how to get to the traditional desktop, I felt like I was using Windows Operating System again. Except for one thing. Where is the Start Button? Try as I might I could not find the Start Button. I have to admit that this is one feature of Windows 8 that I really don’t like, and I think that it is a mistake to leave out the Start Button that all Windows users will expect (and want) to see. Once you get past the missing start button and the new way of getting to applications and the new way of doing tasks in Windows, there are some cool new features that are worth a mention.

One cool feature is that now Windows 8 comes with anti-virus software built in. This used to be called ‘Windows Defender’ and in the past it had to be manually installed by the user, but now it is installed by default. This is really a good feature that any Windows user will appreciate. Another new feature is the Windows App Store, where Windows users can get both free and paid Windows Apps. I have to admit that I haven’t spent that much time looking through the App Store but I would assume that most popular Windows Applications could be easily found and installed through the App Store. I will post an update to this post when I have more time to check this Windows App Store out.

Another feature of Windows 8 that sounds promising is the ‘One Click Restore’ feature, which is now called a ‘Refresh’. This is just like the ‘Restore’ function of previous versions of Windows, except that now it can be performed in just ‘One Click’. Also ‘Windows Explorer’ has been redisigned, but still functions much the same as all the previous versions of Windows Explorer, but it does look better.

Windows 8 has promised performance increases which I would welcome and I think that most Windows users would like as well. The better start up times and shut down times are something that Windows has needed for a long time. Both Mac OS and any version of Linux OS will blow older versions of Windows away when it comes to start up times and shut down times, but Windows 8 should be faster. I noticed a slight increase in start up and shut down times, but not anything like what has been promised.

Overall, I like some of the new features of Windows 8 and I am taking a wait and see attitude to see if it will live up to the hype and expectations. I still feel the need to complain about the lack of the traditional start button on the desktop, but all in all there are some cool new features in Windows 8.

Shane Zentz