Blog-of-gain

A tech-oriented blog from a Linux user


Latest blog updates

2020-08-31Motu M4 review: Add note about fixed duplex sound support.
2020-06-06Resizing KVM disk images: Add how to remove Windows recovery partition.
2020-05-11Converting modules into bitstream format: Add case study: Unreal Tournament soundtrack.
2020-04-12Of life and love: New article.
2019-12-31Uupumus - burnout (in Finnish): Lisätty loppuvuoden tilannepäivitys.

DIY acoustic tub

How to play the trumpet in a quiet environment the right way

Preview

Especially since getting an easily recurring tinnitus a few years ago I've been super careful not to play my trumpet without adequate damping. Wearing earplugs works, but doesn't feel or sound good, and it doesn't help the neighbours one bit. I decided to build myself an acoustic absorber tub. Read the article to see how it fares even in hard-surfaced rooms.

Updates

2018-11-18Add decibel measurements.

The recipe for the best laptop in the world

A retrospective Acer 1810T review

Preview

After reviewing my new Asus laptop and again realizing how badly designed some modern hardware is, I decided to write a review of my old Acer laptop, too, and describe my ideal laptop. I hope some manufacturer is listening.

Asus should focus more on ergonomics than style

An Asus UX305CA laptop review by a Linux user

Preview

The Asus UX305CA promises good features, nice display, great looks and very light weight. Find out from this article how it has delivered in practice, and how it has worked running Xubuntu.

Updates

2019-07-29Add note about fixed Wi-Fi.
2018-09-08Add note about broken Wi-Fi.
2017-05-18Add notes about use in practice.

Configuring ALSA for pro hardware setups

Advanced .asoundrc / asound.conf examples

Nowadays most Linux distributions probably use PulseAudio for audio. In my opinion, not that long ago it was completely unusable. I still do not use it on my main rig, and find it mostly an unnecessary piece of software that potentially creates latency or configuration problems. In most cases, you usually don't really need it. In this article I'll show some tricks on how to write a killer ALSA setup. Recommended for audiophiles, movie lovers, recording artists and other crazy folks.

Toiminimen perustaminen (in Finnish)

Kokosin sivutoimista yrittäjyyttä koskevat ohjeet itselleni. Koska virallinen ohjeistus on paikoin melko sekavaa ja jopa ristiriitaista, koin tällaisen yhteenvedon olevan tarpeen. Ohjeet koskevat pääasiassa kevyttä digital nomad -tyylistä yrittäjyyttä.

Updates

2017-04-05Päivitetty artikkeli uusia lakeja (2017) vastaavaksi.

KVM networking

Bridge setup and remote desktop connection

In this article we will setup a network bridge for use with KVM virtual machines and use RDP to connect to the guest for effortless workflow. We also discuss some problems you might encounter with the RDP connections.

Updates

2017-09-09Updated network script.
2016-10-11Add note about Windows RDP finally working.
2016-07-12Add bridged network instructions.
2016-03-25Add note about UTC clock in Windows guests.
2016-03-15Add note about Windows enterprise edition.

Sony phones have no warranty

A Sony Xperia Z1 Compact review

Sony phones break by themselves and have no warranty. In this article I will briefly review the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact and tell you why you should never buy a Sony mobile phone.

Updates

2015-09-12Add photos from the service.
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