CodeWeavers Flock The Vote is Live!

CodeWeavers has again launched a Presidential Election Year promotion! This is similar to the Lame Duck promotion that many of you may remember from 2008.  This is the campaign that made me aware of CodeWeavers and Crossover, and has since helped me run all kinds of Windows software on my Linux workstations.

I have been a very happy customer of CodeWeavers since 2008, and now I am happy to help them spread the word on this new campaign.  Heres the details:

If 100,000 people signup as "pledging to vote" in this years Presedential Election campaign, they will launch a 24 hour give-a-way of their Crossover software for Mac and Linux! All you have to do is enter your email address saying that you will be voting in this years election, and thats it!  Once they hit 100,000 people signed up, they will announce when they will be doing the 24 hour give-a-way.

Click on the logo below to be taken to the "Flock The Vote" campaign!

Flock the Vote

Review of Team 16GB SDHC card from Newegg

After seeing a good deal posted on last week about these SDHC cards from Team Group. I decided to bite.  Newegg was offering these cards at around 8 bucks each, so I decided to purchase two of them.  I figured for 8 bucks, I could use one of them for my Raspberry Pi, and the other I could stick in my camera bag as a backup.

Here is a link to them on Newegg:
They look to have pretty good reviews, and on the back of the packaging the manufacturer is claiming the following: Read up to 20 MB/s and Write up to 18 MB/s Fully Class 10 Compliant Lifetime warranty (always a plus!) After the cards arrived a few days later, I decided to give them a really quick and dirty speedtest using palimpsest that is built into Gnome on my Redhat Workstation. The cards came pre-formatted at Fat32, so in order to conduct a write test, I had to delete the partitions and start with a blank card. My results were so-so. I seen an average read speed of about 17.7 MB/s, but only saw an average write speed of about 3.9 MB/s. I will attach a screen shot below: 
Afterwards, I decided to put an ext4 filesystem on the card and do another speed test using dd. 
I was seeing better results when I had a filesystem on the card: [[email protected] /]$ sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=/mnt/output.img bs=8k count=256k 262144+0 records in 262144+0 records out 2147483648 bytes (2.1 GB) copied, 124.021 s, 17.3 MB/s 
And here is the same test with a smaller byte size argument: [[email protected] /]$ sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=/mnt/output.img bs=2k count=1024k 593791+0 records in 593791+0 records out 1216083968 bytes (1.2 GB) copied, 138.607 s, 8.8 MB/s For the money, these are good little cards. I would recommend them to anyone! 


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