Installing Ubuntu 16.04 LTS on Asus ZenBook UX501VW

By | April 25, 2016

UPDATE – Dec 1, 2018 – I’ve Finally installed Ubuntu 18.04 LTS on the Asus ZenBook UX501VW First off, let me first say, what a nightmare this was.  After the relative ease of installing Ubuntu 15.10 on the ZenBook I was more than a bit disappointed with how difficult it was installing Ubuntu 16.04. The stock Ubuntu 16.04 spin would… Read More »

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Installing Ubuntu 15.10 on the Asus ZenBook Pro UX501VW, Redux

By | March 27, 2016

Update 2016-04-25, this post is obsolete.  I now have information on installing Ubuntu 16.04 at https://marclewis.com/2016/04/25/installing-ubuntu-16-04-lts-on-asus-zenbook-ux501vw/ After writing about installing Ubuntu 14.04 on the ZenBook Pro I used it for about a month or so, but was not really happy with it.  Nothing seemed quite right.  Fonts were off, cursor sizes were off, applications didn’t look quite like they were… Read More »

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JetBrains IDEs, Haswell processors, Linux and FUTEX_WAIT

By | March 16, 2016

I thought I would put this here in case anyone else has been experiencing the same thing I have been. Start up a JetBrains product, any of them — PhpStorm, WebStorm, CLion, DataGrip, or any of the others and it will start up, start indexing files, and then freeze. The only way to recover from it is to… Read More »

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Power Supply for ASUS ZenBook UX501VW

By | March 12, 2016

After I purchased the new ASUS ZenBook, I went looking for another power supply for it, one to keep plugged in at my desk at the office, and another one for my backpack. One would think that would be easy to do, right? Not so. ASUS decided to do something very odd, and rather stupid. They changed the… Read More »

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Who shall control my media? Part 2 – Infrastructure

By | February 28, 2016

The infrastructure I’ve had our media setup on has changed quite a bit over the years, too.  When I first started streaming stuff, I was using UPNP servers to serve a D-Link streamer.  It worked pretty well for the first generation of this type of product.  I used DiVX to encode our DVD collection, and things weren’t bad.… Read More »

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Who shall control my media? Part 1

By | February 27, 2016

Over the last couple of years, the entire media landscape has changed. We were quite happy with MythTV, but its pretty limited in its scope, it can only handle TV, Recorded TV, Videos, Music and Pictures that are on its local drives. Now, add in the fact that we’ve had a Roku now for a while, as well… Read More »

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Installing Ubuntu on the ASUS ZenBook Pro UX501VW

By | February 21, 2016

Update 2016-04-25, this post is obsolete.  I now have information on installing Ubuntu 16.04 at https://marclewis.com/2016/04/25/installing-ubuntu-16-04-lts-on-asus-zenbook-ux501vw/ After receiving my new ASUS ZenBook Pro UX501VW, the first thing I did was prepare it to dual boot between Windows 10 and Ubuntu.  I’m not a fan of Windows at all, but I do understand that sometimes its required, so I need… Read More »

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ASUS ZenBook Pro UX501VW Review

By | February 14, 2016

After three years of using my trusty Vaio laptop, the time had finally come to replace it.  The Vaio has been a great laptop for me, but it was starting to show its age.  When I bought the Vaio, its intended use was to be a desktop replacement when I wasn’t at the office.  Its large 17.3″ screen… Read More »

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LUKS Encrypted SSD under Ubuntu 14.04

By | February 11, 2016

So, after upgrading my laptop a couple weeks ago I found myself with a “spare” 960GB SSD from my old laptop.  Since the new laptop uses an M.2 PCIE SSD and has no room for expansion, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to replace the WD Black hard drive I use as secondary storage in my… Read More »

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