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Grand Perspective for Disk Usage

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I’ll create a theme for today by sharing another program that I love: Grand Perspective.  This one is OS X freeware that uses a tree map for visualizing your disk usage.  You really wouldn’t know it by the poor choice of screen shots on their site, but this program is incredibly useful for making obvious where all of my disk space went.

Bigger files get correspondingly bigger rectangles, so it becomes immediately obvious where that huge but forgotten download is hiding or which VM needs a good shrinking.  If you give it a try, be sure to play around with zoom and focus.

Written by Lee Verberne

2010-07-12 at 16:16

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HD audio buzzzzzzz

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So… I’m using a dangerously long audio cable to connect my computer.  It’s always caused a buzzing sound when connected to the amp but not my computer.  No surprise there.

After a recent hardware refresh, though, it started buzzing while the computer is powered up and connected.  It will start buzzing about 10 seconds after a sound is played and continue buzzing until another sound is played.  This behavior immediately made me think of a Karmic release note about putting sound cards to sleep.

After figuring out where the kernel documentation is for Ubuntu (it’s the linux-doc package), powersave.txt confirmed my suspicions.  The easiest solution for me was to disable this sleep behavior.  I’m using a desktop and while it might be nice to put my sound card to sleep, it’s really not necessary.

It turns out that this option is explicitly set to the default in Ubuntu 9.10 in /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf.  To disable this behavior, all you have to do is set power_save=0 in the snd-hda-intel options line.  You can change the setting in the running kernel via /sys/module/snd_hda_intel/parameters/power_save.

After a quick “echo 0 >> /sys/module/snd_hda_intel/parameters/power_save”, everything was back to normal, and I could get on with my day.

Written by Lee Verberne

2009-12-26 at 20:12

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