How to fix excessive CPU usage by process tumblerd on XFCE desktop in Linux

Noticed that each time I added or downloaded a file, it resulted in excessive use of the CPU. This happens on XFCE desktop in Linux. Looking up the process list, found that tumblerd was utilizing up to 86% of the CPU and leading all other applications and processes to be very slow. Tumbler is used … Continue reading How to fix excessive CPU usage by process tumblerd on XFCE desktop in Linux

How to monitor battery, network, CPU in Windows

Linux has an application called gkrellm. It displays battery, network, CPU usage, system temperature, disk usage etc on the desktop. Gkrellm is configurable and can run on system startup too. Gkrellm comes with most distributions. There is a Windows version too, but it is outdated as of now. A good substitute that exactly does what … Continue reading How to monitor battery, network, CPU in Windows

Reduce overheating on the Lenovo Z580 Ideapad laptop in Ubuntu Linux

The Lenovo Z580 Ideapad laptop gets heated to about 63 to 70 degrees celsius in Ubuntu Linux. To reduce this heat, the CPU Frequency needs to be better controlled. To do that, type the following commands in a terminal window on your Ubuntu Linux laptop: $ sudo apt-get install cpufrequtils cpufreqd <enter> $ sudo apt-get … Continue reading Reduce overheating on the Lenovo Z580 Ideapad laptop in Ubuntu Linux

Compile anagramarama in Fedora 17

Download the source code from the anagramarama site here. $ tar -zxvf anagramarama-src-0.4.tar.gz <enter> $ cd anagrama* <enter> $ mv makefile.linux makefile <enter> $ yum install SDL-devel SDL_mixer-devel <enter> $ make <enter> You will now see a file name ag in the folder. That is the anagramarama program. You can run it directly or login … Continue reading Compile anagramarama in Fedora 17