Burn DVDs Faster, Brasero, Ubuntu

The Story

If you are new to Ubuntu you will notice that Brasero burns discs quite slowly compared to the windows counterparts such as Ashampoo Burning Studio or Nero. Its not that Brasero is slower than the other ones. Its just that, by default it is configured to do some tasks which other burners don’t usually perform by default. What I’m talking about is Image Checksum. Image checksum is created to verify that all the data that you wanted to be burned, burned properly onto the disc. A checksum is a big number formed by computing some arithmetic operations on the data present. When the same arithmetic operations(predifined to generate unique checksums called md5) are performed on the data that you wanted to be written and the data that is present in the disc after it has been written it should produce the same checksum. That would prove that  the data has been written properly.

But more often than not, this laborious process is not needed. Because our DVD writers are mostly good enough to write everything properly. So disabling it would be ideal as it would save a LOT of time. It would cut off about 60% of the time.

How do you do it

All you have to do is open Brasero Disc Burner through what ever means is comfortable to you. In the newer versions of ubuntu, the application can be opened by hitting the windows button (what an irony) and typing in brasero. While on older Ubuntus, you have to head to Application>Sound & Video > Brasero Disc Burner.

Once that is opened. Go to Edit > Plugins. Uncheck the File Checksum and the Image Checksum boxes. That would do the trick. We do not need both in almost all cases.

The File checksum computes the checksum for the files that you give initially to write. The Image Checksum computes the checksum for the Image that has been burnt to the Disc, or in other words, it computes the checksum for the data in your disc. Both these checksums are computed and compared with each other in a default process.

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Windows Phone 8, Four Basic Tips

I have a windows phone now. I have been using it for about a month now and i wanted to share the top three basic tips that some people may find obvious. While for others it may be totally helpful.

1. The Swipe.

There are notifications that pop down from the top. Sometimes, when you get a lot of notifications it can be really bugging because you might want to see whats behind the notifications. Maybe there is a chat message that its blocking or you want to see your battery usage or maybe you just want to see the next notification. Keep calm and Swipe it away.

2. The Top Tap

You might’ve noticed now that the signs for Edge, Wifi and Network Coverage disappear after a while. If you do want to see them. Tap the top of the screen. They should pop back down again for a few seconds.

3. The Switch

When you have two or three numbers stored per person and their facebook account you might be confused as to how one could message to these different properties of the same entity(person) from a single thread window. The Switch. All you have to do is tap on the switch icon.


Once you do that you will have a window where you can select where you want to send the next message to and continue the conversation.


4. Always On

If you are on wifi (only) you would probably not get all the new notifications from apps like whatsapp, kik, hike, wechat, mail etc. That is probably because windows switches off your wifi when you lock the screen to save battery. But there is a work around. All you have to do is keep wifi off by going to settings>WiFi>advanced and clicking on keep wifi on when screen times out.

More tips later. Hope this was helpful to you.