Tweaking SSD Performance on Ubuntu Linux

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I really love solid state drives. SSDs are blazing fast, ultra low power, ultra quiet, and generate almost no heat. And technically they should be great to use in a laptop because SSDs are not susceptible to mechanical failure.

The only issue with SSDs is that they can fail to to memory cell wear.

That said, in order to fully capitalize on the performance of a solid state drive in Linux one has to do some manual tweaks. In this regard the internet abounds with posts more or less of dubious reliability ranging from widely recommended practices to more esoteric ones.

Since there is such a huge amount of information on the web I decided to write this up mostly as a personal log of my experience using an SSD.

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My Samsung 840 Pro Series SSD is Failing

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I'm a huge SSD fan! I'm such a big fan that I've slowly gotten to a point where I've replaced all the primary drives in all my computers with SSDs and I've even made a few of my friends get some..

In my work laptop I'm currently running a 256GB 840 Pro series Samsung SSD that I bought less than a year ago to replace a previous 256GB 830 series SSD that I had had running in the laptop with not problems for about a year.

But a few days ago I noticed troubling stats from S.M.A.R.T monitor for the drive..

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Powering On The Nexus One Without The Power Button

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Yesterday evening the inevitable happened; my Nexus One powered off one last time and the finicky power button finally gave leaving me with no way to start the phone. For a while I had been getting by without ever using the power button. I've rooted my phone a while back and the ROM came with a few nice features on the notifications menu such as "Reboot" and "Power Off". It also had the option to wake up the phone with the Track-Ball.

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Powering on the Nexus 4 Without the Power Button

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A few years ago I wrote a small article about how to turn on the Nexus One without pressing the power button. The Nexus One was in my opinion one of the best Android phones ever made. It was incredibly sturdy, something that can't be said about most phones today, it came fully unlocked from Google, and it had a really nice form factor, again something that I personally can't say about most phones today. The one major problem with the Nexus One was that it was notorious for having a finicky power button.

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