Monthly Archives: November 2011

What to do once you have installed Ubuntu

I explain how to make this operating system more useful to those that are used to windows based systems.

Hello all, I will give you some pointers as to how to make your the Ubuntu Linux operating system more useful to you as I am pretty sure you have been used to using one of the windows based operating systems that have come out over the years like Windows 95, 95, Windows XP, Vista (yuck!!) and last but not least Windows 7.

So here we go, if you were to obtain a live cd that contains Ubuntu you would be able to load up and test the waters without making any adjustments or commitment at all. And should you decide you do indeed like it so much that you want to run it along with your current windows system then that fine, but you may become so fond of it that you decide to use Ubuntu instead. Now it is only fair to warn you, installing files and application is not going to be how you are accustomed to doing it case in point when you want to use a file that ends in .exe you would click on it and it would automatically install itself to your pc. Well Ubuntu is just a bit different in that you will more than likely be using what is known as the Ubuntu Software Center which is a handy way of locating and obtaining what ever programs you are looking for. A great example would be in the world of word processing you would go to the software center and go to where it says office see the picture below: Once you get to office you will then see a selection of programs you can use for your word processing needs. Now you have some choices I want to tell you about. Do you want a quick program to write documents or do you need something more beefier? Well while there are several available for FREE there are two that I truly recommend. Libreoffice is great and for the most part is compatible with Microsoft Word. While Abiword  is very quick and has most of the features you are looking for in the 1st place. Now each of the various editions of Ubuntu already come with openoffice by default so really out of the box you have a great start, however I recommend Abiword as it is very quick and has mostof the features you are looking for in the 1st place.  I also want to bring to your attention the games section there are so many that are available that it is insane. In case you were wondering about the picture if you look on the bottom of it you will see a number 2,174 items that are available all for free!!!

Some sites to check out


How we are affected by the floods in Thailand

Hello, all. I was just at the local Microcenter superstore for all things electronic when I noticed the prices of hard drives were dramatically higher than I had expected. Case in point, I remember December of 2010 when I purchased a new hard drive for my laptop and it cost me about $60.00. That same exact hard drive is now about $100.00. So I wondered why the prices were so much higher than recently. And so I decided to look it up and lo, and behold, the floods in Thailand are responsible for harddrive manufacturers such as Western Digital to dramatically cut production thus leading to the rises in price.

I also noticed while in the store that due to the shortage of hard drives there was a limit of two hard drives per customer. Which is understandable given the situation. Just glad I am not someone that really needs multiple hard drives to upgrade or to build new computer systems right about now.

This issue really highlights how the world has become an island and that what affects one nation or region can and does affect the entire world.

The official word from Western Digital reads like this: October 26, 2011

Dear valued customers: In mid-October, to protect our employees and our equipment and facilities, we temporarily suspended production at our two factories in Thailand, which have been inundated by floodwater. In addition, many of our component suppliers have been impacted, leaving material for hard drive production considerably constrained. We are working with suppliers to assess the extent of their impact and help devise short- and long-term solutions. This is a complex and dynamic challenge that will require extensive rebuilding for the Thai people and government, and present unprecedented obstacles to the hard drive industry for multiple quarters.

At WD we are passionate, dedicated people and are doing everything we can to minimize any disruptions in our service or delivery of our products. We ask that you, as a WD customer, remain patient with us for the next few quarters.


John Coyne
President and Chief Executive Officer

My personal prayers go to those in Thailand, I hope that they will be able to bounce back from this catastrophe. While this situation is merely an inconvienience for those of use desiring to purchase harddrives in particular for the Thai people, it has meant losing loved ones, and thats something that is indeed priceless.