Monthly Archives: April 2012

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Any one who follows me knows that I am a big Linux fan.  I started using Linux in 2005 and switched to Ubuntu in 2006.  I made the mistake of upgrading my Ubuntu11.04 to 11.10 which in my opinion, is the worst Ubuntu version.  I had issues with the distribution starting with Compiz. Just moving a window around the desktop was horrendous with a mid level graphics card.  The entire OS felt buggy and not very well put together.  Ubuntu 11.10 became unusable and I had to switch to Zorin, which is based on Ubuntu 11.04.

12.04 fixed a lot of the issues I had with 11.10 but took a way some features that I use a lot.  So far, 12.04 is pretty stable and feels more reliable than 11.10 ever did.  I am currently running both distributions along with a Windows XP, for school, on the same computer.  There will be more posts on…

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Some thoughts on Windows 8 Consumer Edition

I’ll be honest, when I first heard about the Windows 8 Consumer Edition, I was thinking to myself: “This is going to be garbage”. Yet, when I checked it out on my cousins PC. It wasn’t as bad as I thought. Granted, he removed Windows 7 entirely and is running Windows 8 as his main Operating System, but thats fine and I wish him the best on that, but as for me and my household, I have to honestly say I have very little interest in it. Just not my cup of tea.

Sure, the new Metro interface is nice, but I see it being an issue as it appears to be better for a touch screen PC or a tablet than for a PC that one will be used with a keyboard and mouse. It is such a good thing I am not the only one with that concern.

Adrian Kingsley-Hughes of had this to say:

“I know I’ve ranted about this before, but that’s not going to stop me from ranting about it again.

I still can’t fathom out why Microsoft is pushing a touch-based operating user interface onto systems that people are going to be driving with a keyboard and mouse, which I estimate will make up at least 90 percent if not more of Windows 8 users over the lifespan of the operating system. It feels like change for the sake of change and nothing else.

The rest of that blog can be found here.

I am considering doing a follow up to this post, by the way so stay posted. I would like to do a comparison of Windows 8 vs. Ubuntu 12.04 as I am quite curious as to how that will go. I do plan on giving it a fair chance.

Please feel free to share with me your thoughts and experiences with Windows 8 Consumer Edition.



Social Networking isn’t all bad

Hello all,

A while back, I spoke about the need for security online which I enjoyed preparing for.  By request, I decided to write concerning the positive aspects of social networking. One of the most positive aspects is that I can keep track of friends and family, especially when they live far away. Perhaps they have internet access via WiFi and they don’t have access to a phone.  Well, here is a way to communicate with them anyway.It can even be used to keep in contact with folks that live in the same area you do.

Whatever the case, it is a lot of fun to see some of the posts people make and, as long as they are not vulgar or otherwise inappropriate, there is nothing wrong with it. You can come to learn a lot about a person from the things they post about and, for some people, they just feel more comfortable typing a message to someone vs. face-to-face or even calling.  It may sound stupid but it’s just how some people are.

Then, there are games.  I know for me one of the first things I did upon getting a Facebook page was to play a game called FarmVille.  I don’t even have to go into a description of that since it is pretty much all over the place now with subscribers logging in billions of hours. This was my favorite game for a while until it got lame so I started playing FishVille which pretty much was the same concept…LOL!  Alas, I have gotten bored with that game as well…tsk tsk.

On another note, I recently got a Twitter account.  I thought it was stupid at first but when I got started, it turned out to be a lot of fun to the point that I enjoy it more than Facebook sometimes (maybe because of the novelty of it). It is fun to see random thoughts people have in the course of a day.

Ahh, I remember the good old days of Yahoo Messenger and MSN Messenger.  Things have gotten a lot more complex since then. LOL! I remember when in order to send someone a picture, you had to email it to them. Things have changed a lot.

I am happy that now, as a result of Facebook and other social networks, I am able to share my blog with others. Also, as a result of my posts on Facebook and Twitter in general, I am able to posts things and get multiple responses to it. I find that to be especially convenient nowadays.

It just goes to show that social networking can be a good thing, although one does do well to set limits on who they “friend” or “follow” on them.

The Ubuntu after next: Part 2 The name has been revealed.

Just a few days ago, I was curious about what the Ubuntu after next was going to be called. And I got some good responses to my blog post talking about it.

Little did I know at the time that Ubuntu 12.10 was going to be called: Quantal Quetzal.  In fact, it was only a few days later that I would have my answer. I don’t know why I didn’t think of Quetzal as being one of the choice. No idea what so ever!

At the time I just knew quipping was going to be the adjective that precedes the name of the animal.  I thought it was so clever after all. I think if you look up the meaning of the word you will understand why I was so confident about it being used.

Oh, well you can’t win em all. Frankly I like the name. Quantal Quetzal it does have a ring to it I guess.

What do you think of the name? Let me know.


Putting Ubuntu Studio on a Mac Book Pro

Remember when I told you how I liked working on the Mac Book Pro? Well, it really was a nice experience.

Yet, just a few hours ago, I was trying to install Ubuntu Studio on that machine which belongs to my older brother and was unable to do so..

At first, I decided to have my brother burn the iso to a DVD. Yet, when he did so it still didn’t work. So then I used the same DVD to try to install it onto my laptop, the same one I spoke about here. I would do it in virtualbox and it worked just fine.

So, obviously there was nothing wrong with the DVD or the data stored onto it.

Which brings me back to why I complain about Apple.

Hmm, where do I start? Well, for one the hardware is rather expensive and you would think after spending so much money on something that one would in fact have the freedom to install whatever they like on their machine. Yet, this is not the case in the walled-garden that is MAC.

Are they afraid, that maybe just maybe open-source software would be preferred by their users? What about having the ability to make a choice?

Is that freedom? NO!!! I mean Ubuntu even goes to the trouble of producing a version that is specifically designed to be run on MAC.

I will keep you guys posted on any further developments, so stay tuned.

Until then, what an EPIC FAIL!!!