Monthly Archives: March 2013

So glad to have another way to get what I need without using Windows

Soft Silverwind's blog

Usually people start their blogs by posting a hello world. Although this blog is Work in Progress (e.g. the theme, the hosting, the title, etc), I already have a couple of posts in the pipeline, and I don’t find any use in having two posts within a short amount of time.

So, I will post about my old adventures on downloading Microsoft Windows from my institution’s Dreamspark subscription (formerly MSDN Academic Alliance), by only using a linux box, in hope of helping someone who someday tries the same thing. There are many reasons that a Linux user will want to install Windows, and I won’t try to go into further detail.

Of course, the easiest way is to boot Windows and perform the download. This post is for those who, for some reason, don’t want to do that. You might be in the middle of a project in Linux and…

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Download Microsoft Windows (dreamspark) from a linux box

awesome!!

Soft Silverwind's blog

Usually people start their blogs by posting a hello world. Although this blog is Work in Progress (e.g. the theme, the hosting, the title, etc), I already have a couple of posts in the pipeline, and I don’t find any use in having two posts within a short amount of time.

So, I will post about my old adventures on downloading Microsoft Windows from my institution’s Dreamspark subscription (formerly MSDN Academic Alliance), by only using a linux box, in hope of helping someone who someday tries the same thing. There are many reasons that a Linux user will want to install Windows, and I won’t try to go into further detail.

Of course, the easiest way is to boot Windows and perform the download. This post is for those who, for some reason, don’t want to do that. You might be in the middle of a project in Linux and…

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vifm: The name should tell you everything

Inconsolation

It’s not hard to figure this one out, if you follow the informal “naming conventions” for software.

vifm. vi-like. File manager.

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Got it? 😉

vifm has been around a long time. I can remember seeing this one more than just a few years ago.

It plays a lot like most two-pane file managers, with the important distinction being the bulk of the commands mimicking the vi standards.

So, just as an example, you use the d key sequence to delete files, y will yank (think: copy) a file and p pastes it into its new home.

And so forth and so on. If you know vi or vim, you’ll learn the bulk of vifm in a matter of moments.

One final note, if it matters to you: At the time of writing, vifm’s most recent update was less than a month ago. So it’s very much an active project…

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I made some updates!!

A few minutes ago I decided to look for suggestions on what to add to my installation of Linux Mint 13.  As a result, I was able to find out that I can install what I want from synaptic package manager (I had never used it before).   That went pretty well as it offers an alternative to the Ubuntu Software Center or the Software Manager that is native to Linux Mint.  

All thanks to this site.

I also added a program called screenlets and I decided I wanted to have a watermark representation of certain things such as RAM usage, fan speeds cpu temps etc, so I got that done as well.

Talk about a good look!!   

 

Rant about the power of Linux

I am trying to install Linux Mint 13 XFCE onto my laptop, and its given me a hard time. I got frustrated with it so I decided to use a Live-DVD of the same operating system instead for the time being. This allows me to use this laptop. despite the issues I am facing with it at the moment.

In fact, I am writing this in a program called LibreOffice which is free office suite that I have fallen in love with since I found out about it. It’s proven to be very useful to me and that’s why I am rather happy to write about it yet again.

Along with being about to read and write documents of various types I am also able to listen to music or watch movies, in addition to using the Internet.

So pretty much anything you can do I can do better. I can do anything better than you.

Of course I am playing (or am I)?

LOL!!!

What I can say is that every single program I would use on here is free. That even includes hundreds of games. No not anything such as World of Warcraft, but to be honest, I don’t play games like that anyway.

To be honest with you, one of my favorite PC games of all time in fact it is my favorite would be Sim City 4 Deluxe edition and while it may be designed for Windows machines I would still be able to play it thanks to a program called Wine.

Speaking of Wine that sounds like something I often hear people doing when it comes to Windows, especially when it comes to Windows 8. Not the first time I have heard of such a thing, and it definitely won’t be the last. Remember Vista?

You know what? I think I know what happened……… Someone took some rocks threw them at Metro and broke the Windows.

Who would do such a thing? Isn’t that awful? Yet that is what happened, and then it was decided that the people who threw the rocks should know that what they did was bad. Yet, they did it any way!!

You know what you can access it here and read it for yourself.

I could also talk about not getting viruses and the like, but I really don’t need to and that discussion has been had so many times at this point its pretty lame to me.

I am happy to have plenty of customization features right at my fingertips as well.

Yes I’m free to do what I want…any old where!!!!

I think I will go into that in more detail another time until then be sure to look where you are going.