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A very useful podcast aggregrator

A very useful podcast aggregrator

All this time I have been downloading content from Jupiter Broadcasting and it has never dawned on me to simply use their rss feed in gpodder.

Until today!

I really feel like a dummy.  I have been going to www.jupiterbroadcasting.com and one by one I would download the shows I want such as LinuxUnplugged, Scibyte and Linux Action Show.  Now I don’t have to worry about doing that again thanks to something I already had installed.

Goodness, I really do learn as I go along, just as my about me page spoke about.

 

 

 

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Update to how I got started in Linux

 

It’s amazing how much things change, even in a very short period of time. For instance, I go from only using Windows, to being exposed to Linux, and then to Mac. To be more specific, Windows XP, Ubuntu 9.10, and Snow Leopard.

Looking at 2010 while I wasn’t exactly seventeen it was nonetheless a “very good year”, for it was nnnnwhen I got started with Linux. I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I first put in that live CD. Who knew the fantastic voyage that awaited me.

I most certainly did not!

Some time the following summer perhaps on a Sunday or maybe not, I wrote this post. In fact, it was one of the first I would put on WordPress. I decided to revisit it nearly three years later simply because I hadn’t gotten around to doing so before.

I just so happen to read that post above after all this time and some things jumped out to me.

At the outset I stated that things change, sometimes quite a bit and that applies in this case as the Barnes and Noble in Georgetown, that I went to that wonderful evening is no more. In fact, it’s been a while since it was open. One of several in the DC area. Now, I look at the huge building that housed that wonderful bookstore and it now contains a Nike store instead. Frankly, it makes me feel very sad. Especially since I have such wonderful memories of hanging out there with my mom and sis, where we would spend countless hours reading books.

Oh, the places I can’t go!!!

Thankfully there are other options and I used one of them when I purchased Linux Format Magazine June 2013 edition. If features a review of fifty distros of Linux and has been quite interesting thus far. It even comes with a bonus DVD featuring one hundred games. I absolutely love it, for it means I can pop in the live DVD into my Mac or Windows box and play all the Linux games I want.

Now to take things back a bit, I recall a time when I would dedicate a single day to use of Linux. Now, I use it over 90% of the time, despite having several other PC platforms to choose from.

Yes, that includes Mac OS X Which coincidentally I am running LibreOffice on and making use of my 30” cinema display so here’s lookin’ at you…kid.

Its funny that when I got started with Linux, I only knew about Ubuntu. Now I am aware of the hundreds of flavors that are available. In fact, if I wanted to I could create my own.

Hmm….Venubuntu, Anthony OS, or perhaps Venable OS…..the list goes on and on and on.

Speaking of flavors, since 2010 I have tasted a bunch of them. OpenSuse, Puppy Linux, Linux Mint, Ubuntu up until 10.10 Maverick Meerkat, and Pinguy OS, to name a few. I do like the fact that I now have more powerful computers that allow me to compare them simultaneously in Virtualbox.

That’s a real plus!

Oh, and anybody that tells you that you have to be an expert or some kind of computer geek to use Linux. I’m gonna have to kick some flavor in ya ear, because nothing could be farther from the truth, especially with Ubuntu and others making some moves so that people from Mac or Windows are more comfortable. One of those moves being the Unity desktop, which is not my cup of tea. At the same time others like it and thats fine.

It is indeed their perogative after all.

the wonderful thing is that if you do not like the desktop or basically the way your screen looks like before you load up whatever programs you are about to use then you can change it quite easily unlike on Windows 8, or Mac OS with them you get what they choose to give you, don’t like it tough.

For me, I prefer the good, old-fashioned Gnome 2 interface, but alas……it’s days are over I’m afraid. True, we do have the Mate and Cinnamon projects and I like them both, but the truth is…I can’t go a day without my sunshine.  My sunshine just happens to be Mate.

How ironic!

Oh, and I still dual-boot, which means to run more than one operating system on the same hard drive. It can also mean to have one operating system on one hard drive and then another on different hard drive in the same computer. This is what I intend to do with my Mac Pro. Currently on one of my laptops I have Windows 7 that I barely use, and then Linux Mint 13, which I use pretty much all the time. On my Lenovo x201 that I recently purchased, I decided to just put Linux Mint 13 on it and that will remain until Linux Mint 17 is released.

Whew!! This has been a lot of fun but I must stop now. At least I kept my promise to update you guys. Thanks for your support and please by all means tell your friends and family about this blog.

 

 

2013 in review for me

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 33,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 12 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Learnin’ about RAM

 

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A couple days ago I came across a great article.  I explained why the price of RAM fluctuates over time and answered a long-standing question I had:

Why in the world is DDR2 RAM more expensive than DDR3?

I mean, its older, less efficient with power.  So I figured that it would only make sense to be lower in price?

I also had no clue as to how it was made and now that I do I am actually surprised its not more than it is.

Shhhh!!! they’ll hear me!!

There was also some light shed at last as to why the floods in Thailand was such a big deal when it comes to hard drive prices as well.

 

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/how-is-ram-made-and-why-does-the-price-fluctuate/

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For the full article take a look below:

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/how-is-ram-made-and-why-does-the-price-fluctuate/

Then come back here and read more of my posts 🙂

Calibre

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Its always cool when you come across a new program that will do something you want to do.

I don’t recall exactly how I came across this program but it may very well have been one of the podcasts that I frequently listen to.

So I decided to install this program called Calibre onto my laptop by using the Ubuntu Software Center.

That took only a few minutes to complete.  Then today, I decided to update it up to version 0.9.41

This was done by using the Terminal, I got the instructions thanks to http://www.noobslab.com/2013/03/install-calibre-0924-in-ubuntu.html.

The instructions were very easy to follow and once again were completed very quickly.

One of the things that I like about this program is that it is cross-platform so it is available for Linux, Mac, Windows and can even be installed on a USB drive so you can have it in portable form.

Another thing is that you can order eBooks directly from the program and then convert them into numerous formats.

So by all means, check it out.  After all it is free.

 

 

RAM, RAM, RAM!!!!

 

photoAs I write this I have no fewer than 16 tabs open, IRC chat, and 3 videos downloading in the Terminal and I am using about 1.3 GB of RAM.  The operating system I am using is Linux Mint 13, which despite being a “modern operating system” at rest only uses only about 260 MB of RAM.   Of course, I haven’t yet tested this with Windows 7, so I’ll have to do that soon.

Hmm, the power of Linux at work

I say that to say that I am not hurting when it comes to RAM.  Otherwise my laptop would be quite fatigued.  The good part is, it’s not.

Of course, that is only one piece of the puzzle as RAM is only one component of this laptop as it would be in any other one.  Yet, it very easily could be considered a weaker link to me do to my multitasking.

Yet is isn’t!

As a result, I am very happy with my decision not to get a new(er) laptop.  I honestly do not NEED it.

Now that I have doubled the RAM, I have made this laptop more useful to me than ever before and have upgraded it even farther than before.

Talk about a great idea!

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Microsoft. Gimme a break!!!

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Ya know it really grinds my gears when I see people are unwilling to simply play fair.  You produce a product, you advertise it, and then you sell it.  People in turn like what you have made so they purchase it and you make profit.  In this case, oodles and oodles of it.

Simple huh?

If only it was that simple.  When I think of this it reminds me of two characters called Pinky and the Brain.  In fact, I’m not gonna be able to do it justice so just watch this and you’ll get what I am saying.

LOL!!! Nailed it!!

The first 13 seconds really tell the tale.   Microsoft has already dominated the world of office software, but apparently “the world is not enough.”  Driven by commercial greed and egotism, they are not content to work on their own products and to innovate them even more, but they seek to stifle the efforts of others that don’t compete from a financial standpoint but make their software available for free.

Are you serious?  Sadly they are, and they wont stop cause they cant stop and on and on.

Come on Microsoft, we’re gonna need you to DO THE RIGHT THING.  Why don’t you just leave them alone.

The article that got me on this rant today is below:

http://www.muktware.com/5836/microsoft-sends-dmca-notice-remove-openoffice-search

Whew!! that feels better!