A Memory Comparison of Light Linux Desktops

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After I install a new version of Linux, I usually take a good look at the screen. Does it have a task bar? Can I find my window after it was minimized? The direction some desktops are going is not clear. Making it easier for current users or for the people coming from Windows or Mac is not a goal anymore. User complains are dismissed, chalking it up to the fact that people don’t like change.

Fortunately, in Linux we have plenty of other choices, and we do like change. We have no need to keep using desktops we don’t like.

I will describe some of choices in this article, and I’ll attempt to measure the RAM memory requirements. I use free command in an xterm before and after the graphic environment is started on a separate X server (Xephyr). free command prints on the screen data made…

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My confession

So I walk into a supermarket to get something to drink.  When something wonderful catches my eye. 

No silly not that.

I’m talking about Gelato.  Raspberries and Cream to be more specific.  Anyway I decide to try it because it sounded like something new.

I tasted it and it was indeed delicious so delicious I thought to myself…….

Am I dreamin’?

Then I notice that it tastes mighty familiar.  I decide to look it up to see what it was and surprise…..

Gelato is italian for ice cream!

I thought to myself, “seriously”? For it was a serious “duh” moment.  So I just had to write about it. 

You know what makes this worse?  I am lactose intolerant.  So I am hoping that the Empire will not in fact strike back.

Good grief! 

My new love

So there she was, just sitting there waiting for me to arrive. I looked at her and it was love at first sight. It wasn’t that she was flashy or anything like that but yet she had a certain kind of elegance that sad to say most don’t really stop to appreciate.

They’re really missing out.

Some feel that in order to be attractive you have to put on expensive clothing and spend time in the bathroom putting on makeup but the truth really is, I love you just the way you are. I know it’s been said beauty is only skin deep and for some that is indeed true, but this time I have truly found something special.

Now before you go off to never never land let me clarify that I am referring to a laptop. Not just any laptop mind you but a classic thinkpad. In fact, the one that I am referring to is the Lenovo T420, simple and rather plain but just like a woman it’s the beauty on the inside that you will no doubt appreciate and continue to love even if the outside no longer looks the same.

Speaking of the inside of the T420 I will talk more about that in a moment but first I will talk more about how I got her.

I just so happened to go into a pawnshop that day and I was curious if they would have some thinkpads in there. Of course, I expected to see Toshibas, Dells, HP’s and other popular brands and I was thinking maybe, just maybe I would actually see something I like. So going back to the scene I described earlier I knew it wouldn’t hurt anything to look.

What is so awesome about all of this is that I already wanted a T420 anyway. You see, I don’t purchase a laptop without researching the exact make and model to ensure that it will be worth my time and money. So this was truly a surprise and one that only gets better and better

Oh yeah I did say I would talk about the specs of this machine well here goes….

14“ screen thats 1600×900 resolution
i7 2620 2.7 Ghz Cpu
4 GB Ram
Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

Oh and the price. I’ll let you think what you think the price ought to be.

Times up!

It was $135.

Now compare that to what I saw at Microcenter: $250.

$250 good lawd thats a lot of money! Yes, it is for the following reasons.

#1. I just noticed this today that they don’t list the resolution of the screen. So that could be less than what I have, or to be fair it could be.

I doubt it, doubt it!

#2 An i5 instead of an i7.

Hmm, interesting. Now lets talk about the upgrades I did to the machine shall we?

16 GB DDR3 RAM $60
Samsung M850 SSD $90

Grand total: I spent about $295. What if I got the machine from Microcenter as much as I love them it would have been $250 plus $150 so $400 instead of a $300 investment.

Again with a weaker processor, and likely lesser resolution screen so to be honest my savings are even more.

Well, now that I have talked about my new love I do my own review of the Lenovo T420.

I know you just can’t hardly wait.

Local Historic Water Sources: Smith Springs

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Have you ever wondered about the brick structures located in the McMillan Reservoir? I have.

When I was doing research on Tiber Creek I came across a passage in Garnett Williams’ Washington, D.C.’s Vanishing Springs and Waterways that helps explain the circular brick turret in the middle of the reservoir. According to Williams it marks the location of Smith Springs.

Williams writes that “of the many springs that formerly were so popular in the area, probably the best known were the Smith or Congressional Springs, the Franklin Park Springs, Gibson’s Spring, Caffrey’s Spring, and the City Spring. …

The Smith (Congressional or Effingham) Springs were on the farm of J. A. Smith, near the middle of what is now the McMillan Reservoir, immediately southwest of the grounds of the U.S. Soldier’s Home. These three springs produced 7, 4 1/2, and 3 gallons per minute, respectively and were probably the most…

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Stuck

So I wait and wait for the bus.  It finally comes.  Mind you, its a muggy summer day a day that normally I would love.

If I only had a brain

I would have never gotten on the bus that would take me the opposite direction from my house. 

Wish I knew that from the start.  Well, at first it wasn’t so bad after all i did have a seat. Unfortunately it didn’t take long for the bus to become a crowded mass of bodies.  One lady gets on the bus with a laundry cart. 

Genius, pure genius.

Meanwhile there is kid that just wouldn’t shut up.  He just kept crying and crying, and crying….I thought it would never stop.  All this and mind you I have on headphones.

Well, at least no one was cursing each other out. 

Two hours pass by and I finally get close to a good subway station. I decide to get off the bus and get a nice old fashioned fish sandwich.

I figured at least i would get something worthwhile out of it. 

Sike!!

Little did I know that my dream would be deferred. The fish place was closed.

At this point I am still OK because I was close to the subway that would take me home.  Take me home, take me home home take me to another place, take me home.

You get the point. 

I pay my fare go down the escalator and to my surprise there is a delay on the train and there is no estimated arrival. 

Its that that point that i was like seriously?  I can’t go home for nuffin!

I walk around for a bit then decide to just catch a bus instead.  Finally, a bus shows up I get on and i go to another subway station. 

Feeling good.

Then, I have to use the bathroom just great. By this point I had decided this was good material for my blog so here it is.  

Maybe I’ll eat out tonight after all.

A change by name only

You ever think of doing something but you are unsure of how it will turn out? Well, that was me several months ago.

I thought of changing the name of my blog. This was not the easiest of decisions as I have been doing this blog since August of 2011.  So you can imagine how it would feel to make a change. Yet, finally I went ahead and did it

 

You may be wondering:  Why the change? Well, I will tell you. It’s because I like to post links to my blog and I thought it was a good idea to change to a less personal name that still fits me.

Swift110.

I came up with that handle in 1998, pretty much because I was (and still am) a fast runner. In fact, in high school I wanted to be on the track team but then changed my mind because it would have interfered with the time I spent with my aunt, uncle and cousin who I would go to see on the weekend in D.C.  I look back and I am actually quite happy with my decision.

Hindsight is really something else lol!!!

Anyway that is really all I have to say on the matter so in the mean time feel free to check out more posts as I have lots and lots of them.

 

 

A library needs to be a library Part 2

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So here I am right this very minute at a local library.  Its rainy outside and that has discouraged a lot of people from coming here today. You would think that for once this would indeed be peaceful place to study or chill.

Yeah right!!

There is the man across from me that decides to carry on an entire conversation concerning a youth’s sports team.  He goes on and on and on much unlike a love song.  And while it’s nice that he believes the children are our future, at the same time there is a time and a place for everything.

I wonder where I could have read that?

Well, maybe there is nothing to tell him that such a thing is inappropriate?  Nope sorry to burst that bubble but I have no choice. People just don’t read.

At the entrance of the library, there is a sign that asks for no cell-phone usage once within the library. Not that you should need to be told that because this is again a library.  With that being the case apparently uncommon sense would say that if you have a call for whatever reason that you take it into the hallway.  That way you can get done what needs to be done without disturbing others unnecessarily.  Just one of the many ways that people are self-centered in today’s world.

Message!

If only this was an isolated event. It’s really not. It happens all the time.  Just a few weeks ago upstairs in the children’s floor was a child that just kept screaming her head off. It was absolutely crazy how her parent/s did nothing about it.  Again, why that is considered acceptable inside a library is beyond me but goodness it was soooooo annoying.   Keep in mind that some highly intelligent multi-cellular organism had the idea of making the children’s floor open in such a way that if a kid is merely being a kid in the case of maybe a moment or two of excitement and saying something pretty loudly. That’s one thing, but this was something different.  Do I blame the child?  Nope. I blame the parents for not teaching their child that such behavior isn’t cool.

Message!

At this point you are probably going to say that because I don’t have children that I don’t understand.  To be honest, it is the parents that don’t understand .  They don’t understand that what you do now with your child has an enormous impact as to what kind of person they are to become in the future.  So if you spoil them or don’t give them the recreational outlet that they need then more and more self-absorbed jerks will be created.

As if we need any more of those.

Oh and here’s one last thing: A library is not your house or a hotel room.  It is a public place, so if you need nap-time please go home and get some rest.  I am pretty sure that your bed would be a lot more comfortable anyway.

Lady, yes you over there. I really could take a picture of you for all posterity. But I will not give you the rudeness that you are giving to others as well as myself but lets keep it real. I really do not need to hear your snoring because again a library needs to be a library.