Linus Torvalds

To paraphrase Linus, I like computers because you tell them what to do & they do exactly that & no more. Maybe I’m on the autistic spectrum, but life is not like that!

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Current Setup

elementary OS 0.3 Freya

elementary OS 0.3 Freya (64-bit)

Built on Ubuntu 14.04

Dual-Core AMD E-450 APU with Radeon HD Graphics

8GB memory

AMD/ATI Wrestler Radeon HD 6320

Samsung 840 Pro

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Linux Compatible Wireless PCI Card

Tired of burning through your nano USB n 150 adaptors? Want a dual antenna 300 rated wireless PCI card with great Linux compatibility for your tower? Dual booting Win 7?

Then look no further than the Monoprice PCI Wireless Lan 802.11N (105338) at Bambuzo. They checkout with PayPal so no typing in your address. Although twice the asking price of other nix cards they ship to Europe, & hopefully, you get what you pay for. Linux compatibility was plug & play & works post suspend to RAM. I have not tested with 7 yet but will report back soon…


Driver seems baked into 7 so no need to spin up CD!

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Quote of the day.

“Times of adversity elicit rare talents that otherwise may stay hidden in prosperous times.”

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How to defragment your XFS partition

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Microsoft Hardware Tax

Anything that ran on Win2k hardware generally would work with XP. The same with Vista, it would run Win 7 as they shared the same code base. Today a PC that runs 8.1 will run Win 10. That leaves me out in the cold for the technical preview as my tower only has Vista drivers. So it looks like Linux wins out especially as 7 runs sluggish on an SSD. Booting aside, elementary runs really responsively on a traditional spinning platter vs 7 on solid state media. I will be wiping 7, which increasingly I do not use, to replace with elementary OS Freya when out of beta.

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Hello Moto!

Ditched the Firefox mobe & getting acquainted with the joys of Android. Apps that actually work! Total night & day, though unfair to compare the two. Maybe some of the major players will take to FxOS to avoid the Google lock in? Still I wish Mozilla all the best with their fledgling project & will follow with interest.

The word on the street is no need to sink big bucks on a iPhone, Android is far better value, none more so than the Google owned Motorola G. Ever so slightly under specified than the Nexus 4, why go the second hand route? I must say I am very pleased, slap on a Numix Circle icon theme & we’re away. The only downside I can foresee is the measeley 8GB of internal storage in that, not all apps will install to SD card. This could be a real bummer!

What with no Ting this side of the pond, I would heartily recommend giffgaff. Data allowance shooting up? No worries! No contract, just change tariff. Simples. The only problem with an o2 shop bought phone is the hard coded answer phone number. This can be, however, circumnavigated by some crafty dialer remapping using VoIP app CSipSimple, otherwise always buy an unlocked phone.

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