Come Back Windows 7! All is Forgiven!!!

Forced to use a Win 7 rig while convalescing at my mothers, I’ve found different tools to accomplish Linux tasks & actually grown quite fond of MS best.

Have I been burnt by too many random bugs you ask?!?

I am trying to install Antergos on my C2D tower, but latest cnchi installer has, wait, you guessed it  a bug! A show stopper, simply will not proceed with install without Internet connection, (even thought there is.) I will have to wait for the next snapshot. The whole Ubuntu certified Lenovo experiment (not really a thoroughbred ThinkPad) E325 running the premier KDE distro openSUSE; what with only 11,000 downloads of Tumbleweed, does not have enough users to step up to the Linux dream of the daily use, community built, stable, dare I say polished? The physical touchpad mouse buttons are randomly detected, having to close the lid wait for sleep, reopen = frustration.  KDE 5.3 is very glitchy.

Linux has so much potential but I feel it is only half baked, in places. My first smartphone was the Fx OS original Open, then the Flame. Switching to Android was like the scales falling from the apostle Paul’s eyes!!! I have been convinced by my cousin, that when the time comes I will order a space gray MBP.

I will keep a hand in with linux on the tower side of things, maybe a German Cirrus 7 fanless setup, or cheapo ASRock MB reusing the current parts. But a Mac Book will be the order of the day. Welcome Apple…

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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…

UPDATE;

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

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Fed up paying with Windows what is free functionality with Linux?

Want to edit a PDF under Vista, good luck with that, at best you may have to install trialware. Official HP driver refuse to print with unofficial carts, pants!

I continue to love Linux as it’s potential is so great, also, it makes you think.

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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

http://st-on-it.blogspot.co.uk/2008/02/how-to-defragment-your-xfs-partition.html

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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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