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  • Chromebook Killer?

    I can see the $99 devices go well, but I don't see the Blue's Clues of Laptops making a huge dent in Chromebooks market. 

    Funny reading somebody saying that 2GB is enough for their side but isn't for the other.. and then somebody saying the exact opposite.  Regardless, 4 GB is going to run better than 2 GB on any system.

  • Do you use Linux?

    • Professionally? Only if FreeBSD is allowed in on that mix.  It is running our public web server and due to my Linux experience they put me in charge of our upgrade.
    • As a hobby? I started around 2003-2004 with a mission: to do everything I do in Windows, but on Linux.  Mission accomplished.  I also started with Linux because I couldn't afford a Mac at the time and was looking for something different.  

      Linux has also been my go-to fallback because other than my wife's laptop I purchased a couple of years ago, I have not purchased a computer since 2000. Instead I get corporate cast-offs when they update somebody's computer, or various other drop-offs.

    • Dual boot? Main OS? 

    1. Dual boot on my laptop, though I keep windows for some games (World of Tanks & Minecraft), WebMatrix for PHP programming (though now that I have the Linux web server runnign, that is less prevelant) and professional & organizational things (non-profits I volunteer for, resume, etc.) 
    2. Main OS on the old Gateway Netbook.  Hardware has been an issue with this one because it is so old.
    3. Main OS on the family desktop computer. Though the kids have had a choice between Linux or Windows (7), they actively chosen Linux over Windows (except for the fore-mentioned games).  They have even said, of their own free will, that they prefer Linux.
    4. Main OS on the web server
    5. Main OS on the firewall (between the modem and the router).  It doesn't have it yet, but once before the firewall included content filtering and due to its location it meant even if somebody hacked onto my wireless network, the content was to be filtered.  I have yet to get that implemented on this firewall. 
    • What distro(s)? I've tried a number of distros over the years but due to not wanting to spend all my time tweaking and perfecting only to be drawn to a new, "shinier" version or environment or distro, I have narrowed myself down to "the big 3" distros;
    1. Ubuntu and Ubuntu server for the family desktop and the web server
    2. Fedora for the Netbook, because it has better hardware handling
    3. openSUSE on my dual-boot laptop
    • What are your specific interests in Linux? 
    1. Like I said, I haven't purchased a machine so often I get is without the OS so I use Linux to make the machine at least usable and capable of doing everything I need.  And, installing a distro on multiple machines is completely legal.
    2. Linux allows me to set up and try a variety of server roles without having to pay a lot of money or try to learn it all in a 120 day trial.  For a while I was looking at setting up a thin client environment and was at least able to set up one server and one desktop for that use, and learned from that.
    3. Desktop environments are varied and flexible. I have trouble picking one or the other so I keep going round trying out different ones. For example, I have Ubuntu & Unity on the desktop, openSUSE & Gnome on my laptop and Fedora & Xfce on my netbook.  There are so many choices, ADD really makes life difficult some times :P
    4. Web/PHP development if somewhat easier.  I don't need PuTTY or WinSCP like I do at work.
    5. Community: I have been involved in a number of forums since 2004 and there is a great community around Linux. Yes there are #$%^!@ people but most of the time I have fun communicating with people from various backgrounds around the world.  I just haven't found the same community for Windows anywhere (yet).


  • 50 things to do before you die

    4. Build a den

    but we called it making a fort out of furniture (sofa, chairs, pillows and other inventive things) ;) )


    10. Play conkers

    What is that?


    16. Bury someone in the sand

    So far, nobody's found him yet, either. ;)



  • is it IE or GMail that is forcing me to use Chrome?

    Why not just have multiple Users set in chrome.  It makes it easy to have multiple windows open, one for each account, at the same time and I haven't had a problem with it conflicting or crashing yet.

    Go to Settings >> Users >> Add new user

    Then you'll get an icon in the corner and click on that will allow you to select which account to have a window open for.

    Or you can have your account set up for multiple accounts and easily switch between them.  I like the multiple users option because it keeps things slightly cleaner but multiple accounts work well too.

    Manage multiple users on Chrome

    Sign in to multiple accounts at once


  • The new scroogled ad...

    What I have found nice about the Chromebook is that it is simple.  Don't have to fuss with updates, don't have to have all these different programs (Adobe reader, Adobe flash, Java, Office, Windows, Chrome, Firefox, etc.) fighting to run their update (hourly Google? Really?)

    For people who portability means "moving from living room to the bedroom" or occasionally using it in a remote location where often WiFi is available (it is in all the meetings I go to), the Chromebook works out pretty good.

    For Microsoft, FUD is nothing new.  This commercial, however, is a more negative FUD and that negativity leaves a bad taste in the mouth.  Unfortunately, for Microsoft, that bad taste is overshadowing the legitimate limitations and arguments no matter how well construed.

  • The new scroogled ad...

    The guy may be a bit animated, and all up-at-arms because of the definition of laptop used in the commercial but eschewing the view of things to benefit one platform over another is typical marketing.

    Somebody may be better to call out that Macbooks are not "real laptops" because they it  "... doesn't have Windows, ...", nor are any laptops running Linux.

    Personally, there is not all that much I do on my Windows laptop that does not use the Internet.

    Makes me wonder, does Microsoft see the Chromebook as enough of a threat to call them out in a commercial?  Curious people will now look and see what the fuss is all about.

  • Genius

    @evildictaitor: Oh Blushing

  • Genius

    Google started their counter-campaign too : Google to sell anti-Microsoft mugs

    Keep quiet we are listening to your call

    They both steal, scan and invade your privacy ... just one may be better at keeping it hidden and its users distracted than the other.

    Privacy is becoming the abnormal, rather than the norm.


  • SkyDrive with VS

    I know it is very, very limited but you can edit the files in SkyDrive in the browser.  It doesn't give you more than colored syntax but if you are only changing a thing here or there that may be all you need (before compiling).

    This was particularly handy for editing PHP pages for a project when I was away from my computer. 

    If you have a project in SkyDrive now, give it a shot. Navigate to the file and click on it. If it is of a form SkyDrive recognizes it opens it up in an editing window with a Save button.

  • Holy crap, Stack Racking is no more!

    A lot of changes going on in Microsoft, and many of these (like this) has the potential of being a really, really good idea.  Hope this means Microsoft is getting healthier again!