Installing Linux Ubuntu as a dual-boot system with Windows does work. I tried it tonight on ny Gateway laptop which has Windows Vista. I won’t do it again though. Too much faff. All the others have XP or earlier which have been abandoned by Microsoft in the hope we’ll all pay through the nose for their new one.
The latest version of Linux Mint comes with VLC media player, Firefox, a word processor and spreadsheet that does all I want to do, and Gimp photo editing included and it even fits into the little Acer Aspire. Goodbye, Windows! New computer is ordered and it will be Ubuntu from the outset. There might be a hiatus while I remember the passwords for things but that’s a few weeks away yet. It’s being custom built into a big black case called ‘Evil’.
The disk I have for Ubuntu is out of date but then it did come from Poundland inside a Linux manual, some time ago. The best option seems to be to use unetbootin to grab the latest version from the internet, then infrarecorder to burn the image file to disk. Set up the computer to boot from the disk drive (back in the day, that was the only option, and the disks were 5.25 inches across and held the equivalent of bugger all in modern terms). Reboot and you have the option to play around a while before deciding whether to install or not. It costs nothing, so give it a go.
If you decide to install and wipe out Windows forever, back up first. It’s going to wipe out everything – all files, photos, the lot. Not a problem on rarely-used small machines but the big ones really need that backup. I use external hard drives and DVD backups but then I once lost a lot of stuff so I’m a bit paranoid about it.
Well, all that has nothing to do with the title at all but the reguilar reader won’t be surprised.
No, the title is once more about the comments on an article rather than the article itself. The article in question is the nonsense that all smokers’ children get asthma, even ex-smokers’ children.
Several have pointed out that asthma is increasing as smoking decreases. There are ASH drones trying to spin it in the replies to the best rated comments but it’s not working, Numidium is incredible, he/she/it believes that typing shite makes it true. The rest are not falling for it any more. The Puritan hold is breaking.
It was bound to happen. It always has and always will and the Puritans will never learn. They will get nasty now the end is near as they always do but they will fail again – as they always do.
People just don’t want their lives run by other people. Most will accept it to an extent but the Puritans never know when to stop. They cannot stop. They are Righteous and must correct the wrong-thinkers. It has never occurred to them, and will never occur to them, that maybe other people want to live in a different way to the way they want to live.
The sad part is, they are so busy living everyone else’s lives that they never even notice their own slipping away. We have a limited time in this world. I’m going to enjoy my little bit of it. You enjoy yours any way you like.
I am not going to tell you how to live your life. I am busy living mine.