I have not been around lately…

I have not been around lately, my computer seems to be crashing a lot lately. I did memory, hard drive and CPU tests and all come up OK. The only new thing is I have noticed some new nag programs from Microsoft reminding me that support for windows 7 is ending. Funny thing, these seem to hang in memory.

Firefox seems to use somewhere around 3 Gig of RAM and the operating system is over 1 Gig of RAM and I can only put 4 Gig in this machine. Time for a new machine I guess. But not a Windows Machine.

I have to contact Wondershare, HDHomerun Viewscan and Haupauge to see if they have compatable programs that will run under Ubumtu.

I asked my son to help me make the transition on my aging PC to Ubuntu.

I also told him I will need a few program suggestions that would mimic what I currently use like Mozilla Thunderbird and Notepad+ without a steep learning curve. As well as some sort of Windows emulator to run Adobe Photoshop 4 and 7.

That’s the secondary reason.

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Author: G.D.

I'm from Pensyltucky. Can trace my ancestry directly to whom the present day national anthem of Poland is written about.

11 thoughts on “I have not been around lately…”

  1. Seems like a complicated transition and a lot of trouble to avoid the devil that is Microsoft.  I enjoy the simple life under the merciless but competent rule of Win 10 set on auto update and running on the bestest ASUS/Intel machine with more memory than the law allows.  It just works, giving me more time to pick on [Admin10: The Jerry Nadler of Ratburger]10 Cents.

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  2. Trinity Waters:
    Seems like a complicated transition and a lot of trouble to avoid the devil that is Microsoft.  I enjoy the simple life under the merciless but competent rule of Win 10 set on auto update and running on the bestest ASUS/Intel machine with more memory than the law allows.  It just works, giving me more time to pick on [Admin10: The Jerry Nadler of Ratburger]10 Cents.

    The gentlemen is not recognized. I am reclaiming my time.

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  3. John Walker:

    10 Cents:
    The gentlemen is not recognized. I am reclaiming my time.

    Point of order!

    The gentleman is not recognized. The gentleman will suspend. The gentlemen will suspend. You have been warned.

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  4. After you remove Microsoft, try De-FANGing — removing Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, and Google. It took me years but I am at 90% removal.  I have exceptions of course, like this website (and many other websites) that use Amazon servers (and Amazon is the most trustworthy of the FANG corporations in my opinion) !

    As for removing Microsoft, I don’t see Microsoft on the level of untrustworthiness as Facebook and Google !!!  I am using an old Blackberry phone to avoid Google’s Android, though me and the wife are actively looking at iPhones (and as Texans, we are pleased Apple is expanding its  plant in Austin !

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  5. In making the transition from Windows, I would recommend Xubuntu.  It is what I use, and it provides a user interface which is essentially classic Windows XP without any of the fancy gew-gaws later systems are cluttered with.  Because the interface is simple, it has a small memory footprint and is lightning fast, even on older machines.  It has the full software library and support tools of any Ubuntu system.

    For running Windows applications under Linux, there are two approaches: an emulator, of which Wine is the most popular, or a virtual machine which allows you to install a copy of Windows in a partition and run it under Linux.  I have used both over the years and found neither completely satisfying.  With Wine, some things work and some don’t.  It’s pretty good for games, which is most of its market, but for applications you may run into trouble.  I ran my online banking software under it for several years and then an “update” came along and suddenly all of its text output was in Chinese.  The virtual memory application was fine until my machine died and I discovered it was next to impossible to get data off its virtual discs onto a new machine.

    I have since migrated completely away from Windows applications except for my firewall and phone system administration programs which don’t run on anything else.  These I run on a real Windows 7 machine which I don’t ever plan to “upgrade”.  I find that GIMP does everything I used to do with Photoshop.  (It’s not as powerful, but I don’t use the stuff it doesn’t do.)

    For a general purpose text editor, I use Geany, which handles dozens of programming languages and supports the full Unicode character set.  Many people use Gedit, which is also free, but not as fancy.

    I don’t have a recommendation for a mail client program, as I have migrated all of my mail to Gmail and now use their Web interface as my mail client.

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