Monday, 31 August 2009

The Snow Leopard

I thought I should summarize the case of the Mac OS X 10 Snow Leopard. I have heard opinions before and after the release of the Snow Leopard and I waanted to turn them into one conclusion.

Ok, on the early release, Mac got a lot of attention for the release with news all over the cloud. So, every mac-user was happy, curios and could not wait to get the disk. Mac had caught a lot of attention and probably a few hundred more users.

So, they got the release, installed it and became completely annoyed beacause it almost looked exactly the same! But, apparently, the whole Mac undelayer had changed.

I think, that the main reason Mac did it was to get attention and also beacause they had improved it loads, I also think that after a bit of usage, people will see the diffirence between Leopard and Snow Leopard.

Os Wars

At the moment, everyone is talking about the OS wars between Mac, Linux and Windows, and here I have a little to say about it...

It is a stupid war, they all have pros and cons, don't fight, just get what's best for you and be hapy with it! Linux's advantage is it's open source freedom and virus proof stuff. Window, well, windows... has... popularity and cheapness?
But then Mac, Virus Proof, good hardware but expensive.

I just say again, get what you need, be happy with it and Shut Up!

Sunday, 30 August 2009


Hello, here I am again, and this time I have an Mac-style ubuntu, a while back I poseted a link on twitter (grizato) but lately I found this:

I can tell you it is so cool, it took me 4 OS reinstalles to get it working but I loved it! I love mac, but for me at the moment it's a little hard to get so I just got the looks!

Friday, 28 August 2009

UNR, Ubuntu Netbook Remix

After Easy-Peasy I moved onto UNR, Ubuntu Netbook Remix, A more updated and official Version of easy-peasy. I prefered it to tell the truth, apart from the fact that everything looked the same!

I carried on with it and had the same problems if not more that I had had before. But this time I managed to fix them with bit of forum research. The Worst Problem I had was when the Classic Desktop came up with no toolbars.

I fixed that by editing the startup APS and adding gnome-panel and gnome-wm. That fixed it perfectly and I was Ok running the Classic Desktop Mode.

Tuesday, 25 August 2009

My EP continued: easy peasy

Here I'll tell you a little more and perhaps the rest of what's happening with my EP.

After I was finished with Xandros and ready to move on to something else I found out about 'Easy Peasy', Ubuntu for netbooks. After a bit I managed to get it and learned how to turn the .img file into a bootable USB stick using a pre-installed ubuntu AP called something like USB disk creator (if your using this as a tutorial, I probably got the name wong and I think for .img's you need another AP on the ubuntu site) and put it on a USB. Then I put it on my eeepc and started it up.

I was quite pleased to have Ubuntu for a change and was surprised at the way the netbok desktop worked but I prefered the classic ubuntu desktop so I switched to it. From then on it worked fine untill I rebooted and...

The toolbars didn't load, I got the background image but that was all. I tried several things but I couldn't fix it. So, I reinstalled the OS, I know that sounds a bit drastic but I did it and this time I just used the netbook-style desktop.

That worked out OK and I used it for a while happily. Untill another problem arose, when I reebooted it would ask me for the wireless rooter password and a linux keyring. But, something went wrong one day when the keyring password didn't wok and I couldn't do anything so I just gave-up with easy peasy and moved on to...

Sunday, 23 August 2009


I'm gonna pause on the EP for a poll or two because I want to cover Kubuntu.

Not long ago I was in Wikipedia and I was looking at Ubuntu and I followed a link to the Kubuntu page. I liked it because it looked a bit like Vista. So I downloaded the .iso and burned it.

I tried it out on my 8 gig and It installed nicely. I started using it but the annoying thing was that it had very few basic APS so I got them and for me it was quite easy and I didn't mind beacause I liked doingthat kind of stuff.

Then somebody asked me if I could put ubuntu on their computer and since I had the kubuntu installer, I put kubuntu on it knowing that they wouldn't mind much.

At first it was kind of OK after I'd apped (put APS on) it with a few basics. But after a bit, the person who was using it started to get annoyed about all the incompatibility with normal ubuntu programs (the funny thing is, another person who had Kubuntu8 said that it should be very much ubuntu-compatible).

So, after several annoying problems, the person decided to just get ubuntu and that wasn't too hard to do. I just had to change the hard disk from computer to computer and back again.

So, I suppose the only thing I like/ed about kubuntu was the looks. But apart from that, Kubuntu9 was problematic for me.

My EP and Xandos

Here is a picture (not taken by me!) of my eeepc 901 and here I'm going to tell about Xandros.

When I got my EP, it had Xandrox on it and I liked it, it was OK apart from the fact it didnt have a proper desktop! It was mor like a mobile phone main menu!

Anyway, I was picky about it but since it wasn't so bad, I left it untill I (well, me and somebody else) found out about Advanced desktop mode, like Xandros but moe windows look orientated.

I liked the look of it so the guy who found out about it and I spent a few hours (a while) getting it onto the EP and we manged it. I liked it a lot and quickly learnt alll about all the menus and controls and all that fun stuff.

Then, after a while, I started looking for a way to put Windows APS onto it beacause most of my favourite programs were either only Windows compatible or Windos/Mac.

So, I looked around, and in about 5 seconds, I found something called Wine, a program to run Windows Aps on linux. Which was just what I wanted. The website info all looked fairly complex at first, but I managed to get my head round it, in about 30min I was running Wine.

It was great, I could now run Windows APS on my netbook and immediately I began getting game of the Internet to play!

Then I used my EP for a good while longer reinstalling the OS every so often (when it acted up!) and got a good shot out of xandros (Untill another idea popped into my head!). Well, that's all I'm gonna say in this blog, I'll tell you more about this shiny (with a bit of dust) piece of junk next time!

The latest on that (old deb) machine

In the last few posts I've been talking about 'that old deb machine' and here I finish of those stories by telling you what's happening with it.

Now I have 3 hard disks in it, A 40GB ubuntu/XP dual boot which is a so so, an 8GB XP hard disk working perfectly and a 2gb hard disk formated with NTFS from my first post which I use for backups.

On this post, as you have probably seen, is a picture of tat machine. It really does look like a piece of junk, doesn't it. You can see all the front parts, hard disks, drives. That's because when it was stolen, the cover was lost. But it functions just like any old PC, believe me!

I know this post is a bit unusual and short, but I just wanted to show you why I called this blog tecky-junk!

Saturday, 22 August 2009

An Ubuntu9/WinXP Dual Boot

Not long ago, I got hold of a 40GB hard disk and decided to do a WinXP/Ubuntu9 Dual Boot. I thought It would be rather simple. So I installed WinXP on it partitioning the whole thing, then I installed all my favourite software on the XP while listening to an old Floss Weekly Podcast about Wubi, which probably made me over-confident, then I got out the Ubuntu installer disk, (a while before I had downloaded the .iso form the ubuntu site and burned it onto the disk) booted onto it and tried installing it.

It was as slow as a dead donkey and crashed constantly. So after 4 or 5 tries, I gave Up and tried something else. I plugged in my WinXP hard disk jumpered it as a master and turned the 40GB into a slave.

Then after reading up, I went into XP, right clicked on my Comuter, manage, manage hard disks (or something like that) and in that I formated the 40GB hard disk as an NTFS file system.

Then I rejumpered the hard disks to what they were before and tried installing ubuntu on the 40GB, It worked perfectly and I managed to partition exactly half the disk, and got ubuntu working perfectly in about 30min.

Then I got the WinXP installer disk out, installed it and got it woking. In the end, it worked fine (untill I started fiddling around with the RAM cards!).

Windows 98-XP (on that old deb machine)

So after that ubuntu, I got out another hard dsik and ...

I just wanted a windows, so after a bit of editing it, (Opening it up and changing hard disks, jumpers etc.) I installed Windows 98 on it.

It was left like that for a while with me putting a few good aps on it and then I started getting annoyed with the fact that most of my programs were Xp+, so I borrowed an XP disk of a friend and put it on that PC.

Then I found out that that OS was a bit like a 30 day trial and I could only run it for more than 30 days if I 'registered it with microsoft'. But, I couldn't, because that particular PC couldn't get a connection to our router, so I tried the clock trick.

I changed the time to a year before the proper time and tried running the 'subscribe to microsoft' AP and it still said '29 days left' so, I gave up and did something else.

In that same session, for some stupid reason, I changed the clock forward 100 yrs and a bit after, I turned of the PC. When I turned t back on, I couldn't log-on beacase I was '100 years past the expiry date'. I could have pulled all my hair out in that second. I thought 'why didn't I go 100 yrs BACK in time' and that was the end of that OS.

Then, I left that PC alone for a bit, (again) and a while later, (6 months perhaps)
I got hold of another XP disk, this time, it was XP prof instead of the previous XP Home. I wasn't sure whether it was going to be a 30 day trial again or not.

So I booted the CD and started going through the installation and then I got to a stage where it asked for a code. At this bit, I didn't have a clue, the last one had the product-code on the box. But this CD didn't have a box, so I was stuffed.

Once again, I left it alone and one day I watched a more experienced computer tech use the XP disk onto another machine. And when he got to the product-code bit, he took the disk out, put it into another XP machine and browsed it finding a text document that had the product-code in it.

I was surprised and it worked, so when he was done with the disk, I took it and tried it on the old deb machine and it worked perfecttly on a 8gb hard disk. Thenn started using it and beaause I didn't have any essential programs (Firefox, An antivirus ...) so I went back to that old ubuntu disk put it in and put Blender, Firefox2 (old, but it works), a virus scanner and I was happily running XP.

My first look at Ubuntu (on that debian machine)

A while back, somebody was showing me their dual boot XP/ubuntu7 and at first I thought the ubuntu OS was rubbish beacause you couldn't put much software on it beacause it would all be made for windows. Then he told me that you could get the OS for free. When he said that, I laughed. But, to prove to me that you could, he ordered 3 CDs for me from the ubuntu website.

A while later I got the CDs and was really surprised. Then I read all the text on my CD cover (the other ones had been given away) and saw that it said it had Windows APS on it, one of them being Blender, an advanced 3D editor.

Anyway, a while later I got the 2gb hard disk out of that busted old W95 machine (2 posts ago) and stuck it into the deb machine and tried installing ubuntu7 on it. It was a nightmare, but, unlike most things, I kept at it. After a while, I managed to get to the end of the ubuntu installation (the part where it actually dumps it on your computer) and found out that 2gb wasn't enough.

So, I got out another hard drive, a 4gb this time and put ubuntu on it. It still took loads of restarting, but I managed it and when I had it I loved it! The history of that 'piece of junk' will hopefully be blogged in the next post.

My first Experience with Linux

Once we had an old PC, which at the time, was in good condition, running W98 and it worked for about a year until accidentialy, somebody blew it up! I don't remember how, but it happened.
So, it was fixed and became the same old PC. Then it got stolen and whoever stole it dumped it in our front garden while we were away. So we picked it up and put it in a cupboard.
A while after, a year perhaps, it was taken out and out of curiosity of linux, debian was put on it. I used this debian machine for a bit, mainly interested in the games and after a while I got boored of it, unplugged it and forgot about it.
A while later, I picked it up again, plugged it in and started it up again with loads of new ideas about what to do on it. But, when I got to the login screen, I had forgoten my password! I tried it for ages several times wondering what it could be. And after a while, I gave up and got red of debian.
And that was my first experience with linux!

My First Computer

A while ago, I got hold of an old computer, and I was really happy because it was my first computer. So, I set it up and turned it on. Then I found out it was windows 95, wth a 2gb hard drive and about 64mb Ram.

But, I still liked it, because it was my first computer. So, I installed my favourite program on it, which, at the time was "The Oxford Interactive Encyclopaedia" (it sounds cheezy, doesn't it!). I liked it at the time because it had a power-point like program on it, and then I loved powerpoint then.

So I was running it and iI started to look at the back of it and saw a little red switch next to the power plug (I suppose you can guess what happened next). I thought "ooh, what's this?", so I switched it and BOOM! the computer was dead.
And that was the end of my first computer.