Thursday, 25 February 2010


I had a litlle accident the other day when I was playing around with windows. I... swapped a major windows .dll file with something I found on the web. Not exactly my greatest of experiments.

But don't worry! I fixed it. And guess what I used. Ubuntu 9.04 live cd. I booted it, got the old dll file from another hard disk that had had xp installed from the same machine, swapped the HDs back, booted the cd again, and gave the old dll back to the primary xp HD.

That better not sound too compicated to you, because it was nice and simple!

Thursday, 18 February 2010

My first 8 Operating Systems

Ok, in my next few posts, I am going to summarise all the operating systems I have tried, which will be extended into a public google document.
  • Debian: Ok, I don't know which version this was, and I didn't install it. But I played with it. And I liked the never-changed gnome games. The background is very good in debian but ubuntu did clean it up with it's 'debian' remix later on.
  • Windows 95. WOW!! I went back in time. Well, I hope you all know what happened to that computer.
  • Windows 98. This replaced debian on my 'Old Deb Machine', because I forgot the password(so secure, even the user can't get in!). I liked Windows a lot more then. I tried to make it look as close to XP as possible. But it just wouldn't do. So, as stubborn as I was, installed XP in the end:
  • Windows XP: I still have this 8b hard disk, and I run fsflight on it. I's lasted ages and I have tweaked it and actually made it run faster than my 40gb ubuntu! But, I still don't use it much!
  • Ubuntu 7.04. I still have the live CD for this. And it is unbelievably reliadble for system restore.  But,  back the, since I didn't understand linux, it took me a month to install it(which made me quite fed up)!
  • Kubuntu 9.04. I still love the looks of KDE. But, It ran so slow on my oldd debbie, I had to replace it with:
  • Ubuntu 9.04. Yes, this is when ubuntu really caught my attention. It was like the match that lit the chain(????).
  • Xandros. I got my hands on that eeepc 900 and I'm still typing on it now. I liked Xandros. It worked. Did what any normal person would want it too. But, it was a bit 'too much' like windows.
To be continued...

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Light Flight Simulator in Ubuntu

Ysflight. A friend told me about it yesterday and so far I've been playing it all day! It's a low graphics flight simulator that to me is just as good as Ms Flight Sim. Well! Apart from the graphics of course!

So, after I discovered it, I went to the website and downladed the ubuntu version, which didn't work at all, so I asked Ubuntu Forums, and somebody replied telling me to download this big zip file and it would work in Ubuntu.

So, I did as he said and hey presto! It worked. Setting up the track was slightly slower than the wine version but that was probably because it was a bulky 92mb versio (instead of 10mb).

Sunday, 14 February 2010

The real difference between KDE and Gnome

Windows XP, apart from fixing a load of bugs, updates, and all that stuff, Windows XP really started to have some 'shine' about it.

Now that is Gnome, not the fact that it is an 'old' Desktop Enviroment but that it gives you a not to slick but not to shiny set of desktop effects.

But, then Windows ista and then Windows 7 came along. Now, that is where I would put KDE, a nice, shiny, kind of cool desktop enviroment.

Now me, personally prefer KDE. But, it doesn't run fast on my machines, and doesn't have a fast startup speed(yet), so I stick with gnome, or xfce or even icewm sometimes. Yes, I would prefer KDE, but that's for a faster PC!

Friday, 12 February 2010

The Great Adventure of my HD

Ok, I started with a 40gb three partition home hard drive: Ubuntu Home Folder, Ubuntu Root and an empty 16gb originally for Xubuntu. Then, the other day, I decided to experiment. I downloaded unetbootin, puppy linux and then...

I ran unetbootin with puppy linux using the ubuntu partition and accidentally primarily installed it on my /home partition. Ooops! Ok, I then did it again but on the proper(Xubuntu) partition. I rebooted. Puppy came along but, it was slow, was the only thing bootable and you couldn't save the session.

So, I realised that it was running the /home partition puppy, not the third partition. So, I deleted everything in that home folder except my user directory. Then, the next time it booted, it used the third partition and puppy worked fine.

Ok, then I decided I wanted a switcher, so I did this and followed through the links to here.

After that it all went looooooopppyyy!

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Slitaz Linux

Slitaz! 32 mb! Smaller than DSL but with much better graphic. It runs as simply as ubuntu, but I still can't figure out how to save my session! Ok, it's a good OS. You'll like it! Try it! Believe me. It's like that. DSL, ubuntu and good looking!

Thursday, 4 February 2010

Firefox and Chrome

I don't know about you, but I always get people saying 'Chrome is better because it' faster'. Now, here are my 'analisations', so to say:

Firefox is not going to die out, it is not a bad browser and, quite frankly, I would prefer Chrome to die out first! X-pud, or another Firefox OS is going to jump up and Mozilla will still sit head to head with Google. Google is not the only one to work on loads of projects. Seamonkey, prism, bespin are all Mozilla's work. Anyway, bottom line, Firefox won't Die because it is not a bad browser.

Here's a little review 'battle' I made. Please tell me what you think of it in the comments:

Firefo Pros:
  • It has much more sophisticated add-ons than Google Chrome.
  • Bookmark and history management is better.
  • Better Web App Support.
  • Installation of flash is easier(although flash is going out soonish!).
  • It's is actually smaller than Chrome at 9.2 mb.
Chrome Pros:
  • It only includes two tool-bars which means more screen space for the web.
  • Chrome has the equivalent of Mozilla Prism, Firebug and Personas built in.
  • Chrome is fast!!!
Firefox Cons:
  • It has a default of 5 toolbars.
  • It is slower than ChrWhy I don't prefer Chromeome.
Chrome Cons:
  • Every so often, I open a web page in Chrome and it's all loaded but it's white. To fix this I have to 'pretend' to select all the stuff on the page, go to another tab, go back and hey presto, a pain!
  • It is 12mb.

Well, that just about sums it up. All though Chrome is my default browser, Firefox is still a brilliant browser.

I know, I am not a very good writer. But, I'm trying to Improve!