Linux

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Both my desktop and my laptop started working more slowly a few weeks ago. This indicated that something about the operating system (some version of Ubuntu Linux) changed in a bad way. Or, perhaps, since the slowness was mostly noticed in the web browser, the newer version of Firefox was somehow borked. It turns out…

Beware of Unity?

A lot of people got mad at me when I complained about the upcoming switch from Gnome to Unity. (And yes, I know Unity is based on Gnome but it is not Gnome. It is Unity). And yeah, I had some things wrong and some of the comments contraindicating my concern were valid, but many…

The other day, Julia and I decided to install SimCity 4 Deluxe for Windows on one of our Linux boxes. Using Wine, the install went fine, but the program would not run. It would kind of start up but then die with no obvious explanation. With a bit of work I can probably find the…

How to organize your stuff

The issue has been raised (recently, and many times in the past) of how to organize your stuff. And by stuff, I mean files on your computer which may be documents, photographs, videos, or other files. I want to record a few thoughts on this having just done a bunch of organizing of my stuff,…

The advise I’m about to give you is something I’ve figured out my own and seems to work, but I do not know why, if it is necessary, or if there is a better way to manage this problem. If you have a better recommendation, please add it to the comments!

Technology Woes and Worries

Apple likes its hardware to be closed source. Very closed: If you want to remove the outer casing on your iPhone 4 to replace the battery or a broken screen, it won’t be easy anymore. In the past, you could use a Phillip screwdriver to remove two tiny screws at the base of the phone…

Xfce 4.8 released

Xfce 4.8 released after nearly two years of development. Hopefully, there are no added features or functionality! (That’s a joke.) (In fact, there is a loss of functionality for BSD users who implement the *nix desktop environment. But let’s not even talk about that problem because it opens a whole ‘nuther can of worms.) Xfce…

UPDATE: The wine-based linux Kindle Cloud Reader file that I used to have is now no longer current, and I don’t have the newer file. However, if you want to read Kindle material on your Linux computer, the browser-based Kindle Cloud Reader is better. Use that! And it is time. The Kindle Reader now works…

When it comes to ease of use, there is no difference between a computer with Windows and a computer with Linux, assuming both systems are installed properly. That there is a meaningful difference is a myth perpetuated by Windows fanboys or individuals who have outdated experience with Linux. Also, the comparison that is often being…

Is Ubuntu running off a cliff?

And, is that necessarily a bad thing? Sometimes I feel like I’m watching Ubuntu running quickly towards a big cliff. Recently, it was hinted/announced that Gnome would be dropped as Ubuntu’s default desktop, and x.org dropped as the x server. The mint Distro has forked itself to produce a pure Debian distro, which was what…