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Screenshot-calibre - || Calibre Library ||

Its always cool when you come across a new program that will do something you want to do.

I don’t recall exactly how I came across this program but it may very well have been one of the podcasts that I frequently listen to.

So I decided to install this program called Calibre onto my laptop by using the Ubuntu Software Center.

That took only a few minutes to complete.  Then today, I decided to update it up to version 0.9.41

This was done by using the Terminal, I got the instructions thanks to http://www.noobslab.com/2013/03/install-calibre-0924-in-ubuntu.html.

The instructions were very easy to follow and once again were completed very quickly.

One of the things that I like about this program is that it is cross-platform so it is available for Linux, Mac, Windows and can even be installed on a USB drive so you can have it in portable form.

Another thing is that you can order eBooks directly from the program and then convert them into numerous formats.

So by all means, check it out.  After all it is free.

 

 

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Today I was reading a post on here and the author hit on some things that really brought back memories to me of how I got started with Linux.

As it turns out, we were both like so many others under the impression that Linux was this super complicated OS and we had no clue as to just how powerful and easy it could be to use.

It is no such thing I assure you and one of my brothers knows it as well.  He happens to be an Applehead by the way.  I talked about him when I wrote about using a Mac Book Pro 2012 and he’s the reason I have an Ipad 3 so thanks to him for that.  I will also say that he has a pretty open mind when it comes to Linux in general, in fact, I believe there is a video on You tube that we did where he interviewed me about it.

Now, here it is and after three years I have gone from having a “linux day” that I would spend using it, to the point that I now feel more comfortable with it than when using Windows, despite the fact that I have both installed on my laptop.

I’m at the point where I am comfortable using the terminal in order to install programs or to run various cool commands.  Even working in Synaptic isn’t a problem for me.

Case in point:  this and that.

Oops! I almost forgot: one more.

Now that’s what I call entertainment in 2013!!!

Other reasons that I love Linux is that If I don’t like the look of the desktop environment I am in, I can change it, I don’t need anyone’s permission to do what I want with what belongs to me.

This is what I have done on Linux Mint.  I didn’t really care for Xfce so I changed over  to “Gnome classic”, then I changed to Mate.  Guess what? I can change back to any one of them anytime I want.

Can you do that with Windows? What about Mac?

I don’t think so…..homey don’t play that!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OS Humor

OS Humor

It may seem as though this is a joke but it really isn’t.  I always manage to find the most unexpected things and this time it was something really cool.

I have seen all of the Star Wars movies over the years including when they were re-released several years ago.  OK, so its mean more than several years more like a decade but oh well.

Well, while I have seen them in the movies, or from video recordings, I hadnt seen them ascii format.

Perhaps neither had you….until now….well until a few moments from now.

Well, here goes.  Enjoy

telnet towel.blinkenlights.nl

In Linux you go to the terminal.  It is likely going to be under “Applications” then “Accessories”.  Once there type in the command above.

Now there is no sound, so you just watch it.

I know this works in Linux for sure, but I haven’t tried it on Mac, but if you want to do that and tell me about it I would be happy to hear from you.  I also haven’t tried it with Windows but then they are broken so if it doesn’t work I wont be heart-broken.

Thanks to the following site for this information.

http://www.linuxarticles.org/2011/01/watch-star-wars-animation-on-linux-terminal/

 

LINUX_by_zachk

This question came up recently on tuxradar.com.  The question was:  Do you see yourself switching back to Windows or Mac?

Hmm, good question. Isn’t it?

Well, as I started to answer it in the comment section I came to realize that I had a lot to say.  So much in fact I was like…..”I could just make this a blog”.

And so I did!!!!

Its been nearly three years since I got started with Linux and now I use it at least 90% of the time.   I have found that virtually everything I did on Windows, I can do in Linux with much less hassle.

In all the time I have worked with Linux I have never, ever had a virus or anything of that nature to infect my equipment.  Nor have I experienced a blue screen of death.

Talk about a relief!!!

If a particular distro goes in a direction that I don’t like…for example Ubuntu, then I can abandon ship and go to another one.  At anytime as many times as I like.

If I don’t like the way the desktop environment looks, I can tweak it to my heart’s content, or I can even get another one.

It’s just that easy!!!

I don’t ever have to worry about signing some legal agreement whenever I get a piece of software that specifically tells me not to share it with others, and is also something that isn’t really mine it’s something I borrow.  In Linux, its like this: “They’ll have theirs, and you’ll have yours, and I’ll have mine”.

And together we’ll be fine.

Never have I used the command-line so much.  That is, until I started using Linux.  Even in that case there are different options available to download software.  I can use the Terminal, I can use the Ubuntu Software Center or Synaptic to get what I want.

Besides, it’s been so long since I started with Linux that it’s feels right….so right….like paradise.

So my answer is:  No I would never switch back to Windows!!!

Never, never, never!!!!

why I use Ubuntu.

The OS Quest Preview.

I am trying to install Linux Mint 13 XFCE onto my laptop, and its given me a hard time. I got frustrated with it so I decided to use a Live-DVD of the same operating system instead for the time being. This allows me to use this laptop. despite the issues I am facing with it at the moment.

In fact, I am writing this in a program called LibreOffice which is free office suite that I have fallen in love with since I found out about it. It’s proven to be very useful to me and that’s why I am rather happy to write about it yet again.

Along with being about to read and write documents of various types I am also able to listen to music or watch movies, in addition to using the Internet.

So pretty much anything you can do I can do better. I can do anything better than you.

Of course I am playing (or am I)?

LOL!!!

What I can say is that every single program I would use on here is free. That even includes hundreds of games. No not anything such as World of Warcraft, but to be honest, I don’t play games like that anyway.

To be honest with you, one of my favorite PC games of all time in fact it is my favorite would be Sim City 4 Deluxe edition and while it may be designed for Windows machines I would still be able to play it thanks to a program called Wine.

Speaking of Wine that sounds like something I often hear people doing when it comes to Windows, especially when it comes to Windows 8. Not the first time I have heard of such a thing, and it definitely won’t be the last. Remember Vista?

You know what? I think I know what happened……… Someone took some rocks threw them at Metro and broke the Windows.

Who would do such a thing? Isn’t that awful? Yet that is what happened, and then it was decided that the people who threw the rocks should know that what they did was bad. Yet, they did it any way!!

You know what you can access it here and read it for yourself.

I could also talk about not getting viruses and the like, but I really don’t need to and that discussion has been had so many times at this point its pretty lame to me.

I am happy to have plenty of customization features right at my fingertips as well.

Yes I’m free to do what I want…any old where!!!!

I think I will go into that in more detail another time until then be sure to look where you are going.

 

 

I am writing this on my phone, but its OK.  Reason being is that Microsoft Office or even parts of it such as Word will not be released
for Linux in 2013 or 2014.  In fact, it will NEVER happen.  Anyone that tells you anything different has their head full of sand.

How I got started with Linux.

English: Linus Torvalds, creator of the Linux ...

English: Linus Torvalds, creator of the Linux kernel. Deutsch: Linus Torvalds, Schöpfer des Linux Kernels. Français : Linus Torvalds, créateur du noyau Linux. Italiano: Linus Torvalds, l’ideatore del kernel Linux. Polski: Linus Torvalds, twórca jądra Linuksa. Русский: Линус Торвальдс, создатель ядра Linux. Українська: Лінус Торвальдс, творець ядра Linux. Српски / Srpski: Линус Торвалдс, творац језгра Linux. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Security is something we are hearing about more and more these days. And in the world of computers and operating systems in particular,  Windows based- computers are so likely to be a big target. They are constantly getting hit with this virus and that bug. It never ends. One would not be looked at funny if he felt as though security in windows was more of an afterthought than anything else. Yet it is so good to know that one has choices! In fact, there are two-As much as I hate to say this MAC, and Linux. Both are indeed choices, one that costs quite a bit of money and one that is free. And while normally I would be skeptical of something that is free, in this case experience has shown me that Linux is a pleasant surprise.

But now, how many of you have heard of a virus that has affected Linux? If you can come up with one I would be surprised, really really surprised.  I know there are those of you that have of the concept of “Security through obscurity” ?  Yet it is, in my humble opinion a lame excuse used by Windows fan-boys when they want to take some of the heat off of their beloved OS. In fact this very concept was something that one of my classmates once brought up and to be honest it carries a measure of merit, a smaller target is harder to hit after all. That just makes logical sense. Although as we went back and forth about the superiority when it comes to security of an operating system I had to hold back from falcon-punching him. Lol!

It is true that Linux isn’t used as much on peoples personal PC’s and can be looked at as a less-likely target than Windows is.  Yet it is not as obscure as you may think..for there are millions all over the world that are on the most popular website ever…yeah you guessed it. Facebook.

Some of the other organizations that trust Linux security are the US Department of Defense, the city of Munich Germany, Spain (yes the whole country) and Google just to name a few although there are really many more. Now If these various entities whether individual companies or even entire countries feel so much more secure as a result of their switch to the open-source Linux, vs. the proprietary company that is Windows then it really drives the point home when it comes to which is the more secure system does it not?

Now ask yourself how many times have we heard about patches being necessary for a windows system to solve serious problems or bugs that have been found in the system, and in fact is kernel or core program has in fact been damaged and even destroyed in some instances.  I will not say that Linux is completely impervious to security threats as that would be a lie, but it has to be admitted that the the kernel of Linux has never been cracked any damage from any viruses or whatever are limited as to the damage they can cause.One problem is that when a person sets up a Windows system they are automatically given administrative privileges while this may appear  to be an efficient way of doing things at first, it also opens up a can of worms since an infection is able to get to the very “core”of the operating system whereas with Linux, you are set up with more of a low-level account which helps to protect you from doing something catastrophic to your system. If an infection does occur which is already unlikely to start with the damage is limited to local files and programs.With Linux the very core component is known as the kernel and it is updated quite frequently, not to mention any patches that need to be done to the operating system are not limited to one company per se, but a community that is all over the world. The argument may be made that the ones that are responsible for maintaining the code and security updates are simply those who do so in their spare time but does that really matter? On that note PCWorld had this to say in part:

“Linus’ Law”–named for Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux–holds that, “given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow.” What that means is that the larger the group of developers and testers working on a set of code, the more likely any flaws will be caught and fixed quickly. This, in other words, is essentially the polar opposite of the “security through obscurity” argument. With Windows,  it’s a limited set of paid developers who are trying to find problems in the code.  They adhere to their own set timetables, and they don’t generally tell anyone about the problems until they’ve already created a solution, leaving the door open to exploits until that happens. Not a very comforting thought for the businesses that depend on that technology”. Check out the rest of that awesome article here

So in conclusion, am I telling you not to use Windows on your PCs or other devices?  Not at all, I am simply bringing to your attention some things that you might want to take into consideration.

We live in a time where security is more of an issue than ever before so make sure you know what you are dealing with.

Linux Pt.2 (ish).

Leaving the Windows Frontier.

Security is something we are hearing about more and more these days. Especially when it comes to Windows based- systems. But now how many of you have  heard of a virus that has affected Linux. If you can come up with one I would be surprised.  Also how many of you guys have heard of the concept of “Security through obscurity” ? It was something that one of my classmates once brought up and to be honest it carries a measure of merit although as we went back and forth about the superiority when it comes to security of an operating system I had to hold back from falcon-punching him. Lol!

It is true that Linux isn’t used as much on peoples personal PC’s and can be looked at as a less-likely target than Windows is.  Yet it is not as obscure as you may think..for there are millions all over the world that are on the most popular website ever…yeah you guessed it. Facebook.

Some of the other organizations that trust Linux security are the US Department of Defense, the city of Munich Germany, Spain (yes the whole country) ad Google just to name a few although there are really many more

Now ask yourself how many times have we heard about patches being necessary for a windows system to solve serious problems or bugs that have been found in the system, and in fact is kernel or core program has in fact been damaged and even destroyed in some instances.  I will not say that Linux is completely impervious to security threats as that would be a lie, but it has to be admited that the the kernel of Linux has never been cracked any damage from any viruses or whatever are limited as to the damage they can cause.

One problem is that when a person sets up a Windows system they are automatically given administrative priviledges while this may appear  to be an efficient way of doing things at first, it also opens up a can of worms since an infection is able to get to the very “core”of the operating system whereas with Linux, you are set up with more of a low-level account which helps to protect you from doing something catastrophic to your system. If an infection does occur which is already unlikely to start with the damage is limited to local files and programs.

With Linux the very core component is known as the kernel and it is updated quite frequently, not to mention any patches that need to be done to the operating system are not limited to one company per se, but a communitythat is all over the world. The argument may be made that the ones that are responsible for maintaining the code and security updates are simply those who do so in their spare time but does that really matter? On that note PCWorld had this to say in part:

“Linus’ Law”–named for Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux–holds that, “given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow.” What that means is that the larger the group of developers and testers working on a set of code, the more likely any flaws will be caught and fixed quickly. This, in other words, is essentially the polar opposite of the “security through obscurity” argument. With Windows,  it’s a limited set of paid developers who are trying to find problems in the code.  They adhere to their own set timetables, and they don’t generally tell anyone about the problems until they’ve already created a solution, leaving the door open to exploits until that happens. Not a very comforting thought for the businesses that depend on that technology”. Check out the rest of that awesome article here

So in conclusion, am I telling you not to use Windows on your PCs or other devices?  Not at all, I am simply bringing to your attention some things that you might want to take into consideration.

 

So far I have used Ubuntu 9.10, 10.04, 10.10, 11.04 and 11.10. and as is probably painfully obvious by now I am quite fond of Ubuntu although one thing that I have found to be annoying is its unable to play mp3’s or mp4’s If  you don’t have the right codecs installed.  This isn’t much of an issue at all unless you don’t have internet access, in that case it is a major problem. Its not that there isn’t a good reason for that, as people that own proprietary software do have the right to limit how it is being used.

At the same time even when you get a Windows PC while it does come with Windows Media Player it doesn’t come with the codecs you need to play what you want either.  The work around in that case is to simply download another media player and one that has worked wonderfully for me for years is VLC.

In addition to the many versions of Ubuntu there are quite a few other flavors of Linux that  I  have also used including OpenSuse,  Linux Mint. Open SUSE I didn’t care for as I just wasn’t really feeling the KDE interface it just wasn’t for me.

Now as far as 9.10 is concerned I have a certain fondness for it simply because it ws the very first distro of Linux that I was exposed to and so I leave it on one of my PCs as a result of that. 10.04 is when the desktop color scheme switched from orange to purple and I really don’t have an issue with that at all nothing wrong with a little change here or there.I installed it to the PC using a live CD that was with a magazine I purchased sometime in late 2009 or early 2010.

10.04 is what I was running on my laptop as a WUBI  which means I ran  Linux within Windows as if it is an application and if I ever want to get rid of it I can simply erase the folder it is in.  It was nice and easy to use, although it is not really meant to be used on a constant basis.  I had quite a few applications and programs installed onto it, and so I was rather hesitant to upgrade to 10.10 as of yet on my laptop.

I did however take the time to install 10.10 into my beige computer and I am very proud of that since I had purposely removed the CD drive and I wanted to see if it was possible to put an operating system onto a PC by using a USB drive it just seemed like such a great idea and when I did my reasearch I found out it was not only possible but quite simple if it was possible to put an operating system onto a PC by using a USB drive it just seemed like such a great idea and when I did my reasearch I found out it was not only possible but quite simple the do to the program I had on my USB drive was LILO which stands for the Linux Loader, the most popular boot loader for Linux. There are indeed others I have found out about recently but at the time this is the one I knew about thanks to http://www.pendrivelinux.com for that.

11.04 or Natty Narwhal I used that one and I do like about this particular release is it has dropped OpenOffice as its main office suite and has switched over to LibreOffice. I am also excited about its expanded touch screen capabilities as well. As I explain more in detail in another post It wasn’t for me.

Out of them all Linux Mint in general I must say is awesome indeed I like the fact that I am able to play mp3’s and a few other files types that I normally use without having to install any codecs from anywhere it is already set up right out of the box. I also like the clean desktop that it uses the color scheme as well. I have only been using it for quite some time now but so far so good. I do realize that I can probably easily install what I need for various media but I have found Linux Mint to be easier in this respect.

The Linux Mint that I was using  is known as Linux Mint 10 or codename Julia Once again I am very pleased with it appearance and ease of use. Now I am checking out it younger edition 12 nicknamed Lisa.

Other distros are Pinguy OS which I discovered in December 2010, and Puppy Linux which is an incredibly lightweight OS designed for computers with limited RAM or Hard drive space. Both are easy to use as well.

Wow! this has ended up being my longest post yet but I enjoyed every moment of it. Thanks for hanging out with me.

sources of information:

http://control-escape.com/linux/lilo-cfg.html

http://www.ubuntu.com

http://www.pendrivelinux.com

Read more: http://computersight.com/operating-systems/linux/my-favorite-distro-of-linux/#ixzz1limcJfjA

 

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