I am experimenting with Linux Mint at the moment. Mint is a derivative distribution of Ubuntu. They seem to be taking a different route from Ubuntu. Ubuntu seems to be embracing the touch pad paradigm, which I believe is at best a niche and within a year or two will be considered fad for desktop computing. Mint had modified Gnome3 to look and act like Gnome2, which works much better for me. On top of that, they have forked Gnome2 into MATE. So the experiment is on. Like always, I will be installing it on my backup rig and taking it for test run, if it works well on my 5 year old Inspirion 1505, then I will do the install on my main system, the 1545.
Monthly Archives: November 2011
Well thanksgiving has come and gone, the holiday season has officially begun. Currently it is 4:52 AM Central time and as I understand it, the yearly shopping apocalypse known as “Black Friday” has been in full swing for almost 5 hours. As we speak over stimulated shoppers everywhere are engaged in Mad Max style combat to be one of merely 2 million to get a DVD player from Wal-Mart for the low low price of $16.99. PezWitch and I will not leave the house until Saturday, surviving only on leftover turkey and stuffing.
2. Beware of Bathrooms
4. Double Tap
5. No Attachments
6. Travel in Groups
7. Keep the dumb dumbs close at hand
8. Kill with Efficiency
9. Guns are for hunting, not Zom…err shopper killing
10. Be quiet.
Good luck everyone, and see you on the other side.
I was going to wait on buying a Kindle Fire. First I wanted to let them work the early bugs out and second I wanted to wait for a 10 inch screen. I changed my mind because I got to handle one personally the other day, I discovered Best Buy had them in stock and besides my Birthday and Christmas are not that far off.
First off, the Fire is not an iPad killer, what it does do is fill a niche, The Fire will heavily appeal to people who feel $499 is too much for a tablet. and I am one of those people. My problem with tablets is they tend to be content delivery systems rather than general purpose computing devices. This is why I still use a netbook, creation of even a basic blog post is difficult at best using a tablet. However, for light web browsing, checking email, reading the odd ebook and such, tablets do fine.
The Fire delivers on its promise to deliver Amazon content and it does so very well. I thought the 7 inch screen would be cramped, but Amazon did a good job with the UI and everything is easy to find and manage. The absence of a home button seems to have flustered a few people, but it did not particularly bother me, the soft buttons work fine once you get use to taping the touch screen in the right spots. Once I logged into my Amazon account I was able to access all my Amazon content such as my kindle books, Prime Videos and MP3′s. It was a snap to purchase and download new content. Amazon also gave me the choice to keep the content in the cloud or download it the Fire, which was a nice touch. I was pleasantly surprised by the battery life, once I had it charged, it held up pretty well to PezWitch and I fiddling with it all day and well into the night.
There were a couple things I didn’t like. First, the page flipping seems a bit sluggish, this is not a show stopper, but it is disappointing that something as simple as turning pages on an ebook would be so obviously flawed. Second, the Fire suffered from the same problems all LCD screen suffer from, which is, in bright light they are difficult to read and are not terribly good for reading for long periods of time. I also found the device to be a bit heavy in my hand after I had been reading for a while. For these reasons I will not be giving up my old e-Ink Kindle any time soon.
Overall, I am pleased with this purchase. If you have been wanting a tablet but didn’t want to pay the Apple Tax, here is your chance. The few small gripes I have with it are easily out weighed by the fine design and excellent price. It is not going to replace my laptop, nor is it going to replace my e-Ink Kindle, but it will replace my smart phone as my many tasks.
This year was a far different experience from last year. Last year we attended several panels with actors, artists and writers, this year I attended only one. Last year, only Mike Grell felt really approachable, this year Adam Baldwin, Kevin Sorbo, James Marsters and Charisma Carpenter were all very friendly and willing to spend several minutes with each fan and allowed you to take candid shots if you wanted. Over all it was a fun time and I am glad I got to share it with my nephews and sister.
We are home, tomorrow I will write a wind-up and maybe add a couple of pictures. In the mean time.
James Marsters does not know what to think about Thuhlu.
Peter Mayhew having a smoke break with fans.