I readily admit I was in a bad mood this morning when I got up and that was very definitely a contributing factor. However, one of the reasons I was in a bad mood was, during last nights game, OpenRPG/Traipse kept lagging on me for sometimes 2-3 minutes. I am certain this is a problem either with Windows 7 or Python for Windows. It is not a network issue, because no one else was having the issue and I was connected directly to the server on my internal network and my ping times to the server were constantly at around 0.250 ms and stayed that way even when OpenRPG was lagging. I realize this is a problem with my system and its configuration, because many people use OpenRPG under Windows with no issues. But for whatever reason, it was not working for me.
So, this morning I blew away Windows 7 and reinstalled Linux Mint 12, two weeks short of my promised 30 days of Windows. I am now very nicely back in Linux where I belong. I guess I have been using it too long to be comfortable with anything else on my personal system. I think I am going to install the Enlightenment Desktop Manager along with a Giger theme just because I can.
Okay so here I am in the middle of my month of using Windows 7 and I am now in a situation where I need to renew my LPI-1 Linux Certification. Oddly, this means I need to setup Linux running on Virtualbox. I am not sure of this is Irony or a weird Juxtaposition. They say the LPI test is distro neutral, but the last time I took it, it was heavily weighted towards RPM based distros like RedHat and CentOS. Since RedHat requires a chunk of cash to get even update support, I went with CentOS. I am very use to installing Windows into a VM under Linux, but not so much installing Linux into a VM under Windows. This all good practice I suppose.
So here I am in my first week of using Windows 7 and it does not completely suck. I am annoyed that I must now care about malware and such, but otherwise things have went smoothly. My only real comment at this point is Windows is not a very amusing operating system.
The thing that has brought me back to my Magic: The Gathering addiction is, PezWitch, for whatever reason thought it was a good idea to buy me Duels of the Planeswalker PC Game. This is the moral equivalent of giving a recovering alcoholic a drink and saying, “Just have one, it won’t hurt.”. We will see how she feels about this when I have spent our life’s savings trying to acquire a special edition foil wrapped Black Lotus.
It has been several years since I have used Windows for anything other than work, Linux has been my OS of choice for more than decade and frankly, I am very satisfied with it. So being the type of guy I am, I periodically try different technology to make sure the universe is working the way I think it is. I am going to give Windows 7 an honest try for 30 days, to see how things go. Yesterday I backed up my data, wiped my hard drive and installed Windows 7. Admittedly, I installed Firefox, Thunderbird and OpenOffice onto the system right after installing drivers and updates, to make my stay in Windows more comfortable. The adventure begins.
This week, MS-DOS is 30 years old. I do not bring this up out of some misplaced sense of nostalgia, god no I do not miss DOS in the least. I bring it up to point out how far we really have come, from 1981 to now. My only complaint with the linked story was the reference to Linux and the implication it was purely a command line only operating system, when by the late 90′s, Linux had a perfectly functional GUI.
I rarely use Windows outside of work for anything. I have one Windows program that I use with any regularity and it runs under WINE just fine. One of the things I do every so often that does require Windows is helping other people out. For this purpose I have always maintained a copy of Windows XP in Virtualbox for answering those odd questions I don’t know off the top of my head. Lately I have noticed fewer and fewer people asking me XP questions and increasingly asking me Windows 7 questions. So yesterday I took advantage of my MSDN account (thanks to my employer) and I downloaded a Windows 7 Home Premium iso and COA. So now the question becomes, how long should I leave the XP image on my system. Most everyone with a clue has moved to Windows 7, only the most stubborn people are hanging onto the last vestiges of XP and my usual response to people asking me questions about it is usually, upgrade to Windows 7, buy a new machine or reinstall Windows XP (and stay off the Russian porn sites). I suspect this will surprise a few people, who would expect me to tell them to install Linux instead. The problem with that is, then I would be supporting Linux for people who know even less about it, then they know about Windows, no thanks I say.