I bought a laptop several years ago. It had Windows Vista on it but that wasn’t too bad. I could easily get rid of that and put an operating system on it. A lot has happened since then. I started with a Ubuntu version called Zorin and that was good. But I had the same problem with the computer that it had with Vista. It turned out to be a defective charger -which eventually gave up the ghost and a succession of shops failed to get it going.
Monday 1 September 2014 brought good news and a multi voltage charger that went past 11; all the way past 18 in fact. I thought I still had Zorin on it but it turns out I had put a partition with Windows 7 on (It won’t open) and a newer OS from Ubuntu their Kubuntu Maverick. I like KDE for the office suite it offers and some sites won’t let you post print screens. Changing them to another graphic format with Linux is a piece of cake.And of course like all full Linux distos, it finds the internet without brain surgery.
I spent hours yesterday helping a complete newbie with his computer. A Windows laptop that wouldn’t let him get online. It worked fine on the wireless connection at the public library but on his own service…. not.
I’d given him an old computer to use online with Linux UE which although ten times slower than his laptop, it was on the internet straight away -by virtue of me *switching it on* While it was connected to his router. It was nice to see his face when he realised I was in.
“How did you do that?”
“This is Linux, Roy. It doesn’t piss about.”
But it isn’t Windows, so he is not happy with it. Also he did something in his struggles to post e-mail, that got rid of Firefox. I have no idea what but we lost his links to his web page with his bookmarks. So that looks like he is finished with Linux.
Pity Windows has finished with him.
The good news is that my old laptop with 2 GB of RAM is running as fast as my new one that has 8GB of RAM and Windows 7 on it. Just goes to show you how abominable Microsoft’s products are. But the better news is that Kubuntu can see the folder that holds the weather charts I had collected on whichever partition won’t open. So when I have the time, I will be able to extract them and organise them for use on here.
The <spit>Smithsonian</spit>, the world’s repository for volcano archives, has a list (available to Microsoft users.) (That is why Windows 7 will remain on my Laptop for a while.) Their archive doesn’t have anything in the list from 2014 -the only year I have appropriate charts for. There may be some on the older laptop that will do. I don’t really think so, as I was not storing the full range of the Australian runs back then and hadn’t discovered the NAEFS or its connection to volcanology.
We will see.