Recently I stumbled across Matthew Moore’s Mythbusting Linux video on YouTube. Normally I find his videos entertaining and sometimes informative (I say this as an experienced Linux user and developer, it’s not a reflection on his videos). However on this occasion he got quite a few points wrong or just misunderstood. I would have commented below the video but comments were disabled. This isn’t an attack on the video but rather to provide constructive and hopefully informative feedback on some of the issues raised.
When MS-Windows XP went out of support I upgraded all of my machines to Ubuntu 14.04. Whilst most had been dual-boot, all except one now only run Linux. Two of the few things that I regularly ran under MS-Windows were the odd game and Adobe Photoshop. The games were dealt with by the one computer I left as dual-boot, but Photoshop is a tool that I use often as photography is one of my hobbies. I also wanted to use this on my Linux desktop.
I have an Asus Eee PC that had the old Ubuntu Easy Peasy Eee remix on it (I think it was based on 8.04 LTS release). Anyway the software on it was ancient and rather than throw it out I thought I’d install Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and try running the Unity desktop on it.
So what? You may ask. The model of Eee PC that I have is the 901. For those that don’t know; it comes with two SSDs, one fast 4GiB device (that is supposed to hold the operating system) and a slower 16GiB device for user data. See the problem? Yes 4GiB is very small for a modern OS and you don’t really want it running on the slower, larger device.
Well I succeeded and I am writing this blog post on the newly set up Asus Eee PC.
The old style glass car headlamps were marvellous. They were tough and sturdy in construction and hardly ever went wrong. However, as is so often the case these days, glass headlamps have been replaced by cheaper plastic ones. Initially they look just as good but after several years they start to tarnish and go cloudy.
I have heard it said that directors like using shaky camera shots for action scenes as it makes it more real or exciting. However no one is fooled by this. In the cheaper films you can still see the vehicles travelling at ten miles an hour in the car chase sequence, and in the bigger budget films it just serves to distract from what would otherwise be good special effects.
I have finally succumbed to the 24/7 connected world and have purchased a Google Nexus 4 running a vanilla, as in unmessed about with, Android JellyBean. The SIM contract I have also allows for unlimited data, which is handy as there is no wireless where I live.
I also wish to tether my phone to my laptop and get Internet access when away from home. Phone tethering is when you turn your mobile phone into a broadband router, connecting it to the laptop via either a wireless hotspot or USB cable. I also want to make use of a VPN when away from home for security reasons. So I did some research and this is what I found…