Moving Into the WordPress World!

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After two minds if I would start to use of not use WordPress.org to create a web site and blog based on my own web server here, I finally last week decided to take the plunge and install WordPress on my web server here.

I suspect now I join a large group of people who have already done this and so far I am very impressed what I can and cannot do with WordPress and it’s various themes and plugins. Though this is early days so far so I have not found any major snags with it yet though knowing me I will find problems as I always have a knack of braking software or asking to do something it simply cannot.

So last week I have started to recreate my personal page using WordPress, probably not they way to use it but I tend to use thing in different ways, and so far I am very impressed with what I can do. Basically it is easy, quick and produce a nice looking site the only slow bit being the finding the themes and plugins needed to produce the site itself.

So it looks like my home page will for the foreseeable future will created and maintained using WordPress which has the nice additional side effect in so much I get to learn the ins and outs about WordPress based web sites and their set up.

If you ant to follow my progress on my new home page just follow the link: http://experimentno3.no-ip.org

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An Open Letter the Second Life Viewer Writers!

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As one of the growing number of Linux and OpenBSD users of Second Life I am getting very annoyed both at Linden Labs and Third Party Second Life Viewer Writers not putting in as much work on their Linux versions of their viewers as the Windows and Mac versions of the same viewers.

Contrary to those less enlightened with Second Life who still live under the illusion that Linux and FreeBSD users are a small minority with Second Life from personal experience, that is actually talking to people there, the amount of people using Linux and FreeBSD is much larger than most people think.

All we are asking, as Apple users, is that you test your software better than you do which Linden Labs have no excuse in not doing considering they use Linux to run the machines which generate the Second Life grid itself.

This in itself is not asking much and we Linux and FreeBSD users would greatly appreciate it as there is nothing more annoying than when your favourite viewer, Singularity in my case, is upgraded to find it has a real fatal bug or problem with it because it was not tested properly on all platforms!

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Using Open Source Has Become a Statement!

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At the start I used Open Source software because it was free and allowed me to use older hardware which would have been thrown away if I had gone down the Windows and Commercial Software way.

But now it is becoming more and more of a statement to the world by myself in so much I refuse to pay the inflated and unnecessary costs charged by the big Computer Corporations for operating systems and software which the large majority of the time simply do not do their jobs well or so full of annoying bugs and security flaws to make their use difficult!

Of cause this is all helped by the fact as I, and others like myself, have started to use Open Source more and more the quality of Open Source operating systems and software has come on leap and bounds in past decade certainly outstripping their commercial equivalents in quality, stability and more importantly usability.

I am now also start to see Open Source also as a political statement on my part in so much I use software which is created by the people for the people rather than depending on the Computer Giants who have tried to dictate what the average user used on their computers. The biggest example of this being Microsoft rewriting of the bios on computers to only allow their operating systems on computer hardware, something which frankly much like Windows 8 has not really been that effective to stem the rise of Open Source.

I now use Open Source both because it is better than most commercial software and to stick two fingers up at the likes of Apple, Microsoft and even Google!

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All the Lies as Windows xp End Arrives!

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As we all know Microsoft is about to end the support for Windows xp and as we have been told again and again means that windows xp is not going to be as secure because there will be no more security updates.

But this is only word of true anyone has been saying about the whole demise of Windows xp the rest of what is being said is basically a lot of lies, half truths and scare stories put about by those who want to sell you something or out of sheer ignorance.

It annoys me as the vultures circle around the Windows xp users trying to woo or scare them into buying their products rather than give them the advice they actually need to make an informed choice of what to do next.

There is one major flaw in these people arguments that Windows xp will not be secure after Microsoft redraw their support, would hold out if the current versions of Microsoft Windows operating systems were secure themselves even with constant updates. But the truth is even with the constant updates and up to date security software not one of the Microsoft Windows operating systems are that secure.

Myself from personal experience on a Tech Desk we now see far more post Windows xp computers than actual Windows xp computers which have been infected with viruses and malware regardless of the claim of Microsoft that their newer operating systems are more secure, it is simply not true.

The other lie that is going around it is cheaper and easier for a Microsoft Windows xp user to upgrade to Windows 8 than other operating systems which frankly is not true. In truth it is going to be as difficult either way for the Microsoft Windows xp user to upgrade up to new operating system full stop.

Either way a Windows xp user is going to have problems with any software they used on their old system in so much either way they are going to have to invest in new software to run on their new computers whatever route they take. Something forgotten by those who are claiming the Microsoft Windows 8 route is easiest way to upgrade as in the case of Microsoft Office this is not a cheap option which can certainly add to the costs of upgrading. Basically they want to gloss over such matters until they have the poor Windows xp in the process of actually upgrading.

Strangely mostly because of need of computers of all types to interchange data more easily the least problem the Windows xp user will have is transferring their data to the new computer.

Though if the Linux route is taken by Windows xp user it has one advantage in so much they can use their existing hardware and Open Source software so in the end, with some help, is the cheapest route to go. There is a bonus in the long term as it will also save the windows xp user more money and they end up with a more secure system.

As for staying with windows xp to be frank considering the major security issues the later versions of Microsoft Windows currently suffer, something Microsoft and it’s retailers play down, frankly currently it is no worse than upgrading to newer version of Windows. Though one thing windows xp users will have to contend with is newer software running on their computers simply not working as developers use newer features within the Windows Operating system itself. In the end it will be this which is more highly likely force the Windows xp user to upgrade.

In conclusion, contrary to the propaganda by Microsoft and those who sell Microsoft products, regardless if the Windows xp user decides to upgrade to Microsoft Windows 8, Apple or even Linux all are going to be as difficult as each other for different reasons.

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In and Out of Love With about.me!

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about.me is one of those things which I fall in and out of love with depending on my mood at the time. It is one of these useful little web site things which gives you a simple to create web page which sort of reflects your own identity on the internet.

It is meant to be simple, small and concise as that is the very essence of about.me and the way it conveys your identity on the web. After all it is a far more effective way to grab people’s attention with something which is small and direct to the point much like if you meet someone face to face. After all we all do it make up our minds on the first impression when we meet someone the first time.

about.me is not perfect as it, much like most software of it’s ilk, has both a limited free version and all singing paid version which is much more customizable. My only real complaint with free version the owners of about.me have got far stingy over the years with what they give away in so much the quality of Statistics page in the free version has got worse over time I have been using them.

But other than these minor gripes and the fact I keep falling in and out of love with it depending on my mood and views at the time it certainly does what it claimed very effectively and elegant way. Plus it is certainly easy to use even if you are not a geek or ubergeek as I claim I am sometimes in moments of weakness.

about.me can be found on the web at http://about.me definitely worth a look and play with if just for fun.

And my personal about.me profiles, I have two as I both have a real and virtual me on the internet, can be found for real self at http://about.me/firstcapricorn and my virtual self at http://about.me/lutherspectre.

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Leaving Windows Behind Forever!

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It must be few years now I have stopped using Microsoft Windows and started to use Linux on all my computers.

And to be frank it has been best thing I have ever done on the computer in my life as I have said before I now enjoy a relatively problem free computer use without the constant maintenance, stability and virus issues of Microsoft Windows.

On top of which with the use of an ever growing and improving Open Source Software library on the internet I have managed in the last few years to do things which I could only of dreamt of on a Microsoft Windows computer. It has allowed me to mess around and experiment what I can do with my computer at home on a computer stable and forgiving enough not to have to reset the computer because something has gone wrong.

What it means in the end as far as I am concerned is that I will never use Microsoft Windows again here at home as I would now find it as an operating system very limited, to unstable and at a great variance how I use my computer now.

I would not recommend everyone should ditch their Microsoft Windows Computers but for people like myself who want to do more than just use a computer for more than surfing the web, word processing, that is basic stuff but for people like myself who want to do more and more interesting things on their computer it is a must.

My next purchase of a computer will either be a build my own in the case of a desktop or a bare bone computer simply because I will get hardware which will support Linux or any other operating system I require.

I have left Windows behind forever!

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Open Source is Not a Mystery!

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What still amazes me just how ignorant people are about Open Source especially software though I should not be surprised by this as the big Computer Corporations like Microsoft, Apple even Google would like this to continue as it protects their market.

Open Source is not a mystery as they would like users to believe nor is it substandard software any more compared to the equivalent commercial packages. If anything a lot of Open Source software is better written and more stable than their commercial counter parts especially in the web server and network solutions.

A definition of Open-source software is computer software with its source code made available and licensed with a license in which the copyright holder provides the rights to study, change and distribute the software to anyone and for any purpose.

But to users like myself it means we get access to software tools which would normally cost us money which we simply do not have.

Open Source may be free but it certainly does help people make money from it’s support and use in a commercial environment. It certainly shows free does not mean you cannot make money off it!

Currently the biggest use of Open Source software now is within the base infrastructure of the web itself as more and more companies use Apache Software to host their web sites to the most visible use on Tablets in the form of Android which is a modified Java on a Linux Core.

Strangely people now use Open Source software more and more without even knowing they are actually using it.

Personally I recommend people use Open Source software over the commercial versions were possible not because it is free but because due to the leap and bounds Open Source has made in recent years the quality and stability of Open Source software is starting to outstrip the more predestination commercial versions of the said same software.

Open Source is not a mystery but a quiet revolution for the users in so much we get the real tools to use our computers more effectively and innovate ways!


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So Many Lonely People!

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If the modern world is such good, exciting place full of technologies which allow us to communicate even easier from our computers, just why are there so many lonely people in this modern world of ours and why are so many people looking backwards to so called go old days and not forwards?


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A Case of Lack of Thought and Understanding!

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What I found close to the mark the company I am working on asking those of use who work for them to write on any social web site as if I am still have my uniform and badge on, that is be careful what I say as it my reflect badly on the company.

Sort of struck me as a direct attack on my right of freedom of speech, I suspect they worded it wrong but it was a good example in itself you have to think before you write something as such remarks have got companies in deep water before. Hence much like companies I put a disclaimer on my blogs to cover myself as after all if it is good enough for a company it good enough for the individual.

What it did show in it wording a lack of real understanding of what Social Media actually is even those who work in management of a big company which claims to be one of the bigger computer retailers. After all why should they be any different to normal users who still have a difficulty understanding the basic concept of a social web site in so much all posts can be public and read by all!


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Microsoft Are Still Flogging a Dead Horse!

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Considering the growing dislike of Microsoft Windows 8 amongst domestic users as they get to use it everyday and with prospect of business taking up Microsoft Windows 8 which currently not good it got me wondering just why Microsoft are being so persistent at trying to push users to use their new operating system?

I understand that Microsoft have invested heavily in Windows 8 development which in itself is very mystifying as it has not gone unnoticed to likes of myself that Windows 8 has same base as Windows 7 with a few major tweaks regardless of the fact Microsoft claim it is a brand new operating system.

But this constant tweaking Microsoft is doing to Windows 8 to make it acceptable to it’s jaded users must be costing them a fortune as every developer knows it takes a lot more time and cost to modify software after its release. Add to this the fact they are now starting to add features which were removed from Windows 8 and existed in previous versions of Windows because of the user outcry and dislike of look and feel of Windows 8.

I must not be only one out there in real world is starting to think with reception Windows 8 and variants have had, plus the lack of enthusiasm of business world to take up of the operating system are starting to wonder just why Microsoft just cut their losses and simply produce an upgrade of existing Windows 7, and earlier operating systems, which users like and now comfortable with on computers.

Microsoft’s actions to force users in one go to change their operating system has failed big time as users can be extremely set in their ways. If Microsoft had been really paying attention the market over the years they would of known users were very conservative as if they were not the likes of Linux would have had a bigger foot hold in the market already!

Plus those executives and decision makers within Microsoft had been actually observing the Linux world would of seen a similar problem Ubuntu and Gnome 3 had being accepted within the Linux world because of the use of an application based desktop. Basically Linux users simply do not like these sort of desktops on computers to a point much like Microsoft Ubuntu is having to reintroduce features they took out which were from previous versions of Ubuntu.

Personally it is high time Microsoft stopped flogging the dead horse called Windows 8 much like ME and vista before it and swallow their pride as if they continue to follow the current cause of Windows 8 they are heading for a disaster or difficult times ahead especially within business aide of computing as Windows 8 is really not up for the job of serious computing.

All I can say Microsoft stop flogging the head horse called Windows 8 as it really not worth the effort any more!


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BT Home Hub Same as Always!

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We recently changed to BT Infinity 2 here at home so it meant we were sent a brand new BT Home Hub 5 which was meant to be the best and their latest router or as they said in the television adverts.

But once installed we found it no different to previous BT Home Hub 4 bar it now it has 4 much needed Gigabyte Network ports and very questionable two band broadband which contrary to what BT claim gives no improvement to wireless range from the previous hubs!

This is definitely another case of a ISP claiming much more about their router they provide actually does when it is used in a real home situation. Unfortunately this is a far too common thing nowadays as BT are not only one who are doing the same as all ISP’s here in United Kingdom are talking up their routers in the hope we buy their broadband.

They get away with it mainly because most users of broadband really know no better it is only few users like myself who are little more computer aware who will notice just how poor the routers really are.

Though as a wired router the BT Home Hub 5 is better than it’s previous incarnations which is lucky as here I run a small server and my partner plays World of Warcraft both connected to via Ethernet cables connected to the giga ports on the router. So not all bad with the hub just a shame about the wireless.

But in the end the BT Home Hub 5 is free if you have BT Broadband and it is still better than the rest but I’d not recommend buying it as it certainly not worth the price BT charge for such hubs which can be over £90!


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The Passing of My Opera!

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On the 3rd March Opera’s own social web site My Opera will close it doors and go off line. It will be a sad day when it does as once again I will lose some friends on-line again.

But I am not surprised that it is closing after all it was never going to be biggest social networks site especially with likes of Facebook and Twitter about but it filled a niche in the social networks world that is the small more personal social networks.

So on the 3rd March it will be sad farewell to My Opera and good bye to all the friends I made there. I wish them all well for the future.


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Using Windows 8 With Anger!

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At work today I had the misfortune to try to set up customer computers running Microsoft Windows 8 something I did with little success mainly because I really could not get on with the new desktop after using older Windows and various Linux Distributions.

I could not get on with Windows 8 desktop as it simply is not usable, intuitive or even remotely friendly to use if you want to do anything closely linked to maintenance of your computer. Those of us who have used Windows in the past know that to keep a Windows Computer running at it’s best you need to constantly maintain the operating system to keep it running at it’s optimum speed.

Don’t get me wrong Windows 8 is great for using the computer but that is assuming you did not want to do anything remotely cleaver or to do with maintenance. Then Windows 8 shows it’s greatest weakness in so much it is a confusing to use to a point it is almost impossible to navigate around the computer other than doing a search which frankly an arse about tit way to navigate around a computer operating system. It at this point you discover just what a real pain a lack of a real menu system is on the new Windows operating system.

In the for me and a lot others Windows 8 is not a pleasure to use as the previous windows but a chore and if any thing so user unfriendly myself and other simply cannot be bothered or want to buy machines loaded with Windows 8.

If anything in effort to produce a cleaver, innovative looking operating system in Windows 8 all Microsoft have done is produced an operating system which makes computing and computer use a chore not the fun it should be!


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In The Clouds!

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I have started to use a cloud at home to save documents on to a second drive and allow me to work on them on two computers without having to move the files between the computers. It is working well and makes my life easier and gives me something I have not had in a while a constant backing up of my work. Too many times in the past I have lost work because a hard drive or computer failed. The cloud is certainly making my life easier and helping me here to be creative without the worries.

Once again Open Source software has come to my aid with a simple and easy to use software package called ownCloud which was quick and easy to set up though you do need to know how to set up an Apache Web Server. Though anyone who is using Linux will already have the knowledge and wherefore all to set up likes of Apache and so on.

Other than a few glitches ownCloud has been doing its job here wonderfully all made better by the facts that some of the plug-ins which have allowed me to have a calendar, synchronise my Firefox browsers even share my files on my own server free from a third parties external servers.

All means I once again have even more control over my private data as it is on my own computers not some third party server run by a corporation which frankly in our current environment on the internet most people don’t trust their data to corporations been compromised by likes of the NSA.

Would I recommend someone who want access to a cloud use ownCloud?

Indeed I would as like all Open Source Software it is free, gives you more control over your data and wonderful set of plug-ins which allow you to have calendars and the such. Though it is not perfect and has it’s glitches but most are minor and annoying but it is very functional and stable for the majority of the time. The creators of ownCloud are improving it all the time so hopefully with time it will be even better.

The main web page of ownCloud is worth a checkout and is at the url http://owncloud.org/o.


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Why, Oh Why Do People Still Buy Software?

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What still amazes me is that people still insist on buying software from the major software suppliers, including Microsoft, regardless of the fact in recent year the quality of Open Source Software has improved with lead and bounds and in the majority of cases it quality is far better than that produced by the major software suppliers.

I still understand why people buy the more specialist software as Open Source Software will never replace this type of software and I suspect they do not want to other than produce the tools to create such software.

But with more mundane and run of the mill software which include Word Processors why do people still pay for good money when a free and very usable Open Source versions are available?


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