Windows 10 Microsoft’s Last Change?

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With the release of Microsoft’s new and involved Windows 8 operating system called strangely and imaginatively named Windows 10 in July with all the associated comments and speculation about the Microsoft’s new offering to the computer world.

But what everyone generally agree is that it is really Microsoft’s last chance as a major software supplier for computers in the world and to recover from the disaster of Windows 8 and 8.1 which regardless of Microsoft’s propaganda machine really has not gone well with users world wide and really damaged the sales of hardware at a difficult time economically. Though to be fair this last issues has not been all Microsoft’s fault but the fault of computer industry and retailers being very conservative and sticking to Microsoft regardless of the damage it did to their industry and sales.

It does look as if Windows 10 does reverse and remover lot of the issues with Windows 8 and 8.1 in so much they have returned the start menu/button, though with annoying and unnecessary Metro menu along side it, and finally made the whole operating system smaller and simpler in the background. Add to this they have made the user interface more adaptive to the device it is run on so now desktop and laptop computers without touch screens will now have a more traditional windows desktop.

Basically Windows 10 is what Windows 8 and 8.1 should have been which would have been far more successful for Microsoft at a difficult time economically but I personally think it is too little too late for Microsoft as Windows 8 and 8.1 have damaged Microsoft’s standing both with Domestic and Business Users.

It may help Microsoft to gain some lost ground in the market but it has allowed others access to their target market which include Steam with their Steam OS, Linux based, with a major effort by large number of gaming companies now porting their games to Linux in preparation. Add to this now major hardware manufactures including HP and Dell now regularly producing and selling Ubuntu based hardware.

My view along with other people is that we will eventually see the importance of Microsoft’s Operating Systems both in the domestic and business market, especially in Europe and the Far East, slowly fade away as more and more people slowly wake up the fact that there is alternative called Linux which is free and less prone to virus and malware issues.

All helped by the fact that profile of Linux worldwide is on the rise mostly by word of mouth and in some governments in Europe actively replacing Window computers with Linux computers. Add to this while Microsoft have been having issues the creators of Linux and it’s distributions have been moving forward quietly and positively fashion improving the users experience of Linux in past few years.

It must not of gone unnoticed by everyone that Microsoft is now talking to creators of Ubuntu even inviting them to a confidence. Sort of say it all after all Microsoft and industry in general have no choice to take both Linux and Open Source software seriously now!

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Me a New Guru?

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I have never seen myself as a Guru or even someone anyone even listen to what I say or even take it seriously. Why do I say this?

Well I was talking to a Polish customer at work whose old laptop was running slow but still fully functioning and I suggested be replace the Windows on this laptop with Linux Mint using xfce desktop. All so he could save money and get more life out of this old equipment as anyone who uses Linux knows.

The customer did what I suggested and loaded Linux Mint with xfce desktop and after the usual learning curve and minor issues when starting use Linux in anger. He also asked me few questions at the start but seamed to get on with the change over to Linix from Windows.

I saw the said customer recently and they told me they loved Linux and wondered why they had not done the change a long time ago. It sort of says it all that if someone is brave enough to change from Windows to Linux especially now will find their whole experience with computers in general will become fun again and not a chore as Windows seams to make it.

As said me as a new guru seams a new experience for me but those of us who use Linux keep pointing out that Linux is easy to use and lot less hassle than Windows and one person listens and takes the plunge. The people in question will tell others and spread the word of Linux slowly but surely.

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Second Life’s 12th and My 10th Year!

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Second Life much like myself within are still going on and so far no sign of death in both. For myself it is a miracle that something, even a social network, has held my attention so long and still a vibrant place virtual place to be.

Add to this contrary to the doom sayers and the constant rumours that Linden Labs are going to abandon original Second Life for the new version of Second Life it keeps going in it’s quiet revolution of the nature of social networks something the other major social networks have still failed to grasp even after 12 years!

As a side point those who keep spreading the doom and gloom that Linden Labs will abandon it’s current Second Life Residents when the new version out should stop and think that would be suicide on Linden Labs part as they are not stupid enough to look at a gift horse in the mouth as the current residents will give the new version of Second Life a head start.

This assumes that Linden Labs are even thinking of a second version of Second Life though I suspect they are more likely to continue with the current version and continue to improve it as in the end it will be far more cost effective as a second version would involve reset up of a grid, hardware, porting of software and the such which is still expensive business for little real gain on Linden Labs part. After all currently Second Life are real money spinners for Linden Labs and why change something which has already worked for over a decade.

Beside all this Second Life continues to be a quiet revolution in the future of social networks in so much it points in the direction of how social networks should develop but as always the major social networks like Facebook still only play at with virtual world kits rather than creating the virtual world needed to support it.

But as I keep saying which has been missed by those out there who claim to know the future of social networks is likes of Second Life is the future of social networks as after all people still like to interact face to face even if it is via a virtual world. Plus people do not need fancy kit to access a virtual world just a working viewer something Facebook and others have missed going for gimmicks rather than practicalities.

The most ironic thing is those around me are already using Avatars to talk to each other via the xBox or Playstation but still fail to grasp the fact that what I am doing within Second Life just on a more sophisticatedly way.

So the quiet revolution called Second Life keeps going showing what the real future of social network is which does not need gimmicks yet but it will eventually develop in that direction when the technology finally appears for real. It will keep the likes of myself hooked as it still more real social network than the mainstream social networks who continue to focus on commercialism rather than it’s social nature.

So roll on the quiet revolution called Second Life which is still ahead of it’s time even now!

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On The Other Side Bites the Dust!

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After a major issue with Changeip who up to today were providing me with a free dynamic dns service with no known reason decided to stop my service so all the sites which used Changeip have been moved to another free dynamic dns service.

But in the move I have not decided to move my small social web site, On the Other Side, and to close the web site down as it was serving no real purpose in the end. Also I needed the space on the server so I can run a small Opensim sim on my main server which is far more likely to be a far more fruitful use of my time than the social web site ever was.

So it is both a sad time and relief that my social web site has gone though it may still reappear in a smaller form connected to my main WordPress.org site so watch this space.

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The X Windows System Strikes Again!

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There I was yesterday praising Debian with lxde desktop which turned out to be very premature as once again the underlying X Window System used by the lxde desktop stuck again after an update!

The upshot of which I once again ended up with a Linux whose desktop was damaged beyond repair or very difficult to repair t a point it was easier to restart again. This is not the first time I have encountered this issue in so much it has been one of the constant problems I have had to cope with when using Debian with the X Window System both with AMD and Nvidia graphic card drivers.

It mean I had to go back to an Ubuntu Linux distribution which is far from ideal at my end but it seams that Ubuntu have seam to fixed the constant issues with the X Window System and graphic drivers which still exists with Debian including the current releases.

I think I am not only one who has been plagued by this issue and my biggest question I have to ask both Debian and the X Window System is knowing there is an issue why have you not fixed it yet?

Considering the fact that Ubuntu have seam to fixed the issue in so much you can update an Ubuntu Linux distribution using the X Window System without ending up with a computer which fails to boot up after the update.

As you gather I am very disappointed with Debian who from the little research I did seam to expect the user to fix the said issues rather than fix the issues as Ubuntu did!

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Ubuntu Loses to Debian Again!

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As the current Linux distribution, Crunchbang, I am using has come to the end of it’s life I have had to change my Linux to a distribution which has a longer life time. So started the search for a new distribution which included a light desktop and a stable Linux behind it which as always runs the Second Life Viewers with little and no issues.

Once again I had to go through a number of Linux distributions which were based on either Ubuntu or Debian as they were most likely to do what I needed them to do. This time much to my surprised I ended up with Debian 8 with a LXDE desktop and not some obscure Linux distribution as the Debian/LXDE combination turned out to be a fast and stable Linux on my hardware.

But one thing which came out again as last time the Linux distributions based on Ubuntu failed to be up to scratch as they certainly were easy to set up and use but it failed to run any Second Life Viewers correctly either not displaying some special characters or even playing music in world.

I should of not been surprised in the end as Ubuntu may tell everyone it is the major Linux distribution even to a point it now associates itself with the likes of Microsoft and Dell but, and it is a big but, it is far from the best Linux distribution out there. If anything it is one of the most bloated and least stable Linux distribution out there.

Add to this regardless of some bad press Debian is still one of the better and more stable Linux distributions out there and those of us who regularly use Linux have already found this fact out over the past few years.

Plus for those people who want to run the major Second Life Viewers on Linux the only Linux distributions which they run consistently with least trouble are those Linux distributions based up on Debian. Also helps that it seams the people developing the Second Life Viewers use Debian based Linux distributions.

Once again Ubuntu lost out to Debian my end!

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The Internet is Not an Excuse!

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Once again after a discussion with someone at work and my experience on the likes of Facebook it seams that people still think it is very acceptable to be rude, disrespectful and even bully people on line because they have the excuse of the freedom of speech specially on line.

But considering that even on line you are still dealing with a real person with real feeling and emotions such behaviour is still not acceptable after all would the same people do it face to face as they know such behaviour is simply wrong.

So why do they think their behaviour on line is acceptable even hiding behind the excuse of their right of freedom of speech?

Firstly the freedom of speech is not a justification even on line for people to be abusive, disrespectful and bully people as if anything it is an abuse of this right which even in face to face interactions is not acceptable behaviour in a civilized and free society.

Plus in our modern world considering we now use virtual and on line methods of communication more and more to interact even socialise with people we should treat people the same way on line as face to face interactions as after all we have as people and society need to move with the times and adapt way we do things as technology progressed.

Basically we should tread virtual and on line as face to face interactions in so much much we should respect people and not abuse our right of freedom of speech after all it is a way we deal with people on a day to day basis!

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