What Does It Take to Convince?

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Once again talking to a Windows user at work, who even in jest, claimed that Open Source software was not as good even inferior to brought software created by the large Computer Corporations regardless of the fact they use Open Source every day both at work and when they surf the internet even when they use their smart phone.

Add to this regardless of the fact I have been using purely Open Source software from operating system to packages for over a year and I have done as much if more on the computer than the average computer user. That is I am running my own web server hosting my own web site, one blog even cloud and I can even run Icecast server on the same server.

Then this is still not enough to convince some Window Users who still live under the misconception, regardless of the fact there are large number of people like myself out there use use Open Source everyday, that Open Source is not as good or usable as Corporation written Software.

It is as if they have been brainwashed by the big Corporations and an Establishment to believe that Open Source is useless, unusable and does not do what it claims to do. Once again regardless of the fact they use Open Source everyday themselves with a lot of success.

I should not be surprised by this reaction from core of Computer users who have recently gone through the education system or work environment here in United Kingdom in the past decades which has been heavily influenced by the big American Corporations to a point their propaganda machine keeps a tight control here.

So in the end here in the United Kingdom is full of Window Users who ended up with a closed minds towards anything which not produced by a Software Corporation to a point they will not even try anything else or even consider an alternatives.

Sadly the Window users have fallen into the same trap as Apple users believing their way of doing things is only way to do things and both Windows and Apple users end up accepting poorly written, expensive software with all the problems as normal state of affairs.

Rather than those more enlightened users, not necessarily pure Open Source users, who realised that computing can be far more open and it is better to use the appropriate software and operating systems for their purposes and needs which includes Windows, Apple and even Linux.

The irony in all this these enlightened and more open minded computer users, like myself, end up with a far more positive experience of computing and far more productive even more creative than those close minded Windows Users who continue to labour under the misconception their way is the only way to do things.

In the end people like myself will continue to prove them wrong by our actions even if they are not prepared to open their minds, ears even eyes. Plus people like myself will eventually move forward as we will end up using our computers far more effectively.

So in the end my actions say far more about me as does their continued closed minds say about them as people.

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What Was Lenovo Thinking?

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With the revelations in the news that Lenovo had installed the hidden adware software Superfish as standard on their computers I for one am questioning why they really thought this was acceptable practice?

This in a background of constant attack on Window Computers by viruses and similar adware software it seams that Lenovo installing such software themselves even under the pretence of making users shopping experience easier was not exactly smartest move on their part. They should not of not been surprised that users would complain about the software on their computers.

It also explains why the major internet security corporations including Norton and McAfee where letting through pop up screen type adware software as they would have been informed by Lenovo about their adware on their machines. Something which they failed to pass on to their users.

By doing so both Norton and McAfee have caused their users hours of worry and even financial loss as the various spammers took advantage of the holes left by said companies. If anything it has not done both Norton’s and McAfee’s already tarnished reputations any good in the end.

Though what has come out of this whole sorry situation is that Lenovo have admitted their mistake and they are trying to correct their mistake by helping their users unlike certain other American Corporations who would of attempted to brush the whole sorry affair under the carpet.

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I’m Living Proof of What I Preach!

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I am living proof of what I preach about using Open Source Software and recycling old hardware which Window Users discard because they think it is now obsolete in so much I can still do as much or even more than someone who has brought a brand new Windows Computer.

I think I have said this before in other journal entries and I suspect that the more hardened Window and Apple users have disagreed with what I have said. But still I manage to do as much as these users do with old hardware and not have to pay through the nose for the privilege of using a computer or software.

But these so called users look down on me because I do not follow the normal path of computer users and those use excursively Open Source software and operating systems to a point they openly treat me with contempt and disrespect. All this from a very shaky moral stance in so much they, unlike most Linux users, are very closed minded to anything not Windows and Apple. They certainly show their ignorance of Open Source software in general every time they make a comment about it as all they spout is usual corporate propaganda spread about Open Source.

Myself, in truth, laugh at them from inside not because I just use Open Source software and operating systems but because they have fallen for the corporate propaganda spread by the big computer corporations like Microsoft and Apple without actually questioning it. Add to this they have shown just how closed minded and lazy they are.

What is also most comical of all those people who treat my opinions about computers with contempt and derision unlike myself have never worked in Information Technology Industry especially in the development or support side. A lot of them are those who sell computers or just users who show their ignorance of computers every time they make a comment at me.

In the end I can take the high moral ground as I do what I preach at home every day!

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Wake Up Mainstream Social Sites!

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What I find so funny currently with the major Social Web Sites like Facebook they are starting to invest and look into virtual social networks or they have been in last few years. But if they had actually paying attention to what was going on on the Internet they would find that they are some 10 years too late!

If they had been paying attention they would of noticed that such a virtual world which already has become a virtual social network something the likes of Facebook are striving to create and promote which is called Second Life.

I know that Second Life may of started off with the idea of becoming a game but over it’s 10 year history it has become a social network for a large majority of it’s residents to a point the people within Second Life now met in so called real life even socialise in real life much as they would via the more traditional social networks like Facebook.

It was the residents of Second Life not Linden Lab the owners who changed the nature of what Second Life and Linden Labs were smart enough to allow the residents to do this as they have certainly ensured Second Life future and place as the future of Social Networks themselves.

As I keep point out myself and likes of Facebook are waking up far too late to the fact virtual worlds like Second Life are the true future of social networks especially when the technology which allows people to immerse themselves in the virtual worlds themselves. At which point Second Life and Linden Labs are already well ahead of the game to take advantage of such technologies.

I have always found socializing within virtual worlds likes of Second Life far more rewarding and easier as it tends to be a more instant socializing over the internet and not the bitty/broken socializing that traditional social networks provide. Add to this the rich virtual worlds created by the residents themselves are far more stimulating to the senses.

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The Invisible Operating System!

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At the start of this week after talking to a Microsoft Rep at work about their Windows 8 Operating System and the current problems my partner is having with Windows Vista reminded what was wrong with both Microsoft’s and Apple’s operating systems is that they are not invisible!

Now you may think this is a strange thing to say but if you think about what the operating system should be actually doing in so much it is a frame work and user interface to make a computer in to a productive and creative tool. So in actual fact on a computer an operating system should fade into the background in so much it is easy to use and only maintenance which needed to be done on it are routine and automatic tasks which should run in the background with little or not disturbance to the user using it.

Both Microsoft Window’s and Apples Operating Systems fail on both counts in so much both are high maintenance operating systems which need constant tweaks to keep going at their optimum performance and both are extremely vulnerable to errors and malware, just Apple is better at hiding such things.

The upshot of which the user has to waste more time both just maintaining the operating system and fixing a constant stream of bugs and security problems both operating systems throw up constantly. All this eats into the time the user could be productive and create and defeat the whole point of an operating system that is to fade in to the background.

But as I keep saying both Microsoft and Apple have both hyped up the importance of their operating systems but both simply do not deliver operating systems which are usable, stable and low maintenance which unnecessary dominate the users time in maintenance and issued caused by the said operating systems.

But as always the large majority of users out there are blinded by the advertising and propaganda produced both by Microsoft and Apple and far too lazy or apathetic to look elsewhere or force both companies to actually produce decent operating system!

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Windows 9 Still is Not Going to be the Answer!

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When it comes out I still think that Windows 9 will still not be answer to the prayers to the current Windows xp users even with the return of the menu, start button and real desktop as it will still be Windows 8 in the background with all it’s associated problems. That is it’s associated problems with updates, security and customization which have always been part of Windows 8.

I suspect that Windows 9 will not cure any of the current security and associated software problems plus I suspect even with Microsoft’s claim the foot print of the operating system is going to be smaller it’s hardware requirements will still be bigger than any other operating system on the market including Apple.

So once again users will have to spend more on their new hardware or throw away so called outdated hardware which frankly is the greatest crime as the hardware they are currently using is far from spent so it’s a waste of money and resources. After all look at Apple’s computers they may be expensive but their operating system make better use of the hardware so the hardware last a lot longer so waste less resources in the long run.

I am still of the view we are serviced by a retail industry centred and blinkered to just selling Windows Computers which is doing users, especially Windows xp users, a major disservice at a time when money is short and we should be careful with the use of our resources in general if we want to reduce our pollution footprint on the world.

I will keep saying this until someone out there wakes up to the fact that the best way for Windows xp users is to go towards the Linux root especially with Linux Mint with xfce desktop as it will mean that they can keep their old hardware and a desktop which is very familiar. Add to this an operating system which is as stable and friendly as Windows xp was with the added advantage Linux Mint has little or no security issues of Windows has always had.

This is all from personal experience as I have already converted at least two ex-Windows xp users who are using old hardware to Linux Mint with xfce desktop with a lot of success. One of these people now use the Linux machine over their Windows desktop simply because it is easier to use and actually does what it says on the packet. Much like Windows xp it simply works and the operating system fades into the background where it should be.

I know I keep beating the Linux drum and point out the short comings of Windows but someone has to as currently Windows users are really getting a bad time on the internet in so much they are constantly plagued with malware and viruses even constant update problems something which is not right!

Add to this people think this is perfectly normal experience of the computer and the internet but it not the case contrary to what Microsoft and computer industry want users to believe. But this is not the case as with right operating systems including Apple operating system the internet and computers are meant to be easy to use and not hard work Windows has made it!

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Fun With Cultural Differences!

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I think this has to be said to clear some cultural differences between the United Kingdom and United States especially over the use of the terms Republican and Liberal in politics. This in a hope that some Americans do not get the wrong idea of my political views and stance.

So here we go to clear some misconception with those people across the big pond.

Here in the United Kingdom a Republican is not a major right wing political party, though it is a minor political party, but some one who wants to turn the United Kingdom into a Republic that is remove the Queen as the head of state and replace her with an elected President. It is an anti-Royalist stance as some citizens of the United Kingdom are frankly fed up with some their taxes being given to a Royal family whose existence is now in question in a modern country and they think the taxes could be better spent elsewhere as President would be cheaper option.

One interesting thing until a few decades ago to talk about a Republic in the United Kingdom was treason and you could be arrested for believing and even talking about a Republic. But now we can talk about it openly which is most definitely a step forward. There is even now a Democratic Republican Party here now in the United Kingdom but it is still a very minor political party.

Now we come to the biggest bugbear between the United States and United Kingdom the use of the term Liberal which definitely has two different meanings with ours in the United Kingdom being the oldest definition!

Here a Liberal is not a left wing or a communist or even a socialist but a political party which dates back to the early days of Parliament itself here in the United Kingdom. Yes, I will admit the Liberal are more left wing than the Conservatives here but they represent the middle of the road of politics which has always had it’s base in the South West of England.

Over the years the name of the Liberal Party has changed especially after a merger with the SDP party in the 1980s after which the party name was changed to the Liberal Democrats but basically the stance of the party remained the same.

What I think most American miss in our politics here is that our politics here does have a true left wing in the from of the Labour Party, though now they have sold out their left wing politics for votes but still represent the workers and Unions here in the United Kingdom. Plus we also do have real left-wing parties who stand in our General Elections which include the Communist and Socialist Parties.

This one of my pet hates with a large minority of the people from United States as they assume that when I use terms like Liberal or Republic they mean the exactly the same as in the United States but I will reiterate to these people there they do not mean the same.

All this goes to show there are those in the United States who have a cultural laziness to assume we here in the United Kingdom have the same culture as they do which is simply not true. As an Englishman I find this very offensive as after all I have taken the time to understand that the culture of United States is different to ours here which is definitely a very good thing!

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