Just to let everyone know: This is basically an email I sent my family and close friends. It is copied to here as an introduction to what we are doing with phones and computers. The necessities of the modern world. I will follow up with more whenever I can get a chance. Now, to Quote:
No strings (or lines) attached. Both phones are simple smart phones, nothing fancy. We are using Straight Talk for service. We've used it for a couple of years. We don't do videos, etc., so I can't vouch for intensive use. But for $45.00 every 30 days, we have unlimited nationwide calling, text, data, etc. For $60.00, you can go international. We're happy with the service.
I wiped my computer's hard drive over the weekend. I re-installed Windows. Not by choice. I still need Topo North America and it is a Windows program. I haven't been able to find a Linux version yet. If I can find a way to get it to run under Linux, then Windows will die, also. I can not see paying the MicroSoft tax to have a computer. The Linux operating system is free to download and use. The programs are free. The updates are free. The learning curve can be "different" because we have been programmed to Microsoft's way of doing things. I am thousands of dollars happier over the last few years. The Microsoft tax is why Bill is worth billions. And every couple of years, he dips into our well of money to replenish his well. And all of his tag-a-longs will get their share, also. Because their new programs don't work on the old Windows system. It took over eighteen hours to reformat the computer, install Windows, and get all of the updates. There were 187 updates. (Windows 7.) The download was 5.5 hours. As it went along, it slowed down downloading. Then, during the updating, it would error out and I would have to start again. I finally did the updates ten at a time to get them to work!
Actual message on Fiona's laptop before she gave up on Microsoft!
This photo has NOT been Photo Shopped. On her laptop Microsoft actually said 2 days to install "important" updates!
After completing the Windows fiasco, I went to work on Linux. I repartitioned the hard drive to move Windows over out of the way. I reformatted the new partition, installed Linux Mint, did 399 updates (as one continuous update, not ten at a time), downloaded my programs (office, Internet, sound, photo, Google Earth, email, graphics, games, educational, etc.).
The Linux and all programs were free (except for my time and the Internet time and the DVD it was burned to. I have 8 music/video players, 5 TV/video players, 3 CD/DVD burners, FreetuxTV and XBMC media center and others for Internet radio and video and TV from around the world, 3 e-book readers/organizers, 3 office suites (I didn't need one of them and deleted it), 2 email managers (this is being done in Evolution), 5 web browsers, a couple of Internet chat and torrent and other programs I seldom use (but I have them for the occasional use and they were free),6 photo programs for handling and manipulating my photos, 3 image manipulation programs (think Photoshop and above levels)(I don't use them - Fiona does - but I have them because they are free and just in case!), scanning programs, 2 planetarium programs for the skies, 2 Bible programs, a bunch of utility programs, etc. All are free, along with thousands more. Some are high quality, some aren't. But, they ARE free!!! Except for the Internet and your time. No CD/DVD needed, just download. Free updates. Oh!!! Comparisons!!! Windows (including 187 updates)- 18 hours. Linux - 1.5 hours (including 399 updates). Windows - no additional programs (costs up to thousands more). Linux - about two additional hours of downloading additional FREE programs. Difference - hours and thousands of dollars. And thousands of more Linux programs are available for me to download for free at NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE! I can change Linux operating systems and programs daily if I want (or sooner). Linux is like cars in a lot of ways. You can choose the size and color you want. They are all cars and they all work; but, yet, they are different. Some people like Fords, some Chrysler, some Chevrolet, some Cadillac, and some like Ferrari. I did not get a warm, fuzzy feeling doing Windows. But, I did get a warm, smug feeling after installing my FREE Linux system and realizing the thousands of dollars I potentially saved. I am still glowing warmly!!! As if you couldn't tell.
Why do I have so many programs that do the same thing? Like Windows, each program approaches the job from a different angle. It just doesn't cost me $50.00 to find out I don't like the way a program approaches a job; hence, the deletion of the above mentioned program. Music/sound: If I am just playing some background sounds/music while working, rhythmbox handles playlists quite well (it is playing in the background right now with a 280 song, 14 hour, playlist). But, it doesn't have the ability to do an instant 10 second backwards leap to replay a phrase. SMPlayer does. If I am listening to a blog that I might want to replay a conversation (or word), I use SMPlayer. I can back up 10 seconds (or multiples thereof) to replay a conversation or parts of it. It does it for YouTube and videos, also. It will also advance multiples of 10 seconds at a time into the future. Playlists are not one of its strengths.
Enough soapbox. Have a wonderful day.