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I'm from the foothills of the North Georgia mountains. I was a woodworker for about 12 years. Well, up until I had the rug pulled out from under my feet, and I was laid off. I got back into photography in 2008 and decided to give that a try professionally, but haven't made any money so far because rednecks, white trash, and hicks are cheap. So, I'm working in a local grocery store where some days I hear and see the craziest stuff. I tend to complain a lot about things, but I'm too poor to afford a good therapist. So, I decided to make a blog and complain online to all of you instead. But I digress. I really just wanted to do the blog to share ideas and stories with the interwebz. =D
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Monday, December 13, 2010

I've Gone Totally Geek Now...

I've always been a bit savvy when it came to computers. No, I'm not on the programmer or developer level, but I'd say a decent user - more or less. I wouldn't call myself a complete computer geek. I'm not ready to join the Geek Squad at my local Best Buy store. But ever since I broke my leg, I've been stumbling around, messing with my computers more and more. At first, it was a tweak here and there in Windows Vista. Next came the upgrade to Windows 7. After that, I got more and more interested in making a dual boot computer. I've seen several blogs online about making what's known as a "hackintosh," but after further reading, realized that neither of my machines here at the house could be configured to run OSX. Boo. :-(

The next option was Linux. At first it started with the CD. I've read that you can get into, and recover data from a crashed Windows PC with an Unbuntu CD. So, I downloaded and made my own CD just in case I ever needed it. You can also run the actual OS from the CD. So, that led me to playing around with it more and more.

The interface, I like. It looks a ton better than Windows. Almost looks like a Mac. (I've got it tweaked.) It boots up really fast. I mean like, sign in and it's up and ready. The internet seems slower, but I don't know why. It just does. Navigating my way around and installing programs and fonts? That's a different story. I'm getting there, but it's taking a lot of Google-ing. Another thing that irks me is that I can't run Photoshop or Lightroom. That almost ruins it for me. (I know there is a way. I've already looked at it, but getting it done is a different story. I'm close, but not there yet.) However,  I am able to access my e-mail, calendars, documents, even Twitter with ease. I've run system updates, and even installed Dropbox and Chrome. I did this blog post from Chrome in Ubuntu.

So I'm still a noob. Still trying to figure things out. I'll keep plugging away at it. I have however, officially crossed over into the land of the computer geek. I guess it won't be long before I'm talking regularly about code or wearing shirts with witty phrases written in binary.



marcus said...

You need wine: http://www.winehq.org/download/

Steven said...

I've got it and already installed it. I just don't know how to go from there.

Jane said...

The internet will be your best/worst friend if you have Ubuntu/Linux issues. Your switch might just give me the impetus I need to switch, but I gotta warn you: sound issues drove me away the first time around. It didn't help that I had a USB headset and at the time, the audio system wasn't happy about that and I spent way too much time troubleshooting how to ensure I didn't accidentally treat the entire Barnes & Noble bookstore to my horrid musical choices (true story). :P

'Grats on the switch and for some games to pass time, check out http://www.humblebundle.com/ for some Mac/Windows/Linux games as well as Sauerbraten.org for an awesome Cube-based game (FPS). Cheers! :)

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