A New Beginning …

Today is a new day, a new year in fact, I don’t normally do “New Years Resolutions” and I’ve just realised that I’ve been working on new versions of my 3 websites ( Darkbyte, Osmium Consortium and My DVD Collection ) for over 2 years and still haven’t put anything on-line. I’ve reckon I’ve rewritten them 4 times during that time and still the old versions are on-line. So I’ve decided, seeing as its a new year and all, to complete each one this year, in fact I plan on taking my finger out and getting each one online over the next 12 months. 2008 is going to be the year I finally complete each project I’ve started.

So what gave me the motivation to do all this? Guilt? Partially. I’ve come to notice that over the past year or so I’ve become very lazy. My home server is currently lying in pieces under my desk waiting for me to rebuild it, it used to host My DVD Collection Website, hence it’s off-line, I’ve also got a couple of other Toshiba laptops, ( a Satellite Pro 4600 and a Portege 4000 ) still leaning up against the wall in need of a good re-prep *** SIGH *** But to be honest it was much, much simpler than that.

It was Windows Vista. Yep. I’ve been running Windows Vista on my laptop, an Acer Aspire 9303 since I bought it and I’ve been trying to like it but I can’t. I’ve used every other Microsoft operating system since Windows 3.11 and had been kind of happy with them, even though I thought WGA was a bit Orwellian. I had experimented with Ubuntu on my old Toshiba Satellite A30 and was able to get Beryl to run sweetly on the 32Mb (Shared Memory) Intel 852 graphics card, so I dual booted my Acer with Ubuntu but some software I needed to run at the time only ran well on Windows, unfortunately Wine couldn’t run it and I didn’t have time to work out why so I was stuck. Past tense.

Now with the new year I no longer need to use any Windows software so I’ll be wiping Windows Vista from my laptop and installing a variation of Ubuntu, probably Xubuntu instead. I honestly tried to like Windows Vista but it was incredibly slow, given it was running on an AMD x2 1.6 GHz Dual Core CPU with 2Gb of RAM, and Internet Explore constantly hung. It got to the point where I couldn’t work on it for more than a couple of hours before it hung and needed to be rebooted. So fair well Microsoft I’d like to say it was fun but it wasn’t. Roll on the Open Source experience.

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