Wednesday, 21 July 2010

It's official .... I've completely dumped Windows

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I've been waiting for Linux or more specifically Ubuntu to finally offer more than Windows and the day has come at last. Not only was the install of Ubuntu 10.04 LTS faultless, I encountered very few problems getting it up and running. I can now watch Freeview TV on my computer, and even run Windows programs if I want to, although I haven't wanted to yet because there is nothing I can't do in Linux that I could in Windows.... it's even prettier than Windows ever was, snappier response on everything you use, and more free software than you could shake a stick at.... it does exactly what it says on the tin....

I guess now I'll slowly forget how to fly Windows... but it's not a bad thing really, onward and upward, I'm not kidding myself into thinking Linux is perfect, because it's not, but it's just that little bit more perfect than Windows.... I honestly do not understand why people are still using Windows in any shape or form.... Gone are the progressively slower and slower startup times until you can actually login.... Ubuntu is there .... ready to use within seconds... can't fault it :)

Can you tell I'm pleased yet ? ;¬)

Now I've stopped gushing about Linux, we've had some gushing of our own here at Chez Brabrook namely torrential rain ... it's been like it for days.... has nobody told the Met office it's meant to be July !!! you know Sun, Heat, Warmth .... obviously not.

Andrea is on the cusp of her summer (yeah right) holidays where she gets 6 weeks off .... one of the advantages of working in a school I guess :) Her marathon training for Snowdonia is going swimmingly (see what I did there ?) ... she's well on track to complete it, and fair do's to her she's out in all weathers.... I'm really proud of her and what she's achieved since she started running.... not bad considering I didn't think she'd last a month at it .....

I have been brushing up on my French road signs and general driving abroad  skills....(I must remember to stay on the right !!!)  The French are quite mad when it comes to driving, they have some very bizarre road rules and regulations.... this time next week I'll be in France with my parents doing the rounds and touristy things people do over there.... My Tom Tom is loaded up with the latest map of France so we shouldn't have any trouble finding places, and besides my mother speaks french so we can always use her as a last resort...

I'm really looking forward to it, I've always wanted to visit George's grave and pay my respects and I've always wanted to try and take in the enormity of D-Day and the sacrifices made to liberate Europe from Nazi Germany...We owe so much to people we never knew who laid down their lives to protect and defend our country and others, I suppose individually they weren't fighting for such high ideals, more like survival, as brutal as war is, either way we owe them a debt we can never repay...and they paid the very highest price for our freedom....

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