I am in Love with my PC… Again!

I dont know how many times i was in love before. Being in and out of love has been a bumpy ride till now. Among the vast occurances of the love bug in my mind, I remember a few very distinctly. First, it was with a girl. Again, with another one. Then with my PC. Then with my Wrist Watch. Then with my Bike. Lately, with my mobile. Now, again with my PC! πŸ˜‰ I have valid reasons to support my affair this time too. πŸ˜›

The first reason : There was a time when I was cursing my time working with a 256MB RAM and a pretty decent Processor-Motherboard Combo. All was well till the β€œNew PC” proved itself to be not so good as new after all. As the Comp became older (of course as time passed), multiple apps didn’t like my 256MB RAM and I was involved in a heated argument with my PC over it. Very recently, the silver lining appeared in the form of a 1GB RAM, presented as a Dushera gift by my Dad! πŸ™‚ My PC was very happy and was ready to serve me seamlessly again. You see, 4 times the power does have its advantages!

The second reason : My father arranged a business deal to purchase a second office PC to handle his extra load and work parallely. As a token of loyalty and appreciation, the computer vendor (from whom I’d purchased my PC and my father, his 1st Office PC), agreed for the exchange of my SAMSUNG 80 GB IDE HDD with a new SEAGATE 160 GB IDE HDD, without any extra charge! Another reason to happy for! ‘Coz, I can have double the number of movies, torrents, songs, games, apps, etc., from now on.

The Third And the most lovable reason : I just got the much needed freedom from viruses, spyware, malware, adware, keyloggers, and everything that a person can dread to have in his PC. Me installing Avast Home edition on my WinXP Pro may appear to be the reason. But it isn’t. I’ve switched over to Ubuntu, almost completely! The time required for the switching over was less than 48 hrs! Now, except for playing my most favorite game β€œPrince of Persia – Warrior Within”, I never bother to boot up XP.

The third reason holds much more ground for my love affair to be a successful one. That is because, Ubuntu works like a charm even on a 256MB RAM + 80 GB HDD environment. So, working with Ubuntu is what thatΒ  makes all the difference. I have solid base to support my claims Readers! First, it is an open secret that working with the most successful OS from the Microsoft stable, XP, can piss you off at more times than Jerry did to Tom, if you are not just an average Joe, as ‘Visio’ a.k.a ‘T’ a.k.a ‘Jit’ puts it. A funny, but an enlightening post in this regard should tell you why!

Switching over to Ubuntu, or Linux in broader terms, has its advantages which are never percived to exist in the computing(with MS-Windows) world. I can share atleast 10 dozen things with you from the experience gained in a meagre 48 hrs. But, I won’t bug you with that stuff. Read it at places where it has been discribed well. For instance, Visio has said it in an amazing way here. Needless to say, all those points go into making a strong ground for my love story!

Now, coming to the love story part again. I dreaded using graphic/theme editors like Style XP because of my RAM. I felt it to be something like earning 20k per month, but desiring to marry Mallika Sherawet. By the time i got a 1 GB RAM, i wasn’t very interested in graphics, just like a 60 yr old man with a 55 yr old wife πŸ˜› . But Ubuntu turned the tables. Here is how!

Showing off! My PC, My Pride!

Showing off! My PC, My Pride!

That was my over expressive self showing up on my desktop! Now, its time to present the actual desktop.

The plain looking, all powerful desktop. That pic is mine and is used as an icon for one of my HDD partition.

The plain looking, all powerful desktop. That pic is mine and is used as an icon for one of my HDD partition.

I just couldn’t resist keeping quite about the mind-blowing graphics possible. So, I set the screen on a Fire Pattern like this…

No! It was not done using some spell from Harry Potter. But, with the small dirty thing under your Palm - The Mouse!

No! It was not done using some spell from Harry Potter. But, with the small dirty thing under your Palm - The Mouse!

If you thought that switching between applications or windows was a boring thing to do, the WinKey+Tab Combo should cheer you up with this…

One possible Alt+Tab anime!

One possible WinKey+Tab anime!

Actually speaking, Multiple windows is a thing of past. How about having a peek into Multiple Workspaces?

Moving Applications from one work-place to another. A window appears to move as if you were tickling it, and it were drifting away!

Moving Applications from one work-place to another. A window appears to move as if you were tickling it, and it were drifting away!

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The workspaces (4 in my case) are arranged in the form of a cube so that the whole cube rotates while switching workspaces. The images at bottom and top of the cube are the same. Isn't it matching-matching with the wallpaper! πŸ˜›

This was exhilerating! I couldn't imagine my comp was capable of all this! The active workspace having windows sandwiched with 3D effect!

This was exhilerating! I couldn't imagine my PC was capable of all this! The active workspace having 3D sandwiched windows.

I am sorry to have bugged those users who are already using all this, and possibly more. For those of you who are new to this, I’d like to say that, I was new to this 3 days ago, too. So, if you make some very important comparisons with OSes claiming to offer a good XPerience πŸ˜‰ , I think you’re well equipped to take a good decision!

Very Important : Images are supposed to be Copyrighted to ME. But, in the spirit of FOSS (Free Open Source Software), I would be happy to see my screenshots somewhere else too. πŸ™‚ However, My wallpaper is copyrighted to one Michael Bonnel and I would like to thank him for a great abstract piece!

This isn’t the end of it! It was just a humble beginning. Use an appropriate search phrase and you can see for yourself some amazing screenshots, before which mine may appear to be a dud!

PS : If mine was a love story, my closest pal, Anniyan’s was a battle well fought. Care to take a look?

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28 thoughts on “I am in Love with my PC… Again!

  1. It’s amazing to see you with Linux. Now explore this deeper, there are many things to appreciate and learn. Though you may have to unlearn some things :p

    I too have vanilla XP as dual boot so that I can play some of the games I love. But 95% time I’m booting into Linux, be it music, surfing, editing, encoding or playing some online games.

    Here is one site for all your themes need:
    http://www.gnome-look.org

    Check out some of the awesomest themes made by users.

    Oh…and keep in mind that Linux is never made to compete with windows or any other OS. It’s all about freedom of use πŸ˜€

  2. I was also trying to switch over to Linux – Fedora but was not able to completely move my Outlook files related to work. So, using Linux just for my personal stuff – surfing, blogging etc. Linux is great! Especially after using Vista on 512 MB RAM! I never wanted a dual boot system on my laptop, but thanks to Vista. I changed my mind. Ought to explore with Linux a bit more. Do you think there are any good websites on the same?

    Destination Infinity

  3. T
    Thnx a lot for the encouragement. I’ve checked out the site and was blown over!
    I’ll remember the spirit of Linux! no competition… only freedom πŸ™‚

    Destination Infinity
    Ubuntu on a 256 Ram works greater than Vista on a 512 Ram. I too am new to linux and its not that hard to explore if you have interest in learning things the hard way. even otherwise, its not tough to read a few lines on how to use it right?
    the forums offer a lot of support for newbies, right from tweaking graphics to solving hardware related problems. use proper keywords in the search and u can get support even in Google.
    for a basic guide in graphic/theme tweaking, try this site

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  5. oh awesomely conincidental,i switched to ubuntu too bout 3 days ago n i love it totally πŸ™‚ ive been trying out diff stuff one step at a time,somehow compiz is not working right ! i got it installed n al tat,but just not working 😦 😦 😦 ive been too lazy to find out wats wrong 😦 anyways congrats for being ubuntu-ed !

    Also ,Ubuntu 8.10 is going to be out tomo !

  6. Anniyan
    Hey! nice post warrior! let the link to my post be a bigger phrase πŸ˜› just for more visibility dude… πŸ˜‰

    Meg
    Welcome my li’l blog! πŸ™‚
    Its very nice to find a linux chick, coz of the rarity they are! Compiz works absolutely fine if ur graphics memory is supported by the default Ubuntu drivers. else, just try it in a lower screen resolution as Anniyan has mentioned in his post.( Follow the pingback above)
    Interpid Ibex! I think i’ll upgrade to it via the internet. But then, its better to wait for a fortnight after release to get a good support from the forums.

  7. are u serious? I always Linux was a boring platform to work on?…This is like out of the world….now even im in love !!! Its going to be a love triangle, u mind competition ??? πŸ˜‰

    Btw, did u change the title of ur post???

  8. ALL
    Back to bangalore…! and as a happier man… πŸ™‚

    Reema
    naa… ubuntu and linux… πŸ˜› actually it was the same for me until i dared to experiment…

    harsh
    a warm welcome to my partial namesake to my little blog!
    yeah… Ubuntu Rocks! and not to forget… WINDOWSUX… πŸ˜›

    Vimal
    I’m serious dude… absolutely… i dont mind a triangle at all… i can offer a lilliputian help if u want… πŸ˜›
    I changed the title of the post to reduce ambiguity and misconception… πŸ˜›

    T
    Thnx a lot for the support man… πŸ™‚

    Nikhil
    Dont throw ur PC… it can still use ubuntu… throw windows… πŸ˜€

    Sakhi
    I wish u did… but then i think i wud do the same thing if u wrote abt tissues and organs… πŸ˜›
    thnx anyway! πŸ™‚

    Meg
    Ubuntu goodies! sounds fun… πŸ˜€
    Btw, i’m in Sapthagiri. I’m not in CSE, i’m in ECE… this love for my pc started in PU when i was a comp sci student πŸ˜‰

    Nomad
    Welcome to my blog!
    I hope this amazement spreads among ppl fast.
    There is not much to understand… the bottomline is – Linux/Ubuntu offers better environment by all means to work than windows…

  9. @Priya
    It is turning out to be more than amazing as i’m working with it! U too trying Linux/Ubuntu?
    Whats wit my avatar? did u feel it more girly? i had different thing in mind while putting it… πŸ˜›

  10. That’s great that you love so much your computer!! πŸ™‚ πŸ˜‰ I hope your lovestory will last as long as possible!! πŸ˜† ROFL

    eheheh… I just was joking… But I am happy for your passion about computers!

    ~HUGS~

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