Hello Phone!

I was wondering what would be so great about having a smartphone with a fantastic OS against my trusted old micromax mobile. Well, this is it. Seamless and hassle free to do things which otherwise force me to be bound to my PC.

Presenting my first post from my smartphone.

Hello again, World!

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Ubuntu Moments

This may sound like a pro-Ubuntu campaign. But I have no intentions to lure people into the charm this world has to offer. Please do not take this as a disclaimer, but as a prelude to this post. πŸ™‚

Ever since I was in love with my PC again, I thought Ubuntu was just about a virus free comp and ultra cool graphics. Being with it for nearly a month now, the eye-candy has become the usual thing, and there is no excitement of fighting against viruses! Ah! So much I miss you – Microsoft πŸ˜› . No pen drive is offering me a challenge to inspect it. No disc comes with a risk of crashing your data. blah blah blah.. There are so many places you will read about all of them.

Right now, I’m feeling like a powerful military general with an army to command. But, there is no enemy in sight. And there wont probably be in the near future too. So, I’ve taken up the task of knowing my army better. Currently, it is just the humble beginnings stage. But these are proving to be satisfactory πŸ™‚ .

I sat down to list what all I required to make my PC a darling to me at the most horrid streaks of boredom too. After a good deal of work, all I wanted was a good browser, music player, movie player, pdf reader, chat client, a powerful image editor, a torrent manager, A good substitute for MS Office, a disc burner, a few system tools (like system monitor,) games for entertainment, games for brain activity, few games that run on Windows, and something like communicating more closely with your system with not more than a handful (or two handfuls) of clicks.

Most of the things I wanted came packaged with the OS itself. All I had to do was look out for some means to play games that run in Windows, and a do few updates to satisfy my craze to keep up with the latest packages of the OS (Which i never did in XP πŸ™‚ ). Updating was easy. Just a matter of waking up early one day to download updates when the broadband usage is free. πŸ˜€

Notice the new header and my Blavatar? I made it myself with GIMP – a free, very easy alternative to Photoshop, and it comes with the OS itself! So, no extra installation. πŸ™‚
(By the way, are they good? πŸ˜‰ )

Now, to use games or softwares that worked in Windows, I found a pretty good means too. WINE was the solution. For newbies (as if I’m not πŸ˜› ) Wine is short for WINdows Emulator and what it does is there in its name itself. It simply creates a make-shift clone of Windows πŸ˜› .

That said, I got a chance to play one of my all-time favorite games – Age of Mythology and The Titans Expansion pretty well in Ubuntu too. My joy knew no bounds and my spirits were high and flowing! Something to please me more was in store. There was a game called Worms Armageddon, which was a very good game to pass/kill/murder time. Moreover, it was unlimited fun. Thankfully, a (90%) similar game called Wormux was present for Ubuntu!

Next up, I’m bent upon making another favorite game “Prince of Persia Warrior Within” work in Ubuntu. I found a means, but yet to try it out. I’m just waiting to know how exactly the whole thing works, and then continue with it. πŸ™‚

Games, Songs, Movies, Browsing, Chatting, Learning… and much much more is on my platter. Its just a matter of time before I get down to explore them all. πŸ™‚ But right now, Gaming in Ubuntu has become a very good option for me to ditch the remaining 2-5% of XP usage. Thats all for now, friends. Have a nice time πŸ™‚

PS : This is the first time I’ve been posting with such a narrow gap. Just in case you haven’t read my previous post, here is the easy to reach there – Respect Martyrdom you Fools

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?