Here is a summary of my weekend
- Finished The Patrol by Ryan Flavelle by which is about a seven day patrol by Canadian troops in Afghanistan. Recommended.
- Came into work on Sunday and prepped for a meeting that I having this morning.
- Had coffee with the Siebert’s which is always a good time. I was also introduced to Ubuntu which is fast even on a P4. It runs Libre Office, Skype, has five gigs of backup space, and handles email and the web just fine (Chrome and Firefox). I could see The Lighthouse using it for both residential and office computers. Oh yeah, Jared told me it installed in ten minutes which is 47 hours and 50 minutes faster than a Vista or XP install is taking me.
- Finished watching Generation Kill. It’s not as good as The Wire (few shows are) but it is amazing in it’s own way. I really enjoyed both the book by Evan Wright and the show which was done by David Simon and Ed Burns.
I awaited the news about Google Chrome OS today with some interest to see if it was going to provide me with some guidance over whether I should finally give up Windows and move to Chrome OS. The advantages of Chrome can be found in the video below. It’s faster and really optimized for the web which is cool as I spend probably 90% of my time on the web now.
That’s the kicker, I spend probably 90% of my time there but even with my laptop, a netbook, or even my iPod Touch, I spend some pretty critical time offline (click here to see my list of essential Windows applications) and I just can’t myself giving them up, even on a netbook. Giving up Photoshop (or even Gimp), the Flickr Uploadr, AbiWord, Open Office, or even iTunes isn’t high on my list of priorities. Yes I keep a lot of my photos and e-mail in the cloud and we are highly reliant on Google Apps at work, I just can’t imagine giving up desktop apps, even on my iPod Touch for the sake of more speed in bootup. In fact, I wonder if Google OS’s main competition won’t be my desktop or notebook computer but rather the iPhone/iPod Touch from Apple. Around the house we go days without logging into my computer at home because of the easy and convenience of my iPod Touch. I can blog, Twitter, and check e-mail from while while reading the New York Times and the Globe and Mail (btw, the Globe and Mail app is WAY BETTER than the New York Times app). It’s just so much more convenient and so much faster than firing up the old Dell. Yet at the same time, when I need to get some work done offline, I need that too (like when I am at the lake, on a plane, or in a place that doesn’t have wifi – which even in downtown Saskatoon, there are places that aren’t wifi enabled, despite the best efforts of Saskatchewan Connected!). I will pay for Windows or find a Linux version to run. Since we are an iPod family, it will probably be Windows for the foreseeable future.
For those of you who are Linux geeks: I have some underpowered P3s at the shelter which we put Windows 2000 on for the guys to do up resumes and stuff on. The Windows 2000 boxes aren’t going to get a lot of love and I am wondering if a Linux shell like Good OS would be a better option? I am looking for simple, easy to use Linux install. The less features the better. I am also thinking of putting this on a box for Mark to use for his computer. If you have any opinions on what I should use, let me know.
You don’t see cool internal videos like these coming from Apple.
Steve Balmer sells the virtues of Windows 1.0
Of course here are the advantages to upgrading to Windows 386
Of course nothing says cool like a rap about upgrading MS-DOS 5.
The stupidity doesn’t stop. Here is a really odd internal video about Vista SP1
After watching how cool Microsoft is, I am looking for a new O.S.