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Old 06-23-2020, 05:56 PM   #1
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Thought I'd share a bit of tech buzz with anyone willing to read to the end.

I've been in IT and working with computers in the DOS/Windows world since the early 90's. I've grown up with Windows from v2.0 to what is current and every flavor in between.

I'm a Systems Administrator for a local financial institute. I am the department.

More and more (in the Windows environment I've gotten fed up with limits and restrictions and updates and resetting security and preferences based on our business requirements more than anything else.

I broke out of that mold at home. Having the latest Microsoft Windows 10 and fully patched, I can't play certain videos that used to work on previous versions of Windows 10 just a year or so ago. Talk about Crap in a hand basket.

So I am exploring a free OS called Ubuntu. Has a similar look and feel to Windows with mouse, icons and the lot. What I don't have is annoying limitations to access all of my previous videos. (I'm in a band that plays casinos and also a ZZTop Tribute band so I record and edit all the live videos we make for promotional purposes and just for the fun of it with my Zoom video camera system.)

I also don't experience the forced updates and controls MiserablySoft thinks we should all have.

So far so good.


Furthermore, if you have an Android phone you have Covid exposure notification whether you chose it or not. To test, on your phone, go to settings> scroll down to Google settings> and lo and behold COVID Exposure.....like it or not.

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Old 06-24-2020, 04:16 AM   #2
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Yeah, sometimes I'd like to chuck all the electronic devices and go back to the way it was in the 1960's and 70's (maybe part of the 80's)! But then, we get more info now than we did with the Encyclopedia Britannica(maybe too much)! I'm not as thrilled with MS, Google and Apple as I once was!

I heard about the COVID exposure sh*t on the iPhones and such but even after the latest update on my iPhone, nothing shows up under "settings" "Health" …..yet! I'll turn it off if it ever pops up as I have for my "location" function on the phone!

Have you even noticed like I have that when I talk to my wife about something in the car and get home and get on the laptop and an ad will pop up for that item?? Eeeeery!!

I remember a gentleman who was a higher up in the NSA who said to George Noory on Coast to Coast AM that if we watched a certain episode of the great TV show "Persons of Interest" that it was about where our surveillance was at the time! Pretty shocking if you ever saw the show "Persons of Interest"!
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Old 06-24-2020, 06:34 AM   #3
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More and more (in the Windows environment I've gotten fed up with limits and restrictions and updates and resetting security and preferences
Hey, Bish.
I started dabbling with "personal" computers back in the 70's, but didn't get my first until the mid-80's. Back then, you'd walk into a sophisticated store with about three or four pedestals in the showroom, with computer systems sitting atop. A gentleman in a nice suit would come out and explain to you all the features of his systems. And really, the only options were whether you wanted an 8088 or an 8086 system, 64 kB or 1 MB of memory, and one or two 360 kB floppy disk drives. MS-DOS 3.0 was the only operating system. CP/M was still an option, but I never drove that flavor of computer. Once you made your decision on what to buy, you waited a month for them to build your computer and deliver it to the store. Buying a new computer was more complicated than buying a new MacLaren.

When Windows first came out, it was stupid. It was a stupid shell for stupid people who couldn't figure out MS-DOS. But eventually everyone had to adopt it, and I became the King of Windows. There were more stores to buy computers and software, and you could actually communicate with others if you wife didn't mind you hogging the telephone with a screechy contraption called a modem. And all was good... until that one fateful day back in about 2006...

I was having problems. My computer was acting twitchy. It was a hard drive problem. So I backed up everything to... what did we use back then? Zip drives? Anyway, I backed it up, installed a new drive, and restored the backup. But that's when I started running into all Microsoft's authentication bullshit. Passwords, original disks, online verification... it was a bloody nightmare! But I persevered, and after much sweat and swearing, my system was restored. And all was good... until... my system started acting twitchy again.

Apparently the problem was actually the hard drive CONTROLLER. So once again, I backed up to whatever media you backed up to in those days. I replaced the controller, restored the drive, and then had to go through all... that... authentication crap. My head nearly exploded.

My wife was an avid Apple fangirl since the mid-80's. I asked her, "Mrs. Iron, how old is your computer?"

"Seven years."

"Ever have any problems?"

"Nah. I always replace them about this time, as they're just too old."

"And everything always works?"

"Yeah."

"F**k Microsoft. Get your things. Take me to this 'Apple Store' of yours and show me what to buy."

That was nearly fifteen years ago. My computers have been reliable, they come equipped with GOOD software, all for free, with free updates until the end of time. And everyone lived happily ever after.

But we're talking about Unbuntu. It runs on several dedicated systems that I use at work. They fire up and do what they're supposed to do with no drama. Some of my systems run Windows. They're just clunky and a chore to work on.
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Have you even noticed like I have that when I talk to my wife about something in the car and get home and get on the laptop and an ad will pop up for that item?? Eeeeery!!
All the time, with my new truck I don't even have to have my phone or anything else electronic on me and when I get home things we talked about pop up on computer or the Ipad.
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For the record, this O/S is Linux. A free version of Unix that is used around the world. Ubuntu, Suse, RedHat, Gentoo, Slackware, there are dozens. Most offer a similar "core" package, but add on lots of other stuff. I never liked Suse as it was really "bloated". Ubuntu is a good choice. I primarily used RedHat (now called Fedora for the free version) for 30 years or so. Outstanding system no matter what. In fact, what you know as Android is a linux derivative scaled down to phone sized. The Kindle uses linux as well, also scaled down. We have a video surveillance system at our house. When it boots up - you guessed it, Linux.

Apple uses yet another flavor of unix.

My wife has a windows 10 box. I get to remove viruses monthly. I've been using apple MacBooks for 10+ years and have yet to get any sort of virus issues. I had a Linux box that stayed up and running for over 400 days, only having to be rebooted to replace a failing disc drive. Windows almost needs to be rebooted daily.
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Old 06-24-2020, 03:45 PM   #6
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Great stories!!!!

This is my first experience in the "Unix/Linux" world and so far there's been no nasty surprises.

One thing I will say about Mac/Apple. They make and spec all their own hardware and software so that makes them very robust and almost bullet proof.

Windows went the way of VHS VCRs. I sold them when they first came out and what really drove sales was video rentals. Sure you could record a tv show and if you knew how to wire correctly, even with the old analog cable boxes one could record a show and watch something else at the same time. Now that's standard practice.

Sony patented the Betamax after designing the VHS format but scrapped it due to it not being up to Sony standards. That's when they introduced Betamax - meaning 2nd.

They adopted that but since everyone and their brother were building VHS machines (open patent), the rental business supplied way more movies in VHS than Beta. Now you know. LOL But back to my PC point.


Being proprietary, Apple has an advantage of a more solid platform. Gates/Windows was trying to be all things to all people and so wider range of PC options was greater and you could actually build your own PCs as I did. Plus, they were tons cheaper than a Mac.

Anyway, just wanted to blab some more. Thanks for all the participation.
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went apple 8 years ago...never going back to pc
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they have come a long way...
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The hassle with Linux is (was, I hope?) installing software packages. Different packages (think applications) would require different versions of the run time libraries or different compiler versions, and keeping them all straight was a nightmare. RPM or, the other equivalents, would work, but I never installed one package without having to modify a makefile. If that has been straightened out, I'd go back to Linux (whatever version) in an instant.
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The hassle with Linux is (was, I hope?) installing software packages. Different packages (think applications) would require different versions of the run time libraries or different compiler versions, and keeping them all straight was a nightmare. RPM or, the other equivalents, would work, but I never installed one package without having to modify a makefile. If that has been straightened out, I'd go back to Linux (whatever version) in an instant.
It has come a LONG way. Trust me. Much less editing makefiles and install scripts. Use a good package manager (most distributions come with one) and you are golden. Point and click to install, just like a Mac.
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