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The Famous Druid

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Icon 1 posted October 17, 2011 01:11      Profile for The Famous Druid     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
So I hooked my iPhone up to the Mac on Saturday, and installed the iOS 5 update.

Big Mistake.

The update looked like it went ok, until I checked my DVD database, and found it empty. I've got a lot of DVDs, enough that I need technological assistance keeping track of them, otherwise I end up owning two of some. I use a little app that scans the barcode on the disk, looks up an online database, and keeps it all sorted by genre, title, etc. I wasn't happy about losing all that data, but I just did a Big Sigh, and sat down to re-scan my disks.

Nada.

I tried about a dozen disks, every single one returned a "never heard of this one" error.

Not happy.

So, to cheer myself up, I installed the latest version of Ubuntu on my desktop.

You can see where this is leading, right?

Big Mistake.

Ubuntu 11.10 is buggy as hell.

Initially, every attempt to open one of my external drives in the GUI produced an Archive Manager error saying my USB drive was not a valid zip file. Half an hour of googling found a fix for that that involved manually editing some obscure configuration file changing one incomprehensible config line to another equally incomprehensible one.

Then, within half an hour of fixing that problem, Unity (the new and controversial Ubuntu User Interface) decided it was tired of constantly hiding and un-hiding the launcher (a.k.a. 'Task Bar' on the mac). So now it displays the desktop, but no launcher, and no menus, so I can't run any apps.

Fortunately I can still log in to the older (and Far Superior) 'Classic' GUI, so not a major problem, but it has robbed me of that Feeling Of Confidence I used to have when using earlier versions of Ubuntu. I'd be tempted to just revert to an older release, but 11.10 does seem to have one major thing going for it, the previously-flaky USB3 driver now seems to work.

tl;dr software upgrades are a problem. WAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!

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TheMoMan
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Icon 1 posted October 17, 2011 07:10      Profile for TheMoMan         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
--TFD about one year back I was running 8.x LTS I would get updates every so often they often worked well or better than prior. Then about the time of 10.x I installed the latest update and bang the computer would start the screens went by in correct order, then the monitor would go black screen. I found out that my old laptop did not have a supported video processor. Being the person I am, I swapped out the old drive to my newer laptop and continued on.

--No warning just send out the update and let the user find out the hardware restrictions.

-- Ubuntu/Puppy It appears that Puppy will still run on my older hardware. I still only use Puppy as a Live OS. Ubuntu as every day in the house.

-- Out in the Ham Shack "Winblows" on one machine for MMSSTV the best platform for Slow Scan TV.

--Ubuntu on one machine for "Xaster & Fldigi."

--Puppy for Fldigi for Digimodes or Sound Card Modes.

--Eight gig USB sticks sure help.

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