As some of you may know, my household server and my ageing Compaq Presario R3230CA laptop both run Ubuntu. Well imagine my surprise when the latest upgrade to Ubuntu (7.04 Feisty Fawn) activated the dormant WiFi hardware. Previous Ubuntu versions didn’t support the Broadcom 802.11g wireless, but judging from my happy results, the Feisty Fawn release does!
I’d been keeping Windows on the system to support my WiFi, but now, I can actually nuke it and run this puppy purely on Ubuntu. Sounds like an interesting experiment.
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Hurray! Vista is released. Now we can all get back to doing whatever we were doing previously. Hype aside, I’m not excited about this release, for the following reasons;
- My desktop, laptop and server aren’t ‘Vista Ready’,
- I’m not going to invest to upgrade (my computers do what I need them to currently),
- I run Ubuntu and XP, dual boot,
- My media centres are first-generation Xboxes,
- I don’t feel like being an unpaid beta-tester for Microsoft (I may be in a position to acquire a new computer with Vista when SP1 is released — as you know it will be),
- Much of my existing software is not currently Vista compatible — I’ll have to upgrade to newer versions, yet another pain I don’t need.
- Hardware drivers — I’ll have to upgrade to newer versions, if they exist (or wait until they’re made), or toast my hardware investment (joystick, game pad, scanner, printer…etc), yet another pain I don’t need.
And here’s a few news articles about the vista release and launch, should you need more reason to wait:
***UPDATE*** Mar. 23, ’09 Well, Vista came preinstalled on my new laptop. I’ve been using it for a few months, and am convinced it’s slower that the laptop could be. I’m considering a dual boot XP/Vista…just to verify it. Stay tuned, I’ll post about it if I go that way
Surfing through my various feeds I stumbled across this funky new Weird Al tune…Canadian Idiot. Of course, it’s a parody of Green Day’s American Idiot…check it out ‘eh? Time for a Timmy Ho’s!
Be sure to read the lyrics on the page…Moose meat!
Technorati Tags: Beer, Weird Al, Canadian Idiot, Music, Humor
a snapshot review by Brad Grier
FreeLancer hails from a very rich lineage of games. Élite, the old Atari/Apple/Amiga classic, is probably the closest and earliest example of a game of this type — being a fairly rich space-combat-trading-ship-building-RPG style of game. Élite was one of the first that offered a 3d experience, albeit wire frame — you had to use your imagination a bit.
FreeLancer is Digital Anvil’s take on Élite and it’s brethren. You get cool ships. You get to fly from planet to planet using very funky space lanes. You get to blow things up in a future universe that’s chock full of people and places — and there’s lots of different things going on. You are not the focus of this universe, but what you accomplish does have an impact. Check out Microsoft’s site for the official background.
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