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Comment Linux only user (Score 1) 222

Ive been using Linux since i was 11 years old. Started on SuSE (not openSuSE) then worked my way up into the more advanced distros as i got older and learned more about it. My distro of choice would have to be Arch Linux, i find it to be a more "fun" distro over the rest, but thats just me. Id say after i really got into using linux as an everyday OS, i really started getting into looking up free open source alternatives for the windows applications i used to run. I have found a replacement for just about all my windows applications. Some require tweaking to get them to perform the same as the windows version, and others work way way better. I would have to say the only non-opensource applications i have installed on my computer would have to be my copy of CrossOver along with everything i installed using it (3 games and Airport Utility), and i guess you can count the VMs i have of windows and mac, although the VM Player i use is opensource . I honestly dont think i will ever find a need for windows again. Even at work, i dual-booted the machine to run windows and linux, with linux as default boot option of course.

Comment ArchLinux all the way! (Score 1) 627

I run ArchLinux on everything. My RaspberryPi, PogoPlug, My Gaming desktop, my HTPC, my Work PC, and my personal laptop all run Arch Linux, i actually recently migrated my CentOS server to Arch ( mostly so i only have to remember one package manager :P ). I used to be a frequent distro hopper. I maybe had about 10 different distros installed onto my pc within a week usually. I was never able to find the "perfect" distro for me until i stumbled upon Arch in 2010. Being a dedicated linux user since 2003, i have tried just about all the major distros, and some of the not so well known distros as well. Sometimes i will switch distros for reasons i can not remember, but usually it only takes about a day to a week at most before i wind up putting arch back on my computer(s). With the AUR, arch has such a large variety of software to install. Im an old fashion linux user.. give me a terminal and ill be happy. Arch requires a lot of terminal use, which i love, it requires you to really understand and learn the operating system to properly maintain and just use the system. the first ever distro i got my hands on was SuSE when i was 13 years old, after learning more about linux i found Fedora, which i ran for many years. There is only 1 distro i can honestly say I hate with a passion, and that distro is Ubuntu. I have nothing against the OS its self, or anyone that uses it, to me Linux is Linux, but when i run ubuntu, it just gives me a feeling like i stepped in a huge steaming pile of dog poo, and i just cant bring myself to using it as an everyday os.

Comment are they really going to check? (Score 1) 285

My question would be is are they really going to search you for ripped media? i would think they would be looking for drugs and weapons over dvds to be honest. I think just having your movies on a laptop should be fine, portable hdd better, and on an ipod/iphone or some kind of mp3/4 player would be better (you can even watch them during your trip overseas).. If you have a large collection of burned movies on some type of media, then i would think about getting it all into digital form. SD cards can hold a large amount of data these days, and if you have a digital camera, just load the sd up with whatever, and pop it in your camera when you travel. I would say you have nothing to worry about. Or if its easier, you can mail your stuff to yourself at your new address in the US, this way you are not in possession of any type of media while going through customs.

Comment Ive had a touch screen laptop for years.. (Score 1) 359

Touch screen laptops have been out for many years already. I remember first hearing about them and seeing them somewhere around 1999-2001. Lets not forget about those convertible (swivel screen) laptops, you know, the Fujitsu LifeBooks, Panisonic's ToughBooks, The Thinkpad X61, or even the laptop ive had for the past 2 years, my Dell Latitude XT2. My XT2 has a capacitive touch screen, it comes with a stylus and also works with your fingers. These were and are still considered and called tablets. Tablets didnt really seem to catch on in full force till about this year, when windows 8 came out, and all the tablets really dropped in price, everyone jumped on them. The same thing happened with smart phones to be honest. I had my first smart phone in 2005, it was a brick of a phone (HTC Hermes) it ran Windows Mobile 5.0 and this was a time when all my friends were carrying their new super thin Razr flip phones. I thought i was ahead of the time, and turns out i was. I just think its funny how the wave of technology catches on the 2nd time around, usually when its way old news to me.

Comment microsoft's own fault (Score 1) 381

a friend of mine that works for a big domain registration company, but the name i just cant remember, anyway where they said "If they register a domain before the official launch, people can find that and subsequently ruin the company's surprise." this is very true, my friend would always have some kind of an idea when new products were coming out just cause these companies would buy their domains in advance. At the launch of xboxone, if i remember correctly my friend said Microsoft didnt even try to register the domains until that day, during the event. They were just asking for trouble at that point

Comment Tabs pile up quickly (Score 1) 300

I have about 19 tabs open right now, reading an article on one site, seeing an interesting link and opening it up in a new tab to read later. Happens so frequently within 5-10 min of browsing i usually have between 10-15 tabs. (middle mouse click is my best friend) Tabs are the best thing to ever happen to a browser imho.

Comment full time linux user (Score 1) 413

i remember the first computer in my house, Some packard bell that ran Win95, i think we got it around 95. I first discovered linux 2001, i was eleven years old, It was a copy of SuSE in the depths of my dads desk drawer, i installed it on my amazing Pentium III running at a whopping 900Mhz. I think i played around with that, not really knowing what i was doing until a friend of mine gave me a copy of Ubuntu when i was in 7th grade, maybe 2002 ish. Thats when i really started learning it, got my first game server up and running on linux, reading a whole bunch of tutorials and getting familiar with the terminal, yes i know i was born a geek don't make fun. Since then ive been fascinated with linux, if ran everything from debian, suse, fedora, centos, gentoo, and currently Arch. Im now 23, 12 years later still using linux, Arch linux to be exact, and its been running amazing on my desktop for the past 2 years. I love linux, ive taken classes in college, im trying to get certified, and hopefully one day land a job as a Linux SysAdm. Theres just something about the open source community that i feel fits who i am perfectly, i love all things free and open, and i love to share these things with the rest of the community. I plan to use linux for the rest of my time. i use windows when i have to, thats about it, ive got my A+ and MS certs, thats good enough for me.

Comment Whats their plan for Switchable Gfx? (Score 2) 135

This is cool and all being that linux is slowly starting to take off in the world of the gamers. But my bigger concern is, what is dell/alienware doing about the IvyBridge switchable graphics? I have an Alienware M14x R2 with the 3rd gen i5 and a nvidia gtx650. BIOS doesn't let you enable just the video card you must run ivybridge at all times, so how do they plan to implement Bumblebee or maybe their own type of driver? I have ran ArchLinux on my alienware for a few months now, and i have barely been able to get bumblebee running nicely. Ive even switched my laptop over to Ubuntu at one point just to see if it was a difference in distros, which it wasn't. Unless nvidia has secretly been working on some kind of driver for the Optimus cards that i dont know about, then i would say this might be a bad move right now imho.

Comment so true (Score 1) 397

Its so true, ive been doing this for quite a few years now, im still in college finishing up my CS/IT degree, and to be honest i have been seriously thinking about switching my major to something unrelated to CS or IT. Ive been working in the field for at least 5 years now, ive done work in data centers, tech support (in house and phone) and when i just started i worked in a computer shop fixing pc's. Im only 23 and i can barely deal with the stress and b.s. that comes with the job(s). Computers are what i know best and always have, but really because of the work environment and people you work with, I really don't think this is what i want to do for the rest of my life.

Comment There's still Chromium (Score 1) 231

This seems dumb imho. I run a CentOS server, I like to install a desktop interface onto it because there are a few things i use the server for that do require a GUI. and its also nice to be able to just open a web browser quickly if i need to test my internet connection after making changes since the server and my switches and modem are all in the same room. First thing i always do is install chrome, i was so happy to see it available for CentOS.. But now its gone. I guess ill just switch back to Chromium.

Comment Wish it were closer (Score 1) 43

I wish there were more events on the east coast. I live in NY, i rarely get to see many events out here. I've never been to a Linux event before, something i would like to do one day. But traveling across the country is not something i can really afford right now (broke college student). Maybe next time around there will be something closer

Comment Re:Paying more for locked device (Score 5, Informative) 321

Its called pre-paid. this is a list of every pre-paid carrier in the US, and what carrier they mooch off of. So if your so called "only" carrier in the area is on this list as an MVNO carrier, then you can take your unlocked phone to that provider and pay WAY WAY less than any on-contract carrier.

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