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Comment Re:Linux will never be ready for some people (Score 1) 1365

I am sorry. But I install both Windows and Linux machines as part of my Job. A linux OS install wins bar none compared to windows XP or 2003. Hardware just works. Were as Windows you generally have to track down Video and Network Card drivers. Sometime you need to install hard-drive controller drivers. Under Windows XP or 2003 that requires a floppy drive. Do you know how hard it is sometimes to find a working floppy drive.

Post install software install. Depending on the age of the product they both can take time to download updates.

Software install. Most everything in Linux is put a check next to what you want to install and it is there. On Windows Insert CD. Run installer. Find the anywhere from 10 to 128 char lic. key. Install. Sometimes requires a reboot.

I recently had my Laptop running Linux have an HD failure. I know it was coming but was hoping it could hold off until the weekend when I could rebuild. In under 1 hour I had a running kubuntu 8.04 install. Connected to my Network using Wireless. Took me a few hours to restore my files and get my desktop the way I like it.

Last Windows 2003 install I did took me two days to get they box running as I need to download drivers. Get them on the system. I ended up having to use a usb stick since it had no working network card drivers out of the box. Then windows update kicked in. Finally I had a working Windows system. Now the the joy of installing windows software nothing like having to type in lic. keys into installers. 2 Days later I had a system up and running.

Granted I have had installs under windows only take a few hours and Linux installs that just wouldn't work right and take days but as a whole Linux installs take less time.


Comment freshly roasted, individual cups (Score 1) 592

My 2 cents -

I've been roasting my own coffee for about a year now. Sweet Maria's sells a variety of excellent single sourced green coffee beans in the vicinity of $6/lb by the time you add in shipping. This works out to about the same as consumer grade roasted whole bean coffee (I like Peets) when you figure you lose about 15% of the mass in the roasting process.

I still haven't purchased a roasting machine. I use a Look brand skillet - heavy alumininum clad base for even high temps and a clear lid. I used to use a thermometer to measure the internal temp - now I pretty much know what setting my stove should be on to preheat the pan and just throw the beans in and shake vigorously for 5 minutes or so, then toss in a colander for a minute to cool and de-chaff. I definitely can appreciate the level of coffee I'm getting even with a crude roasting process - drinking fresh stuff is no comparison to month old pre-ground starbucks from somebody's freezer...

The other thing I insist on is brewing just enough. I have a Swiss Gold (~$10) single cup drip filter and now an Aeropress ($25 on Both methods make excellent coffee in small batches - I make up to 4 cups with the Aeropress and put it in my Nissan thermos. This is almost infinitely superior to most office coffee that is made in a cheap drip pot and left to cook for hours! This (to my taste buds and stomach) always leaves an acidic feel to the coffee, even if originally it was pretty good.

The kind of cool thing about coffee (for geeks) is that it's very susceptible to tinkering. Use a pour through drip filter or a chemex and you can precisely monitor the water temp. Roast yourself and learn to tell by smell and color what degree of roast you're getting (and follow instructions on Sweet Maria's site to use an old popcorn popper as your roaster). All this is fun, doesn't cost ridiculous amounts of money, and results in discernibly better coffee (I always get lots of compliments on mine at least...)
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