Ramblings of a Professional Computer Geek

August 25, 2008

PCLinuxOS Saves the Day … Again

Filed under: Linux,PCLinuxOS — Padma @ 10:54 am
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Thursday, my daughter’s Dell Inspiron laptop was working fine. She finished as usual, just closing the lid, which puts the laptop in suspend/hibernate mode.

Friday evening, she opened the lid, and got … nothing. It was plugged into power, the indicator light was on, but the screen remained totally blank. She tried moving the mouse, clicking buttons, pressing keys. Nothing. Zilch. Nada. Finally, in desperation, she hit the power button.

When she booted it back up, she got the comforting splash screen, then it cleared, and … nothing. Just a little blinking cursor in the upper left corner.

Saturday, she called me and said, “I need help.”

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August 8, 2008

“I’m thinking about Linux, but …”

Filed under: Linux — Padma @ 2:40 pm
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I’m assuming you’ve read Linux is Not Windows. If not, please go read it.

So now you are thinking about Linux. You know it’s not Windows. It requires a different mindset, the throwing away of what we think is intuitive, just because it’s the way Windows does things. But what are the advantages of Linux? And what will you have to give up if you make the switch?
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August 7, 2008

PCLinuxOS Saves the Day

Filed under: Linux,PCLinuxOS — Padma @ 1:36 pm

A few months back, my PC started to give out.  Trouble booting, odd noises, running hot.  Eventually it got to the point where it wouldn’t even boot.  Disgruntled, I borrowed my wife’s Windows system just so I could stay online.
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