The Journey To Linux: Elementary, My Dear Watson.

Should I do a jig, now I’ve finally installed Elementary OS as my Linux? (After I’ve sacrificed my entire drive even, since I forgot to backup). The journey, truth told, is a rocky one. It’s been 3 days, I think, since I had it up and running and so far, no major snags. Only culture shock, as I find myself a wee sort of missing some of the old comfortable Windows apps. Gasp.

However! Cough. However, the more I ‘slid’ (like, dude, literally, smooth sailing) into daily usage, the more I’m enamoured with this thing in general. For a time, lotsa users’ experience articles out there moving from Grand Ole Windows to Linux, and I perused kinda many. The straw that broke my back (gurgle), was Windows 7’s constant FREEZING. It paused and shivered every second like an old man with arthritis it wasn’t funny anymore. It got me thinking, that wasn’t supposed to happen, right? I mean, every upgrade should improve. Duh. Billions of dollars over all those years and all we users get is still a clunky hunka junk. So yes, sorry, I felt betrayed in a way.

I guess that’s the sad part, though. How I ended up crawling grudgingly to Linux, when the attitude should be, how to appreciate open source and the sense of community. I should have done so in the first place. Then again, I’d like to think it’s not too late. Linux is forgiving. Haha. Anyway, let’s forget the awfully turbulent past and look forward to sliding into the future.

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E-Life 1.0, and Onto 2.0

It all started with “I don’t like it” and I cried. Okay, I just a shed a tear. Or two. Hey, web design isn’t easy, you know.

I lived a life during Web 1.0. “Oh, so that’s what it’s called.” I didn’t even know that was the name for it, to be honest, until today when I did some research. (You can shimmy on down to this Web 2.0 Wikipedia entry and read the Web 1.0 part to get a better handle of what I’m talking about). After tiring of chats, I had one other preoccupation – I envied many a friend’s website secretly.

You’d be surprised that the sheer creativity of these guys. All that image slicing and html’ing. I marveled at how they were able to stretch and explore possibilities from such limited resources. I praised and complimented until I could take it no more and asked one of those friends, “how the heck do you do it?” To my surprise, she smiled and said, “I’ll teach you.” That, my friends, began my wild and wondrous adventure into the world of website design and development.

Unfortunately, I was pretty lazy. Lazy and coding don’t mix. After 20 years (has it been really that long), it’s only now I realized how much I missed a lot of things (sigh). One of which was, I wish I had the patience back then. I could’ve had something done then by now. To make a long story short, it was that nostalgia that made me long to begin again. We can never turn back time, I’m aware. I think it’s not too late, though, is it?

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