A reflection

I haven´t written any posts in 3 months. All I can say is that I´ve been very busy. At times when I could´ve written an article or two, I was too busy savouring favourable moments to share them publicly. I still have a degree of reluctance to share intimate achievements or experiences. The best of times are sometimes best kept close to the heart.

What I´m keen to express is that I´m happy to be alive. Great times and opportunities have presented themselves to me. Believe it or not, I´m glad for all the let downs, disappointments and betrayals I´ve encountered too. They´ve taught me the importance of putting things into perspective. Those times have given me the opportunity to forgive. There is nothing more liberating than to be given a hard hand, to have been cheated or lied to and then to continue through life, unscathed and without a taste of bitterness. Foes teach us how to become man. To become man one must know not only what to do but what not to do and how not to behave. Most importantly, a successful man cannot carry on through life holding grudges as they get heavier as time passes on.

It´s the hard times that make the good times so much more enjoyable. If all I was ever given had been nice apples then I would have never recognised nor appreciated the best ones.

Enough about unfavourable circumstances. I have had far too many blessings in my life that would make any misfortunes seem irrelevant. I´m so thankful for my loved ones around me. If it weren´t for my family and my beautiful fiancee, I wouldn´t be at the place I am now.

I look forward to a great year. I´m very optimistic about what it shall bring. I look forward to reflecting with content each and every day before I go to sleep. I was fortunate last year to meet so many great and honest people. My only hope is that I remain close to them this year and if I can be so lucky, to meetmore people with great minds and souls.

Uni students’ lack of Linux Interest

I have spent some time studying an IT related degree and I am surprised about the lack of adoption or conversation about the GNU Linux operating system. Even friends from the Bachelor of IT or software engineering degrees are reluctant to experiment with Open Source applications.

As university degrees attempt to become more workforce oriented and practical there is an enourmous bias towards the Windows operating system and all of its applications.

At our faculty there were around 4 windows computer labs to 1 linux lab. I did have some Linux interaction in a operating systems unit but the tasks were centered around process scheduling, forks and threads.

In another unit I was lucky to make a presentation about Linux as a desktop system . Most of the class listened with amazement as if I were introducing mircrowaves for the first time. My teacher knew more than the rest about Linux however, I got the impression that his knowledge had come more from magazines than first hand experience. Continue reading

Dual boot Windows Vista and Kubuntu Linux

Screenshot of Kubuntu

Recently I have undertaken a switch from Windows Vista to Kubuntu Linux. In order to have the best of both worlds, I created a dual boot so both systems live well on the one hard drive. In this post I will outline the instructions for a successful dual-boot based on my experience. By the way, the laptop I am using is an Acer Aspire 5735 with 3GB RAM and 320GB hard drive.
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