Give Windows 8 a good home buy a Mac
Been using computers since 1990, started with DOS changed to windows. Windows 3.1 was an upgrade at that time, then came windows 95 the next big thing, dramatic changes in the way windows looked, changed to windows XP, Windows 7 and now Windows 8 and of course now we are moving towards Windows Blue 8.1. All this time was loyal to Windows and could get most of my stuff done. As an enthusiast I started using Ubuntu, Linux in 2006 and has since then used Ubuntu for all my web needs. The journey with Ubuntu, Linux started with Ubuntu 6.04. Ubuntu was a nice experience and wasted a number of my hours learning to dual boot it with windows, intention was to beat the virus menace present in windows. This helped keeping my Windows machines safe as most of my web activities were done in Ubuntu Linux. This also made me more savvy with different OS’s.
In 2007 the iPhone came, it revolutionized the way we use a phone, for me personally it was everything I wanted my Tungsten E to do at that time. This was followed by the iPad. The iOS devices gave me some insights into the way the Apple ecosystem was integrated, and how easily a non-geek could use technology like a professional. I believe that was Steve Job’s motto too. Being intuitive.
Now with my new interest or hobby if you want to call it so, which was making videos, I brought an i7 windows Desktop, loved the machine for its processing power and I was able to make good videos, much better than the ones I used to make with movie maker on an older beaten up machine.
Reading all the reviews and enjoying the ease of use of iMovie on my iPad, and seeing how the movies made on the iPad looked; I had to explore the Mac line of computers. In spite of being a hard core Windows user, and having learned everything about using computers from the Windows environment decided to buy a Macbook Pro, only because my research told me I could dual boot my Mac with Windows using Bootcamp.
The process of installing took some reading and then decided to go ahead with the dual boot, I wanted to test the computer before the 14 day return period was over, if things did not look good wanted to be on the safe side.
The installation went smoothly, initially trying to get things going was not very comfortable, the machine appeared sluggish, it was the time of getting used to. I had most of the windows functionality, the magic mouse was working, it was a little slow to start with. Did the updates, activated the products installed the software’s needed like Microsoft office, Markbook etc. Installed utilities like printers etc. and configured my desktop.
What I find amazing is that now my Windows 8 is now working and looking much better than on my windows desktop. The programs like Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint start up in a breeze. The start page looks amazing. There is excellent fluidity when using the start menu functions. That’s when I realized Windows has a great home in a Macbook Pro. You will never regret if you make this change.
Macbook Pro Specs:
- 2.9 GHz i7, 8 GB Ram, 750 GB Hard Drive.
- 225 GB for Boot Camp and the rest for Mountain Lion
Welcome to the world of “Wintosh” Windows + MacIntosh
Here goes the Wintosh launch.
PS. Should warn you there are a lot of little things to be individually configured, probably will write about it some other time.
Another sixty seconds of your life wasted.
I used to love the gnome desktop environment in Ubuntu for its simplicity and ease of use. Then came the upgrades for Ubuntu with the unity desktop environment, which made things so difficult, even to perform simple tasks. This even made installing the OS in base machines difficult. Right now Gnome has been revamped and you can actually install the desktop environment, using command prompt in 13.04. Here is a video on how it is done.
Alternatively you can install the “Full Gnome Desktop” environment by going to the Ubuntu software center. Search for “full gnome desktop” usually the first item is this package, select it and install it, the package is about 290 MB so it will take some time.
Once you restart your computer, when you look at the login screen you will see the Ubuntu icon, click on it, it will give you a number of options, select gnome fall back (no effects) and you will be logged into the gnome desktop environment.
I like the simple clean desktop of Gnome.
Command used is
“sudo apt-get install gnome-session-fallback”