Due to the fact that I did not receive any interaction whatsoever, including not a single comment or contact message I assume that there is absolutely no interest in this blog at all. So I will re-build my blog over the next few days and weeks to a new, more personal blog in german language. Most of the contents will be about personal experiences in the media business, especially video editing but also about software and hardware. This will fill the gap between my business site and my private photography and video site. All old english content will be removed from my blog, thus giving it a fresh start.
Have Fun, Merry Christmas and a good and successful New Year 2014 !
… does Norm do when he is not working on his house or playing entertaining online games, you might ask. It’s the part of the year where you don’t go outside often. It’s actually raining, cold and uncomfortable. Beside playing games with my computer I do enjoy the movies and TV shows a lot. And the company of my girlfriend, of course. Winter is the time of year for cuddling in front of a warm fireplace. And we do that a lot.
I don’t own a console, neither a Playstaion nor an X-Box or a similar toy. I just don’t believe in them. The hardware is outdated the same day you buy it, so you are (indirectly) forced to buy a new and better console each time a new one comes out. And they are not cheap. Nor are the games. It’s overprized hardware crap. A PC is much more flexible and has better graphics, not to mention – so much more computing power. I build my PC with components all by myself and I can tell you – it’s much cheaper than buying a console each year. My PC is now 5 years old and still has enough power for my bsuiness and my video software. In fact – I just bought an SSD and made it even faster and more responsive than ever. You can’t do that with a console. But I don’t play that much. I own games like „Need for Speed – Most wanted” from 2012, „Dirt 3″ and „Left 4 Dead 2″ and play them once in a while. I also enjoy a round of „Armagetron Advanced”, „Mahjong Titans” and „Chess Titans” now and then. If I think about it – I’m the kind of guy who either drives a car in an attempt to escape a bunch of cops or slashes his way through hordes of zombies.
But, sometimes you just don’t want interactive entertainment. Sometimes you just like being entertained. While eating Popcorn and drinking an ice cold german beer. I’m talking about the movies or watching a TV show. My taste in movies is kinda mixed and hard to pin-point. One day I love watching a fine splatter-horror movie with gallons of blood and gore , the next day a political thriller or a simple fantasy flick. It depends. It’s the same with TV shows. But there I have a few favourites which I always enjoy – even a second or third time. Here’s the incomplete list in no particular order:
- The Walking Dead
- Person of Interest
- House of Cards
- The Big Bang Theory
- Two and a Half Men
- The King of Queens
- House M.D.
I watch most shows in their original english language, except House M.D. – I’m not that good in medical english. Any comedy, especially the ones written by Chuck Lorre, must be watched in english. It’s less funnier if translated to german. Anyway, I must go now – it’s time for a nice three o’clock tea with my girlfriend. Have fun out there and please, by all means – tell me what you like most. Don’t be shy – leave a comment.
As I posted before – I am done with the Linux world. It seems, I am not the only one who has had enough of the almost religion war of the Ubuntu community (and other, similar brainwashed communities). Here is a link to one of the developers of KDE software parts who quit all Ubuntu related connections as well. His blog entry is quite interesting to read and should give you the feeling of a *facepalm* situation. I myself have removed all traces of Linux from my computers and installed my legally licensed Windows 7 again. In the future I will go with either MacOS or Windows, whatever suits my needs better. I’d rather pay my share of license fees than being part of a Linux kindergarten who is more interested in fighting against each other instead of producing good and usable software. But if you still want (or have) to use Linux – then please use a decent and serious distribution like Debian or Arch and stay away from anything Ubuntu-related as far as you can.
As I can see – a lot of well-known and nice players are playing on Norms Place again. I’m very glad that you like it and hope you will come as often as you like. Of course I will try to join you whenever I find the free time. Feel free and don’t hesitate to use my little contact thingy below to drop me a note, even if it’s only to say hello.
Harsh words from the Ubuntu mastermind Mark Shuttleworth to some of the critics of the Mir project. The fighting and harrassing that is going on in the Ubuntu Linux community speaks books to me. To be honest, I had my fair share of Linux experiences during the last 15 years – from SuSE 7.3 to the latest Debian and Ubuntu Linux. And I’m done with it. I’ve had enough of all the fights inside, the envyness and dead software projects. I’ve had enough of arrogant and egoistic developers. I’ve had enough of less and less useful software. I’ve had enough of spyware, lenses and functions being removed from a once useful software. I’ve had enough of stupid decisions. From now on I’ll concentrate on more reliable and stable solutions for my every-day work. The only Linux-based software I use is on my Android smartphone – until I find a better solution.
… and he’s a coconut ! Yep, the player with the name Coconut is now a moderator on Norms Place. There’s not very much to do for him, I hope. Misbehaving Clowns beware – you may get hit hard by a coconut the next time.
What can I say. I’m always curious testing some new stuff. So I cleaned my 2nd PC and downloaded the latest and greatest Linux Distribution named Saucy Salamander aka. Ubuntu Linux 13.10.
First I tried the flavour Ubuntu Gnome 13.10 64-Bit. I might add that I’m using standard hardware with Intel CPU, 16 GB DDR3-RAM, Nvidia graphic card, 500GB WD SATA HDD and a Gigabyte main-board. Nothing fancy and special. What can I say: It just didn’t work. I had the notorious Ubuntu error message every few minutes saying the the app has crashed or was closed due to a system error. Copying a large amount of files from one HDD to another crashed the file manager Nautilus after fifty percent. After one day of playing with the system the app menu (from the gnome-shell extensions) stopped working. I have no clue how people can work with such a system. I erased it from my HDD and installed plain Ubuntu 13.10 64bit with Unity.
I had only two or three system error messages after 3 days. But the whole Desktop and/or crashed once in a while. Windows Vista was more stable than Ubuntu 13.10. Not only is Ubuntu still slow as hell, especially the apps like Inkscape or Gimp but it’s also very unstable and fragile. Seriously working with such a system ? No way. It’s good for geeks or nerds but not for serious working or business.
My conclusion: Linux distributions once had the tag of being very stable. This has changed to the worse over the years. Today I would recommend Windows 7 for serious work – or even an Apple computer. My Windows 7 workhorse runs for more than two years without stability issues (or viruses etc.). I can’t say the same about any of the now-released Ubuntu-based Linux distributions I tried.
Goodbye Ubuntu Linux – you had the chance of being the best desktop OS of all times but you failed miserably.
It’s impossible to use a Samsung SSD connected to a Marvell controller. It just doesn’t work and produces nasty error messages while booting to Linux (a bug in the kernel known for many months and still unfixed). It’s a crying shame.
If Bud Abbott and Lou Costello were alive today, their infamous sketch, ‘Who’s on First?’ might have turned out something like this:
COSTELLO CALLS TO BUY A COMPUTER FROM ABBOTT
ABBOTT: Super Duper computer store. Can I help you?
COSTELLO: Thanks I’m setting up an office and I’m thinking about buying a computer.
COSTELLO: No, the name’s Lou.
ABBOTT: Your computer?
COSTELLO: I don’t own a computer. I want to buy one.
COSTELLO: I told you, my name’s Lou.
ABBOTT: What about Windows?
COSTELLO: Why? Will it get stuffy in here?
ABBOTT: Do you want a computer with Windows?