After my recent adventures with Vista, I decided to try a new direction. I've been considering trying Ubuntu on my "test" laptop, the Fujitsu-Siemens S2110 (AMD Turion 64).
Jamie's Mostly Linux Stuff
Various thoughts and adventures, including but not limited to Linux, assorted bits of hardware new and old, and occasionally Windows XP/Vista/7.
I started working with what we called "analog computers" in aircraft maintenance with the United States Air Force in 1970. After finishing military service and returning to university, I was introduced to microprocessors and machine language programming on Intel 4040 processors. After that I also worked on, operated and programmed Digital Equipment Corporation PDP-8, PDP-11 (/45 and /70) and VAX minicomputers. I was involved with the first wave of Unix-based microcomputers, in the early '80s. I have been working in software development, operation, installation and support since then.
The two web browsers that I use both have pre-release versions available right now. I have downloaded and installed both of them on my test system, so that I could see what is new, different or interesting in each.
I've just had a look at the Skype "Community" (revised User Forums), for the first time quite a while. I haven't been there because I can't stomach the new format; I find it to be difficult to read, difficult to follow, and generally unpleasant.
Gizmo5 (formerly The Gizmo Project) has been my preferred program for IM text chat and audio calls (including PSTN calls worldwide) for quite some time now. The chat interface is clean and easy to read, and it has an excellent history facility, so I can easily look back at something we were talking about several days or weeks ago.
As my interest is primarily in video chat / IM programs, I generally don't pay much attention to announcements of products without video. However, the announcement for "Nimbuzz" caught my eye, and sounded rather interesting, so I've downloaded it to my PC and my Nokia 6234, and given it a try.
A new release of ooVoo for Windows, 184.108.40.206, was made available yesterday.
Because of my recent adventures with Windows Vista on my Lifebook, I've had to learn about and deal with the differences between Vista and XP in third-party device driver distribution and updates. Windows XP is very "laissez-faire" about such updates; I have occasionally seen one show up in Windows Update for XP under "Optional Updates", but I don't recall ever having seen one as a mandatory or automatic update.
I've just had a fascinating and pleasing experience. I had a 15-minute video chat on ooVoo while riding on a bus through the Swiss countryside!
Skype has released 3.8 "Gold" for Windows.They made one change that is half-good.
I have downloaded and installed Service Pack 3 for Windows XP Professional on my Fujitsu Lifebook S6510. Everything went smoothly, and it seems to work just fine.