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Well I'm finally joining the 21st century currently upgrading my ageing core 2 Duo desktop PC to an SSD Mint 17.2 install underway and its going like greased lightning 5 minutes and done.
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As someone who is primary a Linux user I haven't had any experience with Windows 8.x systems. Last week I was given a windows 7 box and after cleaning it up, installing Mint 17.2 as a dual boot, and applying the latest updates to Win 7, I was offered the windows 10 update option. As someone who is unofficial tech support for several friends I thought it would be good to have a Win 10 box to test and become familiar with for when they jump from the windows 7 ship. I was impressed with the update which went smothly (I was careful to make sure the give Microsoft info boxes were Un ticked). Well after playing with it for a day or so I was quite impressed until I booted into the Linux partition and found I couldn't access the ntfs partition from Linux, the error message stated that windows had not shut down properly and the partition was unsafe. It turns out in Windows 8 onward ms has initialized a fast boot system (basically a form of hibernation) that while useful for those who want quick boot times for windows, the down side is it prevents access to the drive partition from Linux. It wasn't too difficult to resolve after a Google search I switched of fast boot and hibernation and now have access to the ntfs partition from the Linux install.

After doing this, Windows now takes 3-4 times longer than Linux to boot on the same box, but as it's only there as a test rig and will not be in daily use I'm not too worried about that. Another thought is about the power consumption on a laptop and how much battery drain the fast boot mode will cause as it must take some power to retain the previous pc state in memory, anyone had any problems with this?


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Just made my Annual Donation to the +Linux Mint Project. If you use Linux Mint Please consider making a donation to them. Unlike some Large distributions they don’t have a wealthy philanthropist paying the bills and rely on the community and advertising to pay the bills and support 2-3 full-time developers.   

If you don't use Mint but rely on Libre software on a day to day basis, consider making a small donation to those projects you use the most, it does make a difference. We would all be the poorer (in more ways than cost) if Libre software did not exist.
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Just uploaded the remainder of my +OggCamp picks to Flicker  https://flic.kr/ps/Af5kZ. They are all Creative Commons, attribution licence so can be used as needed. 
Explore tonyhughes1212's photostream on Flickr. This user has 577 photos on Flickr.
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+Alan Pope now got a spare N4 kicking around I feel an Ubuntu for phone project coming on, any tips? :-)
 
Well I've been spending the afternoon setting up my new phone a oneplus 64Gig model. A bit of a learning curve after vanilla 4.4 on the N4 but I'm getting there with CM11 and for someone visually challenged the extra screen real estate gives a nicer user experience. I have big hands so it feels quite comfortable to use held in one hand and using other to type or swipe. I'm out at my dads and on mobile data and despite not being on 4G I'm getting better reception than the N4 as at this location I often had problems with a data connection. Just done speed test and got 1Mbit download which is at least usable. Will write a full review in the next week or so and post it on my blog. Oh BTW, ordered with express delivery (extra £5) and delivered in 6 days from China only got notification it had been dispatched last night and it arrived at 2pm via DHL :-)
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First boot of the new Raspberry Pi B+ using NOOBS to install Raspbian to the MicroSD card. and after a couple of problems with formatting and copying the NOOBS files to the card, we have LIFT OFF.
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Well interesting few days. I've been wanting to try Korora Linux but frustratingly the installer for Mate, cinnamon and xfce all not working. Only option to try KDE edition as told this was OK, and yes the installer works as intended so currently installing on a lenovo x61s with core 2 duo 1.6Gighz CPU and 2gig ram. Never used KDE so will be a new experience always a gnome then mate user. One observation so far is that for a distro aimed at new users the installer is not very noob friendly. Anaconda could do with a bit of a tweek to be as user friendly as the Ubuntu/Mint installer.
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I have to try KDE again as well. Last time using KDE was with Suse 10
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Well thanks to the raspberry pi 2 the price of these was less than £38 from amazon and free postage to boot. Box says includes SD card but sadly not, but wasn't sold as included any way. They will make good companions to the Flotilla sets I've got coming from +Pimoroni​ ;)
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+OggCamp link to my pictures fromSaturday all CC atribute so use as you wish.  
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Well I've been spending the afternoon setting up my new phone a oneplus 64Gig model. A bit of a learning curve after vanilla 4.4 on the N4 but I'm getting there with CM11 and for someone visually challenged the extra screen real estate gives a nicer user experience. I have big hands so it feels quite comfortable to use held in one hand and using other to type or swipe. I'm out at my dads and on mobile data and despite not being on 4G I'm getting better reception than the N4 as at this location I often had problems with a data connection. Just done speed test and got 1Mbit download which is at least usable. Will write a full review in the next week or so and post it on my blog. Oh BTW, ordered with express delivery (extra £5) and delivered in 6 days from China only got notification it had been dispatched last night and it arrived at 2pm via DHL :-)
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+James Page Yes nice 5.5" screen even in portrait mode the on screen keyboard feels good to use. And I can see the keys even with my poor eyesight ;)
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Don't you just love Windows, NOT. I had a frustrating experience with a friends laptop yesterday and missing .dll files in Windows live. This is a problem that the community keep talking about yet Microsoft don't seem to want to do much about it.

Read what happened and what I did here:

http://tony-hughes.blogspot.co.uk/

As I said, I'm just glad I found Linux 6 years ago and managed to get away from all this.
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#nexus Just got the 4.4.3 update on my N4 phone, mainly bug fixes but some improvement to camera focus response and surposed improved video recording. I've not tested the video but definite improvement in the camera performance particularly in low light which I’ve had problems with previously. Also a new phone dialler and contact management interface which looks cool.

Obviously any battery life improvements will only come to light over the coming days, but as a light phone user this has never really been an issue for me.
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I'm a middle age bloke who enjoys using and talking about computers and open source software. I discovered Linux in 2006 and have been using it as my Operating System on all my PC's for the last 3 years. I'm a member of the Blackpool LUG and enjoy being part of the special projects group, supporting various events relating to Linux and open source software. I'm also an avid cook and enjoy creating new vegetarian recipes, as I have been a vegetarian for over 23 years.

Check out my Linux blog at:

http://tony-hughes.blogspot.com/
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