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XP is dead.  Long live Ubuntu!

Go get you some Trusty Tahr because it is hot off the presses today.  Download the .iso and burn a disc.  You can even install it from the disc to dual-boot Ubuntu and your old decrepit legacy XP installation.  Then you can use it is a crutch, and move stuff over as you learn to use the Ubuntu GUI.  

Just do it.  You don't want to spend hundreds of dollars for a new #Windows  license, or worse yet hundreds more for a new system to run the #MS  #Bloatware  

#Ubuntu #14.04 #TrustyTahr #ReleaseDay #Linux #HappyTime #NukeMicrosoftFromSpace #AreYouReadingTheseHashtags
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You can use a USB stick too, which actually is faster as long as your computer supports USB boot devices and you know how to set the BIOS to recognize them.
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Calling Ubuntu geeks

When Ubuntu 14.04 LTS comes out in a couple of weeks should I go with a 64-bit install?  This machine I'm using has dual Pentium® 4  3GHz Prescott processors but the motherboard is limited to 4 gig of RAM so will I gain much going 64-bit?

Some stuff should go faster but doesn't 64-bit waste a bit of memory at the same time?  

I ended up finding a nice used Dual DVI output ATI Radeon X1650 Pro PCI Express video card at the computer coop a couple of blocks away. http://compreviews.about.com/od/video/gr/ATIX1650Pro.htm and the performance in my old-fashioned eyes is remarkable.  

I can now run Path of Exile on Wine (1.5.28) with the PlayOnLinux (4.2.2) front end.   It works great except I can't run full screen, only "Windowed Mode."  Might be a Wine issue or general Ubuntu driver issues as Ubuntu still doesn't really recognize the video card and says "Graphics: Unknown, Experience: Standard" in the Graphics window of  Settings/Details.  

Attempting to resize, full-size, or change graphics modes/resolution causes the game to go full mental and lock up

Path of Exile recognizes it though.  The PoE game window is pretty impressive, and is running at 1024x786 in the window which takes up 80% of my 19" monitor screen.  Not too horrible but I'm always afraid to hit that little x button and close it by accident while playing.  It takes literally 6-8 minutes to load this game fully sometimes. At other times it's 2-3.  I don't know why. 

#linux #ubuntu #64bit   #32bit   #TrustyTahr #PathOfExile #geek   #GrindingGearGames   #XPisDead   #LongLiveLinux   #RPG   #linuxgaming  
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Apparently PAE is turned on by default in 12.04+ so I am good to go with 32-bit although 64-bit will work.

Here is a really well-witten explanation in the answers section:

http://askubuntu.com/questions/142043/whats-the-maximum-amount-of-ram-i-can-use-on-an-specific-hardware
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So it begins
<p>A NASA camera on Mars has captured what appears to be artificial light emanating outward from the planet's surface.</p> <p>The photo, beamed millions of miles from Mars to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., was taken last week, apparently by one of two NASA rovers on the red planet.</p>
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When the Tripods Came.
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Or just install #Ubuntu

http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop

Don't just replace XP, install it on machines running Vista, 7, and FisherPrice 8.x

-or just allow M$ to continue to extort billions from chumps like you. 

#nukemicrosoftfromspace  
Summary: The Dutch government has followed the United Kingdom’s lead, signing a multimillion Euro deal with Microsoft for the company to continue providing support for its Windows XP systems.
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it's just the cost of avoiding upgrades
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Disregard the constabulary!
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Nice!
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This app is full of the lolz

It's OK to laugh at the pathetic ones that can't cut the mustard on the track. 
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Wanted: a Disc Cleanup & Organization tool

I have a NAS that is nasty because every time I have an old computer that dies I keep the hard drives around and eventually load that hard drive onto the next computer's hard drive.  I usually go through and delete all the windows files and most of the folders from the Program Files folder.  But I end up duplicating and re-duplicating my old photos, music, archived documents and such.

Now that I have a NAS I threw it all up on that but it is a jarbled mess of repeated folders and files all nested 40-deep in daughter folders of repeating hell.  Trying to organize it is sort of killing me.

Does someone make an automated utility that can go through a drive or selected folders and put all the documents in one folder, all the photos in another, all music in another, all the videos in another yet?  I  know there are search commands but I'd like a little GUI that could ask questions and group things together that it thinks are duplicates or even check for duplicates even if they have different names.

I could spend months doing this manually.  I've probably got some folders of my photos duplicated 10 times or more.  Some are newer copies than others

What a mess. 

If this was a #Linux program that would be nice.  I think I could make a Winderz program work through #Wine though. 
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I'd be interested, too, if anybody knew of something.
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Demi always did look like she had a 5:00 shadow.  It's funny that now that HD movies are the norm she doesn't get a lot of work lately...
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#StreisandEffect  

It seems that this D.C. company #ChariotsForHire   has a policy of standing behind its drivers when they menace other road users with deadly force.

The proper thing to do is to ignore the multiple complains and burn away all mentions of the incident(s) on #facebook  and other social media.

I'm sure if they have a #yelp professional account they can erase (bad) reviews there too.
 
Posted a moment ago to Chariots for Hire's Facebook page, as well as in a message to them. Feel free to drop a comment on the post on their page before they take it down, or send them a message asking that they require their drivers to obey the law and respect other road users. They have G+ presence, but it is dormant.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Chariots-For-Hire/104602432949656?id=104602432949656&_rdr

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This Chariots for hire bus dangerously and illegally passed me in Old Town Alexandria while I was legally riding a bicycle, very nearly colliding with me or causing me to crash. It happened around 4:40 PM on Friday April 4, 2014, on N. Royal Street between 1st and 2nd Streets.

As I was legally riding in the southbound lane of N. Royal St, this bus came up behind me at a high rate of speed, swinging fully into the northbound lane, and coming dangerously close to me, failing to leave the two feet passing distance from a bicycle that is required by Virginia law. I caught the horrified stare of a female passenger through a window as the bus passed illegally.

Once I collected myself, I took out my camera and attempted to catch the bus, so as to take a picture of the driver and perhaps speak with him. The bus then ran the next stop sign, heading westbound on Montgomery St toward Washington St. This photo is what I was able to capture, showing license plate P 161026.

Immediately I pulled over and called Chariots for Hire, connecting to dispatch and lodging a complaint with Ada. She was very courteous, took my details and contact information. I have heard nothing back from Chariots for Hire.

A business such as this is nothing without drivers, and it is the company's responsibility to hire drivers that are knowledgeable of and comply with the law, and courteous and respectful of other road users. This driver's disregard for me and for the law nearly caused me potentially serious personal injury. I eagerly await your response.
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I see Berlew is back to writing OOTS again  

It's been over a year since I checked in with the gang but I get sick of waiting months between strips sometimes.  If I'm going to wait months I might as well wait a year or so and then read them all at once and catch back up again. New episode notices show up on my feed reader, but I don't bother clicking and reading them.  I noticed that he had been silent for the past 6-8 weeks and then all of a sudden he starts updating again recently.  Now is the time to jump back on the strip while he's on a roll, I suppose.  

Now that I've caught back up I'll follow the updates until he abandons the strip again. Then I'll wait another year or so to jump back on it all over again if he is actively writing new ones.  This method is the only way to follow his comic and stay sane.    I hate being jerked around by a webcomic that is so sporadically updated. 
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I am bugged by even a delay to noon on scheduled days.
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