Finally! My laptop is working fine (again)

I like to play around with different Linux distros, whichever is the latest and has a positive review, find its way to my computers. The recent release of Ubuntu (7.04 Feisty Fawn) works great on my laptop, except for one problem, the internal speakers doesn’t work, but the external speakers or headset works great. Everything works fine, Intel wireless, media card reader, internal mic, wide screen resolution, touch pad…. except for internal speakers. Previous Ubuntu version (6.10), and SimplyMepis 6.5 works fine though, but I already have Ubuntu 7.04 installed, and haven’t got the time yet to fix the problem myself. It doesn’t bother me though, but of course I want everything to work. After a month of waiting, a kernel update today was waiting to be installed, so I did install it, and after a reboot, the sound problem was fixed. This is one of the great things in open source community, report a bug, wait for a while, and you’ll get your fix. 🙂

Current Laptop Specs:

  • Intel Core Duo T2300
  • Intel 945GM Express Chipset
  • Intel 3945 a/b/g ProWireless
  • Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
  • WXGA TFT Glare Type Display (1280×800 max)

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I will buy Windows Vista if…

The release of Windows Vista have made a burden to those loyal to Microsoft Windows. Most people would really like to have the “latest” and doesn’t care if they need the features or not. As long as it is the latest release, then it must be good. This burden includes buying the latest full featured operating system from Microsoft, the Windows Vista Ultimate, and of course you couldn’t run Vista Ultimate smoothly if you don’t have 1GB of RAM, and at least a 256MB video card. If paying for the hardware upgrade is burden enough, then paying for the OS is a lot heavier. Because of the expensiveness of Windows, most people would resort to pirating a copy, if not make a switch to Linux and Open Source.

Because of the increasing rate of piracy, Microsoft has formulated anti-piracy steps to prevent loss in sales. But this anti-piracy steps has become annoying to Windows users to the point that it is more convenient to use a pirated copy rather than waste your time trying to activate or reactivate your copy of Windows.

Although I have learned to love Linux and Open Source (using it for 5 years now) and currently using K/Ubuntu for my productivity needs, I would still consider buying a legal copy of Windows Vista Ultimate if it was priced at 40 US dollars or less. By making Vista more affordable for the general public, then more people will perhaps buy it, or think twice before switching to the FREE Linux and Open Source systems.

Yes, I will perhaps buy a copy of Vista if it was priced 40 US dollars and below, but buying it doesn’t guarantee that I will use it often.

Ubuntu FREE CDs Delivered After Two Weeks

I just got my FREE Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Edubuntu CDs from Canonical’s Shipit last Friday, only two weeks after I placed an order. The K/Ubuntu version is 7.04 Feisty Fawn and is a matured distro in my opinion. It has come a long way since Ubuntu’s first release in 2004. I have tried Ubuntu and Kubuntu in my laptop, and I guess Kubuntu will stay for a while in my laptop. I have no special preference when it comes to Linux distros, for me, what works well stays as my productivity system. If a new distro will come out and has positive reviews, then I might as well try it, if it works well, then it will stay… for a while.. until a new one will come out.

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Slow Down… Enjoy Life…

Globalization  has brought about drastic changes in our lives.  We have learned to live in quantity rather than quality.  This fast phase of living has deprived us of the true meaning of life, deprived us of enjoying what has this world to offer.  Our lives has deviated from the basic tenets of existentialism.  Here is a short story of how globalization changed our lives and the need for us to slow down and take a deep breath.  I don’t know the original author of this message, but the message is worthy to reflect on.

An interesting reflection: Slow Down Culture

It’s been 18 years since I joined Volvo, a Swedish
company. Working for them has proven to be an
interesting experience. Any project here takes 2
years to be finalized, even if the idea is simple and
brilliant. It’s a rule.

Globalize processes have caused in us (all over the
world) a general sense of searching for immediate
results. Therefore, we have come to posses a
need to see immediate results. This contrasts greatly
with the slow movements of the Swedish. They, on the
other hand, debate, debate, debate, hold x quantity of
meetings and work with a slowdown scheme. At the end,
this always yields better results.

Said in another words:
1. Sweden is about the size of San Pablo , a state in
Brazil .
2. Sweden has 9.1 million inhabitants.
3. Stockholm , has 776,000 people.
4. Volvo, Escania, Ericsson, and Electrolux are some
of its renowned companies. Volvo supplies the NASA.

The first time I was in Sweden , one of my colleagues
picked me up at the hotel every morning. It was
September, bit cold and snowy. We would arrive
early at the company and he would park far away from
the entrance (2000 employees drive their car to work).
The first day, I didn’t say anything, either the
second or third. One morning I asked, “Do you have a
fixed parking space? I’ve noticed we park far from the
entrance even when there are no other cars in the
lot.” To which he replied, “Since we’re here early
we’ll have time to walk, and whoever gets in late will
be late and need a place closer to the door. Don’t you
think? Imagine my face.

Nowadays, there’s a movement in Europe name Slow Food.
This movement establishes that people should eat and
drink slowly, with enough time to taste their food,
spend time with the family, friends, without rushing.
Slow Food is against its counterpart: the spirit of
Fast Food and what it stands for as a lifestyle. Slow
Food is the basis for a bigger movement called Slow
Europe , as mentioned by Business Week.

Basically, the movement questions the sense of “hurry”
and “craziness” generated by globalization, fueled by
the desire of “having in quantity” (life status)
versus “having with quality”, “life quality” or the
“quality of being”. French people, even though they
work 35 hours per week, are more productive than
Americans or British. Germans have established 28.8
hour workweeks and have seen their productivity been
driven up by 20%. This slow attitude has brought forth
the US ‘s attention, pupils of the fast and the
“do it now!”.

This no-rush attitude doesn’t represent doing less or
having a lower productivity. It means working and
doing things with greater quality, productivity,
perfection, with attention to detail and less stress.
It means reestablishing family values, friends, free
and leisure time. Taking the “now”, present and
concrete, versus the “global”, undefined and
anonymous. It means taking humans’ essential values,
the simplicity of living.

It stands for a less coercive work environment, more
happy, lighter and more productive where humans enjoy
doing what they know best how to do. It’s time to stop
and think on how companies need to develop serious
quality with no-rush that will increase productivity
and the quality of products and services, without
losing the essence of spirit.

In the movie, Scent of a Woman, there’s a scene where
Al Pacino asks a girl to dance and she replies, “I
can’t, my boyfriend will be here any minute now”. To
which Al responds, “A life is lived in an instant”.
Then they dance to a tango.

Many of us live our lives running behind time, but we
only reach it when we die of a heart attack or in a
car accident rushing to be on time. Others are so
anxious of living the future that they forget to live
the present, which is the only time that truly exists.
We all have equal time throughout the world. No one
has more or less. The difference lies in how each one
of us does with our time. We need to live each moment.
As John Lennon said, “Life is what happens to you
while you’re busy making other plans”.

Congratulations for reading till the end of this
message. There are many who will have stopped in the
middle so as not to waste time in this globalized world.