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frugal technology, simple living and guerrilla large-appliance repair

Regular blog here, 'microblog' there

Many of my traditional blog post live on this site, but a great majority of my social-style posts can be found on my much-busier microbloging site at updates.passthejoe.net. It's busier because my BlogPoster "microblogging" script generates short, Twitter-style posts from the Linux or Windows (or anywhere you can run Ruby with too many Gems) command line, uploads them to the web server and send them out on my Twitter and Mastodon feeds.

I used to post to this blog via scripts and Unix/Linux utilities (curl and Unison) that helped me mirror the files locally and on the server. Since this site recently moved hosts, none of that is set up. I'm just using SFTP and SSH to write posts and manage the site.

Disqus comments are not live just yet because I'm not sure about what I'm going to do for the domain on this site. I'll probably restore the old domain at first just to have some continuity, but for now I like using the "free" domain from this site's new host, NearlyFreeSpeech.net.

Sat, 20 Aug 2011

Windows for Linux Users, Part 2

Windows for Linux Users admittedly is an attention-grabbing title. I'd say the great majority of Linux users have either some or much familiarity with the Microsoft Windows environment. Very few have never used Windows before (though some might have come from the Macintosh environment and may be wholly unexperienced in Windows).

In my case I spent maybe a year using Windows as little as possible, doing as much work as I could on my Debian GNU/Linux laptop. Thus the performance issues I experienced in Windows didn't affect me as much as they do now that I'm not bringing the laptop to the office and must rely on the Dell Optiplex GX520 (Pentium 4 at 3 GHz, 1.2 GB RAM, 80 GB HD) running XP SP3.