Upgrading from Ubuntu AMD64 7.10 to x86 8.04

I'm breaking from my normal topics of discussion and posting a little about my regular computers.

Recently, I decided to go to a 64 bit operating system to take full advantage of my architecture. I have a system with an AMD64 Athlon in it. The system itself ran very well. However, there were some problems with Firefox and the plugins. After reading up on fixing the problems, I decided to change the OS to a regular 32-bit OS. I had Ubuntu 64 installed, and I liked Ubuntu, I just hated that there were only bandaid solutions for 64-bit issues. Thus, I decided to stick with Ubuntu.

I downloaded the standard 8.04 cd and began my install. I selected to format my /boot partition and keep my / partition. My root partition included my /home directory and I didn't care to lose my files. The installer informed me that they would delete all my system files, but migrate my documents, not only from my /home but also from my Windows partition. I decided to migrate the files in my /home partition and not the files from my Windows partition.

I had a lot of customizations and I didn't want to loose my program data. I crossed my fingers and hit next.

I now have an updated system with all the plugins working for firefox. All my files were transferred along with all my program settings. I started Pidgin, it logged me into my accounts and messaged away. I opened firefox, started to type in a url and my history came up. Everything transferred!!! I'm very happy.

I'm still loving my TX though. It gets me through the day.

Jay C. Theriot

Trepidation

Had a chance to pause and reflect. I have been considering purchasing a smart phone. The idea of having a pocket computer and a phone all-in-one had some serious geek-appeal to it. After all, the iPhone is the biggest thing since slice bread, according to the media hype. The thought of getting a smart phone has been on my mind for a while, especially since my love-affair with the TX has taken hold.

My daughter’s cell phone died, and, luckily, it was still under warranty and I just had to go to the cell phone office to exchange it for a new one. While there, I had to wait for a customer representative to serve me. This gave me a chance to really play with the smart phones. After about 20 minutes of poking and prodding the various mix of Windows CE and PalmOS phones, and Blackberries, I came to the conclusion that the TX was for me.

Advantages I saw for having a Palm TX and a cell phone separate, and not having a cell phone:

1) You can have the TX to take notes on while you are on the phone.

2) WiFi. I didn’t see a single phone advertising WiFi. They all want you to buy a “data” plan to have internet access. This could get to be expensive considering how much time I spend on-line.

3) Size of the screen. The phones are big compared to any cell phone. Compared to the TX, they are small. I have a wonderfully big, bright screen on the TX. Most of the screens on the smart phones were about half the size of the screen on the TX, if not smaller.

4) Impending failure. When electronics go, they usually take a bulk of data with them. I can easilly back up my TX. Backing up these cell phones require the addition of software/hardware to accomplish the same task.

Question answered. I can now go on with my life. No smart phone for me. I just need a phone that I can text my wife with (she is usually in meetings away from her computer), and my TX.

The TX, what a versatile device. I wish Palm would see the advantages to having a handheld computer and develop an updated system, continue to develop the smart phones, but don’t abandon the pda line.

Loving my TX

Jay C. Theriot