Making the move to Ubuntu

I’ve recently made the move to Ubuntu. This was partially out of necessity but also wanting to give it a go.

My Acer Aspire 5315 was finally starting to give out on me. The fact that it had Vista pre-installed was giving me no end of grief; mainly because the specifications weren’t up to it, but also Vista was just shit.

At the time Ubuntu 9.10 was the latest release. This was the first big fail because unknown to me 9.10 had a bug that was specific to my model of laptop. This took a bit of hunting around to ascertain there was a problem, but even worse there wasn’t a solution (well one for a linux n00b like myself could fix). Basically 9.10 would fail part way through the install and shut down the laptop.

So I wound back to 9.04 and this worked a treat and re-invigorated life back into my Acer. Initially this was done as a dual-boot setup. When 10.04 LTS was finally released I went the whole hog and got rid of Vista forever.

On my desktop I still have a dual-boot setup with WinXP and Ubuntu 10.04. I would call this a state of transition for me. Increasingly I am spending more and more time within Ubuntu. In fact the only reasons for booting up XP is more flight simulation in FSX and to use Apple iTunes.

Upgrading to 10.10 Meerkat

This has been a breeze. I once again did a clean install on the laptop and an upgrade on the desktop. It just worked (as it should). No problems. No hiccups. Just there.

The biggest thing for me with the upgrade to 10.10 is the attention paid to the visuals. It always annoyed me that Ubuntu looked ‘cheap’. The leap from 9.10 to 10.04 was amazing in terms of moving to a new look.

However with 10.10 and the new ‘Ubuntu’ font there seems to be a new crispness about the Gnome environment. Having said that, I’m getting more and more used to the terminal and are more prepared to give things a go.

Wanting to try?

My advice is leap into the deep end and give it a go. As a minimum go for the dual-boot option and have the best of both worlds.

Eureka 88

If you ever visit Melbourne then one thing to do is visit the Eureka Tower and Eureka Skydeck 88 – the highest observation platform in the southern hemisphere.

Cate and I visited recently and did The Edge:

a glass cube which projects 3 m (10 ft) out from the building with visitors inside, suspended almost 300 m (984 ft) above the ground. When you enter, the glass is opaque as the cube moves out over the edge of the building. Once fully extended over the edge, the glass becomes clear.

Awesome experience. Definitely not one for those afraid of heights!

Honeymoon destinations

Wedding planning has been going rather smoothly.  All the big decisions (date, venue, celebrant, wedding dress, photographer, etc) have been made.  Now we are moving into the minute details of how the day will run.

One thing that has been plaguing us is the honeymoon.  Our dream destination would have been Vietnam or another south-east Asian country.  We toyed with the idea of one of the South Pacific islands but agreed that while it would be more within our price range, it was some what cliched.

Saturday was wandering around travel shops, when Cate came up with the ultimate idea – have a NZ honeymoon!

South-east Asia was realistically well out of our price range. The islands can be done at anytime. So why not spend the money viewing our own beautiful country first and taking time to explore what we take for granted.  The 3-point plan is:

  1. Do the South Island (hell we already live in the North Island)
  2. Take a couple of days of pampering at a luxury resort (read Queenstown or Hamner Springs)
  3. Road-trip!!!

This really exciting. Just taking our time to visit all the places we don’t get to see every day – Mildford Sounds, Doubtful Sound, Mt Cook, and a few places off the beaten track.

Waitangi Day

So what was the effect of having the NZ flag and Tino Rangatiratanga flag flying from Auckland Harbour Bridge and government buildings?

One word – progress.

Last year there was one flag. This year two. Hopefully in future we’ll be able to find a single identity.