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Switch to Linux: Part 1

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I’ve recently decided to try and switch completely to a Linux operating system. Partly because I like the idea of using open source software that is available for public scrutiny. Also because I wanted to start improving my Python.

As a part of this process I installed Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala in addition to my Windows 7 and started using it as my primary os. I’m known to be partial to Fedora but this time around I wanted to just go with Ubuntu owing to the humongous user base, which means better support information thats available out there.

Some of the issue I faced, in hope of receiving some excellent suggestions from the community of-course –

Issue 1: I have a Logitech MX Revolution multiple button mouse. Apart from the fact that the mouse is jittery all the time, the buttons are not detected by default. Installed btnx and enabled revoco for my mouse. Everything seems to be fine for now.

Issue 2: I’m partial to Photoshop and I use Illustrator on and off to design weird logo’s sometimes.

Issue 3: No Windows Live Writer replacement for Linux. None of the blog clients simple cut it. Even if MS wants me to pay for Live Writer, I probably would. It’s that good. Installed VirtualBox > Installed Windows XP > Installed Windows Live Writer.

Issue 4: Non existent Netflix support. I’m not a big fan/addict of Netflix but I do like watching movies instantly once in a while. But when I try to do that under Linux I get this rather unpleasant message – “Our apologies – streaming is not supported for your operating system.” Excuse me, but is that even correct English? shouldn’t it be “on your operating system”?

Issue 5: Old Firefox. It seems the Firefox build that is available in the Ubuntu repositories is almost always older than the current available Firefox. My version is 3.5.8 whereas the latest available version of Firefox is 3.6. If you need the latest Firefox you need to remove the one you have and get the latest from Mozilla. It’s imperative that I work with the latest version as 3.6 has the latest CSS, DOM and HTML5 support and I need those things since I’ve started working on those.

Automatic Volume Level Reduction in Windows 7

One of the tiny features I’ve come to love in Windows 7 is its ability to detect when I plug-in my headphones/earphones and automatically reduce the output volume level.

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Obviously I would loose an eardrum or two if I play music at full pc volume on my earphone. Good thing I don’t have to manually reduce the volume every time I have to listen to something.

Logitech MX Revolution – I Love My Mouse

I bought a Logitech MX Revolution a while ago and was instantly in love with its 7 buttons and 2 scroll wheels. The best feature has to be the document flip wheel that right near the thumb and does what its supposed to do.

logitech_mx_revolution_document_flip Of course the interface is through Windows 7 and I can just click on whatever document I want. It works for someone like me who has a lot of things open and multitask a lot. All these things don’t come cheap, I bought the mouse for around $60 and that was with some coupon. Also the mouse is right-handed but very ergonomic. It doesn’t hurt my hand after.

And I hate to mention this, but the SetPoint software Logitech offers is either really buggy or they haven’t yet made their drivers fully compatible yet. Basic mouse works fine with the software installed. But once I install that to get access to all the feature, it lags and “feels” slow.

NVIDIA Notebook Release 195

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I was excited to find NVIDIA notebook WHQL drivers version 195.62 released for Windows 7 32 bit today. I use a Dell Vostro 1500 laptop with GeForce 8400M GS. I’ve been using the beta adapters till now.

The release highlights include

  • Adds GPU-acceleration for smoother online HD videos with the new Adobe Flash 10.1 beta.
  • Adds support for DirectCompute with Windows 7.
  • Adds support for OpenGL 3.2.
  • Adds support for OpenCL 1.0 (Open Computing Language).
  • Adds support for CUDA Toolkit 3.0 features and performance enhancements. See CUDA Zone for more details.
  • Adds SLI and multi-GPU support for many top new gaming titles including Borderlands, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, FIFA Soccer 10, and more.
  • Includes numerous bug fixes including improved performance for Need for Speed: Shift. Refer to the release notes on the documentation tab for information about the key bug fixes in this release.
  • Installs NVIDIA PhysX System Software v9.09.0814.

It’s good to see both NVIDIA and Adobe complementing each other by adding support to play better quality HD videos.

Direct Download NVIDIA Notebook Release 195.62 WHQL for Windows 7 32-bit