Thought id write a short bio about myself, i am a 41 year old family man with 1 8yr old son, i have worked in construction for around 20 years as a steel erector, scaffolder, banksman, i havent worked full time since 2010 but do get the odd shift from 1 of my previous employers mostly when there is grunt work needing done like dismantling scaffolding however i get by as you can see … no chip in bin. Anyhoo i have been using computers since 1998 mostly windows boxes i dont claim to be an “expert” although i know my way around a mobo, i call it a hobby, the wife calls it an obsession. like most husbands i just agree with her :p. Recently i was becoming a bit bored with the windows platform as it didnt challenge me mentaly no more i guess i had learned the ins and outs of how to keep windows as stable and secure as was possible (although windows 7 does make that stuff a tad simpler) i havent owned a mac since the office building i was working on was throwing away an old lisa and they said i could have it, this was at least 15 years ago. i have had a go on the macbook and the ipad and even the iphone4 thanks to my apple fan boi friend @seanbarr1998 , this guy bleeds apple he has the envious task of being invited to apple seminars ect, due to his job , and i gotta say they look & feel great but personally if i was spending 2K on a computer (even if i had a spare 2K) id probably stick with a PC. I try not to get drawn into the hardware wars, my motto is “some gentlemen prefer blondes , others brunettes” each to their own kinda thing. So since ive grown kinda bored with windows for the last few months ive been using pclinuxos and i gotta say i am enjoying it immensely, i wish id started using distro’s years ago as it stands i am enjoying learning konsole commands and discovering new software, infact i havent booted into windows since i started using linux because for what I do on a computer i can do everything i did in windows 7 using pclinuxos, and id say pclinuxos does it better.
So i will plod along using “nix” as i enjoy learning new things about computers, i have had a lot of good reports on linux mint and i hope to try that in the near future. My hardware is by no means new tech my main is a Dell Optiplex Gx620 mini tower 2×3.2Ghz pentD 3Gb RAM, (i know its old but it does what i need) also i have on old IBM Thinkpad T40 P4 512mb RAM . the wife uses it for shopping (often) and the kid uses it for watching WWE . Also in kids room he has a 2001 Packard Bell Imedia , Athlon XP 1.8Ghz , 1GB ram the kid uses that and i just refuse to throw it away as my mother paid £800 for it back in the day. I do hope to be upgrading to a beastly PC in the next year, i plan on spending around £1500 on one and im hoping that will do me until i get put out to pasture, im thinkin i5 or i7 with sandybridge or bulldozer architecture but no doubt by next year there will be more “new improved” tech to ponder.