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    Default What keeps you busy on weekends?

    Well, looking after my 2-1/2 year old is enough work for the weekend. But when she is snoring away, I browse the forums, try out some new released OS distro (trying out Fedora 20 on VM and updated to Linux Mint 16 Petra on the HP laptop on the pic below). My man-cave is equipped to keep my brain rolling anytime of the day. And when I get bored, I turn to the PS3. But of course, these are just on top of the household chores.

    Gotta go... the laundry machine just buzzed!

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    Default Re: What keeps you busy on weekends?

    Quote Originally Posted by catilley1092 View Post
    You'll like Mint 16 Petra! Seems faster than 15 on both computers I have it on.

    Weekends, what are they? To me, they're like the others, except Sundays during NFL season. Now back when I was still working, weekends had a meaning. Fishing, doing brunswick stews this time of year & partying!

    I guess it's because I'm at home all of the time, it's my safe guess that on average, I'm outside of the home less than 2 hours per week. Only if I have an appointment, am I gone longer than that. Someone has to keep an eye on things around here!

    The wife is the one who keeps the road hot.

    Cat
    Thanks Cat, I will check it out.

    I have the Petra on dual boot with Vista. Before I was so hesitant to do dual boot on the same hard drive with existing windows OS because of the boot problems it will create when you uninstall one of the OSes. But I found the Macrium Rescue Disk so useful for this kind of problem. It re-builds the windows boot loader in a matter of seconds. I've done it a lot of times on both Vista and Win 7.

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    Default Re: What keeps you busy on weekends?

    I currently have five OS, with each one on its own hard drive. I only plug them in 'one at a time' as I work on them.
    So there is NEVER any interference between OS's. I lost a whole hard drive, with two OS's and lots of data, because of a Boot Loader that went psycho on me, (years ago) and I've never put two OS's on the same drive since.

    If I want to blow off an OS, I just reformat that drive and put something else on it. That kept me quite busy, during the Beta Testing days.

    Weekends? Gives me extra time to work on 'Gertrude' and take her Off Roading.

    This is 'Gertrude'!


    She loves to go 'Boondocking' on the back trails, near my home.

    Y'all have a great weekend, Y'hear?

    TM
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    Default Re: What keeps you busy on weekends?

    Quote Originally Posted by TechnoMage View Post
    I currently have five OS, with each one on its own hard drive. I only plug them in 'one at a time' as I work on them.
    So there is NEVER any interference between OS's. I lost a whole hard drive, with two OS's and lots of data, because of a Boot Loader that went psycho on me, (years ago) and I've never put two OS's on the same drive since.

    If I want to blow off an OS, I just reformat that drive and put something else on it. That kept me quite busy, during the Beta Testing days.

    Weekends? Gives me extra time to work on 'Gertrude' and take her Off Roading.

    This is 'Gertrude'!


    She loves to go 'Boondocking' on the back trails, near my home.

    Y'all have a great weekend, Y'hear?

    TM
    On my main desktop, I don't also have more than 1 OS on one hard drive. But for this one laptop where I have a windows and linux dual boot.. I don't really care. The laptop can be thrown away any time. I am just trying to make use of it as a test machine. But then as I mentioned, whenever I have windows boot problems with it (or "No OS Found" problem), so far the Macrium Rescue CD is doing a great job fixing the boot issues. On the other hand, most newer Linux distros (like Petra, Zorin OS, etc) are designed to be installed side by side with any existing OS. When you pop-in the installer, it will give you an option to either format the drive and install or install side by side with existing OS. So, there is a little possibility of blowing off the existing OS.

    Wow, I didn't realize you have a nature-loving SOUL. Planning to take another spin this weekend?

    Have a good one!

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    Default Re: What keeps you busy on weekends?

    Yup, she's a natural born Rock Crawler. lol

    Oh by the way, I'm running Linux Mint 16 right now, and using Firefox for Linux.

    Just for the fun of it.

    EDIT: Those #$%^# ads were driving me crazy, so I installed AdBlock + for Firefox and now I can work in peace.

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    Default Re: What keeps you busy on weekends?

    Quote Originally Posted by TechnoMage View Post
    Yup, she's a natural born Rock Crawler. lol

    Oh by the way, I'm running Linux Mint 16 right now, and using Firefox for Linux.

    Just for the fun of it.

    EDIT: Those #$%^# ads were driving me crazy, so I installed AdBlock + for Firefox and now I can work in peace.

    TM
    Wow... I hope you are enjoying it. I just finished fixing my wireless issue on the laptop where the Linux Mint 16 is installed. Had to do it via the terminal. I saw an article online on how to fix it. I was using a wireless nano adapter before I got it fixed. I am on linux right now too.

    Today is my last day at work for the year. Going back on Jan 6.

    EDIT: Ooh, by the way, I installed google chrome on my Linux...

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    Wow... this wallpaper is so cool! And the dock app, too!


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    Default Re: What keeps you busy on weekends?

    Yes, I now have Linux Mint 16 on a spare hard drive, but.....
    It definitely won't keep me busy on weekends. Not as long as I still have my Gertrude (Kia Soul).
    I can always find someplace to go or something to do, even if it's just a little trip down the road for a Burger, fries and a chocolate shake.

    Like tomorrow I'm driving the 30 miles to my Kia dealer to put in for my next Mileage Reimbursement Debit Card.
    Estimated amount is $107. My last one, in June was $127. It's a great program and the only one like it, I think.

    So today I'm getting Gertrude all spiffied up and ready to make a good showing, sitting next to all those new cars, when I go to the Kia Dealership. I've seen the new 2014 Kia Souls at the dealers, but I really don't like the new look.
    I'll gladly keep Gertrude for a few more years.

    So much for my weekend plans.

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    Default Re: What keeps you busy on weekends?

    Hello everyone! Advance happy new year!

    Since this thread is about the weekend, I am just gonna continue posting here.

    Ardeth, I hope you will find a solution to your battery problem.

    Bass, what's up?

    TM, how's the weekend with the Gertrude?

    Cat, how's the new monitor with the DP connector?

    My toddler's monitor was slowly dying so I gave her one of my existing ones (the middle one from my 3 monitor setup) and got my self a new one to replace it. I got an Acer 23" IPS frameless monitor that matches the glossy finish of my 2 other Sony 3D LED displays. I personally like glossy screens over matte. Some people complain about glare on it but it really depends on how you position the monitor. Glossy finish to me gives more accurate color and blacks really come out as black. It's important for a photography hobbyist like me. It's a very good choice for me. I like it a lot. I got it for $50 off. Boxing Week Sale is still going here.

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    You all have a healthy and wonderful 2014!

    Cheers!
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    Default Re: What keeps you busy on weekends?

    Cat, I don't remember the exact specs of your new ASUS monitor. But unless it can handle 2560x1600, you don't actually need to use the DP connector. The only difference between HDMI and DVI is that HDMI also transmits HD audio. But there's not much difference between an HDMI, DVI and DP when it comes to graphic resolution that the eye can see. So instead of buying a new graphics card, I would suggest that you just get an active DP to DVI (Check if it is DVI-I or DVI-D) adapter to connect to your existing AMD Radeon 7570 if you still want to keep your dual monitor setup.

    My 3 monitor setup is running on both on-board and the add-on HIS Radeon HD 5450 (cheap but reliable card). Although the HD 5450 alone can handle 3 monitors (DVI, DP and VGA), I enabled the on-board video card so that I can use another DVI port and forget about the VGA port on the add-on card. This way, all my 3 HD monitors will run on digital/HD mode.

    I have 2 of these Sony 24" 3D LED displays connected to DVI (with DVI to HDMI adapter) and DP (using active DP to HDMI adapter) :



    and the 23" ACER IPS monitor on the above photo (previous post) that I just got the other day connected to DVI port.

    I still have 2 more active VGA ports from on-board and add-on card that I can use if I have an extra monitor in the future.
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