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Lion On The Loose

Around 8:00 A.M. I purchased and started the download for the new Apple OS (Lion) for my MacMini. The download made a lot of progress in the first 30 minutes downloading about 1.92 GB. Now it is downloading a few bytes every second. I guess the whole world is trying to update their Apples to the next OS version.

At the rate it is going now it may be a month or more to get the system.

UPDATE: I decided that it would never download at the rate it was going, so I restarted the MacMini. The download continued from the point it had left off, but not at a higher rate of download.

UPDATE 2: The download completed while I was away from the house. It is now installing and says 33 minutes to complete.

UPDATE 3: The install went smooth, but took about an hour. Someday, I guess I need to look at the new system and see if I like it. My MacMini is used strictly for movie streaming because of its HD capability.

Been There – Done That

Yesterday, Microsoft launched their new flagship browser, IE9. I downloaded it and tried it. Yes, it does look nice on Windows 7, but it causes me problems with a web page I frequent. While it is still in my PC, I have stopped using it.

However, while studying IE9, I found that FireFox has released version 4.0RC, so I downloaded it. I like it. In fact, I liked it well enough that I set it as my main browser. Normally I wait for the RC version to be changed to the final version, but I didn’t in this instance.

I had been using Google’s Chrome browser as my everyday browser, but it also has one page I look at once every couple of months that it doesn’t render correctly and when I go to that page, I have to use FireFox. Now I don’t have to use anything but FireFox.

LibreOffice vs. OpenOffice

When Oracle bought Sun then the open source community wondered what would happen to Open Office, since it had been created by Sun. I see that with the new distribution of openSUSE 11.4 Linux that is coming out today that a new system is replacing Open Office. It is LibreOffice. I downloaded it and am now using it instead of Open Office.

Feature wise, I really can’t tell any difference so far. However, I believe I like the way it displays on my screen better than Open Office. If you are in need of a office system and don’t want to fork over a bundle to Microsoft, just download LibreOffice. It is free and you can’t get a better price than that.


An Apple With Worms

What do you know? Apple has decided to provide the new Intel based Apples with software that allows a dual boot with Windows. So you can now have the better hardware with the option to run both operating systems. There is still a fair price difference between Apple and Windows PCs, but there are a few less reasons to chose the PC and a few more to choose the Apple. I also see that they have a new Dual Core Mac Mini.

No Vista On The Horizon

Through my Windows, I see there is no Vista on the horizon for 2006. Whatever the Core of the decision to delay, it could offer a tremendous opportunity for Apple.

I tend to agree with the statement in the PC World article saying

This gives Apple the biggest competitive advantage they’ve had in history from Microsoft,” veteran technology consultant Rob Enderle, founder of the Enderle Group, said of the delay announced earlier Tuesday by Jim Allchin, co-president of Microsoft’s Platform and Services Division.

I personally would like to see a little more competition in the personal computer market.

Almost Back Up

After a whole day, the new PC is almost back to normal. I am short a few files, but they will get moved tomorrow. The strange thing is that all the Microsoft Updates are applied and this time there is no problem. I guess it was not the update of Windows, but some other curse had to have been placed on the machine. I hope what ever it was doesn’t return.

System Failure

I seem to be suffering a major system failure. I remember that yesterday two Microsoft urgent fixes were downloaded and installed. I didn’t notice a problem at the time, but perhaps I didn’t reboot the system following the downloads. Around 10:00 last night I tried to reboot the new PC and noticed that the hard drive was continually reading. Apparently one of the downloads corrupted the operating system. Luckily my old PC is still connected to the network, so I will have to use it to see if I can salvage the information that is on the new PC.

The last MS update that was installed was related to running a one-time tool to check for malicious software on the PC. I do not know if the PC is trying to run this tool or if the tool has problems, or if it has corrupted the operating system.

Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool – March 2006 (KB890830)
Date last published: 3/14/2006
Download size: 2.2 MB
After the download, this tool runs once to check your computer for infection by specific, prevalent malicious software (including Blaster, Sasser, and Mydoom) and helps to remove any infection found. If an infection is found, the tool will display a status report the next time you start your computer. A new version of the tool will be offered every month. If you want to manually run the tool on your computer, you can download a copy from the Microsoft Download Center or run an online version from microsoft.com. This tool is not a replacement for an anti-virus product. To help protect your computer, you should use an anti-virus product.
System Requirements
Recommended CPU: Not specified.
Recommended memory: Not specified.
Recommended hard disk space: Not specified.
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This is not how I planned on using my day, but nothing is perfect, some things less so than others. Keep your fingers crossed that I can salvage the data on the PC.