Tamara and I don’t own much. We like living simple… Unless we’re talking about books, barbells, and computers.
We have — literally:
- Thousands of books
- We own a weightlifting gym full of barbells — we then built another gym in our garage
- And, we have 7 computers — that are starting to breed!
Only one of my laptops has Windows 8 on it — I need it to run some windows-only software (that… and I’m riding out a warranty).
Everything else gets the Linux treatment
However, it’s been a while since I got to play around with the different Linux distributions. Recently, I spent an entire weekend testing out a TON of them, and I’ll be writing up a post soon on my results.
But, to tide you over, this is what has happened to my primary “work” laptop:
The image at the top of the post is of my:
- Emacs in Org Mode
- With a semi-transparent background
- Using the Cyberpunk theme
- In the KDE desktop environment
- Running on top of Linux Mint 16.
Pair that with some Chill Out, and you’re in Geek-Zen heaven.
I actually installed the Cinnamon desktop version of the new Linux Mint, which I love. But I use that when I’m in Happy-Zen-Cartoon-Daytime-Mode.
When I’m in Tron-Meets-Max-Headroom, 1980’s-Sci-Fi-Mode… I log out and switch into KDE.
KDE has rarely been my Linux desktop environment of choice in the past — I usually dug on Gnome or XFCE, and recently have loved the windows manager Openbox. But then, in the past, computers were slow and couldn’t deal with KDE’s no-compromise, trick-your-shit-out, use-up-your-RAM, over-clock attitude.
Ah, how things have changed!
My little ASUS laptop is not a monster by today’s standards, with only 4 gigs of RAM and 1.5 ghz. But compared to the days of yore… it’s a fucking race car.
Given that, I figured it was time to try KDE again. I’m glad I did.
It’s even more fun than it used to be. And now, I can actually use it without frying my shit!
Here’s to the future … and Max Headroom.
Now go lift something heavy,