Sometimes An Upgrade Isn’t A Upgrade, Just Saying

636042899128040346992097692_Camera-Technology-to-Assist-Your-Property-Inspection-AppI am a Linux user and every few months there is a release of updated operating systems with loads of new things and bug fixes. Like the geek I am I check them out to see how they run and function. I have been testing three versions of the Ubuntu OS and I realize that staying put with what I am running which is Ubuntu Mate 16.04 is what’s best. iPhone users know what I am talking about when a new phone is on the market yearly it seems. Keeping up with technology let alone the Joneses is hard enough.

So sometimes an upgrade isn’t worth the hassle doing something new just because of some shiny new features that might cost one time and money. There must be a really good reason to need to switch to something new/different. So, In my thinking there is nothing wrong with staying put and making the best of what you already have.

I won’t lie I would love the new Google Pixel phone but I gotta pay the one I have off first which will come in November 2018.

So for the time being lets stick and stay. Keep things simpler that way.

A New Look For The Tony Burgess Blog From A Familiar Theme #wordpress

An important part of blogging is how the reader responds. They can’t respond if the typeface is too small or there is too much going on the screen at one time. I have used 1, 2 and 3 column layouts in my blogging career but the two column seems to strike a good balance of information and content with some eye candy thrown in.

The Toujours theme offers a font size that is easy to read along with plenty of blank space it doesn’t seem so crowded. I have used this theme before but I am employing some new ways to display recent posts among other features to make the blog stand out.

I hope you will enjoy my blog even more with these aesthetic and functional changes. Your interest in me and this blog are appreciated.

Something About Changing Tech, Changing Times

I have a co-worker who gets frustrated by technology and how fast things are changing. Everyone knows that as soon as one phone is released its just going to get replaced by a newer model a year later. Technology is something that has planned obsolescence as a part of the whole business model.

Market forces cause decision makers to make hard choices in the future of their products. What we want now might not be what we want later. It’s important to be adaptable and fluid in life especially when it comes to devices. Even the very software and hardware that connects us can change rapidly and often times in a surprising way.

Being able to learn new things is vital to keeping us all relevant to what is happening today. Tomorrow is always upon us and we have to be ready because what is cutting edge today could be out of date in a minute or two. As tech changes so does the times because we have gone from a Blockbuster Video world to a Netflix world. Everyone likes things in an instant today. Streaming is everything isn’t it. We even shop differently. Thanks Amazon.com for your click to order and arriving on my doorstep the next day or so.

I think the key thing we have to remember is that the source code for everything is changing and we have to learn to keep up. This sort of change is something I don’t mind I just need to remind myself that I have to keep evolving and adapting as time goes by.

My Latest Linux Desktop – Linux Mint 18 XFCE Edition – #linuxmint #xfce

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Linux Mint 18 (Sarah) XFCE Edition. With my favorite wallpaper.

I am now running Linux Mint 18 XFCE edition. This is a lighter Linux desktop distro which means it performs faster without sacrificing style. The operating system came loaded with the things I need to be productive and to be able to do a lot of cool stuff. One great thing about Linux is that you can make it your own by customizing the look and I did just that. I am pleased with the way things look and function.  Open Source Technology like this can be a lot of fun and it doesn’t cost you anything.

I Have Settled On Linux Distribution – Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS #ubuntu #linux

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A Screenshot of The Ubuntu Desktop with the Ubuntu Website

I have finally settled on Ubuntu 16.04.1 which is running really well so far on the new desktop. Ubuntu is an Open Source operating system that runs like Windows or iOS but it’s free and is largely community and developer supported. At the moment I am downloading free software so I can do things like edit photos, manage media and to create stuff for the blog and so much more.

You may ask why not just use Windows…well I have been a fan of Linux for years. I have been able to take old computers and give them new life because there is less bloatware and that sort of thing. It’s also a matter of being able to upgrade without cost. My Chromebook is based of of Linux too so it runs on the same principle.

Creating and connecting is going to be a lot of fun using this new configuration.