Saturday, August 17, 2019

What will replace Windows?

With Microsoft admitting, yes our business is concentrating on services like Azure server and with Windows really not a big priority anymore there will come a time soon that an operating system will come along and replace it. Also it's all the big tech companies misusing our data, privacy is really important now and people are asking themselves, what they should do about that? I know I have. And for a long time we have heard about Linux. It's faster more secure and there is a fierce competition to build a operating system that people that use Windows would be willing to switch to. There are more than 300 distros they call it, types of Linux out there that people are using, mostly geeks and developers. A website called Distrowatch shows the ranking. Programmers take the source code and tweak it to make it look a certain way and change the menus and and add their own software. All of them are free to download and use. But all of them use the basic "kernel" of Linux, there is a whole history there. I have been playing around with this for about 10 years. But it's always been a little hokey. They were interesting, but not worthy of daily use. Well today things are getting so advanced that one or more of these Linux operating systems may break that barrier. I can download one of these OS's and put it on a thumb drive and install it on my computer. I have a modern browser like Chrome. I can do just about everything I can do on Windows. 

Then comes one operating system called Zorin OS. Just upgraded to version 15 in June 2019. Artyom Zorin and his brother Kyrill who live in Dublin, Ireland (their parents are ethnic Russians) in 2008 they started building this OS. They were 12 and 14 years old at the time and did not know how to program. They learned in a hurry. Now over 17 million people have downloaded their OS. They have an Ultimate version which I bought that costs $39. It comes with a ton of software programs. But they also offer free versions.

I have been using this OS for 24 hours and it's just damn impressive. The Zorin OS is now at number 10 in the Distrowatch rankings. I love this story and the dedication it takes to do this. I'm just really rooting for these guys. 
Check it out for yourself at
They are now selling laptops with their software too.

Also an interview with Artyom Zorin is on Youtube from 3 weeks ago.

Friday, August 16, 2019

The Alienist By: Caleb Carr Narrated by: George Guidall Length: 20 hrs

This is one of the best told murder mysteries I have ever heard. If you are one of those True Crime fans this is a must hear, even though this is fiction. Amazing writing and dialog that brings all the characters to life, they feel like real people. And the setting in New York in 1896 is breathtaking. You get a real sense of the place including a place frequented often in this book Delmonico's restaurant. I would loved to have seen this city then. And to hear what Teddy Roosevelt would have sounded like was incredible, he appears in this book as the Police commissioner as he really was during that time exclaiming "bully!" 

This is a very fast moving story with carriage rides from here to there on named streets in Manhattan. It does cover a dark underbelly of child prostitutes and a hideous crime perpetrated on them. This story is not for kids or weak stomachs.

And it can not be understated what an amazing job the reader of this book George Guidall did. The voices he employed in this book are like a room full of actors doing them. Just reading the novel or watching the TV show will not give you what this unique audiobook will. I am looking forward to seeing the TNT series (supposed to be on Netflix soon), but like they say it can't be better than this book. I give this 5 stars way up.