Most of my posts on the topic of running Android-x86 on my old former Windows XP laptop have been positive. And I’d say I’m still positive in general. Some bad news though is that a bunch of updates for Apps came down and now things are blowing up when I have more then one Google account setup. It took some efforts in trouble shooting and a few reloads in various ways.
Okay, a busy weekend, so I haven’t had time to do much. Sunday was disc (ultimate frisbee-ish), and a bit of work. So no time to do anything on this Android-x86 laptop. And yesterday, Monday, all I really had time to do was update to Android-x86’s first 4.4 release. There isn’t any OTA updates, but you can still download the ISO, boot to it, and perform an upgrade just like OTA update.
So its Saturday. I’d thought I’d have time to do some additional work related stuff and play on my Android-x86 laptop. But alas, because of errands and usual Saturday shtiff, not much time to play. But I did do some stuff: Work had power outage, so was emailing and IM’ing on the Android laptop. Also had to look up some stuff to IM my tech support guy who went on site.
I’ve been really busy, so haven’t had time to keep track of the little I did well. This is basically chronicling my experiment of using Android-x86 on a laptop that used to run Windows XP. Here is a recap of a couple of days combined. 8/5/2014 Checked email, easy to do when brain-dead from a long day. Played Andor’s Trail a little bit. Noticed the cut and paste semantics feel a bit odd, but that’s because keyboard shortcuts are not available.
I have an old Toshiba 32-Bit laptop that had Windows XP on it. And since Windows XP is no longer supported, I decided to put Android-x86 on it. I did this a while back, but haven’t had the chance to play with it much. My plan now is to use it as my main laptop and keep a log of what I do or can’t do on it for the next bit….
So I’ve been itching to see how a ChromeOS device works. I want to see how well a ChromeBook would fill the home computing needs. Since I have this nice Dell Latitude XPS M1530, I thought I’d do some research to see if I could run ChromeOS on it. There is a person, Hexxeh, who provides nightly builds of the open source ChromiumOS project. These can be downloaded as bootable USB flash drive image, VMWare or VirtualBox disk images.
I recently had the opportunity to get an Dell XPS M1530 really cheap. So we have the home laptop and now I have a laptop to play around with. Yah! My intention is to blog what I do with the XPS laptop. As I have time to play with it, I’ll add new blog entries. Changing jobs and home life causing changes in focus is okay too. Right now I’ve loaded Linux Mint Debian Edition, with the Cinnamon desktop.
So for ages I’ve used Kyamo to edit MP3 tags. It had been great because it edited multiple tag versions and it also not only viewed embedded album art, but allowed you to edit it. Sadly Kyamo is no longer supported in K/Ubuntu. Well, as with most FOSS, you can always grab the source and compile it yourself. I had wished I had time to do just that, and maybe update/maintain it.
Okay, I work remotely in almost everything I do for work. I.e. I remote into the servers and workstations all day every day; very little gets done on my laptop except personal stuff. Whether it be development, database manipulation, webapp/system management, or regular’ol’tech-support. The projects are mostly for clients, so they stay on clients machines, but I do have my own servers. Also, most clients use routers (or whatever does the DHCP) out of the box at their office.
Yeah, cheesy title for an article (original below). But after recently having to help out too many clients and friends with virus issues, I wanted to get this article out there. Its an interesting real-life example of why you should change the password on your router, (and not leave passwords blank in general). Oh, for those who don’t speak techie, the router is what usually connects you to the Internet (whether wired or wireless).