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.
I’ve held back on commenting about the G1 from T-Mobile. Mostly for technical reasons and time-wise reasons. But also because I’ve been uncertain about how it will turn out and how to talk about it (mostly to non-techie people). Also, I’ve had high hopes for it and the Andriod platform. And to say my hopes have been met is not an easy thing. First, for the non-techies, the G1 is the phone, T-Mobile the carrier and Andriod is the OS (Operating System).