The Lazarus Project.

Image: Canonical Ltd.

I have an old Acer laptop which I use exclusively as an entertainment center, I don’t use it for anything else because its old and I’m afraid that if I do ‘serious work’ on it; it might crap out on me. It was a windows 7 machine, but since Microsoft was giving away free installs of Windows 10 I took a chance and installed it. Fast-forward to four weeks ago; Windows 10 pushed a new update, which I took, but then when I tried to turn the machine back on it died on me.

About ten or so years ago, I bought my first Windows 7 laptop, it was great, but being the curious cat that I am, I became intrigued by an Open Source System call Ubuntu ( African word meaning ‘humanity to others’. It also means ‘I am what I am because of who we all are’), I like a challenge, so I installed Ubuntu into my Windows 7 machine, an action known as a ‘dual boot’ meaning: you can boot up the machine on either Windows 7 or Ubuntu. I was hooked.

As much as liked Ubuntu though, it soon became clear that I wasn’t ready for it, see back then you couldn’t play Netflix using Ubuntu, I mean you could, but you’d have to install a program call Wine and then find a ‘substitute’ for Silverlight which, I believe, is a Microsoft program that enables you to play Netflix, needless to say it was a major pain in the spine. The biggest problem of all? No Microsoft Word.

Ubuntu and the Open Source Community have a couple of writing programs that can give Microsoft Word, a run for its money. One is call Open Office and the other is call Libre Office this second one comes pre-installed in Ubuntu, wonderful programs, thing is though; most writers work on Microsoft Word. My book formatters only work with Microsoft Word. And don’t even think about sending an editor any document other than a Microsoft Word document.

So I had to say goodbye to Ubuntu. That is, until my old Acer laptop got fried by that Microsoft Windows 10 update, but now that I’ve installed Ubuntu 16.4. 1 LTS; its ALIVE! My old Acer works like its brand spanking new. (Now, if we could find a way to make the formatters and editors of the world change their tune and be more flexible, then I think peace would surely come to the Middle East—yeah right). By no means am I a pro at all things Ubuntu, I’m still learning, so if you have an old computer collecting dust and you like a challenge; go try Ubuntu, plus you don’t need anti-virus for it. (Most viruses are made for the popular guys like Microsoft and Apple).

Try: Ubuntu 16.4. 1 LTS  You can find different Ubuntu flavors HERE.

Plus, it has some popular nifty cousins, known as Distributions or Distros, such as:

Zorin OS 12  

Linux Mint 18 Sarah 

Elementary OS  

Zero Saints-Book Review.

zerosaintsA note to Author Gabino Iglesias: On behalf of a bunch of crime fiction writers out there,(Ok mostly moi) we would like to ask Mr. Gabino Iglesias author of Zero Saints; to please stop writing books under the crime fiction banner, failure to do so may destroy the writing ‘career’ of a bunch of us—thank you.

Pulling zero punches, author Gabino Iglesias plunges the reader into the hard, violent, funny and often bizarre world of barrio underground gangbangers, drug dealers, Santeria, Palo Mayombe, Santa Muerte and a dog with human eyes. This book is unlike any other book I’ve ever read, I came to it without any previous knowledge of Mr. Iglesias’s output, and man, I’m glad I did. This was a propulsive read and pretty damn impressive in every level, from the intellectual, to the poetic and scary as hell, add to it the deft touches of Spanglish, plus supernatural elements, and you’ve got yourself a classic—that’s right;  A Classic.

Ever read a book that makes you want to shout it out from every rooftop? This is that book! Why is this book not in the New York Times Bestsellers List? Boggles the mind. The only complain I can see about this tome is from folks who don’t speak Spanish and to those folks I say: This is America; learn to speak Spanish cabrones. (That goes for you too NZ, UK, AU, etc.). Seriously though; a lack of Spanish skills will not hinder your enjoyment of this unforgettable book.

One question Mr. Iglesias. What the hell is in that bucket?