I bought windows a new laptop yesterday. I am learning Windows 8 – it is a big change. I am deciding whether to try a dual boot. I am leaning not to – as I think that would weaken security. Also booting is a hassle. Lots to set up again.
I know that for years one of the first things they tell you to do if you have technical trouble is to delete your cookies (and other history.) I know this often helped. So I set Firefox not to save history at all. I have started using CSE HTML Validator again. I changed it (in wine) from Windows 2000 to Windows XP. No more trouble so far!
Yesterday I installed one of my favorite Windows programs (CSE HTML Validator) using wine (sort of an emulator) under Linux. I had read on its forum and people had seemed to have had success doing this. One person said it had helped to set it to windows 2000, so I did. It seemed OK. But today, shortly after using it I had the sort of video problems that had plagued me under windows 7. (To be fair, there was a warning that the video might have trouble under windows 2000.) Anyway, I deleted the Icon I created to run it.
I will use Bluefish for the time being.
Also I had just run a ruby program of my own, for my web stats. It could also be the culprit. I will continue to use it – to see if the problem recurs.
I went through Yahoo mail and deleted much. I have a tendency to keep everything. I think I kept everything important. Also I watched Democracy Now (full screen which I usually had trouble with before even in Linux).
I will export once a week. Leave messages on server two weeks. SpiderOak will back up exported data.
Also, yesterday, which my be related to not enough processing power, I had added backing up all the hidden folders in my home directories (except .SpiderOak) on two of my Linux computers. They backed up very fast. But after resolving the other issues, I noticed SpiderOak was backing up files very frequently – apparently from these hidden folders. I removed them from the backup selection, and purged them from the backup. Now that my mail is on my hard drive, it is not backed up right now. SpiderOak is not a good way to do that, it seems. Also my calendars, and contacts. I need to find a way to periodically export them, if there is one. All well so far today!!!
The problem persisted. The info I had got about the problems I had in windows had indicated to little processing power available for video driver. I set SpiderOak not to launch on startup. No help. Then I changed an option in Kmail – I set “Switch offline on Kmail shutdown” on. (Under Reteival Options). That cleared things up.
Information about the BRS Meeting The internet was very slow trying to do this post – then suddenly sped up!!!!
Just minutes after the post about windows and Linux, my internet connection crashed. I tried turning the modem and all computers, etc off – to no avail, But then I rebooted the DSL modem and just turned on a kindle – the connection worked when I turned it on. A few books (mostly which had been free) download. Then I tried other computers. They also worked. After that post, I had been going to send an email to my Unitarian Universalist Congregation (UUCQC) about the Bertrand Russell Society(BRS) Meeting in Iowa City, Iowa May 30 thru June 2 coming up. I’ll post about that separately assuming I am able. I went to the BRS site and realized I needed to check a posy on the BRS Bulletin board for the info I wanted to share. I decided to go to yahoo first (I have been trying to get my UUCQC sharing address changed due to difficulties with yahoo but not yet done. As soon as I tried to logged in to yahoo my internet connection dropped. Often I had had troubles with yahoo with windows also. I had started having my email forwarded. But I still have to go to yahoo to send. Often I would loose connection when I left yahoo. The I was going to sent an email with another computer with the non-yahoo account. When I went there, it said the back end process was down. Also I called AT & T DSL service before I checked with the Kindle, and a message had said service calls were very high, for what that is worth.
I have finished, at least for a while, my work on differential equations. I believe I found an error in Prof. Corliss’ analysis of real poles, which was also used in Prof. Chang’s analysis of complex poles. There is info about this in the notes section of my web page. I emailed Prof. Corliss, but have not heard back.