Edit: now also on Olympus Germany.
A sad day indeed. We will miss you, Olympus…
Yesterday I’ve tried and downloaded Ubuntu Studio 20.04 LTS “Focal Fossa” (with its standard XFCE desktop), wrote the Live image to a USB stick, and booted my work notebook from it after work.
That’s quite a nice release, and everything I tried worked right out of the proverbial box, even from that “Live” USB stick. There were some packages I’ve never even seen before, like for instance OBS Studio with which you could make training videos or even live stream some computer games to Youtube if you’re into that kind of thing.
Otherwise, it’s what the home page says: a free and open operating system for creative people, very nice, and everything which is difficult when using ‘normal’ distributions like my Debian (on which Ubuntu is based of course), or which would require some extra work like the audio and/or realtime stuff is preconfigured already, so you can simply start making music, or developing your photographs, make movies or drawings, whatever creative people might want to do.
Documentation including some really nice books is/are here.
Very nice, and highly recommended – that one costs nothing, makes things really easy, and brings the fun back into computing.
As always, thanks for reading.
I made photos, one shortly after I began to work at home, the other shortly after finishing work. Looks like this:
Thanks for viewing.
Well I can hardly give any tips of what best to do in a “lockdown” kind of situation, when you can’t or at least shouldn’t really leave the house. I can only tell you what we’re doing:
Other than that I haven’t done much this weekend, in fact I wasn’t even out of the house except to feed the birds:
As I’ve read, the rate of new infections with SARS-CV2 aka the Corona virus is slowing down here in Germany. So maybe (and hopefully) it helps if everyone is staying at home or at least keeping a safe distance. And while it’s still way too early to speak of or to hope for a trend, we can still carry on and wait this out, shall we?
Be safe. Stay healthy. And thank you for reading.
I’m sitting at our dining room table with my notebook from work, preparing for the last day of the first week of working at home. Still a bit early (as usual), so I’ve turned on the Wikiloops One World Radio, which looks like this:
As you can probably see you don’t have to have an account or being logged in to listen to this, so go and have a listen if you like – it’s nice and it’s free.
I was productive this week, without having all of the colleagues around me, so as I thought (or knew) I can concentrate on work much better in silence and in solitude – but it’s still something else, this. Unreal somehow, the thought that this might go on for weeks or even months.
And holidays? Hm. Strange thought.
Ok, off to work right now. Take care, be safe, and stay healthy everyone. Thanks for reading.
Thanks for viewing. And stay safe and healthy.
Coronavirus this, quarantine that, I’m just back from another short Sunday walk, and here are some photos I took on my way:
That was a nice walk, and as you can see the weather was also pretty good. As always you can click the images to see larger versions on Flickr where they are hosted – in fact there’s always the full resolution for printing postcards and so on.
Thanks for reading, and for viewing.
Read it from some of my friends and fellow musicians at Wikiloops first, then in other media: Lyle Mays, genius keyboarder and musician as well as a genius in maths and other sciences died two days ago. See the German and English Wikipedia pages about him, and the sad news also from Pat Metheny’s site.
It’s quasi impossible to give you a short overview over his works, but this for example is from him:
Awesome, isn’t it? And what’s less well known is that he and Pat also wrote a hit like this one:
So rest in peace, Lyle, and thanks for everything.
As always, thanks to you for reading, watching, and listening.
Wurde auch Zeit daß diese Diskussion einmal öffentlich wird. Und solche Berichte sollten nicht nur gelesen, sondern auch ernst genommen werden. Genau wie das Zitat einer der Kommentatoren des o.g. Zeit-Artikels:
E-Autos wie sie heute angeboten werden, sind Mist. Ihre Reichweite ist zu gering, ihre Umweltkosten zu hoch, ihre Nutzung asozial, weil der Niedriglöhner dem Reichen sein E-Auto mitsubventioniert und die Ausbeutung in den Rohstoffländern evident.(Zeit Online Leser und Kommentator “PerkyCornflakes”)
Wie immer danke für’s Lesen.
I’ve written about the “new” operating system I had to install at work. And this morning I was talking to my wife about it, saying that even with the so-called “EPEL” repositories (from the Fedora project), these “Enterprise” decision-making guys still don’t include anything like Ardour. So I guess that these decision-makers don’t have kids or even nieces or nephews, or how would they explain that companies like Disney who would likely use anything like Ardour are not “Enterprises”? What a strange world…
But at least with these additional “EPEL” repos, I’ve got things and smaller niceties like Conky back – so at least the looks of my Gnome3 desktop at work and at home aren’t that different anymore. See here (again, I try to keep most business-related stuff out here):
Hm. I still couldn’t record any pro sound and videos with it like I could with my old OS and its real-time kernel and Ardour and such. Not for work and not for pleasure – which seem to be different things for these “Enterprises”.
But ok – I’m not working at Disney, or at Pixar, so I guess the fun part is elsewhere indeed. Still I sometimes wonder if they even consider all the talent and creativity they’re wasting (or trying to kill)? What a strange world indeed. Maybe they’ll fit in somewhere in the vicinity of “hedgefond managers” in the groups divided by Toby? See here for a funny start into your week and month:
And as a small contrast program to it, here are some awesome fellow musicians:
As always, thanks for reading & viewing, and have a very nice start into your week & month. 🙂