Playing around with Linux

Some of you may already know that I’ve been a tech geek for a long time…since my Radio Shack TRS-80 back in 1979, I’ve always kept up with computers, PCs and new technologies. I still manage 99% of Rad Grapes and all of our family IT needs. I’ve been best versed in Windows with some experience with OS as of late. My Windows experience is mixed and I don’t like Apple computer hardware or the fact that there isn’t a server set up like with Windows. Well, what other options are there?

Fast forward to a nerve racking experience with my home Dell laptop over the last few months and its a new dawn. With what seems like Microsoft basically trying to forcibly install Windows 10 upgrades on its customers, I actually managed to stop said upgrade mid process on my laptop. That in turn completely corrupted the Windows Update Agent so the computer has been unable to download any security updates for months. I tried every fix imaginable. Tried repairing my Windows 7. Nope. Reinstall Windows 7. Nope. CLEAN reinstall Windows 7. Nein! You know what?! I felt like tossing my laptop through tyhe window! Fuck you Microsoft!

I’m one determined SOB. I’ve done some research on Linux in the past and after my Windows laptop fiasco, I was like, “you know what?”…Ubuntu bitch! Clean installed the Ubuntu operating system completely erasing Windows on said laptop. I saved all the needed files to copy onto new operating system. Now that I’ve been playing and testing with Linux for the last 24 hours at home, I freaking love it! And it’s free!!! Don’t know what took me so long…I’ve been working on my Ubuntu laptop, updating website and blog, emailing stuff to office, remotely logging into our server, surfing the web and its great. Very intuitive, easy to use operating system. Who knew?

Now I’m doing research on Linux Small Business Server platform. If my feeling is correct, the next computer upgrade I do at Rad Grapes may be from the pain-in-the-ass costly Microsoft Windows platform over to Linux! I’ve got quite a bit more to learn, but I’m very excited about the prospect, as a tech geek. Rad Grapes may just well be running on Linux in the next couple of years.

Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?


About nick

I grew up on 3 continents and traveled the world as a kid thanks to my dad's professional soccer coaching carrier. I speak, read and write five languages perfectly, have a degree in International Business and have worked in the wine business in NY for 20 years. I've been married to my wife Laura for 17 years and we have beautiful triplet daughters. My passions are wine, fly fishing, photography, golf and the NY Jets and my most recent discovery is blogging.
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