Monday, November 03, 2014

Also buying a Sony Smart Watch SW2

Managed to purchase a Smart Watch that will work with the clearance priced Xperia J phone.

Sunday, November 02, 2014

Buying a Sony Xperia J cell phone with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

I will pay 49.95 plus tax for a cell phone with no term from Bell Canada. It will cost 50$ plus tax per month for the connection, voice and 200 GB of data from the net. It's a Sony Xperia J and I will may be buy a Sony Smart Watch 2 to go with it.

Buying a Dell Chromebook 11.

I have been buying Dell Windows 7 laptops and desktops sometimes for other people. I have also purchased a Dell Mini 9 netbook with Ubuntu and further purchased two Dell Vostro laptops with Ubuntu pre installed. This will be my first Chromebook and I am buying it with business financing.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Started a long book called Coders at Work.

I started a long book that interviews famous computer programmers. Seibel, Peter. Coders at Work: Reflections on the craft of programming. (New York, NY, Apress, 2009). The first programmer interviewed is very abrupt and says, he burned out programming. There were some lessons I took from his interview so far, and I am not done. His name is Jamie Zawinski and he programmed mostly in Lisp, helped with XEmacs and also worked at Netscape and Mozilla.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

I have been buying laptops from Dell with Ubuntu installed by Dell.

I used to look all around for laptop suppliers who sold laptops with Linux already installed. I did not turn up much in those days. This lead to exploring UNIX laptops like Tadpoles on eBay. These were very expensive. I did do some Linux installs myself on various Thinkpads and a Toshiba. Eventually I became a Dell Canada customer being lead by Bell Sympatico to checking out their netbooks. I think netbooks are cool still and have given some to young kids in the 7 to 9 year old range. I noticed Richard Stallman uses a netbook, when I was in his company at a talk he gave. I have bought two very inexpensive laptops, one costing about 320$ brand new with Ubuntu already installed. This laptop is still working quite well and has never had any issues. On both of these laptops, I upgraded the Linux or changed to different Ubuntu flavours like Edubuntu, Kubuntu and more recently Ubuntu Studio.
This past month I have arranged a business lease from Dell for an XPS13 laptop with Ubuntu 12.04 installed. While usually these Ubuntu laptops have been cheap this one is more expensive. Yet this high end model is still much cheaper than low end laptops were 20 years ago.

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Sharing recordings with Soundcloud

I have start6ed to share recordings of my guitar playing with Soundcloud.

Ardour use and drifing into Lilypond automation

I haven't really used Ardour since I was studying music course on Coursera.I do start it but never record.

I have started to learn more Lilypond and have used both Excel and SAS to automatically code music scores. I can adjust the code systematically and then feed it into Lilypond and produce both PDF books and also midi files. I am just getting started and the potential to write book length scores is now available to me

I have been using a Dell Alienware M14X for home computing

I have taken to buying Dell computers on credit. The latest one I bought is a Dell Alienware M14X and I paid for it in one year with no interest paid on the loan.