Ubuntu or Windows, what to choose? The pros and cons

Guest Post by Andy Groaning

The debate about which is better, Ubuntu Linux or Windows has existed for a long time. Windows fans hold on to their ground that Windows is the best operating system and that it doesn’t even have competitors. Linux fans keep saying Windows is only for people who don’t understand anything about computers.

To be fair both Operating Systems are good, but each of them has its pros and cons.

Well, let’s start from the beginning, namely the installation.

The installation of Windows 7 runs quite swiftly, especially if you follow the installation wizard. It performs the whole process automatically. With Ubuntu this process is different. You will have to mess around with a CD, ISO files and burning a disc. It’s not difficult at all, it’s just a different kettle of fish and might be unusual for people who are used to Windows and how that works. Ubuntu has its merits too in this case, though. The great feature about Ubuntu is you can try using this OS before completely installing it, you can do it with the Live CD utility. Ubuntu also has the feature where you can install it inside of your Windows OS as a dual boot and it will appear just like an application.

The speeds of both Operating Systems are the same, it’s great, you won’t complain about that.

Media support is pretty much the same however, if want to run a DVD format with Ubuntu you might have to resort to “Restricted” codecs.

The interface of Windows 7 is probably the more familiar for most people although, the Ubuntu’s interface is now very similar to what you’re used to using, so you won’t struggle to manage it either.

Customizing in Ubunta is a highly developed feature, you can easily perform this without any extra software or registries.

In respect of games Windows wins, simply because Ubunta is not suitable for them.

Software…now here we have something to discuss and to consider. Windows 7 provides a huge base of software, it’s definitely a positive feature of this popular OS. The thing is you can find only generic software with basic grounding for free. For something decent you will be charged good money. The second negative is Windows 7 is really prone to thousands of doubtful software and malware programs.
With Ubuntu this problems has been solved and also with the Ubuntu OS you get very easy access to a brilliant array of software. With Linux you may forget about licenses for software, it seems to be a free source.

As for safety, well here Ubuntu is the winner. This is the safest operating system money can buy, there are no viruses, no spyware, no doubtful advertisements. With Windows you can never be 100% safe, there is always a chance to you might catch a virus while you are checking e-mails, surfing on web sites or having adverts running all over your screen and following your mouse pointer.

Costs for these operating systems are not really competitive due to Ubuntu’s price which is zero. No matter how little you pay for Windows, if you pay anything at all then the Linux’s OS will still be cheaper.

Ubuntu community help is a very useful feature, it will help you to find answers on any questions you have, to share your Ubuntu thoughts and feelings or to find out other people’s experiences.

So now you can see from the list above both Operating Systems are good. Choose the one with the features which are important to you or you can even have both of them.

http://www.bravofiles.com/ Drivers and software downloads.

Medicine and Technology Uniforms Scrubs Doctors Nurses

For some reason I’m a big fan of all things technology. I liked math and science in school and majored in math in college. I write software, most recently in the geographic information systems (GIS) field. Nowadays, technology plays a big part in the medical field. I’m big on health and nutrition, so writing software to be used in the field of medicine would be really cool. Unfortunately, I live in a small town with not too many options.
Anyways, technology didn’t start being used in medicine until the 19th century. It started out simply enough with devices to measure lung capacity and blood pressure. That evolved into thermometers, microscopes, xrays. Then doctors started to specialize in certain areas, such as eyes, nose/ears/throat, heart, lung, skin, etc. With that came even more complex machines and devices.
My eye doctor has a lot of cool machines that he uses to check the eyes. One machine checks for glaucoma and is used in place of eye drops, which make the eyes blurry. He takes the image from the machine and brings it up on the computer. He can then pan around and see what’s going on inside the eye. He spotted a cataract I have that I was probably born with.
Today surgery is done using a laser. Robots are starting to be used for surgeries where doctors can perform a surgery from a remote location using a computer to guide the robot.
Technology has also helped doctors communicate with patients via email and the internet, which is a really great idea. I wish my doctor would do that as she’s hard to get through to.
The internet has also made it possible to do shopping online. Doctors are very busy and going out shopping to buy medical uniforms takes away time that can be spent doing research and seeing patients. Buying online is also cheaper too, as you can compare prices and get the best deal on a doctor uniform. You can also compare styles and see the latest scrubs in fashion.
It will be interesting to see how even more advancements in technology will impact the medical field in the years to come.

Social Networks Google Circles

Just read an article that Google has a social network site in the works called Circles. Ugh, not another social network. First I was on MySpace with a few relatives. All these other little networks kept popping up: Bebo, Friendster, CafeMom, Classmates.com, delicious, digg, LinkedIn, Twitter, Yuwie, etc. Then all my friends on MySpace migrated to Facebook, so I quit MySpace. I thought it was cool to be able to customize your background and add music to MySpace, but with a dial up connection, it started getting really painful to load profile pages, and it got kind of boring.
Facebook was clean, although boring compared to MySpace backgrounds, but it loaded quickly. The newsfeed was cool with everyone’s updates all in one place and pretty much everyone I’ve ever known is on there.
Then I joined Twitter as part of how to drive traffic to my blogs. It’s also a good way to keep up with people you’ll most likely never meet, but share common interests with.
One functionality that Circles is supposed to have that Facebook and Twitter lack are creating circles of friends, so that you can create a circle of high school friends, work friends, drinking friends, etc. When you post an update, you can choose who sees it. You can sort of do this with Facebook, but it’s painful. In Facebook, from status update box you can manually enter the names of who sees the status or doesn’t see it by clicking the lock next to the share button. Very time consuming if you have a lot of friends. Facebook has a group option which is a similar concept which lets you send a status update to a group, but you have to go click on the group to enter it and then enter your status update. A little awkward. Would be better if you could select the group from the regular status update box on your profile.
With Twitter, you can’t censor your status update at all. You can group people into lists, but tweets get sent to all of your followers. It would be nice if you could group people into lists and then select a list to send tweets to.
Google Circles might do great, but I’d just prefer that Facebook and Twitter add this additional functionality to their sites instead of having to join a brand new site, just so I can select who to send an update to.

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