Can Ubuntu 12.10 Replace Windows 7? (YouTube Video)

Can Ubuntu 12.10 replace Windows 7?  Obviously, we have Windows 8 now.  Nonetheless, some people are still preferring Windows 7 over Windows 8.  Ubuntu 12.10 is a good comparison to Windows 7, and so it might be a good alternative for Windows 7.  I’ve found a great video on YouTube which goes through various popular Windows 7 tasks on Ubuntu 12.10, to see if Ubuntu 12.10 can replace Windows 7 or not.  Enjoy!!!

Linux: What About Symbolic Link?

English: Symbolic link diagram (original file ...

English: Symbolic link diagram (original file in grey, link in light blue). Italiano: Schema di collegamento simbolico (in grigio il file originale, in azzurro il collegamento). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When using Linux, you can use symbolic link to create shortcut for the data that you want to work with.  Using symbolic link as shortcut is quite convenient, because you can access some data that might reside in a location that is many many levels deep within a parent directory.  Besides being convenient, symbolic link does have other advantages too.  One of such advantages is to protect the original data from being deleted by accident when a user delete the parent directory where the symbolic link is currently residing in.  Anyhow, you can know a lot more about symbolic link and how to use it through watching the video right after the break.  Enjoy!!!

What About Ubuntu 12.04 Dash Home’s Search Videos Feature?

Tux, the Linux penguin

Tux, the Linux penguin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I use Ubuntu 12.04 from time to time, but I often forget that Ubuntu 12.04 does have a really cool feature known as Search Videos.  Search Videos feature actually resides within Ubuntu Dash Home.  Recently, I often toy around with this particular feature, and I think it’s a really cool feature for Ubuntu.  Cool enough that I had made a video to ramble on about it.

In my opinion, Google as a current leader in web search business has a lot to worry about Ubuntu Dash Home’s Search Videos feature, because this particular feature on Ubuntu can actually be a model for other operating systems to implement unique search implementations.  When more operating systems begin to implement unique search implementations, Google web search dominance might not be so dominant if people begin to see that unique search implementations can actually yield better unique search results right on the desktop.  For an example, within Ubuntu Dash Home, when Linux users use Search Videos feature, they don’t really have to be bothered by irrelevant search results of other implementation types such as article search implementation type.  To put this in another way, we can say that Linux users won’t have to worry about clicking on links that will lead them to anything else (e.g., articles, websites, etc…) but just video/movie web links when they’re using unique search implementations on a desktop.

In addition to yielding results of web links, Ubuntu Dash Home’s Search Videos feature implements the implementation of allowing Linux users to search for videos and movies that reside locally (i.e., videos and movies that can be found within the computer itself).  Web search engines such as Google cannot do the same in this regard.  With that being said, major search companies such as Google can totally roll out desktop app that allows computer users to use unique search implementations.

At the moment, it seems there is a drawback of using Ubuntu 12.04 Dash Home’s Search Videos feature.  The drawback I’m talking about is how you can’t actually add your own video sources.  This limits the amount of videos that can be presented within the Search Videos feature’s result at any one time.  Nonetheless, I guess this limitation can also be a good thing, because reckless Linux users won’t be able to add malicious video sources to their desktop.  It will be a nightmare for desktop security and computer security in general if malicious video sources spread viruses and malware.  So, I guess in the end, it’s still about the choosing of security over usability or vice versa.  Anyhow, if you’re curious about Ubuntu Dash Home’s Search Videos implementation, why not check out the video that I had made about Ubuntu Dash Home’s Search Videos feature right after the break.  Enjoy!!!

Using USB Key To Lock And Unlock Windows 7?

English: A Sandisk-brand USB thumb drive, SanD...

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People who are computing security paranoid, like me — even though they have nothing super-duper in value on their Windows 7 machines to protect — might want to take a look at TheCustomizeWindows’ Create an USB key to lock and unlock Windows 7 to enhance security tutorial so they can somewhat physically secure their Windows machine a little better by having this additional layer of security.  Onto the next big idea, but of course someone might already think of this.  Nonetheless, I still have not seen something like this yet in practice.  The idea is having iPhone or Android app which somehow stores the USB key so users can unlock Windows 7 this way.  Of course, it might not be doable since nobody has done such a thing, but if they have done so then I probably have never heard of it.  The whole idea is to get rid of the idea of carrying more devices on you just for about anything.  In our case (i.e., people with smartphones), using smartphones to unlock Windows 7 through USB key method helps us get rid of the idea of carrying just one more device (i.e., USB flash drive).  If you know this idea is even remotely possible, please let me know in the comment.

Update:  I’m not sure if storing USB key for Windows on a jailbroken iPhone would work or not, but I think users can jailbreak their iPhone and turn their iPhone into USB drive capable, consequently allowing iPhone users to go ahead and try to store USB key for Windows onto their iPhone.  Of course, I’ve no idea if this idea will fly or not, because I have not tried it out myself.  I’m just throwing this idea out so some brave geeks might want to take a swing at this.  For how to turn iPhone into USB drive capable, I think you might want to Google this.  Of course, don’t try this without knowing that you might mess up your Windows system or iPhone in the big way, therefore you need to do necessary backups for your iPhone and Windows system, OK?  You have been warned, and so don’t blame me for giving you such idea!  (By the way, at the time I’m writing this piece, jailbreaking your iPhone is legal in the United States!)

Using Wubi To Dual Boot Ubuntu And Windows

If you’ve been following my blog through and through, by now you probably know that I’m a big fan of Ubuntu (a Linux distribution).  I’d written several blog posts on Ubuntu, and one of those explained how to install Ubuntu inside VirtualBox.  Although I’d written “Installing And Securing Ubuntu 9.10 Inside VirtualBox On Host Windows 7” in 2009, I think it’s still relevant somewhat for today.  Why and how?  Once you know how to install Ubuntu inside VirtualBox on a Windows host for the first time, you probably know how to do the same thing over and over again no matter what versions of Ubuntu and VirtualBox will be in the future.  Well, at least that is what I believe, and for me it’s certainly the case.  Nonetheless, I can’t really impose such an easygoing and everything will be OK belief on everyone, and so here I ask for an apology ahead of time if this is not going to be the case for you.

Anyhow, some people may not want to use VirtualBox for creating a virtual machine so Ubuntu can be installed on top of a virtual machine that way, but these folks still want to have Ubuntu on top of Windows.  The question is how to do that without using VirtualBox.  Obviously, you have a lot of choices of going about to do just that.  VMware and Parallels are another two obvious choices that one can try out, because these two software are pretty much having the same capabilities as VirtualBox.  It’s worth noticing that VirtualBox is FREE and the other two aren’t!

Still, the idea of having a virtual machine inside Windows may not jibe very well with some folks, because these folks prefer dual boot over virtual machine.  Some people may have it easy with setting up dual boot for Ubuntu and Windows on the same machine, but it’s certainly not the case for everyone.  So, the question is how can one go about doing dual boot the easy way?  Luckily, Ubuntu has a way for you to dual boot easily.  Wubi is a software that you can download for free on which helps you dual boot the easy way so you will have Ubuntu and Windows on the same machine.

Many people have testified that Wubi is the easier way for one to go about setting up dual boot for Ubuntu and Windows than the traditional method.  Personally, I haven’t tried dual boot Ubuntu and Windows using Wubi, and so I don’t know how easy Wubi is to me.  Honestly, I prefer VirtualBox, because I think VirtualBox is more flexible.  For an example, I can move VirtualBox’s virtual machine from one physical machine to another easily.  I don’t know if this is the case for Wubi or not, and so I’m kind of ignoring Wubi for now.  Note to myself, I need to try out Wubi personally someday.

Still, don’t let me stop you trying out Wubi.  In spirit of supporting Ubuntu in anyway I can, I went onto YouTube and search for videos on how to use Wubi to dual boot Ubuntu and Windows on the same machine without breaking Windows.  Good news, I’ve found couple good ones, I think.  You can watch these videos right after the break!