Goodbye Apple, goodbye Microsoft… hello Linux

Not often I quote from a publication from Ireland, but this was quite an intriguing read. Someone who went from Windows to Mac to Linux (Mint)

Linux is everywhere – and will free your computer from corporate clutches

It was 2002, I was up against a deadline and a bullying software bubble popped up in Windows every few minutes. Unless I paid to upgrade my virus scanner – now! – terrible things would happen.

We’ve all had that right?

In a moment of clarity I realised that the virus scanner – and its developer’s aggressive business model – was more of a pest than any virus I’d encountered. Microsoft’s operating system was full of this kind of nonsense, so, ignoring snorts of derision from tech friends, I switched to the Apple universe.

It was a great choice: a system that just worked, designed by a team that clearly put a lot of thought into stability and usability. Eventually the iPhone came along, and I was sucked in farther, marvelling at the simple elegance of life on Planet Apple and giving little thought to the consequences.

Then the dream developed cracks. My MacBook is 10 years old and technically fine, particularly since I replaced my knackered old hard drive with a fast new solid-state drive. So why the hourly demands to update my Apple operating system, an insistence that reminded of the Windows virus scanner of old?

Apple is no different to Microsoft it seems.

I don’t want to upgrade. My machine isn’t up to it, and I’m just fine as I am. But, like Microsoft, Apple has ways of making you upgrade. Why? Because, as a listed company, it has quarterly sales targets to meet. And users of older MacBooks like me are fair game.

I looked at the price of a replacement MacBook but laughed at the idea of a midrange laptop giving me small change from €1,200. Two years after I de-Googled my life(iti.ms/2ASlrdY) I began my Apple prison break.

He eventually went for Linux Mint, which for a casual user is fine. I use Fedora and Ubuntu (and a really old version of Ubuntu since my workplace VPN doesn’t seem to work properly with anything above Ubuntu 14 – their way of forcing me onto either a Windows or Mac machine)

Source: https://www.irishtimes.com/business/technology/goodbye-apple-goodbye-microsoft-hello-linux-1.3295781

World Cup records tumble as Germany destroy Brazil 7-1 | Football | theguardian.com

Like it or not, Germany totally outclassed Brazil last night, and the goals came thick and fast. The commentators summarised it bluntly, and concisely after goal 3: “Brazil are being humbled, humiliated, and ripped apart”. 5 goals in 30 minutes. I went to bed even before the first half had finished. From the sounds of it, some of the Brazilian fans felt the same way. There really wasn’t any need to watch the rest of the match. Well, it looks like I missed 2 more goals by Germany and one consolation goal by Brazil.

But, interestingly, according to the Guardian, plenty of records fell during that match (taken from the referenced article):

179

Seconds between Germany’s second and fourth goals in Belo Horizonte

7

Germany are first side to score seven times in a World Cup semi-final

94

Years since Brazil lost by a six-goal margin (6-0 to Uruguay in 1920)

29

Minutes it took Germany to score five, the fastest ever at a World Cup

16

Goals scored by Miroslav Klose at World Cups, beating Ronaldo’s record

5

The amount of goals scored by England in the past two World Cups

223

Number of goals scored by Germany at World Cups. Brazil have 221

3-0

Brazil’s heaviest defeat at a World Cup before last night, in 1998

12

World Cup matches it took Thomas Müller to get to 10 goals

6

Number of assists provided by the Bayern player in those 12 games

0

Shots on target by Luiz Felipe Scolari’s side in the first half

69

Seconds between Toni Kroos’ two goals. Fastest in tournament history

World Cup records tumble as Germany destroy Brazil 7-1 | Football | theguardian.com.

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