Monday, June 28, 2010

New keyboard! And more on Windows 7

This post is basically inspired solely by the fact that I have bought a new keyboard and need an excuse to do a lot of typing on it. After finally having enough of interference, non-responsiveness and battery changes, I ditched by former wireless keyboard and mouse combo and bought a couple of new ones - a Logitech M500 corded mouse and an Illuminated keyboard. It has a nice, laptop-style key feel with just a little more travel, with the added bonus of keys that light up for use in a dark room.

I love it. Ubuntu picked it up without a problem, all keys working just fine. Windows detected it as well, but after installing drivers for it, insisted on a reboot. Some things never change. I didn't bother installing the setpoint software that is included - no need for it in my opinion.

As a progress update on my dual-boot exploits, there have been good points and bad about windows.

The good:
  • Sleep actually works. It worked even better when I downloaded a patch that stopped it crashing on resume when the hard drive didn't wake up in time. In Ubuntu, I only ever got to a blank screen with a blinking cursor when I tried the suspend feature.

  • Full-screen flash videos work with hardware acceleration. Only 5-10% CPU utilisation, compared with almost maxing-out a core under linux. This is due to differing stages of development of Adobe's flash player.

  • General polish and feel of the desktop. You can tell a lot of work has gone into this. The help functionality is excellent as well - far better than Ubuntu's vague documentation.

  • Backup works great - nice and straightforward, asking to also create a startup disc for system recovery. In Ubuntu, I am using backintime. While it is great for making backups, restoring from them is not so straightforward. Must look into an image based program.

  • Homegroups work great - it found the other Windows 7 PC on the network with no problems and is effortlessly sharing files between them. I can even use the printer connected to the other machine - a Canon that has stuff-all driver support under linux.

  • The bad:
  • While sleep works, the simpler task of powering off the screen after a set period seems more difficult for it. It doesn't always do it. Then again, a number of XP systems at my work have problems with that as well - and they are factory Dell and HP boxen.

  • The media centre application isn't quite up there with MythTV, one of linux's killer apps, in my opinion. Guide data is only available from the networks' broadcast guide, and I can't find a way to get it to set up two tuners. Actually, finding any documentation on it is somewhat difficult.

  • All the rebooting needed. It's still there, and it gets old pretty quick.

  • I think I'll be dual-booting for a while longer, especially since MythTV will not be replaced any time soon. It has been interesting though, and I am learning the interface and all. I have noticed a lot of fixes since the Release Candidate that I was running last year on the other PC.

    (Originally posted on January 29, 2010 on my other blog)

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