Linux Mint and online.
In the week I decided to test something out, I've noted already here that I created a dual boot system with linux mint so you either have a choice of Windows XP or Mint, but so far its been a closed system gated off from the Internet and intermittently receiving product updates by USB stick. What we wanted to do was link it up downstairs where our internet connection is and let it run wild online. Noting that it was a bastard to do with either XP and Vista (my system is old so you'll excuse us that we don't have windows bastard 8 running) we were just going to test to see if it would actually recognise there was a system there.
Remarkably it did first time, so we decided to run the service centre and update linux as well as bother about with firefox which I've used for years. Your default page is Linux mint which also gives you a janky search to go with it. We also added adblock because the internet is hell without it, and decided to also see if you could download stuff and add it, turns out you can if you use terminal and know what distro you are running but if you are unsure just look for it in the service center. If I ever get a new computer I'll be sure to run mint to see if I can at least find out how to get online as i'll know it works.
In other news It looks like the latest updates to NI. Reaktor, Skanner and Drive seem to be win 7 or higher only. I put this here as a Vista user it seems that 5.8 is the last version for us.
This summer has seen some weird things flower in the conservatory. For starters we had a good year a lot of Echinopsis flowered for the first time in ages, helped along with the long hot summer we had. I also had this flower too.
|Bud back in June|
|Three inches in all.|
*Apart from that they are easy to grow and are remarkably cold hardy, we grow without winter heat and have never lost an Opuntia to cold.
Anyway a few months later after the flower (it lasted one afternoon) had died and a green fruit was left behind I ventured back into the conservatory to see that it had coloured up and was now a deep purple.
|The sad chumbero (size 1 inch).|