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My remembers and my present:

        My first contact with a computer was with a main fraime (That all I
know and remember of my first job).

        My second time was with a Unisys system that has a supply system to
help my job. A very old kind of terminal.

        My third contact was my first time with windows (I don't know what was
it), but was when I learn lotus-123 as a spreedsheet. My third job.

        In my four job I used As-400 for Account System, Unisys for the rest of
system of the bank. And again, windows where I learn Office include
Access (W-95 and its office with the best Access that I've known. Then
go down).

        Here I bought my first personal computer (A clon). With windows and
office with out access.

        In my last three jobs I used w7 and office and introduce to my self use
OpenOffice and LibreOffice and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS.

        My actual personal computer has Ubuntu 14.04 LTS with dual boot with w7
for very especific situations. Both with LibreOffice and the second with
OpenOffice too. The laptop has Ubuntu 15.04 LTS with LibreOffice and the
tablet use Android with Android Open Office and WPS (Kingsoft Office)
and others that I don't rememeber now very well.

        I hope not tired you with my computer's part of my live.


Jorge Rodríguez

El mar, 21-07-2015 a las 11:15 +0000, Gary Collins escribió:
On 07/18/2015 09:25 PM, James E Lang wrote:
The big discussion of Linux over the past 24+ hours has me wondering: What operating 
environment(s) do other members of this list use at home and at work? What factors influence 
the choice?

My first home computer was a BBC micro (anyone remember those?) That was back in the days when 
programming had to be really tight, only had 32Kb (yes, Kb) of RAM; long term storage was all 
external on cassette tapes, eventually upgraded to floppy disk drive (and the disks really were 
floppy). I've still got that computer and AFAIK it still works!
My next machine was Acorn Archimedes, followed by RISC PC. It's a great shame that the marketing 
for those machines was so poor, leading to collapse of the company. The ARM chips had a great 
architecture and instruction set.
After that, I got my first laptop, a Sony Vaio running windows XP. When I upgraded, which I was 
forced to do due to a machine failure, I got a laptop running Windows 7 - which is still my 
current machine. A better Windows, once I'd got used to it, but it had a real downer - couldn't 
get driver for my flatbed scanner - Canon didn't produce one.
At work, in my first job I used a computer called a PDP 11 (ghastly thing); can't remember what 
the OS was called.
In my second job I think we started off with some sort of mainframe, the details of which are 
hazy now. Later we migrated to Sun Spark workstations.
In my last real job, used PCs running windows, I think it was XP at that time.
Now in my office based voluntary work I use PCs with Windows 7. Did have a play with Win 8 on a 
laptop, but hated it. It might be OK for tablets, I don't know, but it was horrible to use with 
normal PC input devices.
I have thought about upgrading to Linux but have never got around to it. This is mainly because 
of familiarity with certain software packages, especially Photoshop. I know there is GIMP for 
Linux, but it's not a patch - for one thing, it doesn't have the concept of adjustment layers; 
and that means that all my working files, which tend to be saved as TIFF with layer compression, 
can't be properly loaded and edited in GIMP.I also make use of a video editor (not free but 
fairly inexpensive) which can edit MPEG2 files without reencoding unchanged parts of the video, 
which makes it quite fast and doesn't lose quality. Something like that probably does exist for 
Linux but I haven't got around to looking, and familiarity is a big part of the story.Another 
thing is the convenience of plug and play when it comes to hardware - I don't think I've ever had 
to manually load a driver, everything seems to work "out of the box" and that's a very good 
thing, saves a lot of time and effort. I'm not sure what Linux is like in that respect, as I've 
had no experience.
On my phone I have android and I tend to get on reasonably well with that.
I'm not sure what I will do if I ever need to change computer again.


Jorge Rodríguez

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