I am a retired, old. pipe-smoking fart who spent 38 years too long with IBM before deciding there were better things to do than manage a large programming group. My biggest love in life is my terriffic best friend who is also my wife of 39 years, our 3 children, and our 7 grand children. I am also very fond of hiking in the bush, bird watching, photography and listening to great music from a wide spectrum of genres on a killer audio system that is worth more than my patient wife approved of - but shae can't admit that she loves listening to it!
I have been using Mint since Felicia but have never bothered to register as a Mint-er until this LTS version 13 'Maya'. I am a quiet fellow who probably will not contribute as much as I will learn by reading other peoples posts as there is little need for the experoences I have behind me as they are rather historic in nature.
As far as electronic machinery goes, my current beast of burden is a new ASUS G74SX 'Republic of Gamers' Notebook. With 16GB of zippity-doo-dah, i7 Quad Core CPUs, an 2GB Nvidia GTX 560M GPU to bring HD 1920x1080 to a 17.3" screen, and a split 500 GB Sata III HDD that Mint 13 (64) shares with six other operating systems, including GhostBSD (64), Windows 7.1 (64), the freakily-forked and fun KahelOS (32), the smartly crafted SolusOS 'Eveline' (64), the Aussie Fedora spin Kororaa 17 (64), and the gorgeous French OS known as HYBRYDE 'Evolution' 1 (32). Now before you declare me to be certifiably looney, I must say in my defence that I have done this for several years and for a very good reason - namely I spend each day of the week dedicated to learning and working with a hand-picked OS - some virtually unknown and quite brilliant compared to the onslaught of Debian/Ubuntu 'spins' that the Linux landscape seems to becoming buried under more deeply with each passing year. It is also a good feeling when one can get widely disparate OS' to play nice together while all are made to acess, read and write documents, etc., to a series of NTFS partitions as well as NTFS USB 2.0 and 3.0 HDDs.
I am tired of writing now, so off to bed.
Mr. J. Mars Bonfire
"To those who worry about heavy CPU draw maybe your box is a little over the hill. This is ONE VERY GOOD APP! And along with the unknown 'Thoggen' are the very best, No-Sweat-There's-So-Little-To-Set DVD Rippers in Linuxdom."
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