Linux hardware is finally starting to make its debut in consumer stores. Here in Brazil, in the store Saraiva, I noticed two KDE 3-based laptops, both apparently built upon some version of Kubuntu; one wasn’t that customized and had the normal bar and K menu at the bottom, and the other one was so customized at first I thought it was Vista with the taskbar put on the side! I also the noticed the MacBook Air, the regular MacBook, and an iMac, all extremely overpriced (come on, Apple! Manufacture the computers in the countries and the price will be better). I was in the US recently and I find that not even having Macs is a sad, sad thing. I’ve met a lot of people who think Microsoft made their computer and Dell is their reseller, who think a computer crashing and getting viruses is an alright thing, and that Internet Explorer is the internet! Brazil is making an extremely smart move in the technology field and I proudly applaud the country for that.
I feel bad for this guy whose hard disk failed and needed to get it replaced by Apple and had a rip-off ensue. In case something similar where your hard disk fails happens to you, take the following simple steps to prepare yourself for it (for both Mac and PC):
- Backup regularly – I backup and reinstall every month. Leopard comes with Time Machine. Use it! Yes, it can also be used with drive partitions but that won’t help if your HD fails.
- Have a Linux live CD available – It’s only a couple minutes download and burning; if your computer fails, you can use the live CD to get your data back.
- A couple spare flash drives – Most people have one or two flash drives (or jump drives, or whatever you want to call them). Keep one or two in hand as emergency drives. Pop in the Linux live CD, insert your flash drive in, and copy some data from your hard disk to the flash drive. If the data is very sensitive, such as source code or other types of stealable information, delete it off the hard drive too.
Yesterday Apple released a new iMac line with the Intel Core 2 Duo Santa Rosa processor. There are no more 17-inch iMacs, just 20- and 24-inch ones. I love the new design. The iMacs are much more beautiful than before. Where it said “iMac” on the back is now an Apple logo. It’s also quite thinner. I also like the new keyboard – it’s very stylish.