May 15, 2012
Varia: DSM-5 + Linux.Ubuntu
The reason to keep it brief is explained in section 2.
I got considerably more visitors
and hits the last days, and it seems to be mostly related to what I
wrote about the DSM-5, and notably the last Nederlog:
That's nice, so it is a pity that some of the links in that did not work until today: Now they should. The reason they were not is explained in the next section.
Here I only mention
who is in fact a retired psychiatrist with interesting and sensible ideas. He has been blogging since December 2005, and I have not read his blog till very recently, but he has been writing sensibly on the history and background of the DSMs and he is presently engaged on a series called "dreams of our fathers".
It is all quite interesting, especially if you have a medical, psychiatric or psychological background, and it has lots of information I never knew (being Dutch and no psychiatrist or medical doctor).
And I should also mention
where you can find lots of information, including many links and downloadable files about things related to the DSM-5 and also to the World Health Organization's ICD. This site is by far the best survey of these subjects.
At present, I am working on two computers, one 64 bits and one 32 bits, and three operating systems: Windows XP on the 32 bits computer; Windows 7, on the 64 bits computer, and Linux.Ubuntu on the 64 bits one, that I also hope to rapidly install on the 32 bits one.
I wrote about Linux and Ubuntu
before in Nederlog this month
and got this
5 days ago installed on the 64 bits computer, on the hard disk, and have been feeling considerably better since, though indeed not more healthy.
The reason is that this is computing as it should be: Free, open source, well crafted, honest, good looking, smart - Ubuntu Linux has it all, and I like it far better than any Windows I have used:
I can strongly recommend it - it is much more safe, totally free, with loads of excellent software, all or nearly all free and open source, a much better OS than Windows AND easy to install (see my: Ubuntu Linux) AND more pleasant to work with than Windows as well, for it has better help, has been designed - very well indeed - with users of Windows in mind, and has folded 4 desktops in 1 in a very nice way, which is a very handy way to organize one's work.
In fact, here is a brief installation guide, which is like the one explained also in the above link to ubuntu.com, at least for people who still run Windows XP or later. I found it very easy, for it took only 4 steps for me:
1. Download the iso image
After I had done that, I could directly start up Ubuntu from that USB drive by closing Windows, starting the computer and using the BIOS (on most computers this requires pressing Esc, Space, F8 or something similar, during startup of the machine, and before it starts Windows) to start from the USB stick rather than from the harddisk from which Windows starts.
For many users this may be the most techie step required, since they may never having seen the BIOS user interface, and may not even know they have a BIOS. Well... it has, as you find explained in the last link, and you need it.
If you know little about it, you shouldn't
change anything in it: All you need to do is find the option that
instructs the BIOS to start from the USB stick rather than from the
hard disk. (Be sure not to change anything else here, if you don't know
what you're doing, for this may create problems. Then again, you do not
need to do anything except find the option to boot from a USB flash
drive, and choose that.)
If you made the right choices, Ubuntu will start up from the USB stick, and it is likely it will have internet access right away, since it uses the data from Windows.
Now you can find out what it is like. If you had Windows 7 and installed the 32 bits version of Ubuntu on the USB stick, you'll find that Ubuntu looks like Windows on 32 bits rather than Windows on 64 bits, but then you are runnning a 32 bits OS. It doesn't look quite as crisp as Windows 7 but then it is a much better, much safer, much better documented, and clearly more productive OS.
As I had done it, I could not save changes to the USB-stick, but that is very probably my doing. In any case, I liked what I saw so much - do try the Ubuntu software centre, that is part of Ubuntu: LOADS of excellent, free open source software, that installs at a click and your password - that I soon decided to do step 4:
you like Ubuntu on a USB, you may like to install it on your HD: There
And then you are where I am now, apart from a load of programs I downloaded and installed using the Ubuntu download option.
I do find it far more pleasant than Windows, because I find it more intuitive. Here I have to admit that this probably has to do with the fact that I can program, which helps a lot to understand programs and the possibilities of computers, but it is also true that the people behind Ubuntu Ubuntu seem to have done a lot to make Ubuntu intuitive for Windows users who do not know programming.
Overall, the feeling is like Windows XP 32 - but a lot better, with better help, a better interface, and better software in most fields, and besides a lot safer, and how computing should be: Free, open source and developed honestly and openly by its users.
I am much impressed and well pleased, and the
only problem I have at present is that my personal data are still
spread over two computers and three operating systems, and that most
days the last week I use some of all of them, mostly because that is
the shortest path to some goal, given how I have it arranged at the
I do spend most time in Ubuntu, simply because
I like it far better than Windows, for lots of reasons, that also
include that I find its intuitive feel a lot better: It works as
intelligent programmers design things to work, rather than as corporate
managers feel the public should put up with.
Finally, and since I am a philosopher (more than most other things, and certainly more than I am a psychologist), I should mention that the main man behind Ubuntu is a South-African called Mark Shuttleworth who got inspired by the
philosophy (<- Wikipedia)
which has been explained in these terms - and I quote from the last link
Ubuntu: "I am what I am because of who we all are." (From a translation offered by Liberian peace activist Leymah Gbowee.)
Tutu further explained Ubuntu in 2008:
A traveller through a country would stop at a village and he didn't have to ask for food or for water. Once he stops, the people give him food, entertain him. That is one aspect of Ubuntu, but it will have various aspects. Ubuntu does not mean that people should not enrich themselves. The question therefore is: Are you going to do so in order to enable the community around you to be able to improve?
I agree it is idealistic, and like the 1999 specification best, and in case you object to this form of idealism, you should realize that most objectors are idealistic as well, except that they are so in more unsavoury and egoistic ways, like most of the candidates of the US Republican party in the last primaries, whose idealism amounts to "greed is good".
There will be no doubt more about Ubuntu on my site, for this is the sort of operating system I have been hoping for since the late 90ies, and I find it very heartening it has at last arrived, no doubt through much hard work by a lot of truly intelligent and benevolent persons.
As to ME/CFS (that I prefer to call ME):
Short descriptions of the above:
1. Ten reasons why ME/CFS is a real disease by a professor of medicine of Harvard.
2. Long essay by a professor emeritus of medical chemistry about maltreatment of ME.
3. Explanation of what's happening around ME by an investigative journalist.
4. Report to Canadian Government on ME, by many medical experts.
5. Advice to psychiatrist by a psychiatrist who understa, but nds ME is an organic disease
6. English mathematical genius on one's responsibilities in the matter of one's beliefs:
7. A space-
and computer-scientist takes a look at psychology.
See also: ME -Documentation and ME - Resources
The last has many files, all on my site to keep them accessible.
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