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  June 2, 2012                  
Ubuntu-log started

This is another Nederlog on Ubuntu, that mainly consists of an announcement and three more nice things relating to Ubuntu:

       1. Ubuntu-log started
       2. Three more nice things about Ubuntu

Ubuntu-log started

Since I do have a large site with a Computing-section (that used to be much larger), and since Operating Systems are important things, and since I like the idea of Linux, and the implementation of Ubuntu, I decided to start an Ubuntu-log in my Computing-section.

It starts here, in an as yet empty directory for Linux, and what is there at present comes from what I wrote last month about Ubuntu. The expedient used is that I simply took the Nederlogs that were about Ubuntu and deleted most of the contents in it that were not about Ubuntu, and reformatted and relinked.

What is new in it and was written today are the introduction to Ubuntu-log and the present text: The rest was mostly copied. As I say in the introduction:

Like Nederlog, it will be mostly an expression of my experiences and interests, in this case as related to Ubuntu.

Since I am a newbie to Linux and Ubuntu, though not to computing, this log is in the first place meant to be useful to myself, as a record of my experiences, opinions and findings, but I assume it also will be helpful to other newbies to Linux or Ubuntu.

I hope indeed it will be, but I have no pretensions that way, nor do I aim at enlightening others about Ubuntu, for one things because there are many others who are much better equipped than I am to do so - and here are some references that will be helpful to beginners:

         Ubuntu 12.04 LTS - Precise Pangolin
         (on ubuntuguide.org: Fine surve
Ubuntu forums                               
         (very extensive forums)
         Ubuntu Linux Resources
         (very good introductory series)
Full Circle Magazine                         
         (excellent free monthly about Ubuntu)

So basically this is a record of my experiences and findings relating to Ubuntu, that only speaks for myself, and that probably is useful for newbies like myself, but that is not meant to be, since there are other resources that are much better at helping newbies, such as the above four ones.

2. Three more nice things about Ubuntu

In any case, here are three more nice things about Ubuntu. They are chosen randomly, and mentioned mostly because I like these things and have recently been playing with them:
  • Radio Paradise: I mentioned on May 30 that Ubuntu had helped restore the BBC-WS for me, which disappeared a while ago from the ether in Western Europe,  presumably to help pay off the bonuses of English bankmanagers and parliamentarians. This was a blow for me, because I do not have a TV since 1970, because nearly all it offers I find a stupid loss of time, and because the BBC-WS is a relief amidst other radio. Well, so is Radio Paradise, which I did not know about, and which was pre-installed on Rhythmbox, which came pre-installed with Ubuntu 12.04: No commercials; an intelligent choice of pop-music (mostly); well produced and well presented - very nice.
  • Midnight Commander: Loads of things on Linux and Ubuntu go by way of the Bash shell, that was written under the aegis of the Free Software Foundation. The Bash shell may best be compared - if you only know Windows and DOS - with how DOS appears to Windows-users (I shall assume: Windows XP users), except that it
    is very much more powerful, and gives the users access to the Linux-kernel. The Bash shell is something Linux-users need to learn some about, which is not very easy, because it is a commandline processor. There are explanations of and guides to it, and there also is a shell for called Midnight Commander, that amuses me because it is very much like Norton Commander, which I have used since 1996 and still have a version of on my Windows 32 computer, simply because it was really well-designed, and makes using DOS a lot easier and faster, at least as far as listing, copying, moving, and viewing files is concerned. (You have to install this, but then that is very easy on Ubuntu: One of the other nice things I should write about: find what you want to install; click; and done.)
  • Top and htop: I like to see what my computer is running, and learned about the top and htop programs in one of the excellent fullcircle monthlies: top is a Bash shell command that shows this, and htop, that is again styled like the Norton Commander, is a shell for it. Indeed, since Midnight Commander - like Norton Commander - also has a command line, one can get top in Midnight Commander (after switching the panes off). In any case: One has an effective and clear way seeing what programs one's computer is running, and one can also kill any of these with the help of top or htop.
There are very many more nice things when you use Ubuntu, and I hope to be able to mention quite a few.

Corrections, if any are necessary, have to be made later.
                                --Jun 3, 2012: Corrected some formatting


As to ME/CFS (that I prefer to call ME):

1.  Anthony Komaroff Ten discoveries about the biology of CFS (pdf)
3.  Hillary Johnson The Why
4.  Consensus of M.D.s Canadian Consensus Government Report on ME (pdf)
5.  Eleanor Stein Clinical Guidelines for Psychiatrists (pdf)
6.  William Clifford The Ethics of Belief
7.  Paul Lutus

Is Psychology a Science?

8.  Malcolm Hooper Magical Medicine (pdf)
 Maarten Maartensz
ME in Amsterdam - surviving in Amsterdam with ME (Dutch)
 Maarten Maartensz Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

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.
8. Malcolm Hooper puts things together status 2010.
9. I tell my story of surviving (so far) in Amsterdam/ with ME.
10. The directory on my site about ME.

See also: ME -Documentation and ME - Resources
The last has many files, all on my site to keep them accessible.

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