1. One interview
about the crisis: Chomsky & Martin
2. News about reinstalling Ubuntu 12.04 - 2
3. So if there
is no Nederlog tomorrow...
This is a Nederlog
of Friday, November 27, 2015.
This is not a
crisis blog, except for the first section, that has just one item.
The rest of the file is still concerned with returning to Ubuntu 12.04,
because I switched to 14.04  last Tuesday
checking whether this also has the High Contast Inverse setting, which
makes menus and standard backgrounds white letters on a black
background instead of the common reverse, which turns out to have saved computing for me the last 3
1/2 years, since I got dry eyes (which can be and were in my case quite painful for very long times, though that serious
affliction is lately rather a lot less).
If you care, you can learn more in yesterday's introduction. Now
to the rest of today's Nederlog.
1. One interview about the crisis: Chomsky & Martin
This is a crisis item.
It is here because I like it and because I will return to documenting
the crisis and my ideas in Nederlog as soon as I am mostly back on
track with my computer.
I will return to that topic after introducing the crisis item:
This is a video of 25 m
53 s made by Abby
Martin (<-Wikipedia) whom I like (without agreeing with
everything), consisting of a good and recent interview with Noam Chomsky (<-Wikipedia) whom I like (without agreeing with
Chomsky is sensible and factual, and Abby Martin has a new series
called "The Empire Files" at
TeleSUR. I think this was the fourth item in that series.
The last link is to an overview, where you can find all in the series.
I'll probably return to this, because I like Abby Martin.
As to returning to an ordinary Nederlog with ordinary crisis items: I
will return to a more or less ordinary Nederlog tomorrow or the day
after, and it may be a crisis item, but I will do less on the crisis,
though I will do more on formulating some of my ideas and findings
about the crisis.
2. News about
reinstalling Ubuntu 12.04 - 2
So this again
continues yesterday's news about Ubuntu, of which I am busy
reinstalling a 12.04 version after finding (my own fault: I should have checked but
did not) that the 14.04 I had installed lacks the High Contrast Inverse
facility that was crucial to
my using a computer more or less normally the last 3 1/2 years. (I
really could not have done
this on Windows, nor on a Linux without High Contrast Inverse.)
There is more yesterday: it is a bit
tricky. Here I will only outline what I have done yesterday and today
after writing yesterday's Nederlog:
(1) It turns out I have saved
most of my personal files, because I have kept several regularly
updated backup disks.
(2) Yesterday I thought that
the main thing I lost were my e-mails, but it turned out just now that
I do have a copy of them as
well, and I just restored
(3) And just now I can receive mails again as well, having updated my
password (another relief!).
So... I think I have now
returned from 14.04 to 12.04, at least for 95%, for I can now do as I did before with
regards to writing and mailing (the last I just restored) and I also
retained almost all my data,
it turned out.
A big relief!
I do not get the statistics yet of the Danish site, but that is about
the only thing missing for a proper set-up...
3. So if there is no Nederlog tomorrow...
The brief outcome so far - on Friday at
midday - is that I am
back in 12.04 and I have done
quite a bit of updating, and it turns out I have nearly all of my files back (mostly
because I keep backup copies on other disks since 2012, another thing that is a lot easier
with Linux than with Windows).
I say. As I said: It will
probably work for this is Linux, not Windows, and it did,
and I am very glad it is - and I now can work on as I did before in
12.04 and will almost certainly continue the following 1 1/2 year, and
by then I hope my eyes are good enough for 14.04 or indeed 16.04. (They
are still improving, and I have a lot less problems than I had a year
and more ago, but they are not
So this is the last section with this title: I can upload my sites and I can mail, and I retained nearly all
of my data, and the
computer is nearly restored to where it was last Tuesday.
difference between 12.04 and 14.04 is as between Windows 7 and Windows
8 (or Windows XP and Windows 7), but in Ubuntu there are many more
versions of each: I started in version 23 of 12.04 and ended in version
95 of 12.04, and the downloading and installing of each new version was
normally done in something like 5 minutes.
 I added "whom I like (without agreeing with everything)" twice mostly because - it seems to
me, since a very long time also - that many more persons are (somewhat)
without really knowing this.
And one signal that they are is that they cannot like people
without agreeing on nearly everything (or a lot) with them. Well... I
am a genuine liberal (not:
a libertarian, for these are neoconservatives of extreme persuasion)
and I do not know anyone else with whom I can agree on nearly
everything, and indeed that also is not necessary at all, and would
also be rather odd.