2. On my health
3. On my Ubuntu
This is a Nederlog of
Thursday, August 3,
This is not
log but a brief update on my health and on my Ubuntu. There is a crisis file of today.
2. On my health
My health on
the moment (and the previous month) is not good.
One possible reason is that I have been trying out lately several
possible alternative schemes than the one that I started in 2012 and
that did improve my health to something better than it had been
from 1994 till 2012.
None of the alternative schemes really worked, while the schema I used
in 2012 has the setback that I did not succeed in getting the
proportion between methylfolate and kalium properly adjusted, which
made me collapse several times, which was not pleasant.
Then again, I have now restarted the schema I used in 2012, and it may
help, although this is not certain.
3. On my Ubuntu
In 2012 I not only found some - orthomolecular - medicine that helped
but also was abled by the partial restoration of my health to install Ubuntu
Basically, when compared to Windows, Ubuntu is the very much
better system in any case, but 12.04 had an additional feature
that saved computing for me the last five years: I could change the
system colors - menus etc. - from black letters on a white background
to white letters on a black background.
This saved computing for me the last five years, because my eyes also
collapsed in 2012, and computing would have been completely impossible
for me without this excellent feature on 12.04.
(Incidentally, something like 20% of people over sixty have some sort
of eye problems, so this was very helpful to many, I assume.)
But 12.04 was maintained for 5 years, and in April of 2017 it
stopped being updated. What I did first was to go to the next system
that would be maintained for 5 years, which was 14.04.
This took considerable trouble (which was not due to Ubuntu) but
But there were problems with 14.04. First, it did not have the the
feature that shifted the system colors, which led to many more
basically white menus, that are still rather hard on my eyes, although
these have improved over the last five years. And second, it was extremely
difficult to run DVDs with videos: This was most of the time blocked
for some completely incomprehensible reason (while it still was all
possible as before on 12.04).
So what I have done since installing 14.04 was using that installation
to upgrade to 16.04 - there was a quite
useful file on Linux.com that explained how to do this - which was
quite unproblematical (and a joy when compared to upgrading Windows).
I therefore am now running 16.04 that works well, and that will be
maintained by Ubuntu till 2021. I very probably will have to transport
the system to another computer, but on the moment it all works well
(after exchanging the fairly dumb video-displayer for vlc, which is
The one problem I still have is that I cannot interchange black and
white as was possible on 12.04, which was a very big help for
me, and which still would have been very pleasant to have.
Since my eyes did improve from 2012 onwards, I can manage now - or so
it seems, so far - but 16.04 is heavier on my eyes than 12.04. (It
would be very nice if this was somehow added or repaired on 16.04, but
I think the chances for that, even though this change would help many,
And no, I will never go back to Windows: operating systems that are not
open are fraudulent.