Why do so many computer enthusiasts turn to Linux? No, that’s not the start of some joke, it’s a serious question and one I think everyone should be thinking about. I can’t speak for others, but I imagine their reasons for ditching Windows and Macs are similar to my own. In no particular order, here […]
What is the difference between domains and web hosting?
The basics of domain names and web hosting If you aren’t familiar with setting up a website for the first time, then it may seem confusing to start hearing about domain names and website hosting. The confusion arises because people often use the domain name to refer to the website’s URL (Uniform Resource Locator, also […]
Self hosted website or hosted?
What do we mean by self hosted and hosted? Hosted simply means someone else takes care of everything for you, usually via cloud services. Whoever the host is retains ownership of the website. For example, WordPress.com, Blogger and all social media sites fit into this category. You probably will never know what server your site […]
Is it time to switch from Windows XP to Ubuntu?
Windows XP support is about to end You may have heard about Windows XP extended support ending at last. This is true (8th April 2014). While it is also true that there is an extension until 2015 for Microsoft Security Essentials, that still means if something goes wrong with your machine, or if someone finds […]
How safe is Ubuntu?
One thing I have not touched upon yet in my Working without Windows series is security. Coming from a Windows background, we have become used to making anti virus software installation the first thing we do before going online. In a world where viruses, malware and spyware infest our lives and computer systems, it is not […]
Working with images in Ubuntu
Ubuntu comes with some basic software for touching up images, but I wanted to do a little more than that. GIMP (short for GNU Image Manipulation Project) is open source image editing software. It is available in the Software Centre, so it is easy to get hold of and install. When you open GIMP you’ll see […]