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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Old slow computers: breathing life into them

Hi Relatives,

A while ago, I talked about computers being slow and we went through instructing you in using a defragmentation program as well as anti-virus and anti-malware software.

If you have an older computer, then your operating system could be slowing you down. One young person, Golden Kobi, has an older computer that his father handed down to him. It has Windows 7 on it. The problem is that Windows 7 requirements are pretty severe for an older computer. Windows 7 requires at least 1GHz CPU, 1GB of RAM memory, and at least 16GB of hard drive space.
Golden Kobi's computer sometimes runs and if it runs, it is very slow.

Solution: Linux distribution (or version) of Lubunt 11.10. This is similar to Ubuntu 11.10 but is intended for computers with limited resources, which means old and slow computers.

I have successfully installed this operating system on a 10 year old Compaq Presario laptop and it works great! You might not be able to run demanding games or have 30 tabs open on your web browser, but you can do web surfing, write documents, and create graphic images quickly and easily.
The software is free and it works great. Most programs that you have been using, are now available for the Linux format. Microsoft Office suite has been very successfully replaced with Oracle's OpenOffice and an independent spin-off from OpenOffice, LibreOffice.
These office suites are very popular world-wide and are almost exactly like Microsoft Office. Microsoft Office is the premier office suite, but I've been using OpenOffice and LibreOffice for several years and I love them. There is only one thing I can think of that these two suites don't have is a multiple-level clipboard (meaning that you can have multiple cut-n-paste items available), but I have found a way around that with Clip-O-Matic for Windows (I'm working to find one for Linux). It does the same thing only better.
The best thing is that these office suites are very good, professional and free.

A Great Idea: ship your laptop to me and I will get it working, free. Just the cost of shipping both ways (remove the battery) and of course, donations are always appreciated.

There are other operating systems besides the ones I stated above.  If you have special requirements, let me know and we see if there is Linux program (distribution) that is better suited for you.

Welcome to the home of love, where your computer gets to know of hugs. Take the time to give it love, to ensure the spine stands, on the test of time (until you update protection files again). For only you can operate the golden rule, do unto your computer, who knows who to fool. But we do outwit the slyest fox, when we give love instead of gloves (put them up, combative forces). The greatest part of protection is clear, the smooth operation of moving in space is dear (world wide web). Protect my computer God above to bring the Angels down below. Bless and bless the common place, to be rest assured that all is grace.