Moving Forward With Frustration

There is moving forward and then there is moving forward.  By that I  mean being handed new tech and having no say or having to wait for others do the up dates when they feel that the time is right.  I have been wanting to try new stuff with ideas on how I want my systems to be or look like. An example of this is sitting and reading about kde 5 or plasma but it not being  available for mint kde.  Apparently it is felt that it is not and its buggy. I thought linux was about choice!  I  checked the forums for help or any info and all I found was unhelpful peolle saying wait and not actually making suggestions on how to upgrade, at least they should either answer the question with suggestions or just keep quiet.  Just bias towards control of the user through bias opinion, I expect this from Apple and Microsoft NOT a Linux distro! I saw this kind if thing with PClinuxOS and stopped using it.

Further research pointed to Kubuntu,  I try this awhile ago and liked it so once again I downloaded it,  I  can always add and take stuff away. I tried the live dvd and it was fast. I  do have a feeling that there is going to be restrictions on what I can download from the repositories so to move forward further I am  working on terminal skills to download from source so no waiting for someone else.  This could also help in the quest to gain control of my android devices, root and  custom ROMs may well give the freedom to get security updates faster than the unreliable normal sources.

Thanks to todays rain I have installed Kubuntu with plasma and the main issues have been Samba and email, acually, I forgot I had to get a special password from gmail to use thunderbird with it. Not keen on Kmail.

Wtach this space for a possible samba solution, I think I am close!



Streaming Woes

After a much to long break in paying attention to this blogs I feel I must comment on a number of things from the tech world and some stuff that I have been doing between doing things which as kept me away. I am so behind!

I feel first that I need to say something about music seeing as though music is very dear to my heart. Over the past few months there as been coverage on this subject,  but what about the true feeling from the music listener/buyer?

We have recently seen the addition of Tidal and now Apple music,  neither I really care for,  especially Applemusic. We are starting to see artists pull their music from all but one. I  personally wouldn’t be some backlash from the listening public against artists who insist on making their music available on only one site. No,  they won’t stop listening but two things could happen. The first could be that the buying public will once again buy the download, cd or indeed vinyl version thus meaning the artist only gets paid once. Or,  they may once again turn to illegal downloads which will be very paid.

Why the back lash? My view is that each person likes different bands or individual artist and having to pay for 2 or more streams will get expensive and if they’re not on brilliant wages (most people) will seek their listening else where!

There is also another fundamental problem with streaming, phone data.  We seem to be seeing an end to unlimited data on mobile networks and streaming music eats alot of your data allowance so unless you have deep pockets or only stream on wifi then you ain’t going to listen to alot of music.

Since I started writting this a couple of weeks ago Spotify as introduced a new policy which sucks so I have cancelled my membership and gone with google play, I will try this for a couple of months before I make my final decision. I am really not sure at the moment although streaming does enable the streaming of albums that i don’t have yet.

I  would be interested in your thoughts so please leave a comment below.