Ubuntu 11.10

Well now, where shall I start? I upgraded hubby’s computer to dual boot Windows XP & Ubuntu 11.10 a while back, and there were, shall we say, a couple of little glitches.

The first one was that it didn’t dual boot, it went straight into Ubuntu. I eventually discovered that the stupid screensaver type thing, which involved a little box bouncing around the screen telling us that it was the wrong video mode, was actually masking the dual boot menu. When I’d finally sorted that out, which involved installing Startup Manager, and making sure that the video mode for boot was the right one (it’s a Samsung monitor, which I think caused the “problem”), it has been fine.

So I thought I’d upgrade mine from 10.10 to 11.10. Another little “glitch” – although mine isn’t a Samsung monitor, so no irritating stupid little bouncy box, so it went to the dual boot menu straight away – I managed, in the course of trying to sort out the horrible Unity screen thing, to botch the whole thing up and had to do a complete reinstall of Ubuntu. But not, thankfully, Windows too.

Now it’s all working splendidly, but there are a couple of things missing that you have to install. For instance, the screensaver. Whoever heard of having to install a screensaver? it’s pretty basic really. But anyway, I did, and it’s fine. Also am using Cairo “dock” for the launch pad, which is much prettier than clunky old Unity, and lots of pretty girly effects. Hubby wouldn’t like it, and he wouldn’t like my little Cairo penguin, who trundles about doing all sorts of funny things, when I let him.

So there we are. All sorted. Eventually. Thank heavens I back up before I do anything major!

Hubby is tons better. He even cooked Sunday lunch today! he’s eating well, looking well, and started building up his walks from five minutes to his usual half hour, but he’s not powering around at the moment, more of a stroll. But he’s working up to it. Good old hospital. And thanks to the iron tablets, too, and his general condition I think.

He wrote a wonderful letter to the Solihull News, which was printed as “Letter of the Week”, saying how wonderful all the staff were at Heartlands, and pointing out the disparity between their pay and pensions, and the bankers and uber-rich who are reluctant to give up a minute amount of their wealth. I can’t actually find the letter on the newspaper’s website, but when/if I do, I’ll reproduce it here. It was excellent.

Today I’ve made some bread rolls, helped hubby change the bed, and am currently cooking the apple and blackberry crumble I made yesterday. Can’t wait!

Brushed the cat today – she absolutely loves it, and writhes about in delight, trying to allow me to get to everywhere I possibly can on her furry little body. Sweet.

Still waiting to hear from hand and foot guys respectively. Will phone them tomorrow I think because I’m in considerable pain. Hmph.

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