Why should I upgrade my phone?

I really like my aging phone.

It’s a Samsung Galaxy S6, flat screen, black.

It’s the perfect size for my needs and does all that I need. It even has Google Assistant. Photos and videos are okay. Even does slow, fast and reverse videos!

If I were to buy a new one I’d go with the LG V30, probably, because of the video editing software included. I won’t buy another Samsung for 2 reasons: No headphone jack (even though I use Bluetooth earpieces) and Samsung removed the IR port which I still use occasionally with my S6.

The LG V30 has a headphone jack. No IR port. It’s better than the Samsung Galaxy S8 but not as good as the phone I still have!

Again, if the phone I still have has more than the upgrade, why should I switch? What’s the motivation? Are you going to motivate me by disabling the device? Is that you best strategy?

Which Version of Linux is Right for You?

Do you know how many times I’ve heard that question asked in the media or various Linux magazines or what not? Too many. So I’m going to tell you KISS, Keep it simple, stupid. That is the philosophy of the Arch Linux distribution, but for those who are just starting out with Linux, I highly recommend Keep it Simple, Stupid by just going with Linux Mint. I use Linux Mint KDE when I use Linux Mint.

Now I’m an experienced user. I’ve used all kinds of distros from Arch itself as well as offshoots like Manjaro and Antergos to Gentoo and Slackware. I’ve used Debian, Ubuntu, Xubuntu, Ubuntu Studio, Linux Mint, SolyXK, Fedora, openSUSE plus I use an Android phone (Android being a derivative of Linux developed by Google).

I’m not talking about installing these operating systems in a virtual box. I’m talking about actually installing it on my computer as my sole and only operating system for weeks, months or years at a time. So I really know what it’s like to live and work in a computer that runs Linux as it’s operating system.

This blog post – posted inside Linux. Although once I was also a kind of Windows XP expert, but I don’t even like, trust or understand Windows anymore. Everything I need is here on my computer and I pay nothing for the privilege of using any software I need. I’ve learned to meet all my needs inside a “Linux box” as we call it.

There’s people going to tell you to install this version or that version, and that’s fine. But if you’re just starting out, go with the most popular, robust and driver friendly version of them all that works right out of the box every time on every computer. Linux Mint.

Where can I find Ubuntu 14.04 original source code?

Where can you find the Ubuntu original source code? Umm…. Linux isn’t quite like that. Linux is a kernel written by and maintained by Linus Travalds. On top of that is what we call GNU (a collection of thousands of Linux-compatible programs), which work with the kernel to make the software we commonly call “Linux/Gnu” such as in distributions known as Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Arch, etc.

So when you talk about the Ubuntu 14.04 original source code, you’re talking about a collection of thousands of different programs written by thousands of people interfacing in one package or distribution called Ubuntu. The good people at Ubuntu weave it into an interface that is relatively easy to install and use. But there is no source code that makes up what we call Ubuntu. It is thousands of programs included with the Ubuntu distribution and packaged into a downloadable ISO file you can burn and install.

From there you can do just about anything you want by adding or subtracting thousands of additional free programs and giving your system the look and feel you like.

You can contribute to any of the many aspects of the Ubuntu project. Just go to their website at Ubuntu.com and volunteer. This answer was typed on an Ubuntu system. I’ve been using Linux since the year 2000.

Do you believe in aliens? Do you agree that our modern technologies were taught by them?

Do I believe in aliens from outer space? Definitely yes.

Do I believe they have visited Earth, definitely no. Distances are far too vast for travel in either direction.

The idea that modern technologies were invented by visitors from space is really a silly idea because if you simply study where all these technologies came from you’ll see they gradually evolved from simple inventions to more complex inventions to the point we are at now. Just watch Modern Marvels if you don’t want to do an Internet search.

How bad is excessive use of a smart phone to your life?

When Paul McCartney sung the song “When I’m sixty four” it reminded me of me because I’m 64, but I really like my smart phone and use it all the time to gather knowledge, ask questions, get navigation, make and receive phone calls and text messages. However, I lose the thing all the time because I put it down in the house and my wife has to call me so I can find my phone.

I think smart phones are an incredible asset. We have the entire world at your fingertips. Unfortunately, a lot of dumb people use them and don’t even pay attention to the marvel of technology in their hand.

What technology do you wish was never invented?

Technology is a product of the industrial revolution and is inevitable with civilization. Once people move from individualism to collective engineering we get into things like the invention of the railway and eventually the cell phone. It’s evolution.

Whether this means we will eventually destroy ourselves and make Earth into a Venus like planet with temperatures of 250 degrees and sulfuric acid rain is yet to be determined.
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What do you fear will happen within the next 50 years (and why)?

I fear losing wildlife. Whole species going extinct. Rising tides. The middle-class almost vanishing completely. Hate crimes higher than ever. No health care for elderly Americans and insufficient funds for social-security and Medicaid. People will die. Increased terror attacks around the world. A lot of chaos and that sort of thing. The reason? Politics, I’d probably say.

On the other hand, I think there will be a lot of good things, exciting things, to look forward to, especially in the fields of science, astrophysics, technology, artificial intelligence, self-driving cars, medicine (despite being too expensive for people to pay for without health insurance).

I don’t think we’ll ever have flying cars for common use, but many people will have IoT connected homes (that trend is just starting to catch on) and fun virtual reality devices. It will be a different world, but futures are almost always different than they were predicted. It’s fun sometimes to look back and see what was predicted for today.