Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Laptop Computer For Christmas To Run Your Ham Software On

 Yes it's getting closer and closer to Christmas, so why not plan on a nice Laptop Computer for Christmas. You could set it up as a dual boot system and run your favorite Linux distribution. There are some distros like Andy's Ham Radio that has lots of ham radio programs. You can find it at this link http://sourceforge.net/projects/kb1oiq-andysham/ . Another favorite place is DX Zone at http://www.dxzone.com/catalog/Software/Linux/Linux_Distributions/ here you can find a few different pieces of software for ham radio and Linux.  Some of these are live discs where you can just boot off the cd and run it.
 As far as laptops go I would just make sure you have a extended warranty and a accidental damage warranty. Most of the time you can pick these up for an additional fee. I work as a computer service technician and I can't tell how customers wish they had done this. As far as brands go you can purchase dell, msi, hewlett packard and many other laptop computers. Just make sure to read the reviews before purchasing and you can save yourself alot of headaches.
 My advise is pick a Laptop Computer with at least a 15.6 inch display. That way it will be easier to see. Otherwise you could go with a 14 inch display and use a flat panel lcd display or as it's call an external monitor. Things to consider today are at least a 1tb hard drive and 4gb to 8gb of system ram memory. Also remember to back up your system just in case Murphy rears its ugly head and ruins your day. I have been there a few times and it's not fun.
 So get out there and buy a good laptop today for Christmas and Linux.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Pick A Nice Computer To Run Linux On For Your Ham Shack

 You can build your own computer to run your favorite Linux Distribution on. It takes a little bit of know how, but you can do it. There are plenty of websites out there that can provide information about putting together a excellent computer. I would go on Amazon and look for the parts you will need. Here is a brief list below.
  1. Computer Case
  2. Motherboard (Intel or Amd) amd tends to be cheaper in price.
  3. Microprocessor ( Intel or Amd depending on the Motherboard)
  4. DDR3 Memory or newer. I would suggest 4gb of Memory or more.
  5. 1tb Sata Hard Drive or Solid State Hard Drive.
  6. Monitor, Mouse and Keyboard
  7. Speakers
  8. DVD Burner or Blueray Optical Drive.
  9. Linix Distribution such as Mint, Ubuntu, Zorin or Many Others
  10. Printer (Optional)
 Now if you do not want to build a computer there are many excellent computers at Amazon to pick from. I would just make sure to check out the reviews first before purchasing. Just because a computer comes with Windows 7, 8, 8.1 or 10 you can always wipe it and run Linux. There is also the option of setting it up as a dual boot system. I would just make a back up of the system before doing this in case you change your mind. Make sure to have an external hard drive to place the back up on.

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