Jul 10, 2010

Is there a way to create a viable Business Model installing and supporting Desktop Ubuntu?


It's no secret that I love Linux. I like using it, I like finding new things about it, and that I'd like to know that more people are using it. Comfortably, Reliably, and with support.  And It's not a secret that I like Ubuntu.  But how do I find the people that WANT it, how do people know that they might WANT it. - I had a chance to talk to my Landlady, a smart and intelligent person, but she's not into being a geek. My Wife's not a Geek either.  Both of these lady's want to be able to use their computers, and then get on with their lives. The landlady is accustomed to the MS stuff, and that she needed to purchase MS Office products in order to do things. Her daughters school has Microsoft Office products on their machines, so, like many parents, she felt compelled to get a product (spend money) to create PowerPoint presentations. 

Here's what I'm thinking. And if you're reading this, I'd like your input and suggestions. I'm thinking Craigslist. Putting and ad up in Craigslist that I'll install Ubuntu one someone's machine. I'll get it tweak and setup proper, import their settings, if need be, and / or set the machine up to dual boot if they'd like. 

Q: What to charge? 

Q: What levels to charge for the time? 

Q: Get them hooked up with the paid Ubuntu Support site? 

Q: How much time would the average install take? - Provide links for tutorial videos?

Currently, I'm making my money as a trucker. Not a geek riddled world, or at least, not my end of it, being behind the wheel.  I'd like that to change, but maybe that can and will change with time. If it's meant to be. 

I don't know what my daily schedule is the night before most of the time. - That makes my life...  interesting.  I can request certain times and days for things, ahead of time, but that's not always do-able. 

In any case, thanks for your time, and input.


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The Space Review: Astrospies....

While “Astrospies” offered some new insights into and images of the MOL project, the program was not without some errors. (credit: USAF) Astrospies, corrected by Dwayne A. Day Monday, April 14, 2008 Over the years, PBS’s Nova program has produced some excellent space documentaries. Two of the best focused on the Mars exploration rovers. In February of this year Nova aired a program titled “Astrospies”, focusing on the United States Manned Orbiting Laboratory (MOL) and the Soviet Almaz program (see “All along the watchtower”, The Space Review, February 11, 2008). MOL and Almaz were military space stations intended to conduct surveillance and reconnaissance of the Earth. MOL was canceled before it ever had the chance to fly, but Almaz flew several times before the Soviets ended the program. The documentary is available on DVD for anybody who missed it and a transcript can be found here.

-This is just old school cool...

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Jul 5, 2010

6 Real Sci-Fi Gadgets: The Future... Today! | ITworld

June 28, 2010, 08:30 AM —  ITworld.com — 

Science Fiction sometimes comes up with remarkable ideas for devices which would make our lives easier. Or, at the very least, much cooler. Until we get a faster than light drive or a light saber, the following will have to do. Read on, and enjoy the future of fantasy today.

Universal Translator

The one big gotcha about visiting an alien race (Dr. Hawking's concerns notwithstanding) is the language barrier. In the Star Wars universe, communication is done the old fashioned way: learn the language. With Star Trek and Doctor Who, universal translator devices are what will get you talking. Here on Earth in the 21st century, Voxtec has created the Phraselator, a hand-held device used by the U.S. military that translates 40 different languages. None of them Klingon. Yet.

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Linux School: Today’s Lesson: Getting started with Linux | ITworld

Linux School: Today’s Lesson: Getting started with Linux

Source: ITworld

Have you ever been tempted by desktop Linux's security and stability, but you didn't know where to begin? You don't have to be some kind of technical wizard who chants "awk, grep, sed" at a shell command prompt to run Linux these days. Which Linux is right for you and what's the best way to get acquainted? This guide will help.

Hmmm This looks worthy of more study...

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