Dearest MrPogson.com readership,
In my region there are two dominating ISPs. After one blew up my bill without notification due to expiration of the promo they enlisted me with, I went to the other. On the night a final assignment for my 3rd year of university was due, the new ISP cut off my connection after their Honey Pot detected a Net Worm (so ludicrious. Imagine my jubilee at having completed revisions to this bloody monster [15 pages of research, 10 references! It was good, and cost a chunk of my wellbeing] over weeks. I was completing an e-mail to the professor, cursor on the send button – and found I had to call tech support for assistance…). This was not 1 week since the new ISP installed their modem (which may be key and oversight on my part, but I’m ignorant to the worlds of network security and IT, really).
I spent a week on and off the phone with the ISP’s tech support using their recommended virus scanner on my Windows XP machine until they told me I’d best take it to a technician.
Being a broke university student who couldn’t afford a technician’s fee, a client of this new ISP’s (and hardly servile at that), and with no other ISP options due to the grand monopolization of the region and who knows, maybe price fixing, I looked to my father and brother for advice. Brother recommended reinstalling Windows XP. Father recommended Debian GNU/Linux.
And so it was. I didn’t want to deal with virus scanners and paying heed to time allocated to ensuring my shit was safe, so I went Father’s way with a free disk from Brother.
The first few times I ran Ubuntu GNU/Linux (my brother deviated from Debian), the new ISP couldn’t give me a connection, leaving me to call their tech people yet-a-friggin’-gain. Since I changed network names and passwords, there’ve been no issues in that regard, though I am still using their provided modem.
My major concern about this new OS was being able to get at file formats that compose the bulk of my written academic materials (documents, powerpoints, whatever), as well as writing programs. Microsoft Office and their constant revisions and incompatibilities in terms of attachments (you know, teach is using Microsoft Word 97 and it can’t be read well by my machine’s version on XP, and I have to piddle about figuring out how to view this bloody document/slideshow, for example) gave me grief that I couldn’t afford, given various deadline pressures and lack of sufficient coping skills. LibreOffice is sweet like ice cream and has been able to open every academia-related attachment I’ve received thus far!
I am happy. I was among the blind, but now I see. There were many pop-ups and update recommendations and videos I couldn’t stream and poor task management and limited realms of options on my old OS that robbed me of my precious time on the ‘puter from productive work and/or my highly valued, unreclaimable time spent on leisurely exploits (here’s hollering at you, Neopets!). Never again with that MS OS hooplah. My station is elevated – I am a part of the cloud now!
Ubuntu Convert’s Testimonial; she offered to write it, okay?! I didn’t ask!
One Window Successfully Shut; budding authouress Daughter Sarah’s voluntary testimonial]