For the Love of Computers...

Tux, the Linux penguin
   Computers. Either love 'em or hate 'em they are here to stay -- and they have infiltrated nearly every facet of our lives in one way or another.  It wasn't long ago it seemed that the Radio Shack Tandy TRS-80 and the Apple computers of yesterday (Simply called Apple or Apple II) were so advanced and such an extension of the human imagination.

An Apple IIe with DuoDisk and Monitor //.

   Step forward to the next generation of culture and existence -- and enter a world where computers and supercomputers are making advances at what appears to be an exponential rate. Computers determine our lifestyles and how we can view the world. They connect us in ways we never thought possible. They also have disconnected us in ways from nature. The need for balance becomes evident after one has 'caved out' on their computer for days... staring wide-eyed and fascinated by the world of computing and the internet... but lacking sleep and proper amounts of vitamin D.  We all need a bit of balance in our lives -- but I certainly admit that it is hard to stay away from a machine so fascinating as a home computer or laptop.

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   Computers are now sufficiently user-friendly and have brought the whole world of humanity into more of a synchronous and unified experience. It's too bad that they have become so expensive and the software, especially for artists and musicians, has also become incredibly expensive. Some computer programs for recording and design run upwards of $1000-$2000. More than the computer itself often costs. Would you believe me if I told you that there is a solution to the high costs of recording and design? And it is a world of freedom for so many who have felt limited by their limited monetary resources, current PC hardware, platform or operating system. Perhaps you wish you could put more money into your computer than into software? And have a computer that is fast and reliable with ease of use and a seemingly unlimited library of free art, music, design, and office applications? Well enter the world of Ubuntu and the free world of computing.

   Ubuntu was developed by a group of philanthropic software developers who go by the name of Canonical. The developers at Canonical saw the incredible potential for human growth and creativity and they created a system that is completely free to it's users -- and offers an incredibly stable platform with amazing functional ease and visual screen appeal that easily rivals Mac and Windows. It is a Linux-based operating system so it is very stable, and the developers continuously update it.

  Wouldn't all of us like to understand our communication tools a bit easier? And have operating systems that are user-friendly as well as easy on the pocketbook? Everyone wants some kind of way to save money these days -- and I am going to remind you my friends that Ubuntu is an amazing free Operating System that is easy to use and is also easy to configure. An amateur in computing these days could easily build their own Linux dream computer for a fraction of the cost of a high-end already-assembled name brand computer.

Producer Pack

Meaning of Ubuntu:
"A traveler through a country would stop at a village and he didn't have to ask for food or for water. Once he stops, the people give him food, entertain him. That is one aspect of Ubuntu but it will have various aspects. Ubuntu does not mean that people should not enrich themselves. The question therefore is: Are you going to do so in order to enable the community around you to be able to improve?" - Nelson Mandela

   The Ubuntu operating system is just that -- a blessing for thirsty computing travelers who need a stable spring from which to drink. I personally thank the developers of this awesome software and feel fortunate to have found it.

    I truly believe the Ubuntu platform has revolutionized the computing world, and has brought an incredibly useful powerhouse of free music and art software/design tools such as the DAW Ardour which easily syncs with effects programs like Rakarrack or Rosegarden -- or Blender and Fspot, the excellent 3d modeling and photo programs -- that makes it hard to decide going with something otherwise.  I am a musician and artist who is interested in the arts of recording, digital film and web design, fine arts such as ceramics and painting... and I also am a passionate blogger.   So having a useful tool that has alot of memory storage space as well as video processing capabilities is key for me.

   I decided to go the Ubuntu route and couldn't be happier with my computer. It is incredibly fast and has all the ease of use as my Mac G4, minus the high expense of audio/video editing software and effects, and office & design programs. The amount of amazing free software will truly blow your mind -- I still have a hard time believing it's free! Finally something free AND good!!!

   I bought a barebones computer kit from  I am recommending them and advertising for them because I highly recommend them.  (They are reliable and pretty much the best deal on the net for computers and electronics) Anyway my computer has an Athlon Quad Core 64-bit processor and 8 GB of memory with 1GB of video memory, hybrid crossfire (Which enables syncing with other high-performance video cards), a 750 GB 7200rpm hard drive, all kinds upgrade options available for it... for about $500 (CPU only + about $100 for a liquid cooled CPU cooler I installed afterwards).  It is quite easy actually to put together a computer these days. Seriously you would be amazed at how easy it is. If one can put together a snap-together model as a kid -- or use an erector set, they can definitely screw in and plug in a few drives -- and popping in the CPU is about as easy as putting a battery in a camera. Just remember to use demagnetized tools and a wrist band to ground yourself and not risk damage to your sensitive equipment. A nice little computer tool kit can be purchased from for around $30. Not bad considering the kind of money one saves by putting together a barebones computer. This also enables them to get a much faster and more powerful machine for a very low price.

  I have been using my new computer as my art, music, and web design computer and like I mentioned earlier -- Ubuntu and other software developers including Oracle who have created the 100% free MS Word rival Open Office -- offer high quality art, music and design programs and a high-quality platform that is incredibly stable and disease free. They even offer free updates of ClamAV -- the platform's premiere Virus-protection software. It is worth it for anyone to check out this Operating System and see what an incredible powerhouse it is. They will be astonished at the quality and the amount of free time and lack of headaches they will have because of this very stable user-friendly platform.  And for artists, musicians and designers who are looking for an edge in this time of need for economic wisdom -- You may just find the tools you were needing so long but couldn't afford until now. Do yourself a favor and check out Ubuntu. The new age of computing has fallen upon us. Don't be left behind. We all owe it to ourselves to see what all the buzz is about. Maybe your next computer could be more super than you had imagined....