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Tim wastes entire afternoon creating an easy car dealership software download.

BecauseScreenshot_2015-01-03-16-11-13 it is Sunday I should have been really watching NFL games, but since Green Bay had the week off I chose instead to take the vLot software I have running on my main PC and edit it, write full instructions and post it all for download on the web. Not real useful if you don’t have a car dealership, but if you have a small used car dealer and want a web presence, this will do it for you.

The software provided is all free, the instructions as clear as I can make them, assuming you are semi-computer literate and the ease of set-up about 5 on a scale of 10, [10 being most difficult]. You can see a demo site over on my PC based Virtual machine at: this link. You can also find the download link on that page (look in the News Page) if you happen to be a car dealer. If not you might find the software interesting enough to modify to sell other products.

As usual, if you need help you can contact me via my Google+ profile.

Tim


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Tonight’s Project – Putting Linux Lite 2.2 on the Desktop.

0150 am, CDT, 14Dec2014: So as I write this I am testing yet another version of Linux on my Dell PC. Using the trusty VMWare and waiting eagerly to see what the new system looks and feels like. As usual there will be screen shots and my initial opinion  when this is done. I set aside about 9 gb for the install and set VMWare at 1.6 gb for my RAM. The web site for Linux Lite (version 2.2) can be found here.

0250 CDT, 14Dec2014: The install was pretty straightforward and any basic user could install this product. It took roughly 1 hr to install on this older machine, and so far it seems to work pretty good. Below is a screenshot…

I have installed Chromium as my main browser and all seems just dandy.

If you are looking for a lightweight, easy to use Linux Distro I highly recommend this one. It still isn’t as good as Debian 7.7 , but it certainly isn’t bad at all.


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It’s Friday Night and it’s Android Time! KitKat on Your PC….

 

 

So tonight out of pure boredom I installed a VMWare version of Android KitKat on my PC.  About 1.9 gb of RAM seems adequate to run it and most of it is functional, but there are a few issues.

  • Sound is a no go
  • Installing apps appears to only produce errors…but expected.

On the other hand it is kind of nifty to play with the settings menu of an operating system that none of my current devices use.

If you are interested in trying it out or just as bored as me…you can find all the info on this web site. Obviously you will need a copy of VMWare, (you can just Google it).

Below is another gratuitous image of the VMWare KitKat image running…

 

 

 

 

 


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My Never Ending Quest for A Faster PC is about Over….Maybe…or Not.

About a week ago I wrote a short article about just how much I despise Windows in every possible way and absolutely hated it. At this juncture I must admit that having a relatively new-old PC is a vast improvement over my old situation with a 14-year-old dinosaur, but I still need more speed without the big bucks.

So today I ordered a 2gb ram upgrade for this older Dell box I am now using, which I do admit, is super fast. But I find myself missing my Debian Linux. Sure Windoze has some handy features and does many things well, but I like the option to install a bazillion free open source programs that do the same job as the commercially not-at-all-free-or-cheap software available for windows.

The truth is that the fastest computer product in my home is still this Asus Memo Pad HD7 from which you are reading this article. The Quad-Core 1.2ghz processor handles web serving AND Facebook Messenger, playing movies, email, Yahoo Sports, weather and all the other apps one enjoys with an Android.

While I eagerly await the arrival of my 2gb ram upgrade and the wondrous joy of switching back to Linux, with a Virtualbox loaded Win7 when needed, I must admit that the future of computing is with the tablets and combos that are now hitting the market with ridiculously fast multi-core processors and lots of ram all combined with hundreds of useful apps. The ONLY real plus of a PC/laptop is the keyboard and mouse.

Of course that is only my opinion…but you know I am right.


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My Digital Conundrum, Choices, Choices…Tablet, Combo, Laptop or Desktop?

So my old and trusty PC from which I type most of my posts is reaching the end of it’s life-cycle. Actually it is well beyond it’s life-cycle by about 10 years. The old Duron 1-Ghz processor can no longer handle the chores of modern computing and that leads me to wonder just how I should replace this beast and with what item or items first.

A used desktop with a dual core or better processor and at least a 120-gb hard drive and 4-gb ram would do the trick with Windows 7 and Virtualbox running Linux when needed (which is about everyday and perhaps it would be Linux with a VirtualBox Win7 running when needed). That would not solve my issues with trying to use my little Memo pad for a server and doing multiple other chores with it on a daily basis, as an older desktop would still leave me without a killer mobile device (smartphones just aren’t good enough yet).

But then again there is the allure of a nicer tablet with the latest Quad Core processor and a few gb of ram. The next choice is a device such as an Asus Transformer book, which would do the job nicely, but would cost far more than a used desktop. It would do what my desktop does and provide a nice mobile platform.

A laptop, while adequate, would also be on the more expensive side and they do have limitations, most notably crappy battery life and less than ideal portability.

I guess if I had an unlimited budget this would be a no-brainer, but in my case I will be purchasing my upgrades a few months apart, so the real question is what to buy first? I am leaning towards the used desktop because it will give me Linux and Windows capabilities at a very low price. But I would like to hear suggestions from other minds who may have a different perspective than mine. So let the comments flow, either here or on Google +. I want some serious feedback on this, because at this point I am just a bit confused on my next step. That isn’t to say that by morning the answer will be crystal clear to me, but I would still like some input.


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