While it's slightly off-topic, I can relate. I picked up a new netbook in July. It had Windows 7 on it. I say had because I don't know enough to leave things alone. Considering my time frame, budget
, and inability to deal with people who know frightfully less than i do and could care less about fixing my problem.
I tried a version of Linux called Ubuntu. Specifically I tried the Ubuntu Netbook Remix. It was nice and graphically lush. I liked it. I still like it.
There was a young woman passing though on a lower budget
than me. She picked up this cute little job about 2/3 the size of the 'standard' netbook. She bought it nearly used for a good deal except now the bogus copy of Windows 7 had just become non-functional by design.
Well that was part of the problem. It didn't have a CD drive to put on the any number of XP bootlegs floating around.
I gave her the sales pitch
"Here. Try this. It doesn't work now. What's the worst that could happen?"
There were some computer guys talking and periodically giving their free advice to me. But we eventually agreed that while other versions of Linux might have better attributes in some areas, for this sailor, and where she was coming from; in the way she thought about and used a computer; the Ubuntu Netbook Re-mix was the best choice for her.
Somebody in the Linux community aslo created a tool so I could put this netbook remix onto her machine, and 'fixed' the problem by putting on a system that was designed to work even if there is no CD drive.
She was apprehensive as I was giving my "No, really, you will like this.... It's not ~that~ different" demonstration tour.
She was glad she could send emails, and well, she was glad ..at least the email
thing was ok. She would give it a try.
I felt responsible. Two weeks passed. I had to ask. She likes it. Glad it works. Two months pass and she's quite happy no reason to change or wish differently.
I gave her and her partner a copy of an earlier version of Navigatrix that those computer guys with their free advice had been cranking on. "Here, you might want to try this and tell those guys what you think."
They just came back into the anchorage after being gone a while. The guy's Mac is in for repair and they have Navigatrix installed on the 2/3rd mini netbook.
I haven't seen them enough to ask why they've switched.
There are some partition recovery programs out there. If you're like me; by the process of figuring out how to do it; I changed my mind and began to think how much had been over written. I'm sure there's some forensic guy who could read a fire damaged drive, but I'm not going to spend that kind of money
on something I didn't backup.
Sentimentality has a price
, but being cheap
, that price
I've just installed Navigatrix on the boat computer and taking a break from putting the Nav station back together after our little lightning
strike. The netbook I acquired 4 months ago has just been replaced because of a defective screen
. I put Navigatrix on the new machine straight out of the box and added some personal non-boat related software
There are some things I don't like about Navigatrix.... but that will have to wait. Those folks have done a good job on this and I think they should be encouraged.
Give it a whirl.