Do I still care about the same things?

Go back a few years, and it was easy to realise how much I cared about certain things.  I worried about how girls were always the first to suffer in any culture experiencing war or extreme poverty.  I was angry that a day’s work was not always rewarded with a fair wage.  I was repulsed at any form of discrimination.

I still care about the same things, you may be pleased to know.

Nowadays, I don’t wear my heart on my sleeve so much as before.  I don’t have a sob story about why this is – I just approach life a little different.

I don’t want to go on about how great a human being I am.  I’m as flawed as most people.  I’ve come across numerous people of integrity who care about their fellow human beings.  It’s always good to have faith renewed in the humanity of others.

I still care about drinking whisky

One other thing that I also care about is free and open source software (FOSS).  I will use proprietary software, but prefer to use FOSS if it is available.  I won’t choose FOSS if it means compromising on functionality, I will add.  For example, I prefer using GIMP to the proprietary alternatives I have tried.

I don’t like excess data being collected about myself and others, and this is a major reason why FOSS is so important.

Everyone needs privacy.  Those who say that they have nothing to hide must be happy to shower in the middle of town in a see-through bathroom whilst having everything that they say reported on the news.  And if your data is on a server somewhere, it’s only a data breach away from appearing in your next door neighbour’s RSS feed.

I do like using GNU-Linux.  Why so?  Well, not to prove how great I am at fiddling about with software.  I am at ease with doing command line stuff but you can use GNU-Linux and never touch the command line should you wish.

Windows is a horrible operating system to use in that it is so rigid in its implementation.  It can be so very clunky.  And the update process for Windows is so painful!

Some people love Windows, and I won’t try to convert them – that’s their preference but not mine.  It was using Windows in my younger days that led me to swapping my operating system because of its limitations.

The start of my transition was dumping Internet Explorer and using Opera.  Opera isn’t the browser it was, unfortunately, and today I am very much a Firefox and Chromium user.  But, anyway, it was using Opera that led me on the road to the choices out there.

My first jump into using GNU-Linux was setting up a dual-boot on a Windows laptop I had.  I first used Linux Mint as my main workstation before going to Ubuntu and now to Ubuntu-Mate.  I’ve used a few other GNU-Linux distros in VM machines – it really is a case of using the best distro for you depending on your fiddle level and your knowledge of computer programming.

I’ve never used a BSD based distro or used an Apple Mac in anger.  Maybe one day, but at present everything is working for me as I want so all is good.

So, I still care about the same things in general.  I wish that I was able to save those subjected girls around the world.  I wish discrimination was a thing of the past.  I also wish for less collection of personal data and more usability in major operating systems.

I also wish that sandwiches were the secret to losing excess weight – but sometimes I wish for the impossible.

The weight’s still coming off

Thankfully, 2013 has seen the reversal of the gradual but constant weight gain that has typified my recent history.  This morning’s weekly weigh-in confirmed the return of my weight to the same level as that recorded on 11th September 2011.  So, only twenty four pounds of weight loss until I reach my personal weight target. 😉


So what has been the secret of my weight loss this year?  Well, let me tell you.  I banned going to places such as McDonald’s and KFC.  I mean, it’s not real food, anyway!

Every Tuesday, I heat up some chicken quarter pounders and eat one in a bap.  And on a Friday, I have barbeque ribs, rice and sweetcorn.

Yep, that’s how you lose weight.  Forget the dodgy takeaway outlets and eat plenty of barbeque ribs.  Mmm!  Works for me.

Oh, and please excuse the really dodgy selfie that I took yesterday.  I’m not any good at that sort of thing and seemed to forget to smile.