Linux and computer tips and tricks

The Dell streak is a 7 inch tablet that compares in size to the Samsung Galaxy Tab. This means that it fits in the hand very well and is easy to carry around in one hand. It weighs in at about a pound.The Streak has a dual-core Tegra 2 chip running at 1Ghz. Needless to say it is a very speedy tablet. Other features include a 5 MP rear facing camera and a 1.3 MP front facing camera for video chats. The wifi version that i got comes with 16 GB of space on board and is expandable to 48 GB (I assume) with the addition of a 32 GB standard size SD card.

The screen on the device is not the prettiest but for the price of the tablet I don’t really care. The many reviews I’ve read on this tablet all stated that the screen was horrible because of its poor resolution, I however am quite pleased with the screen and have had no preblems with it.

The screen itself is made of gorilla glass and so i am assuming it is very strong. I have broken a gorrilla glass screen before so im not really sure if I’d trust dropping this device. In terms of brightness this screen can get pretty bright, not as bright as some other screens but Ive never actually had the need to turn the brightness all the way up on any mobile device screen. I normally have it set at automatic brightness which works just fine for me. The viewing angle on the screen is poor but not enough to bother me.

Yesterday morning I unplugged. My streak at 6 am. It lasted a lot longer than I imagined it woukd. I used it on and off thoihout the day to surf the web, email and write this blog, I also installed applcations and check twitter and facebook. Mabey once an hour I cleared all of the running apps. And the device ended up lasting 9 hours before I plugged it in. It still had like 13% when I plugged it in but I dont like completely draining litium-ion batteries.

So, on the day Ubuntu 11.04 came out I started anew with 2 OS’s. I chose to install JoliOS and Ubuntu 11.04. In my Setup, when the computer is off and I press the MediaDirect button JoliOS will boot, and if I press the power button Ubuntu 11.04 will boot. Heres the breakdown of what I did:

To install MediaDirect insert the CD into your computer and boot it from the CD (press F12 at boot to choose to boot from the CD) at the prompt set up the partitions such that you have a 20 gb partition(the fast booting Linux), and one other partition (the full linux install)

Now boot with the Ubuntu(or other Linux) CD and Install this OS to the remaining hard drive space.(more to come later). At the final screen before Ubuntu actually installs click on the Advanced button and choose to install the boot loader to the partition that Ubuntu is on (not the MBR!!!)

Now it is time to install The fast booting Linux OS, i chose JoliOS because it is a very "Ubuntuish" distro and so the install will be very simple.Choose to install this OS over the Windows OS, This will delete Windows and replace it with JoliOS(or whatever distro you choose). Then just like the Ubuntu install choose to install the bootloader to JoliOS’s partition.

Doing this means that you have 2 boot loaders on your computer, one for each OS, which means you can ensure that when you press the MD button JoliOS will boot and when you press the power button Ubuntu will boot. I also have it set up so that the JoliOS boot loader will not show all of the boot options and boot straight into the OS,decreasing the boot time. For Ubuntu’s boot-loader I have it waiting 1 second before booting Ubuntu Just in case i need to get into recovery mode.

I actually did some tests to see if JoliOS booted faster than Ubuntu and the results (after removing some unnecessary packages from JoliOS) gave JoliOS a 10 second Faster boot time than Ubuntu. and I’m sure that after a while Ubuntu’s boot time will increase and JoliOS’s will Decrease