Giving Linux another chance

I have used Linux off and on for years but it always seems more trouble than it is worth. I am trying Ubuntu 14.04 today to see if it is any better.

800px-Ubuntu_10.04_screenshot1The problem with Linux is that it just doesn’t support the hardware that people have. When I last tried to use it the support for the iPhone was terrible, I did a quick search and found some support for it. Still the average person doesn’t want to search and troubleshoot software. I think that Linux is probably Apples long-term competition. Microsoft keeps making mistakes and eventually people are going to wise up about the wasted money they have spent on Windows.

The installation was pretty great even with some difficult hardware. I used a USB installer so I didn’t have to burn a CD, and it was very smooth sailing. I will find out how the hardware support is, but since this laptop is ancient that I am using it should have pretty much everything supported. One of the downsides of using unsupported software is that it often causes issues with things like touch-pad, or battery life. Still since this is just to see how the software has progressed, it isn’t going to be a deal breaker.

I had an old PC laptop donated by a friend and I am going to donate it to a non-profit once I make sure that Linux is usable on this. Surprisingly many non profits don’t care if they have a Windows computer or not. They seem happy to have any computer that can connect to their network and be used on the Internet. It is interesting what a change this is from a decade ago. People used to say that Macs were bad because they didn’t have software, but the Internet makes that a moot point.

iPhones and Cars not always easy

I have a customer who has an iPhone 6 Plus and a Lexus. She is loaded as you can tell. The problem is that since she updated to the latest iOS version the streaming no longer works on her car through USB. She doesn’t like to use Bluetooth because she is concerned about ionizing radiation. So that means she hasn’t been able to listen to her music. So I did many troubleshooting steps to fix this but nothing worked until yesterday.

Lexus automatically jumpI had: Gotten her a new phone since her old phone had other issues, restored iOS on it from scratch using iTunes, reset all the settings, done a hard reset, tried different apple cables, reset the car personal information, really everything that was out there. I was at the end of my rope. I didn’t know what else I could try. Just for fun I thought lets try downloading a song from the Apple iTunes store and see if it plays. I remembered having authentication problems with my first iPod device so I thought maybe it needs to authenticate somehow. So once I downloaded the song, the music that was on the iPhone in the Music app started playing! I was amazed. I tried her third party music streaming app and it worked too.

It has been a couple weeks and it seems to be working. If you can’t make your USB play or recognize your iPhone try it and let me know with the About Me page. Thanks!