I've been away of this blog for quite a long time. Of course, the reason has nothing to do with viruses or computer malfunctioning...quite the opposite: my systems have been more reliable and productive than ever!
In fact, what kept me away from entering my experiences here was the intensity of the work I had to do. Well, my graduation was also part of it.
By the way, I can say that my graduation serves as an example of the inaccuracy of all the arguments claiming that GNU/Linux is unprofessional software: everything, from online research to multimedia presentation design and my thesis writing, all was done using open source software exclusively. Mepis Linux was my OS, Libre Office was my office suite, Firefox was my browser...I even used Kolourpaint for simple image editing! Symbolically speaking, my Master's Degree has the Free Software stamp on it! How come people say you cannot use Linux for serious tasks? I have to disagree with them on the basis of my own experience.
What about my work? There was an International Congress at my university and both my brother Mechatotoro and I had two lectures to present. I thought about using Platinum Arts Sandbox (a 3D engine for games) instead of Impress to manage the visual aids this time. Why? Just for a little variety and a lot of experimentation!
These are captures of the presentation about Cruelty and Plays:
Since my knowledge about 3D designing amounts to zero, I had to learn everything from scratch, but I found the process very rewarding and intellectually stimulating (although I am not sure how many of my colleagues will be able to use it).
(This is a capture of the presentation about Children's Literature)
With the help of Mechatotoro, who gave me most of the special textures we needed to include in our virtual 3D environments, I set up the presentations.
These are more captures of the presentation about Children's Literature:
Apparently, those who attended our lectures were impressed by the innovative visual aids. To me, that is the biggest reward since I put a lot of time and effort learning about 3D by myself!
And now that the work is done and I am on vacation...LET THE FUN START!
I bought a brand new ALTO 4330 Linux laptop from Zareason. ( I guess my next entry will be about it!) Also, I can play with a Toshiba netbook NB515 and a coworker wants me to install Linux on her Toshiba netbook NB-505 because Windows 7 is giving her lots of BSODs...what a surprise!