The Home Page of
Experience with Cancer
not done anything with my
website for some years and I owe you an explanation and now is the
I was diagnosed with Leukeamia
(CLL) more than 3 years ago now and am now nearly 4 weeks on from the
Because of my physical activity they (the heamotology group)
have decided to put me on a clinical trial of a new drug and I can now
report that it is working very well for me. I will be putting a lot
more detail here (on another page) once I have written and assembled
it. Incidentally I am the very first patient (under the NHS) in the UK
on this new
I will doing this as I
that publicity does help and any information on this condition can be
of benefit to many.
I have now, at last, written a
piece on Installing
my favourite Linux distribution.
Meanwhile Some Pictures for You to Enjoy
Volcanoes and Rainforest Tramp
Here are the several website
addresses I have talked about in my
presentation to the SLCC* on 7 January 2005.
Please, if you must use Windows, do use the required programs to
protect your system. The listed programs are all free for individuals,
but if you are using the programs for purposes of profit then you
should consider contributing as required.
What is important is that with the number of free programs available
there is no need to put your machine at risk and to thereby contribute
to the worldwide virus activity.
Remember also that a protected machine is much easier to repair than
one where the virus activity has not been controlled.
Even when virus activity has stopped your machine working it is still
possible to remove virus activity and generally to recover your
important files, I can often help here. Do not automatically assume
that all is lost and that you must do a clean install, after all, your
files may be important to you.
I have included the presentation
in pdf (2MB file). In case you have no pdf viewer click here for
Also here is the update of the article
I put in the recent SLCC magazine.
The Linux scene has advanced considerably over the years and I will be
updating my web pages to reflect this.
The functions of RealPlayer, Java
Macromedia may need attention, I have put in details of making
RealPlayer work. and also
how to update to the latest version of OpenOffice.org and k3b
Previously I have made two presentations on this subject.
Linux is an operating system coming from the open source community,
which because of it's openess and exposure to so many engineers
worldwide is extremely stable and resistant to all forms of virus
The structure is based on the UNIX model which is built for security
and reliability in the professional environment.
Once you have experienced Linux you will not wish to go back to the use
of that other system with all it's problems.
I published a small descriptive article
in the SLCC magazine.
1/ Introduction to Linux
Covers some of the general aspects of the history and makes some
arguments for this superior operating system.
Presentation in pdf
Gives an overview on some of the commonly used programs, including
cxoffice for those who must run some Windows programs.
Presentation in pdf
(3.3MB) or reduced resolution (1.3MB)
I have found report from Open Source Developement Labs which shows that
Linux is now mainstream not just a niche market. Makes interesting
and a presentation
Mandriva Install Party
On 21 November 2005 we held a thoroughly enjoyable Mandriva Install
At the end of the evening we had a number of users up and running
mostly in dual-boot mode with that other system.
We had our share of problems with graphics cards and one IDE bridge
proved impossible, but I think it is fair to say that we did all
benefit from the experience of working together.
I have several pictures which I have uploaded. The pictures
to larger versions.
always in course of construction but here is one of my pictures.
An example of holiday picture "Kayaking
in New Zealand Rainforest". Large file, 700kB, so will take some
time on a dial up connection.
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Desmond 18 November 2010