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billdotson
April 9th, 2007, 03:58 AM
What are the 10 coolest things you can do with a computer? Can be Linux-related or not.

SunnyRabbiera
April 9th, 2007, 04:29 AM
1: code programs, use complex algorithms, design neat stuff.
2: Invent a new form of warp propulsion (I am working on that)
3: ask the computer "what is the meaning of life, the universe, and everything", sure it might give you a answer like "42" but at least you had a fun time.
4: cruise teh net for pron!!!!!!!!!!111!!!!!
5: learn Portuguese in 10 easy steps
6: check your bank account, shop around for a nice pair of shoes on eBay or Amazon
7: Tell Frodo he can stick it... with Microsoft SAM (the only reason to keep MS around in my mind :D)
8: Reverse engineer that strange area 51 type technology you found in your back yard before the government gets to you (Its not me!!!!!)
9: find the exact ingredients to that old Bulgarian beef stew your grandmother used to make
10: Make plans to conquer the world!!!!!!

tbroderick
April 9th, 2007, 04:45 AM
1. order pizza
2. order wine
3-10. who cares

billdotson
April 9th, 2007, 04:49 AM
very fun responses.. although I was looking for stuff I bit more technical.. like setting up a vpn, or playing a game or anything of that nature.

bionnaki
April 9th, 2007, 04:52 AM
download porno

SunnyRabbiera
April 9th, 2007, 05:14 AM
download porno

that would be covered under number 4 in my list.


very fun responses.. although I was looking for stuff I bit more technical.. like setting up a vpn, or playing a game or anything of that nature.

So you are looking for something serious then... and inventing a new form of warp drive and finding out the anser to life, the universe and everything isnt technical?

PurplePenguin
April 9th, 2007, 05:29 AM
In no particular order...

- set up and run a webserver
- myth tv
- make a router
- waste way too much time on Ubuntu Forums
- make a bunch of partitions on your hard drive and try out new linux and bsd distributions
- voip
- asterisk if you really like talking on the phone
- set up linux on a usb stick
- join a distributed computing network in order to crack WW2 German submarine encrypted messages
- get everything imaginable from bittorrent

reacocard
April 9th, 2007, 02:25 PM
Use Beryl and other eyecandy to make all your Vista and OSX-using friends sick with envy. :D

FuturisticKid
April 9th, 2007, 02:32 PM
Well I'm not too technical but I I find these things below I do are cool to me... lol

1. Create designs, logos, banners and wallpapers plus photo retouching with Photoshop
2. Help people :)
3. Create 2 hour music show every week for Generation Mix with Audacity
4. Download music, movies, games and apps
5. Chat to people from all over the world
6. Customize the look and feel of a desktop pc
7. Control all of my music, videos, contacts, notes, etc.. on one device or more!
8. Create presentations, forms and letters in a proffesional manner
9. Create websites (even earn money if lucky)
10. A whole lot of bunch of mini things

M$LOL
April 9th, 2007, 02:35 PM
download porno

The only pr0n on the net is horrible hardcore stuff. That's one of the things I don't use a PC for.

Not in any particular order:

1> Surf the net
2> Play Space Invaders
3> Edit music/vids etc.
4> Program
5> Talk to people thousands of miles away
6> Watch stuff I missed on TV
7> Wander around various forums looking for stuff to post
8> Find virtually anything I want in a few clicks
9> Relax!
10> Bask in the glory of the fact that I can use a comp WAY better than any of my friends
11> Appreciate not using Windows.

LookTJ
April 9th, 2007, 02:42 PM
-Surf the Internet
-talk to friends
-waste time on forums
-download linux torrents
-try linux distros
-get rid of Windows
-customize it
-burn with linux apps
-run fine on linux distros
-install Open source software.

EdThaSlayer
April 9th, 2007, 03:48 PM
1.Watch tv shows and anime
2.Download tv shows and anime
3. Update software
4. Play online games
5. Post on forums
6.Chat to people via messengers :)
7.Type stuff
8.Listen to music
9.Drag windows and screens around
10. Upgrade it

M$LOL
April 9th, 2007, 03:52 PM
Where do you get your TV shows?

jeffc313
April 9th, 2007, 04:09 PM
Where do you get your TV shows?

tv-links.co.uk is my favorite

M$LOL
April 9th, 2007, 09:31 PM
Yeah, that's kewl, but one of the eps has been loading for the last ten minutes. :confused:

PurplePenguin
April 10th, 2007, 02:33 AM
tv-links.co.uk is my favorite
I usually just download torrents of my favorite TV shows (don't worry, I pay for satellite TV that I don't use), but this link is AWESOME.

I just clicked on Doctor Who (I just got into it - best. show. ever.), chose an episode, and within five seconds, I had the intro! I was worried after seeing another user say that it took a long time to load - must be a problem there.

Sweet, sweet site...

Hortinstein
April 10th, 2007, 04:03 AM
im gonna have to go with torrents here....im in a bunch of private trackers that have just about everything digital

dtsdude
April 20th, 2007, 09:31 PM
Top 12 things:

1. Watch TV, Joost. (linux version comming soon)
2. Video editing with Premiere Elements. (no realistic alternative yet, but LIVES looks promising)
3. Photoshop Elements (no real alternative for linux.)
4. Learn Languages with Rosseta Stone (no real alternative for linux)
5. Listen to music with MusikCube (Songbird is a good alternative, but still under developement.)
6. Download with uTorrent (still no client for linux that meets this kind of standard.)
7. Surf the web with IE7 (although firefox is good, i can live with it.)
8. Watch video with Media Player Classic (Best video player ever, but vlc dose come close)
9. Visit sites with Shockwave, (dreadfull that theres no linux version)
10. OpenOffice
11. Games! (very limited commercial support for linux)
12. CAD (AutoCad, Catia, SolidWorks...no real alternatives for linux.)


Although latest release of Ubuntu has surpassed xp and vista in many ways, there is still the fact that Adobe dosent support linux enough. And plug-ins & applications like shockwave, photoshop and premiere elements are a must for any home user who likes to get a little creative. CAD support is another problem, many people live offa that software, Dassault Systmes is another of those companies that needs to be more supportive.

Games are also good, but i prefer consoles for that purpose. Although nothing beats PC att strategy games, although i believe that as linux gets more users, gamemakers will consider it as a platform as well.

Ill have to wait a while before totally switching over, although i believe that eventually linux will dominate the market, but for now windows xp 64x dose the job well. the only thing really missing for linux are some of the major applications.

energiya
April 20th, 2007, 10:37 PM
1..10 many of the things already posted. There is one little thing I would love to do with my PC... throw it out the window (4th floor), and then returning to my desk and program some more... I'm going to keep the keyboard, that's mine :D

Iceni
April 20th, 2007, 11:13 PM
1. Setting up a home network with two desktop computers, wireless for the laptop in the living room, the 360 and the wii for having fun and the old modded xbox as a media center on the projector. Have everything comunicate so anyone can watch or listen to whatever they want from all computers or media center.
2. Spinning a transparent cube.
3. Creating software.
4. Trying out new fun programs with linux.
5. Getting OSX to work on a non-mac.
6. Spending time on ubuntu forums.
7. Collecting friends like a drunk on facebook. (I guess this does not count as cool :) )
8. Webcam/mic conversation with friends around the world.
9. Getting news about my favorite sport (F1) on my desk via rss.
10. Messing around with hardware and doing silly tweaks to make it faster.

luizfar
April 21st, 2007, 01:19 AM
5: learn Portuguese in 10 easy steps

Another person willing to learn Portuguese? Why?



11> Appreciate not using Windows.


lol, I do it a lot :D

karellen
April 21st, 2007, 01:33 AM
tv-links.co.uk is my favorite

wonderful link man, 10x :)
(I found Seinfeld, yes, I'm in heaven...:D)

RAV TUX
April 21st, 2007, 01:37 AM
I have an old CRT monitor I would like to gut and convert to an aquarium. (aquamorph (http://aquariusoft.org/page/linux/)):)

dimeotane
April 22nd, 2007, 03:05 AM
1) recycle it! dust off that otherwise landfill junk, and put ubuntu on it
2) run state of the art OS like ubuntu on ancient legacy hardware
3) take the 'broken laptop', rip off the dead LCD, plug in a monitor and turn it into the smallest desktop computer with built-in keyboard and trackpad. Oh yea and put ubuntu on it.
4) take that hand me down, POS computer that no one wants, put ubuntu on it and give it to a kid who's always wanted to have his/her own computer
5) pull out all the working parts from that dead POS junk that no one want and reuse it elsewhere-->add that 64mb memory chip to boost another 64mb machine to 128mb, or take that old HD and put it into an external HD box...
6) post messages on Ubuntuforums.org to remind people that the coolest thing about Ubuntu is that it's an amazing tools to help people recycle, reuse, and REDUCE our need to buy newer latest and greatest hardware just to keep up with the new version of m$ windoz.
7) use practically ancient linux commands like dd to do jobs for friends who are disparately in need of a PC technician to help them back up their stuff.
8) delete your windoz partition... god that feels good
9) visit ubuntuforums.org to read tons of awesome topics shared by the greatest support community on the planet.
10) put ubuntu on it, and find yourself becoming really inspired

stokedfish
April 22nd, 2007, 03:33 AM
01. Wireless control of my music with a Palm TX - http://giantdisc.org/
02. Listen to my music everywhere - http://jinzora.com/
03. Upload files to my home-server everywhere - http://vsftpd.beasts.org/
04. Very reliable alarm clock in the morning - http://www.musicpd.org/mpc.shtml & http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cron
05. Automated, hassle-free backups of important files - http://www.rsnapshot.org/
06. Extend my laptop by a freaking 0.6 TB - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Network_File_System
07. Run a secure, private filesharing network with friends - http://www.verlihub-project.org/
08. Chat & share tunes with some beloved people that I miss - http://museek-plus.org/
09. Access the biggest knowledge ressource on the planet - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Www
10. My little stupid but cute now-playing script - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cowsay


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Severa
April 24th, 2007, 03:59 AM
Here's my list:

1) I'm an Independent Sales Rep for AVON, I submit my orders online!
2) Stay connected with friends/family all over the world
3) Participate in forums, getting perspectives from all over
4) Banking, all bills (except water and cable, cause they're still in the Stone Age)
5) Reading news from around the world
6) Listen to my music collection that ranges from Metallica to Final Fantasy Advent Children soundtrack to Johnny Cash
7) Wiping the HD clean of Windows
8 ) Installing Ubuntu and tweaking computer with all manners of different programs
9) Beta testing Feisty and helping new Ubuntu users with their questions.
10) Make a window go wobbly with Beryl and having a Windows using friend say 'How the f**k did you do that?!?!'

mabrown11
June 28th, 2007, 07:01 PM
As already mentioned....running Beryl has to be in the top 3. Have you ever seen the look on people's faces when your computer can do all those kind of neat things that theirs can't??

Tundro Walker
June 29th, 2007, 04:51 AM
It all involves a security clearance, so if I told you, I'd have to kill you.

AndrewGene
August 29th, 2007, 08:32 PM
1) Running a more reliable, faster, cooler OS than I ever have before.
2) Thanks to apt-get I can find something I wanna try, type a simple command, NOT have to restart my computer and start messing around!
3) Download movies that are still in theatres (oops! did I say that??)
4) Spend time building from source code that will make my webcam/microphone work. (even though they are supported under windows it gives me a little thrill when i get something else working)
5) Ubuntuforums.org answers EVERY question a newbie like myself could ask.
6) Edit music with audacity
7) Customize my computer to look and act the way I want it to.
8) Safely audit my wireless network.
9) Have my wife use something other than XP and actually ENJOY using it.
10) Stand out among my computer science peers--they're all jealous.

Bungo Pony
August 29th, 2007, 08:55 PM
1) Copy videotapes from the VCR onto the hard drive
2) Upload BASIC programs onto my TRS-80 PC-3 Pocket computer (with an interface I built)
3) Copy Commodore 64 floppies onto the PC for use in an emulator using a 1541 floppy drive and a cable I made
4) Download files from that PC-XT I found in the trash without using floppies
5) I ran a BBS a few years back.
6) Turn an old Pentium 133 into a very useable jukebox holding 2000 songs on 3 DVDs (running DSL)
7) Record and mix music

That's all I could think of for now.

jc87
August 29th, 2007, 09:06 PM
1: code programs, use complex algorithms, design neat stuff.
2: Invent a new form of warp propulsion (I am working on that)
3: ask the computer "what is the meaning of life, the universe, and everything", sure it might give you a answer like "42" but at least you had a fun time.
4: cruise teh net for pron!!!!!!!!!!111!!!!!
5: learn Portuguese in 10 easy steps
6: check your bank account, shop around for a nice pair of shoes on eBay or Amazon
7: Tell Frodo he can stick it... with Microsoft SAM (the only reason to keep MS around in my mind :D)
8: Reverse engineer that strange area 51 type technology you found in your back yard before the government gets to you (Its not me!!!!!)
9: find the exact ingredients to that old Bulgarian beef stew your grandmother used to make
10: Make plans to conquer the world!!!!!!

Falam, falam falam mas no os vejo a fazer nada:)

Im curious about how can anyone learn Portuguese in just ten steps (or any other language for that matter)

rharriso
August 29th, 2007, 09:25 PM
Code
Porn
Watch Baseball Games
**** around with Linux
Play/Steal Music

happysmileman
September 1st, 2007, 12:08 AM
tv-links.co.uk is my favorite

I have a question.

Is it illegal(not that it matters) to watch these shows, if you don't save them and have sattelite TV so have access to them anyway, it would appear I already pay for access to the shows, watching them online is just easier access