I'm sorry I haven't had time to blog much this week. I've had a dead computer to try and rebuild and a work trip to London so it's been a busy few days.
My computer troubles started in the run up to Christmas. I was get lots of random reboots and the dreaded blue screen of death was making frequent visits. I re-installed Windows over the New Year weekend, only for the same problems to continue happening. I eventually decided that it was probably the disk controller on the motherboard that was at fault, which unfortunately involved replacing not just the motherboard but the CPU and memory as well.
I've been a Windows user since I was first introduced to a PC (a monochrome laptop some time in the early 90's which ran Windows 3.11) but I'm not a fan of Vista or Windows 7 and so had stuck with Windows XP. At work though I use a Linux distribution called Ubuntu, and I've been really impressed by how stable and easy to use it is (in comparison to distributions like Mandrake and SUSE that I tried back in the late 90's). So given that I need to re-install my main machine again I decided to take the plunge and switch to Ubuntu. I've installed version 10.10 code name Maverick Meerkat -- hence the photo which I took at a tropical house in Leeds a couple of years ago.
So far everything seems to be working properly (including the cookbook which is hosted on my main machine), and I'm not missing Windows at all! Although to be truthful I have installed WINE and I've got a Windows instance running in VirtualBox while I find replacements for a couple of pieces of software and so I can download programmes from the BBC iPlayer.