Geek or Nerd? How absurd! – took a bite back of the Apple

Computer-ArgYou may recall that I was a 3 OS guy awhile ago. This was more about money and tools for the job. This has changed yet again, due to necessity and loyalty.

I am no longer a Linux user and miss it somewhat. Especially as you need to be a right geek to use one properly. Linux Mint was my favourite flavour of Linux. The reason I dumped the OS was my ACER Travelmate finally gave up the ghost. So I traded it in for an iPad. The bonus has been it is better for my back as a cycling, backpack wearing, ageing teacher.

Likewise, I lost my Windows Samsung GTV phone. And although I have become an Apple adopter I really like Microsoft phones. And it is mainly down to the tile design, it is so aesthetically pleasing to this lapsed artists eye.

So here are my five takeaways from being a three OS guy, now down to two.

1) If you change phone, look at the compatibility issues you may have with your software and what Apps you have invested in. Also, do not assume that all Apps for your OS work with a different brand. I gained and lost some Apps moving from Samsung to Nokia Lumia.

2) Find a good password manager. I use passpack online and have had no complaints so far. It has a four-stage security layer.

3) Have an admin and a user side to your computer. Even as an Apple and Linux user I did/do this. As a Microsoft user, it should be a given. I have had hardly any problem with viruses to date.s If you are an Apple user use Clam XV to scan for a virus that may affect Microsoft users if you send a file that has a virus that can attack their system but not yours. It is only fair and good business practice.

4) Choose a good bookmark syncing system. I have used many but am very happy with Evernote as it is operable across devices and Operating Systems and has article clipping  as well as note taking capabilities.

5) Do not let your peers influence you. There are a lot of Apple, Microsoft and Linux fanboys. And there are a lot of issues even if you use just one Operating System across your devices.

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And even from a semi-tech native, as I really only started using computers seriously at aged 17/18, do not be scared to use the terminal to fix issues. And of course switching it on and off again is always an option.




A native Brit, Stewart is from the East Midlands. He has worked all over England and has been in Germany since 2002. Through working with the youth and the disabled he has been able to fine tune his communication skills. A Cambridge qualified (CELTA/LCCI CerTEB) instructor of English as a Foreign Language, he also has experience as a copy editor/ proof reader specializing in Higher Education and Business English. He assists established companies & local English trainers (LELTA) in optimizing their platforms, markets & copy (texts). With a Bachelors degree in English & Art, he brings diverse skills within a broad palette to his academic courses, an English speakers community (So Social Club) & an art project (Lebenskunstler). Not only focusing on creative expression but exemplary use of language.

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