Rogue One incoming!

Whilst we’re on a Star Wars theme, Rogue One is now less than 20 days away.

I’ve managed to get some tickets to see it at 00:05 on Thursday 15th December at the Cineworld IMAX in the Glasgow Science Centre, so will report back after that.  Having really enjoyed EPVII I’m looking forward to this pre-EPIV instalment.

Not my most extreme Star Wars experience, which would probably be travelling to New York City in May 1999 to see EP1 as it was released in the US 2 months before the UK.  4 of us landed at JFK around 5pm EST, spent a few hours sightseeing around NYC before watching the film 3 times (00:05, 03:00 and 11:00) before jumping in a cab and heading back to JFK for a flight home!  I think it’s the only Star Wars film I haven’t seen in the UK, so you can imagine how disappointed (and tired) I was on the way home!!

Episode IV – A New App?

I’ve decided to try and break this down into 2 blogs, and as a small homage to the greatest film ever made I’m calling the first one Episode IV!  

I thought it would be useful to understand what I use in macOS before diving into the alternatives available in eOS.  This is likely to be a real deal-breaker, as I know some of the things I use daily just don’t exist outside macOS, but let’s cover off some of this to begin.  



Not with Miley Cyrus!

One of the good things about a default eOS install is the lightweight feel.  It really doesn’t come with a lot installed, which is good if you want to add just what you need, but I do feel it’s missing a few fundamental things.  There are also some settings and switches that can make it feel a little more macOS like, so I’m going to cover these here.  Some might say they’re just apps (and they’d probably be right) but I’m still working on that blog(s)…


Take 3

You didn’t actually think I was done?  

I’ve actually been playing around some more with my eOS MBA and after installing a few more things and trying a few alternatives managed to break it again!  It wasn’t broken in the same sense that it wouldn’t boot, but I couldn’t install or update anything through the AppCenter (or Ubuntu Software Center I’d installed as an alternative) so after not too much trying to fix I thought I’d start again, hence Take 3.

Are you crazy I can imagine some people thinking?  Possibly, but I also wanted to see how long it would take a 3rd time and how much easier it would be knowing I’d blogged everything last time.  And unsurprisingly it was much quicker and easier!  I’m back to where I left, and have resolved a couple of self-inflicted issues from Take 2:


You’ve got mail (and a calendar)

I’ve kind of left this until the very end as I knew accessing my mail would be pretty straight forward.  Webmail would always be an option if not, but I’ve configured other mail client in other Linux VM’s so knew this would be fine.

I have 4 e-mail addresses, or which I really only use 2.  The 2 I don’t really use are (I actually used long before iCloud) and  I still receive some mail into both, so have them configured but don’t send anything.  The 2 I use are both hosted by Pickaweb on my own domains – and the one you’re viewing this on


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