Acton Central station

Picture of Acton Central station

Acton Central station at 1428 on Sunday 6 May 2012.

Puma Court

Picture of alleyway E1

Puma Court E1 6QG at 1519 on 21 April 2012.

Ubuntu 12.04: so far, so good

Picture of my Ubuntu 12.04 desktop

I upgraded my system to Ubuntu 12.04 on the day it was released (26 April 2012), and so far it’s all been plain sailing.

At one time, upgrading linux distributions could be a bit of a hit or miss affair, but in the world of Ubuntu this appears to be a thing of the past.

My first impression of the new version was speed – it feels distinctly faster than the previous version.

A controversial aspect over recent years has been the Unity desktop user interface.

Whilst I have no objections to this interface, which is ideal for new Ubuntu users and can be applied to wide range of devices, to a more experienced user like myself it does get in the way.

As you can see from the screenshot of my desktop above, I use Gnome Panel (or Gnome Classic as it’s known in Ubuntu), which has been given some design polish in this release.

My verdict on Ubuntu 12.04: excellent!

Audio levels

Giles Apen, Studio Manager for Radio 2, talks us through the functions of PPMs.

Street light and tree

Picture street light and tree

Seen in Acton at 2248 on Thursday 3 May 2012.

Signals still failing

Picture of crazy train

Private Eye‘s Signal Failures column is a constant reminder of everything that was good about British Rail.

Putting all ideological objections to privatisation to one side, the 1994 sell off of British Rail was inherently unworkable, and would inevitably result in the current fragmented and inefficient system.

Unbelievably, the real cost of the public rail subsidy is now higher than it ever was under British Rail: “In 1994, the total government support received by BR was £1,627m, (£2,168m in 2005 terms, adjusted by RPI), while in 2005, government support from all sources totalled £4,593m” (from Wikipedia).

Come back British Rail – all is forgiven!

Picture courtesy Queeky.