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Updated on June 26, 2011
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Mind Body Operating Systems

Our behaviour mirrors how we feel within. The choices that we make reflect how tightly bound we are to our fears.

I have written extensively about the connection between mind and body and how the body is but a metaphor that tells the story of what we feel within.

The mind commands and the body obeys but the commands I refer to are given and received when we are not looking.


Computer Generation

When I started using a computer I was nearly 40 and it was given to me by my brother-in-law who was updating. When I started using a computer I was not in the minority and many people I knew spoke about it the way my grandfather spoke about how the TV would combust if we did not plug it out at night. Technology like anything new frightened him.

More and more people started using computers and I think that you would probably be in the minority nowadays if you didn't.


Computer Mechanic

Computers are like cars. Most people who know how to drive haven't a clue about how the car actually works. Most people who use a computer haven't a clue about how it works either.

Most of us simply trust our mechanics to ensure that our cars are in good working order and in the same way we trust computer technicians to solve problems that arise with our computers.


Monopoly on Knowledge

There is not one central car company in the world that owns all car engines. But when it comes to computers there are two main companies that own the operating system of nearly every computer. They are Microsoft and Apple.

By using a Microsoft or Apple operating system you are saying that it is fine for two companies to own the operating system of your computer and you are also subscribing to the idea that knowledge is not free.


Your choice reflects your convictions or lack of them

I have written extensively about choice and how our choices ultimately reflect who we are and create the reality we experience.

There is no reason in this day and age for anyone to buy an operating system especially from a company that would then seek to monopolise knowledge.

You have a choice and the choice you make creates the world you live in.

" Do I need to do something just because everyone else does it?"

I remember being told when I was very young that just because everyone else agrees doesn't make it right!


Reclaim your freedom

I humbly ask that you watch this 5 minutes video clip by Stephen Fry and ask yourself what you would lose by subscribing to the notion that knowledge is not for sale!

It is your choice. It always has been and always will be and so will your choice not to choose.


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    • Spirit Whisperer profile imageAUTHOR

      Xavier Nathan 

      7 years ago from Isle of Man

      Thank you so much for that. I have never heard of ubuntu and am very interested in trying it out. I am also looking forward to reading your next hubs.

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      myi4u 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      I am flattered too! Well, thanks for giving some ideas on writing hubs. I have been thinking a lot on what to write but I am concerned about the amount of words that I can come up with. Among those titles are the movies that I have watched over the past couple of weeks. The problem is to find the time to write them into a hub.

      I shall hub about operating systems. I do, however, have a couple of hubs about Windows Vista and Windows Tiny Edition. To me, changing over from one operating system to another can be complicated and not so complicated. It all depends on which operating system that you choose.

      Again, thank you for giving me ideas and I shall crack on them as soon as I can!

      Are you using Linux yourself? If not and you wish to try, head over to http://www.ubuntu.com/

      The instructions are really easy to understand and you can even try it by setting it up on USB stick before installing it on your computer! How great is that!

    • Spirit Whisperer profile imageAUTHOR

      Xavier Nathan 

      7 years ago from Isle of Man

      I am very flattered to receive such a comment from someone I would consider an expert in this field. I would love if you wrote a more detailed hub about operating systems as I am sure you would have a lot more to say on the subject. I just wanted people to be aware that they have a choice and it is their choices that are creating the monopolies that ultimately take away their power to choose. Another idea for a hub would be for you to explain how people can change over from one operating system to another or would that be too complicated? Thank you for reading and commenting your support is always appreciated.

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      myi4u 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      There are actually dozens of operating systems out there and most of them are free. While some of them are quite popular especially Linux, they don't seem to make their way to the consumer market in the selling floor. When I was looking for a netbook years ago, I couldn't find one with Linux OS though other countries offered Linux as an option. I couldn't even choose a netbook without any operating system. So much so for their so called customisation (like Dell website), but everything is limited a couple of components and some cannot be changed or removed.

      Your hub explains things in a simple way but everything is spot on!

    • Spirit Whisperer profile imageAUTHOR

      Xavier Nathan 

      7 years ago from Isle of Man

      Thank you nighthag. I appreciate that. Please let me know the reaction.

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      K.A.E Grove 

      7 years ago from Australia

      sounds like a wonderful idea, will be having a stickybeek soon, thanks for sharing and will happily share this on to others :)

    • Spirit Whisperer profile imageAUTHOR

      Xavier Nathan 

      7 years ago from Isle of Man

      Thank you always exploring and please let me know what you think when you check it out.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I will check out GNU.org, Great idea to share knowledge, but greed rules. Thank you for sharing.

      Cheers

    • Spirit Whisperer profile imageAUTHOR

      Xavier Nathan 

      7 years ago from Isle of Man

      Thank you Tina. I will certainly read yours too.

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      Christina M. Castro 

      7 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

      Hello Spirit Whisperer, I think it is amazing that you would write about a computer operating system soon after I write a hub about getting my Windows operating system updated. It is good to share ideas and have an open mind about what is available to us in the computer world. I never wanted to get involved in the internet at all about 13 years ago. That is when we had the MS-DOS program which is far different than what is out there now. I guess, back then, I was just uninformed. Thanks now to my maturity, I have no anxiety about the computer operating systems of today. I will always ask lots of questions because the transmission of such computerized system is only as good as the signals out in the atmosphere. As always, I always feel richer with knowledge after reading each of your hubs, and I hope you continue to enjoy mine. :)

    • Spirit Whisperer profile imageAUTHOR

      Xavier Nathan 

      7 years ago from Isle of Man

      I have never heard of that operating system RealHousewife LOL

      You know what they say about having your cake and eating it! Go on treat yourself!

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      Kelly Umphenour 

      7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I had never heard of this before - or thought about that aspect of it. I watched the video - and at the end - I conclude - I want chocolate cake:)!

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