November 25, 2015
News about ME & Vitamins + News about a new Ubuntu


1. News about ME and vitamins
2. A new Ubuntu - 14.04
3. So if there is no Nederlog tomorrow...


This is a Nederlog of Wednesday, November 25, 2015.

This is not a crisis blog.

1. News about ME and vitamins

The previous update is from the last month, and is here. That says that my condition was a bit worse in 2015 than it was in 2014, and especially since late April, when I had to do too much.

Now this has been improving again, as it seems to, for the last 5 weeks were considerably better than the rest of 2015, and the only difference this can be - rationally speaking - due to is my increase in folic acid, that also lasted 5 weeks.

Heres is what I am taking now (choosing the latest variant) since October 16, last:
vitamin C: 3 grams:
The same as last month.
Calcium+vitamin D+vitamin K:
The same as last month. (This is 1 pill.)
Potassium: 2 pills a day
This gives 400 mg a day.
Metafolin or folic acid: 4 pills a day.
This gives 3200 mcg. (Increased 4-fold)
Magnesium: 1 pill a day.
This gives the daily required amount, together with Multi Total.
Vit mB12 5000 mcg: 1 pill a day.
Vit aB12 3000 mcg: 1 pill a day. (Doubled.)
Vit B6 (100 mg): 1 pill a day.

Multi Total: 2 pills a day.
This gives the daily recommend dosage (which is much too low
in vitamins, but is sufficient in minerals).
That is mostly as it was before (and I am 6 ft 4 and over 80 kilos).

I have - repeatedly - experimented with nearly all changes, and believe none of them is very relevant except folic acid: I am taking significantly more the last 5 weeks and I have all 5 weeks felt better than the rest of 2015 (that also was not very good, and worse than 2014).

This is so far the best confirmation possible that significantly more folic acid helps me considerably, and is quite pleasant.

Besides, coincidentally or not (I really don't know) my eyes also considerably improved the last 3 weeks or so.

This is quite good and quite pleasant, and I will continue the next month as above, and write about it in a month's time.

2. A new Ubuntu - 14.04

I did something I did not well consider yesterday, but have done it: I upgraded to a new Long Time version of Ubuntu: I moved from 12.04 to 14.04 (the next Long Time version, that will be maintained for 5 years (until 2019, that is). [1]

I had considered upgrading repeatedly before, but yesterday, mostly because I was feeling better, I decided to upgrade to 14.04 and did. Here is the outcome:

- the upgrading went very smoothly and took a few hours, in which I did
  hardly have to do anything, and
- it all worked from the start.

Also, all the main programs I use still work, which is very pleasant, and overall I think 14.04 is a bit better than 12.04 EXCEPT FOR ONE THING: It has lost the High Contrast Inverse option: You cannot have the menus display in white letters on a black background anymore.

I did not know that, and had not calculated with it. It clearly is my own fault, for I should have checked it before updating. But I did not, and I now have a new Ubuntu which has many white menus.

It is true that my eyes are considerably better than they were, but this is not nice.

I do not know what to do right now. I have an update of 12.04 of last Thursday, but this does not reinstall from 14.04. I also have an old install of 12.04 on my harddisk, and I will see what I can do with that...

The outcome is that I am back in that old version of 12.04, WITH High Contrast Inverse, which I will really need for another year or two, I guess (and I can use 12.04 until April 2017) while I cannot start up 14.04 anymore. But the directories are still there, so I am now copying these to the old version...

3. So if there is no Nederlog tomorrow...

The brief outcome so far is that I am back in 12.04 but I need to do quite a bit of updating. It will probably work (this is Linux, not Windows) but it may not be finished today or tomorrow.

So in
case there is no Nederlog tomorrow, you will know why: I am busy updating and restoring.


[1] The difference between 12.04 and 14.04 is as between Windows 7 and Windows 8 (or Windows XP and Windows 7), but in Ubuntu there are many more versions of each: I started in version 23 of 12.04 and ended in version 95 of 12.04, and the downloading and installing of each new version was normally done in something like 5 minutes.

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