This isn’t going to be easy

But no one ever said it was going to be. You will have to work harder, smarter, better, and with more intensity than you ever thought you were capable of.

Dear Friend,

How’s it going? Alright? You don’t look alright to me.

You look like you’re going through rough times. Like you’ve had a couple setbacks and now you’re not so sure of yourself. Like maybe you’ve lost your way.

I don’t see that swagger in your walk any more. No wink and grin that says “Watch what I’m about to do.”

And of course, your results.

Your work is dull. Mediocre. You’re going through the motions – putting in the hours but not really giving it your best. You’re playing scared. You’re watching your back instead of charging ahead. You’ve lowered both the expectations you’ve set for yourself, and for how others will treat you.

You look like you’ve given up on yourself.

But guess what? Even if you’re giving up on you, I’m not. Continue reading This isn’t going to be easy

Ubuntu Nuggets

Seems I’m always looking for “that one” article I read on how to do something but can never seem to find it. Irritating! This post will serve as my “sticky” until I need this stuff again.

For the record, I have been a “Windows Guy” for the many years since I first started playing with computers. Most people have. I’ve flirted with x-based operating systems off-and-on over this same period usually choosing the more mature, easier-to-use products from Microsoft. For as long as I can remember, this was a no-brainer. Recently, however, Linux and MS Windows appear to have changed roles. Of course, this a personal opinion.

It used to be that Windows was easier to use, more stable, and offered a more refined user experience. Successive versions simply improved on the stability and ease of use of their predecessor. With the debacle that was Windows Vista, my opinion gradually started to change. With Windows 7, I’m not quite as interested in things coming out of Redmond as I used to be and the once sizable differences between the latest round of products from MS and those from the open-source Linux community are smaller and substantially fewer in number.

I could fill a book with how Microsoft has disappointed me, a one time champion of their products, in the last 6 years. I’ll save that for another day. Flirting with Linux, it would appear, has turned into true infatuation now that I’m using it on my primary workstation. Since I don’t know nearly as much about Ubuntu as I do about Windows, I need a place to put the little knowledge nuggets I pick up and that’s the reason for this post. (Come to think of it, if I had started toying with Linux from the beginning my tidbits would have been scratched on paper in notebooks. The Internet was barely utilitarian.) Continue reading Ubuntu Nuggets