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Configuring Ubuntu a little further

25 novembre 2005 | 0 commentaire

The easy stuff is installing a distro. The tough part comes when you want to make it yours, whether through supporting your special hardware or …gasp… customizing the look’n’feel of your desktop. As it is, I’m currently posting this from my Ubuntu VMware image, which now has MPlayer 1.0pre7, XMMS and DVD decryption installed (thank…

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Ubuntu doesn’t cease to amaze me…

25 novembre 2005 | 0 commentaire

I’ve reinstalled Ubuntu (5.10, the latest release) under VMware 5.0 (I’m downloading version 5.5 as I write this) and Ubuntu deserves all the accolades it keeps receiving from the industry. It’s stable, fast, uses the oh-so-lovely debian package manager (apt-get) and does a fantastic job at ‘just working’. For example, I first set it up…

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Changed my blog’s URL and RSS feeds

14 novembre 2005 | 0 commentaire

I’ve decided to change my blog’s URL to http://blog.arseneault.ca. Since my arseneault.ca domain hosts all sort of personal projects, this will make it easier for me on the management side, since I can simply update a subdomain’s mapping as I shuffle directories around on my hosted server. Thanks for changing your URL feeds accordingly… RSS…

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Recommending the Presentation Zen blog

14 novembre 2005 | 0 commentaire

I’ve been reading the Presentation Zen blog for a few weeks now and find the content very refreshing, especially as I used to build so many Powerpoint slides and still enjoy presenting our technologies from time to time to larger audiences. Now, I know the next PPT presentation I build will be totally different, look…

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Pre-built DB2 VMware image from IBM

14 novembre 2005 | 0 commentaire

While hunting on Google for sites offering pre-built VMware images to play with, I just discovered that we (IBM) offer a DB2 UDB for Linux image for download, for evaluation and development purpose. This is cool! P.S. I’ve updated the VMware wiki page with weblinks to our support policies when running IBM middleware within VMware…

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What will my next Thinkpad be?

13 novembre 2005 | 0 commentaire

At IBM, our primary workstations have been Thinkpads for a number of years now. Ok, so we sold off that business to Lenovo lately, but there are no plans to change supplier, as far as I know. Being a techie, I wish my system was refreshed every 6 months, but we all know that kind…

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My computers last too long…

13 novembre 2005 | 0 commentaire

Computers last just too darn long. That is, when you buy something half decent, I would add. My first computer was in constant evolution, since it was a white box (clone). Every few months, I’d change a few parts and try to squeeze more performance as the wallet permitted. Then, as I joined IBM, I…

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Been trying to study all week-end…

12 novembre 2005 | 0 commentaire

Well, it’s been one of those week-ends where there just never was some time to stop, pick up the (Red)books and study a little. Didn’t help that my wife was away for her xmas staff party for two days, that I had both kids to entertain/take care of, and that house chores don’t take care…

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IBM Software = Teletubbies?

11 novembre 2005 | 0 commentaire

Bob Congdom has this neat comparison between the IBM Software brands and the Teletubbies, check it out!

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WikidPad successor is called … EverNote

11 novembre 2005 | 0 commentaire

After having tried for a week to adapt, this desktop wiki just ain’t working for me. I already run MediaWiki on a server, so I know wikis. But the whole notion of interlinking my notes doesn’t seem to hold, given that most of what I wanted (I realize now) was a way to take notes…

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