Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Installed Ubuntu Linux onto my Thinkpad T60

Last weekend I installed Ubuntu Linux onto my Lenovo Thinkpad T60 laptop. I wanted to keep Windos XP Professional installed, so I chose to dual-boot it using GRUB. I also upgraded the 40 GB hard drive to a 250 GB hard drive using a laptop hard drive upgrade kit. I copied the files over to the new drive, and then installed Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron) in another partition. It was amazingly simple.

My reason for installing Linux is because I miss it. Almost ten years ago I got into Linux (Mandrake and Red Hat) in the first place because I was sick of Windows 98. Win98, which I do not consider an operating system (OS) simply because it does not manage system processes whatsoever.

What made me sick was that I could not get my work done on it and I truly enjoyed my school's Solaris machines (I was an undergrad at Boston University). It's been a few years since I truly used Linux for many of my computing needs. And here I am getting back into that.

Tomorrow, 8.10 will be released and I will again be upgrading my OS. The picture below is of my system running 8.04. Notice my G1 next to it.



On the screen I have Conky running along with Songbird. You probably can't see it from the angle this was taken.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

My First Chicago Bulls Game

I just got back from my first Chicago Bulls game. I have to admit, I haven't been a good fan to the Bulls in a long time. Not since the 90's dynasty have I ever sat down to watch a full game, start to finish. Best part of all, my tickets were free and the seats were pretty good (Section 228, Row 1, Seat 7), Club level seats.

Tonight's game was against the Bucks.

Final Score:
Bulls 108
Bucks 95

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

My First Blog Entry from my G1

My experience with the G1 has been pretty awesome so far. It arrived yesterday to my apartment's front desk at 12:05pm. I didn't get to it until about 5pm. I charged it and have been playing with it since. I'll probably do a review of it later.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

T-mobile to ship G1 early?

As my friend Ben pointed out, it's possible that our pre-ordered G1 phones will arrive earlier than expected. Tomorrow, Monday, October 20, 2008 to be exact. Upon checking my order status on UPS.com, I found the following:



So it looks like my Google phone is here in Chicago, and is set to ship tomorrow!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Getting the G1 in one week

Next week, on October 22, I should be getting my pre-ordered T-Mobile G1, in black. Sadly though, in order to pre-order this device, I had to extend my contract with T-Mobile until September 28, 2010. I found out the exact date by a letter they sent me thanking me for choosing to continue my relationship and extending my contract with them.

Let me get one thing straight, I extended the contract only to get my hand on a device running Google Android. I love pretty much everything that comes from Google. Everything. And I want to be one of the first to get my hands on this toy. Even though it's costing me $300.


Links:

Tech Cocktail Chicago 9

Another digerati networking event coming up in November! Last time I went I had a pretty good time talking with various people in the Chicago tech community. Only wish my company would sport me with actual up-to-date business cards!

When: Thursday, November 6, 2008 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. CST
Where: John Barleycorn Wrigleyville
Tech Cocktail Chicago 9

I also recently joined the community: iam.techcocktail.com

You can see my personal blog's previous posting on Tech Cocktail 8 here.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Using Google Docs as a Collaboration Tool

A few weeks ago I visited San Francisco (SF) for the first time with my baby sister. My sister was busy with law school, so the planning was mostly up to me, and I needed recommendations on what to do there. So I started a Google Docs for myself at first and then added collaborators to help edit it. These collaborators were all friends from SF.

It then turned into a wiki-style collaboration document. I was getting recommendations on where to stay, where to go, what to eat. It was great. This simply goes to show the power of the Google's free collaboration tool and friends that are willing to help others.

Check out the result of the collaboration below:

Steven's San Francisco Trip (Sept. 2008)