Saturday, May 01, 2010

Now 64bit Ubuntu 10.04 on Thinkpad T61

Time flies. I got my Ubuntu 9.04 last Aug now almost a year later, I just have Ubuntu 10.04 64-bit installed. (I upgraded to 9.04 from 8.10 but this 10.04 is a fresh install. Super smooth..)

Following is a list of post-installation things I have done to make Ubuntu works for me:

1. install Chinese input method.
No need to add Chinese font. Ubuntu by default displays Chinese web pages ok. You need to go through the following to add Chinese input support: Click System menu=>Preference=>iBus preference=>Input Method=>Choose Chinese Pinyin-vi (my choice) from the list then click "Add". That's it. You now can click the small keyboard icon at the top right corner to choose Chinese method.

2. install Firefox Flash plugin
Click System menu=>Admin=>Synaptic Package manager=>Search "nsplugin". Then select both Nsplugin and Flashplugin-installer. Click "Apply" to install both. Restart Firefox. Done.

Will update later if I find anything else.

Friday, August 21, 2009

KDE Ubuntu 9.04 => Gnome Ubuntu 9.04

After using Kbuntu, the Ubuntu bundled with KDE Desktop environment, for about 3 months now. I decided to switch back to the Gnome version, which I used with 8.10, 6.04.

Kbuntu is quite disappointing. A few examples:

1. the desktop widget panel is a joke. Very unstable.

2. cannot connect to hidden wifi

3. cannot apply diff resolution to my external 20" LCD monitor which support 1680x1200. Instead, it can only support 1440x1024 for my 14" thinkpad and the 20" LCD

So just reinstalled the Gnome version of Ubuntu 9.04 and here are extra steps I need to take after the installation:

1. Install VPN support
aptitude -y install network-manager-vpnc vpnc

2. Install VirtualBox

3. Install must-have Firefox plugin

4.install flash player for Firefox

Monday, March 30, 2009

A made-in-china browser

JLM Pacific Epoch said Sina is working on a in-house browser based on IE w/ help from Microsoft China...

I remember when I was working in Richsight right after college in 1998, we have a star engineer team working on a Chinese browser with funding support from China's NSF as part of the 863 project. Sadly the executives dismissed this team quick after acquring with to become a short-sighted decision...

Browser is the gate-keeper for Internet, dude!

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Ubuntu 8.04=>8.10 upgrade

Steps to upgrade from Ubuntu 8.04 to 8.10:

Menu: System>Administration>Software Sources>Updates

Click the "Release upgrade" drop down menu and choose "Normal Release". Click OK to close the configuration window.

Now manually run the Update Manager and you will see the 8.10 upgrade is available. No need to backup anything. Very smooth process. Just make sure you have enough disk space to download all new packages. 5G should be enough. My total upgrade only needs two clicks to confirm the replacement of few config file under /etc I've changed. That's it. Total progress pretty much depends on your Internet speed to download 1000+ new packages...

Friday, January 02, 2009

ByeBye Babson

Really a post I should write months earlier. I've graduated from Babson full-time MBA program in May, 2008. Now I am working in a promising startup in San Francisco area as Sr. Product Manager.

It's a pity I was not be able to launch a startup with my pal at Babson before the graduation. But I am happy to be still within the startup world. Just make a one-step plan a two-step one...

Thank you for visiting this blog! I may not update this blog since my Babson journey is over.

Welcome to msg me at twitter

It's better than email...

Monday, July 07, 2008

Test the Group Blogging feature of

OK. See it works. or Google Blog allows :

Your blog can have up to 100 authors.

Cool thing.

But the only limitation is, quite obviously, that every of those 100 authors must have a google account to be able to login.