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.

Saturday, July 05, 2008

How Net-Temps can improve its CrossRoads career newsletter

Though hasn't find much Product Manager opening I am looking for, or at least Indeed search engine hasn't any from it, it does send weekly "Crossroads Jobseeker News" email with many interesting articles (even though mainly serving the advertising purpose for many recruiting consultants and firms).

Since I am searching opening as Product Manager, I've found a few things Net-Temps can improve its Email Product:

1. Change the title of each article from default "Crossroads Newsletter and Career Development Center" to the ACTUAL title of each article. This will not only help reader like me to search previous article from Firefox History much easier (from usability perspective) but also improve search engine ranking (from SEM/SEO perspective) and better ROI for its consultant customers so a higher fee or more customer may sign up (from Revenue perspective).

click the following two links and you know what I mean:

2.  Increase the integration with consultant customer's website

Take this article for example, "How to Avoid Laundry List Resumes". Like many other articles from Net-Temps, at the end of article, it will display a link to consultant's website and a brief intro of the service.

It's OK but why doesn't make it better? At the end of this article, it reads:

Heather Eagar is a former professional resume writer who provides job seekers with current, reliable and effective job search tools and information. Compare top resume writing services to find the best one for you at

Cool but I may only become Heather's client if I do click the link to her website. But why should I click the link? Because I am searching job? That's a too-naive assumption. Rather, maybe Net-Temps can display a simplified version of the comparison chart at the end of this article. Just like a free trial, if a reader can see what it is, the chance to click will be greatly increased. How much %? Not sure but that's also part of Product Manager's job, is it? Creating a series test to see the best approach.

3. Shorten steps to acquire a potential customer/buyer

At this article, Soaring On Your Strengths Lands the BIG Job ,Robin Ryan is trying to sell his newest book "Soaring on Your Strengths.". And at the end of this article, his personal website,, is logically provided. So the purpose of this article is really to bring potential buyer of his book to there. I didn't visit his website at all but could imagine some marketing practices may be adopted there such as offering a chapter to dowload for free (too bad if he doesn't)... But if the possibility for a visitor to buy his book is highly correlated to the dowload of the free chapter, then why not offer the download link directly here at the bottom of this Net-Temps article? After all, the purpose is to SELL the book but NOT adding one more visitor.

There are a few more areas I think can be improved but I have to stop my creative mind here as a Product manager but back to the process of searching a Product Manager role. Sadly, after checking current opening at Net-temps corporation, there is no Product Manager opening...

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