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Ubuntu in the workplace.

Welcome back.
That was a strange hiatus.
One of the new features here at is going to be a concerted effort to get back to our roots, as it were. We're coming home to the Ubuntu (Users) Planet. We missed you.

My latest work box

This is a photo of my latest project at the Behavioral Health Hospital I work for. We are (in Healthcare terms) a small, not-for-profit organization. We need to make better use of open source software. I am going to lead by demonstrating.
With administration approval, I bought the organizations first Linux box. Mostly because I needed a rock solid LAMP server. And I wanted a desktop machine because-- Frankly, I don't grok command line as a primary interface. Folders need to be visualized, I think.

A lot of people come to Ubuntu (Users) Planet and tell and talk about their first Ubuntu experiences. I'm here to take you on our organization's. It’s not going to be pretty-- but lets accentuate the positive for a moment.

The Dell is sharp looking. The glossy case is sweet. It has an extra cd/dvd bay, but since I'm not using it, I like to open the panel and say "You can put your weed in there" and smirk.
But I digress. The Dell... It smells good. It starts up with nary a whisper. It comes with a shrink-wrapped Ubuntu 8.04 CD, and and the standard “how to unpack your PC and make it go” posters. Why do those instruction sheets need to be posters?

Anyway, since I didn’t have a lot of time when it first arrived, so I just unpacked it and set it up on my desk. My boss and some of my co-workers have come and poked at it, but none of them really understand what it’s for or why I needed _another_ computer at my desk.

I’ll show them. I’ll show all of them.

a handful of story ideas not fleshed out

MEshA few computer/technology related tid-bits that in years past would have been much longer posts.

  1. Look, I really kind of like K-Meleon, the lightweight, native Windows Implementation of the Geko Layout Engine. Think of it as Firefox for Windows without the Firefox part. On the Operating System of the Future (Windows 2000), K-Meleon is the browser of tomorrow.
  2. If only there were a similar version of Pidgin. I am now taking applications for the windows native multi-service XAMP client of tomorrow.
  3. I am currently experimenting with Windows Live Mesh. Mesh is Windows online folder syncing, basically, except that it also syncs to a "Online Desktop," so you can always get at your synched files, so long as you have access to a browser (even KM. So far, I've got my entire allotment of space allocated and it's still uploading. Nice! I wonder what that means. They say that there is a MacOSX Client coming. It has some kind of RDP or VNC built into it, but it's flaky and doesn't work as nicely LogMeIn, for example.
  4. If I could add one feature to the Windows Platform, I would add Universal Spell Checking like they have on the Macs. Hands down, Universal Spell checking is OSX's best feature.
  5. I still miss you, Linux. Do something awesome and I'll come back to you. Here's a hint. It's not being sold in a box at Best Buy. Hundreds of crappy software products have been sold in a Box at Best Buy over the years.
  6. You should be using Evernote. If you're not, you don't care about keeping notes. I have a Story Ideas notebook that I'm publishing there, but it's not about publishing, it's about having your data synced up to the web and on every computer you use. Except for Linux.