Ubuntu Feisty Fawn: Missing Shutdown/Restart

April 28, 2007 at 2:08 pm | Posted in Feisty Fawn, Linux, restart, shutdown, technology, Ubuntu | 13 Comments

Just installed Ubuntu 7.04 on a spare laptop.  Everything worked great, except after two reboots my shutdown and restart buttons disappeared.  Here is the fix:

  1. From the top menu bar choose System
  2. Select the Administration menu option
  3. Then choose the Login Window menu option
  4. Enter your password when prompted
  5. Select the Local tab
  6. Check the box next to Show Actions Menu
  7. Make sure Include Host Names below it is checked as well

That’s it!  The Shutdown and Restart options will magically reappear!  Hope this helps…


Review: “Stranger Than Fiction”

April 24, 2007 at 7:57 pm | Posted in movie, movies, Stranger Than Fiction, Will Ferrell, writing | Leave a comment

Stranger Than Fiction posterLet me just say, “What a great movie!” I was expecting this movie to be somewhere between Talladega Nights and Anchorman – that is, a silly comedy that would leave me in stitches but definitely forgettable. Boy was I caught off guard!

Imagine my surprise when especially hot Maggie Gyllenhaal raised my eyebrows as Will Ferrell’s love interest. She is really sexy in this film and frankly, her character seems like it is straight out of Asheville.

For me, Ferrell’s best film to date had been The Producers. Well, this film relegates The Producers to the “just comedy” category and ultimately raises Ferrell’s game (I’m going to expect more from him now that I know he is capable). I’m really starting to gain some respect for this guy – he is quite the actor! Continue Reading Review: “Stranger Than Fiction”…

iGTD application by Bartek Bargiel

April 22, 2007 at 10:08 am | Posted in education, GTD, iGTD, Mac, MacBook, organization, OS X, productivity, technology | 1 Comment

If you’re a Mac user and you want to get things done, then this application is for you! I’ve been using it for a couple weeks now and I think I’m in love. Previously I was using the Kinkless GTD add-on for OmniOutliner, but iGTD is, by far, a much better implementation of David Allen’s GTD strategies. The guy who develops this application puts out updates like every couple of days, so there is always some new functionality waiting for you when you start it up. Here is a screenshot and some of my favorite features… Continue Reading iGTD application by Bartek Bargiel…

Gender gaps in IT

April 18, 2007 at 8:12 pm | Posted in education, gender, healthcare, informatics, job, pharmacy, technology, women | 3 Comments

Please read this very interesting blog post by colombianflowers. I have noticed the same trends in both my professional and academic work regarding women in the computer science field.

At the University, I found it “peculiar” when a fellow female classmate told me she was a Computer Science major. If my initial reaction is any indication of the gender differences in the area of computer science/information technology, then we’ve definitely got a long way to go.

You may recall from my previous posts that I mentioned my promotion/lateral move into a new position at my organization. Instead of working so closely with the infrastructure and hardware teams, I now work much more closely with the talented people in clinical informatics.

Let me tell you, it is a completely different story. At most meetings, I am the only guy in the room! I personally don’t have a problem with it and am quite happy working with people regardless of their gender, but the contrast to other areas of computer science and information technology kind of slaps you in the face. Continue Reading Gender gaps in IT…

Partisan politics

April 15, 2007 at 10:19 am | Posted in America, Democrats, politics, Republicans | Leave a comment

Great essay on the state of politics today.  Check it out: http://www.comicstrippolitics.com/?p=17

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