Chris J Powell

Self Improvement…Day by Day

So this is day 3 on the blogging trail and I am now realizing that it takes some discipline to get up in the morning and post something that is insightful and ties into the title of this blog so I am going to do a bit of a rant. A former Sales Administrator at my work Info-Tech Research Group had coined a phrase for Wednesday’s that was not only about the words as much as his tone “It’s Hump Day…One Day Closer to the Weekend!”  For me that is what is so wrong about the environment that I work in as the majority of my colleagues see work as 8-5PM and I just can not turn off that way. My work day really does start at 6 AM and rarely ends before 8 PM even though I leave the office at 5PM.  Whether I am reading a book, trolling the internet or diving into one of the 14 tech magazines that I subscribe to I try to stay ahead of the trends so that I can identify what is … Read more

Ubuntu Release Day

So Thursday will be release day of the latest version of my beloved Ubuntu. For those who are not familiar with Ubuntu, it is a Linux Operating System that has a regular (EVERY 6 months) release date.  With 11.04 also known as Natty Narwhal there have been some dramatic upgrades.  Gone is the familiar Gnome Interface and is replaced with a new Interface called Unity.  Unity has been around for a while in the Netbook Remix version of Ubuntu and has become a familiar companion on my 7″ Netbook and my daughter’s 10″ Netbook. Also with Natty comes a refresh on Ubuntu One a free Cloud File Storage, Banshee Media Player has replaced Rythmbox (which is one of the updates I always did in previous releases), and Open Office has been replaced by LibreOffice. The OS has ran smooth for me on my Netbook since Alpha 2 but on April 28, 2011 it will be available as a fully supported release.  For more on Ubuntu go to Cheers and Enjoy. The Rants and Musings of a Technical Sales Guy.