posts from the life professional


March 2009

hp mini 1000 Mobile Internet Edition – ubuntu with style

I’ve just put up a page on my impressions of the way hp has customised a beautiful front end for Ubuntu 8.04 on the hp mini 1000 MIE.  Click on the tab labelled “hp mini MIE” on the lower edge of the top banner (showing the HP 32S calc) to read.  

The page talks about the bundled apps and suggests additional software you may want to add, and the command lines to do this with. (why command line?  hp “simplified” the add/remove programs list, probably to keep things safe and orderly for non technical users).  

Have a read if you’re interested in Linux for the common man, or are curious about the MIE interface, which I’m tempted to put on my other 2 machines running Ubuntu.  mini01

If you’d like to read more on the interface, here’s a good post from


Peter Day’s World of Business podcast on the BBC

My podcast listening categories tend to be around tech and business.  I’ve just been compelled to add another podcast to my list.  Peter Day’s World of Business, a program you can catch on the BBC World Service, is readily accessible from the iTunes podcast directory.  It’s all business, of course, but often with a tech slant.  Last week, it was an interview with John Chambers.  This week, there’s no tech, but still about a “recent” trend that will reshape business –  fair trade.  peterday-wob

If you are an iTunes user like me, fire up iTunes and go to the iTunes store.  Type the following in the search bar:

podcast bbc peter day

If you’re not on itunes, you can go directly to the worldbiz podcast page on the BBC’s website.

Be warned – you can only get the latest episode so check in regularly or risk missing a program.

Strongly recommended.

Incidentally – my podcast listening life is not all work and no play.  If you’d like a bit of entertainment, there’s a new podcast from Shareen Wong and Joe Augustin – they’re now doing with podcasts what they used to do on their morning radio show, sans songs and sans station management censorship.  You’ll find the episodes listed on their morning jam website.

Goodbye, Colorado

I’ve always loved newspapers.  

Newspapers and a cup of coffee and a few minutes to enjoy both together is my idea of an ideal start to any morning. 

Yes, I’ve sometimes resorted to having a laptop in front of me as coffee companion, with the news sites I love loaded up but this is only when I was not able to get a paper. 

The BBC World Service covered the closing of the Rocky Mountain News, a mere 55 days before it’s 150th anniversary, and attributed it’s demise to the trend of news consumers increasingly turning to the internet instead of the newspapers.  

The Media companies, once so powerful, so influential, are now either embracing a move to the internet in an attempt to survive, or folding up their businesses.  

Of course, the bad economic climate had a role.  But there have been bad economic climates before, many in fact during the Rocky Mountain News’ nearly 150 years of operation.  

As content is increasingly consumed in digital form, those involved in the packaging and distribution must evolve too.

It’s ironic that the first time I’ve ever read a page from the Rocky Mountain News is from their website – and it’s the goodbye article on the last issue front page.  I’m encountering the newspaper on the very medium that helped bring out it’s demise.  Ironic too that the other great anniversary being celebrated during this time is that of Charles Darwin. 


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