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Ubuntu adventure - volume 2

Having fun with my xfce adventure on my chromebook, I decided to start using Ubuntu at work. It's easier than said, as my work team only supports the use of Windows or Mac and getting them to agree to allow me to use Ubuntu is almost as hard as making 1000 Tesla cars in a day.

Decided to go with VMWare for this as i am allowed to use that at work - not my go to option, but will have to do for now.

Had to stick with an older version of Ubuntu (14) as the new version (16) did not work with my version of vmware workstation. Tried to install 16 multiple times and all resulted in failures, so decided to give up after 5 attempts as it seemed to be a complete waste of time as i had the 14 version running

Setting up Eclipse (Bread and Butter of any dev)
Downloaded Java 6, 7 & 8 version and set it upExtracted the tar archivessudo tar -xzvf <filename>moved the files into bin location under a new folder jvmsudo mkdir -p /usr/bin/jvmsudo mv <folder> /usr/bin/jvmsetup the 3 vers…

Chromebook xfce printer adventure

From my previous post you already know that I use a chromebook running xfce, and considering its been a while since i truly used Linux as my personal machine, lets just say I am having a bit of what i would call 'long term memory loss'.

I am trying to identify all the things I need a windows machine for and trying to find alternatives to do the same on my xfce and printing / scanning is one of those big things. 
I basically own an old HP 3050A deskjet printer which I bought in 2011 during the thanksgiving sale and it is still chugging along for me. It basically prints, scans and has WiFi which is probably all that I need. I have thought about replacing this for a while, but I haven't been able to make up my mind on what I need to get - so for now, I am stuck with it.
If you do not want to read my attempts, then go directly to the end to see the exact steps :)
Attempt 1 Download the HP drivers from the developers portal (https://developers.hp.com/hp-linux-imaging-and-printing…

Do i really need a new laptop ???

It's kinda funny when i think about all the crazy laptops which are available in the market today and i am stuck with a chromebook which i bought off a refurbished store about a year back.

My Acer chromebook 14, which was refurbished, has and does everything i need from a laptop. It’s a intel powered chromebook with an aluminium body and has an awesome IPS display. Being a programmer, I obviously run the developer edition of the chrome os with ubuntu (via crouton) which works pretty good for me. I use the chromebook for most of the daily activities and occasionally use ubuntu when i need to do something that the chromebook does not allow me to do. Plus the battery life is soooo freeeekin awesome !!!!

I often think that i need to upgrade to one of the cool laptops which can run everything from a chrome browser or help put a person on Mars; but when i look at the prices on those machines, i stop. Why would i want to spend $2000 on a new mac book pro when all i really do on my persona…

Living off Facebook..

It all started with a talk on NPR, where in there was a discussion going on how much time we spend on Facebook and other social networking sites. They even mentioned that most of these social companies have folks look at ethics around this, which got to me. Why would there be a need for that ? Around the same time, i had found the minimalists, who talk about living with less. One of their podcasts was around social networking and i decided to give it a try - disconnect from all and decide which tool adds value to my life.

The first few days were tough - my phone did not vibrate 1000 times a day, but there was a occasional text or call from folks i meet everyday - my wife and friends at work and an occasional text from a family member from across the globe. I felt that something was missing from my life; I did not know what people were doing !!! I gave it time... I had to go thru this. Facebook was evil too - they kept sending me an email with some comment to get me back online, which …

A Clean Slate

Its been a few years that i have had this blog, but all i ever added into this was complete junk. So Its time for a reboot... I went ahead and deleted all the blog posts i had and decided to start fresh...

My life has considerably changed over the last few weeks; you could say i have had an eye opening experience, or rather i am growing into something new. I guess i would simply call it evolution. 

Here are a few things i have started in the last few weeks... some of them are really simple and some are really big

Brushing my tooth every night - Yes, i know !!! Eating healthy - That means eating Fruits and Veggies. Walking for 30 mins each dayKeep away from Social Networks - Facebook, twitter etc. Not checking personal emails thru out the dayNot using the phone when speaking to people...ReadingListening to something which adds value to my life when i drive - Audio books & PodcastsDriving safe & smoothKeeping track of my money - Thanks Dave Ramsey, you the man...Thinking about reti…