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A Quick trip to Mashup Camp #7

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This week I was in the bay area on a business trip. Like the last one it was a strangely serendipitous thing that the latest Mashup Camp in Mountain View was scheduled the same days I was visiting the area. Not sure exactly why but it seems most of these unconferences tend to happen out west more often. I was only able to squeeze in one day’s visit to the event. Better than missing it altogether.

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VMware Adventures: Joys of multi-networking and hassles of a broken install

I have been generally having a positive VMware experience over last 5-6 months. I have been using it to work in Ubuntu environment on my XP host laptop. One of the nice things of this setup for me is that when I am inside our corporate wired network with all kind of firewall restrictions, the vmware environment can use the guest wireless network to access my home network or external project code repositories which are not on port 80.

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Whoa! Chrome has crashed, needs to restart

Want to crash Chrome? Type 'about:%‘ in the omnibox. On the positive side I have to say the restart is very fast though. I was trying to look at the various about: choices available with Chrome. Cnet earlier had an article about various about: choices. The ‘ about:crash ‘ supposed to crash the current tab. process But it also seems that ‘about:%‘ crashes the whole browser followed by the the usual MS do you want to debug dialog. It also seems to lose the tabs during the subsequent restart. Interesting.

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Shiny Chrome

Have been playing around a bit with Google’s Chrome after I finally managed to download it yesterday. So far I am generally liking it. Without the usual bevy of toolbars that grace my Firefox and IE windows, Chrome presents a minimalist look that does not seem top heavy. Before it was released I saw folks discussing the idea of the address bar being under the tab, instead of the more common, above the tabs location. Initially it was a bit different. But I think I have gotten used to it and may be it even helps with quick identificaton of tabs instead of being obscured by plethora of toolbars.

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Chrome is upon us

 Net seems to be abuzz with Google’s Chrome. Everybody is talking about Google’s comic book Chrome teaser that appeared in inboxes of Google observers such as Phillip Lenssen and then on Google’s own blog. This morning’s generally positive WSJ Article on Chrome made some interesting observations. MS executives doubt whether users will really download Chrome in volumes necessary to pose IE a threat. But MS folks have been saying such things and yet Firefox usage has steadily crept up to where it is today – around 20% according to Net Applications. It is very likely that the same buzz tickled techies, like me, who go and download Firefox will download Chrome. According to Google, it is supposed to be available in 100 countries this morning. but when I checked the link this morning it was still taking me to Google’s main search page.

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Ubuntu kernel update and my Nvidia 8800GT

Earlier this week, Ubuntu 8.04 update manager notified me of new kernel updates and I went ahead and installed them. I have rarely had any problem with such updates in the past. But this morning things went differently. I use an Acer P241w  monitor with1920x1200 resolution. First thing I noticed when i rebooted is that my screen resolution has shrunk to 640×480 and I could not change it to anything else when I went to the screen resolution preferences. I use a Nvidia 8800GT. It is considered to be fairly new card in terms of driver support in Ubuntu. I could not get it to work in Gutsy Gibbon when I tried late last year (even with the help of Envy).

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Installing Joomla on Ubuntu (getting ftp write option to work)

Something I ran into when I installed Joomla for the first time on some of my Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy) environments. The administration setup recommends turning on ftp access for linux environments due to file permission issues while installing extensions. But I ran into JFTP problems when I tried to do that. For initial installation I had chosen to not enable ftp during installation and then I tried to enable it afterwards. I kept getting JFTP error message (see below). At another time I enabled it during the installation. I remember after some retries I was able to do a successful FTP test settings during the install. But still afterwards when I wanted to save changes in the Global settings I got JFTP error messages. My challenge was to figure out what was going on.

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