Some needed installation

Putty on host

SSH access from host

Need a way to transfer files from host to guest

sudo apt-get upgrade in guest

headless server

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Installing Ubuntu on my server

In anticipation of a server for business purposes, I downloaded Ubuntu Desktop and Server 64 bit.  The desktop edition for general operating system overall (for my sanity as well as entertainment – see I cant live without hearing music.); the ubuntu server is purposely to be run under a VirtualBox chain.  Servers will be divided on to two parts, one is for dev-server (I am hosting Adempiere open source) and another two is for the real app-server clusters and load balancing.

Now after burning the 2 edition CD’s, I installed the desktop to no avail.  So I downloaded the 32 bit version and alas it installed.  This means that I cannot install the 64 bit version of the Ubuntu Server, but I have to download another 32 bit version of the server. Life sucks.  My processor is an Intel Core 2 Duo which I am sure it supports EM64T.  Well, if it doesnt, the Ubuntu Desktop 64 bit wouldn’t run a bit up to the “Install Ubuntu” graphical desktop part; however somewhere along the way, it almost always produces “Installation Crashed” for reasons I don’t know.

Now, I have installed desktop edition 32 bit. List that I still have to download and contain myself for now.

  • Download the Ubuntu Server 32 bit also.
  • Install VirtualBox
  • Install Java
  • Install Tomcat
  • and since I am a developer, it would do me a great deal of favor if I installed IntelliJ IDEA also.

While browsing along with the Entertainment section of Ubuntu, I found a great deal of free and fun softwares. Shit, open source really rocks!!! =)

Am I *TOOL* dependent?

One of my colleagues struck me by saying “you are tool dependent”.   From the very moment he said that to me, I agree deep within – although I never answer or loudly answer YES.  I know what he means by that and now I’m asking myself that very question.  In order to answer that question, lets define first what being tool dependent is?

  • Explores a lot of tools, recursively
  • Is lazy
  • Yet is ideal
  • The goal is to produce or optimize things with very little effort
  • Does not focus on the subject matter but instead focuses on the tools to accomplish the problem or the subject matter
  • Kills time for tool exploration
  • Plays alot with the tools
  • Spends time doing boilerplate codes
  • A tool slave – relies on the tools very much
  • Always buying time or always lacks time
  • Never get things done
  • Couldn’t get things done without the tools
  • Having a hard time controlling oneself
  • Does not have self-discipline
  • Have an attention deficit disorder
  • Easily persuaded by tools
  • Jack of all trades, master of none
  • Critical thinker
  • Creative thinker to the point of once a problem occurs, the solution instantaeneously pops out of the brain and then performs research about what tool accomplishes the problem instead of analyzing the problem first and then acting after.
  • An action man without thinking first
  • You overly submit oneself to that way
  • Has a lot of options because of the result of finding a lot of possible tools and solutions to solving a particular problem.
  • Always planning to escape being tool dependent but cannot
  • Tends to over-analyze things

From this definition alone, I would say I am.  Well, I just made up this definition from what I understand to be a tool dependent.

Upon reflecting, here I think are ways to escape from being a tool dependent person.

  • A determination to change
  • An everyday re-assessment of goals if it gets done
  • Focus and focus on solving the subject matter by not relying from the tools
  • Organize
  • Follow up
  • Focus on personal development – by not using those tools
  • Have a general sense of whats happening – have a birds eye view
  • Think first before acting
  • Always rely to oneself.  Don’t be dependent to things – and don’t escape the situation
  • Develop a sense of independence
  • Believe in your own competency
  • Gain personal mastery and self-control

Systematic way of tackling tool dependence.

  • Being dependent on things means holding on desperately to things to give life a meaning or direction.  In this case, to give you a desired solution to the problem you are tackling.
  1. Be willing to let go of the tools.  Begin by resenting those tools that can keep you back from all that you are capable of.
  2. Have the ability to self-initiate and lead oneself.
  3. Limit the tool selection to just 3, so that at least you have the options.
  4. Don’t over-analyze things for your pleasure.
  5. Practice, practice, practice.  From what I’ve heard, all it takes to acquire a habit is to perform it for two weeks consistently.  For example, if you are lazy to brush your teeth everyday – and you want to do something about it; train your mind and *do* it for two weeks and it becomes a habit.

Wishlist

Here’s my wishlist before the year 2009 ends:

  • Subwoofer (optional since I already have the M-Audio Studiophile BX-5a)
  • Biz
  • Travel to Singapore or Thailand
  • Pistol Gun – Springfield .45 acp Mil-spec (optional since I really don’t need this, just for occasional hobby; but I really love the Mil-spec!!!)

springfield mil-spec

  • Learn to play Tennis
  • Learn to bike – Until now, I do not know how to =(
  • Slim down – I really should be going to the Gym nowadays.