Ubuntu Natty with 3.1 kernel

After a few false starts, this very clear tutorial helped me compile and install a 3.1.0-rc9 kernel into Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal): How to Compile and Install Linux Kernel 3.0 in Ubuntu 11.04, 10.10 and 10.04 🙂

VirtualBox + Guest Additions to get proper screensize running Ubuntu on Mac OS

It’s really obscure to me why the install of Ubuntu to VirtualBox on my Mac OS machine only supported 800×600 resolution. Thankfully!!! some searching in Google revealed the additional steps needed: http://www.sysprobs.com/increase-mac-os-virtual-machine-screen-resolution-virtualbox-vmware-player

Drowning in versions

I sometimes feel like I am drowning in “versions” and “accounts”. Here’s what I am playing with at the moment:

Java Development environment:
Linux Maverick 10.10
Tomcat 6
Eclipse 3.5.2
Google Apps
Servlet API version 2.5 or 3.0

Microsoft / Windows + Windows Phone:
Visual Studio Pro 2010 SP1 (C++)
Windows Phone 7 SDK (7.5 Mango SDK is already out)

Qt 1.1 / QtCreator
for MeeGo (or Symbian) on various development machines: Linux, Mac or Windows

VMware on Mac to run Linux distros + Dedicated PC to run Windows 7.

Mac Xcode too.

Forum Nokia
Microsoft Live
Cert services
Apple Developer Network
Forum Nokia
Google Apps
Domain Registrar

Various mobile device config settings.

    Not to mention happy distractions like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Spotify :-)!!!(

Thought for today

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined. — Henry David Thoreau


I saw this in a course yesterday and it stuck with me. Ideas that stick are usually worth thinking about the reasons why they stuck.

By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.
— Confucius

Flourishing or Happiness?

The NY Times asks “Is happiness overrated?” in relation to Marin Seligman’s 2002 book “Authentic Happiness” and his new book “Flourish”.

I really like the idea that “Well-being cannot exist just in your own head,” he writes. “Well-being is a combination of feeling good as well as actually having meaning, good relationships and accomplishment.”“. I like the idea of personal fulfillment as an ongoing process of health (-ing) rather than an end-state that is at best transitory (-ness).

There are a number of the old sayings about “Fail or flourish”. This is perhaps my one “initial” very visceral reservation.

How to define flourishing? Perhaps that is the point of the “flourish” scale that is mentioned? I shall have to read more about the work of Felicia Huppert and Timothy So from the University of Cambridge. It sounds like it will be interesting and thought provoking reading. It is great that there are still plenty of mysteries left in life!


The most significant change in a person’s life is a change of attitude. Right attitudes produce right actions.
— Willam J. Johnston

Thought for today

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal” — Winston Churchill


I just finished reading Edward de Bono’s Think Before It’s too late. It certainly was thought provoking, and I have to admit I’ve not given much thought to how I think myself. So it was interesting to step outside a bit and look at that.

Great insightful “Thinking” may be the last thing left that is really challenging to commoditize? So it’s worth trying to learn to do it better. I liked the idea of ‘idea creativity’ vs. ‘artistic creativity’, and that to generate new thinking : changing one’s perception, even into some arbitrary other random starting point is a way to get the brain out its ruts and thinking into new areas even if it seems counter intuitive at first.

I’d like to try the 6 Hats approach in practise. I hope I get an opportunity.

Happiness is …

I’m almost done reading Susan Segerstrom’s “Optimists Get What They Want from Life – and Pessimists Can Too”, and my thought for the day is that happiness in not a goal in and of itself, but a “byproduct” (and accrual) of the daily/weekly/… accomplishments of striving towards and achieving smaller concrete goals and actions.

(And it’s also a warm puppy, a sunny day, a snowy downhill ski trail, family and friends, etc. etc. … :-)!)