With Ubuntu 11.04 you will notice some big changes from 10.10, namely the Unity interface will now be default (as opposed to Gnome). But if you don’t like Unity, don’t panic! 11.04 will come with 3 different options for your user interface:
Ubuntu: it runs Unity. It requires 3D driver support.
Ubuntu Classic: it runs GNOME with gnome-panel. It supports all video hardware and video drivers.
Ubuntu Classic (No Effects): it runs GNOME with gnome-panel. It is in 2D mode only.
These are easily selectable from the login screen. When I get a chance, I’ll put a quick post up with some screenshots for those more visually inclined.
There are also some nice updates to the Software Center (allowing user rating/review!) and also some nice updates to Ubuntu One!
Since my laptop has been sitting in its case doing nothing for several months, I think it’s about time I break it out and do something with it. I’ve had a triple-boot on it, with Ubuntu (originally 8.04, but upgraded all the way to 10.10), Windows XP, and Windows Vista (which I NEVER used, never even activated). Since I rarely used the XP partition, I think I might wipe the whole hard drive and just install Ubuntu 11.04 and maybe do XP through VirtualBox… If I do that, maybe I’ll put up a guide…
Money has been super tight the past year or so, especially these last few months. It gets really frustrating and it is hard to focus on being productive when your mind is constantly (at least in some respect) thinking about how you’re going to pay bills this month or the next…
I started my own business (with a friend of mine) last year, hoping to break away from the J-O-B I had (which was getting progressively worse by the day, but that’s another story for another time). I had hopes that things would pick up and things would roll along at least somewhat smoothly. I didn’t expect to make loads of money right away, but rather had hoped it would be enough to sustain — to replace my old job — and give me something to work up from…
But running a business is not the easiest thing in the world, that’s for sure! I do not regret it and am not giving up, but I can’t help but be at least a little frustrated that things aren’t going very well right now. I’ve always tried to be optimistic and hopeful, but right now that’s not getting me anywhere!
One of these days — it’s going to happen, I just don’t know when — I’m going to break out of this nonsense and become whatever it is that I’m destined to be. (yeah yeah, I know… we make our own destiny right?) I guess I’m just looking/waiting for something to show me and/or prove to me what it is exactly that I’m supposed to do!
I recently filed for unemployment. I honestly should have filed 9 or 12 months ago, but I’m pretty stubborn (just ask my wife lol) and I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. To me it was like I was admitting defeat or giving up/in. Unfortunately it came to a point where I pretty much had no choice (little-no business = little-no income = help!)…
Part of filing for unemployment (which I’ve never done before) is you have to create and submit a resume to a jobs database so you can get hired for work if someone thinks your qualified… While I completed the resume and submitted it, I really don’t see how it’s going to help anything. Why? well to be honest if I was an employer and saw my resume, I wouldn’t want to hire me either!
So do I just suck at doing resumes? Or am I really that unemployable? What gives?
I’m not really sure how to answer that for you. Perhaps I just have lower self-confidence than I am willing to admit… Perhaps I just don’t really get the point of a Resume. (seriously, it’s like there is a science to it, like it’s a game and if you’re good at it — making resumes — then you win, someone less qualified gets hired because they have a better resume than the person more qualified? so stupid). Or maybe it’s that part of me that always wants to swim against the tide, to kick against the pricks, to push… oh you get the idea… I’ve never been a conformist and I’m OK with that.
On a resume you’re supposed to put some flowery statement about your desired position and then go and fill in a bunch of fluffy juicy info about how you are the ideal candidate for said position and knock their socks off… It’s all a bunch of nonsense!
And all of that… not to mention you need “work related experience”. Well how are you supposed to get your “desired position” if you don’t have the work related experience to go with it?
I’m pretty darn good at doing a wide variety of things with computers, but my job history says otherwise as far as an employer is concerned: McDonalds, Subway, Dominos, Property Management, Mental Health Work, Construction, etc… I’ve done a bunch of odd-jobs too!
So am I pigeon-holed as a fast food worker or something else from my work history? Or am I supposed to go and get a bunch of internships or volunteer to get some “work related experience”?
And don’t even get me started on the “qualifications and skills” sections… You really want me to brag about myself? I know I have skills in a variety of areas, but even if I listed them all you’re not going to care or believe me. I can put that I can do some amazing things with computers — better than 90% of the people I know, including people I took classes with for my Computer Science Bachelors degree — but an employer is going to look at that and compare with my work history and go “uh-huh, that’s what they all say”.
I’m ranting on about all of this, but the root of the problem is really more along the lines of this: I’m better/more valuable than any piece of paper could show. I am a jack-of-all-trades (yes and sadly a master of none). If you want something done I’m your man! Even if I don’t know how to do it, I will find a way and get it done! I’m not afraid to do other jobs to get by, I’m not afraid to do things out of my preferred field of employment. I just don’t want that fact to prevent me from getting a career I will enjoy.
You want your computer fixed, no problem. You want a website? Cool. You want your house painted? I can do it. You want your car repaired? I can figure it out (might need to borrow some tools though). You need a therapist/counselor? No problem. You want me to cook you something? Easy. File some paper work? Do the dishes? Pour some concrete? Build a house? I can do all that… I can do a lot of things… I may not be the best at any of them, but I’m better than most.
But how do I put that on a resume? How do I get employment in a desirable field like that?
I know the answer, and it’s: “Alex… you don’t!” and you’re darn right I don’t!
I am the exception, I am not normal, I am different, I don’t fit the system. I am an outcast. And as frustrating as that is, I am glad!
I accept that I am going to have to do things the hard way. I am going to have to push myself. I am going to have to find a way to break free and dominate in spite of the system. I am not content with the way the world works. I will not conform! I will go down fighting. It’s in my blood and I cannot and will not deny that!
So if you’ve managed to read this far, I give you credit — or “props” — because most people would have dismissed my rant long ago. If you feel the same way I do, please leave a comment and let me know I’m not alone. Or if you think I’m nuts, tell me why and where/how I’m wrong. And if by some oddball chance you have work for me that pays, let me know that too 😉
Now… going home to my family! FTW!
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Just taking a moment to let you all know I am back from my extended break. I needed some time to get things sorted out in my life and to figure out what direction to head in for this website.
It has been a long time since I first started this website back in 2007 and I do no think I ever really put the time and/or effort into making it what I had originally envisioned. It had been bothering me for some time, but I was not willing to let go of that until I took the past few months off and really gave myself a chance to think things through instead of ignoring the facts.
So, I am back and more motivated that ever before.Why? What changed?
To be perfectly honest, I have matured a lot over the past 3-4 years and have a much better understanding of how the internet really works, and yet I really no nothing at all.
I’d like to look forward, but for just a moment I will say: in the past I cared about this website only out of desire to share knowledge about computers and tech stuff, but expected way too much out of myself, becoming discouraged and/or overwhelmed that I could not produce the high-quality tutorials that I thought would “really help people“.
The big difference now is that instead of overburdening myself with visions of grandeur, I will share my passion and knowledge in other ways. I will write more frequently, but probably shorter/simpler posts. I will use my experience in finding useful information over the internet to share that info (in the form of links following my little blurbs) and let the “experts” do the heavy lifting.
Finally, I want to do more and branch out. The internet is a big place and yet so small when you think about it. I want to share some of my other passions (besides computers). Why should I restrict my own website to writing about technical stuff when I can write about other things I enjoy as well… Like books, comic books, movies, games, and etc.?!
If you care to share your thoughts, please do so, I am curious to hear/read what you might think. You can leave a comment directly hear on the website, on facebook, or reach me via twitter…