Tag Archives: Operating Systems, Browsers & Virtualization

Setting up Ubuntu Server as a Virtual Machine (in Virtualbox) and using Subversion (svn) for the first time to checkout Google Code using shared folders

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In this screencast I explore using Subversion (svn) to checkout Google Code using Ubuntu Server in a virtual machine (using VirtualBox). The purpose of this screencast was two-fold.

  • First, I wanted to setup a Linux environment to use on Windows 7 for actual Linux stuff. As part of this I had to setup shared folders to the host operating system from the guest.
  • Second, I wanted to use Subversion (svn) to checkout some code (for the first time, for me).

So, in this screencast we will be:

  • Setting up a Virtual Machine and installing Ubuntu Server (10.10)
  • Setting up the required dependencies to install VirtualBox Guest Additions
  • Setting up VirtualBox Guest Additions and setting up and using shared folders on the host system
  • Installing and using Subversion (svn) to checkout some Google Code
  • Taking a snapshot in VirtualBox of our successful setup

This has been put in Code & Development because I will soon be using the virtual environment to run a local LAMP server (for a later screencast).

Working on an HTML/Offline Version of Google’s Newly Open Sourced 20thingsilearned (20 Things I Learned about Browsers and the Web)

So today I checked out the newly open sourced 20thingsilearned, the code to 20 Things I Learned.com. I just wanted to give it a look over and see if I could get it into some kind of format that I could use to create my own. I checked out the svn (I even setup a virtual machine with Linux so that I could do the svn checkout; I will be posting the screencast later!), but it is powered by the Google App Engine. So, I hacked away this afternoon and have a semi-working offline-able copy of 20thingsilearned (the only problem, so far, is the very first page).

I am going to keep working on it and turning it into something non-App Engine powered (good ‘ol HTML, CSS, and JavaScript) so we can all play with it and do new things. I am going to, at some point (I mentioned I just started with svn) host this on Google Code, especially when I get it matured. But, since I’m not a selfish horder…

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Here ya go!

You can demo the latest code here.

[Enjifi – June 29th 2011 – 20thingsilearned – Offline Version] (zip)

Keep up to date on this by following 20thingsilearned.

Why Google Desktop (Search) Didn’t Work for Me

So, the other day I installed Google Desktop. I love search bar from Finder on OSX, and I was looking for something similar. I also like the Windows Search feature, but I found it lacking (and, mainly, slow). I also wanted to be able to do “Google-like” searching, such as Enethrie -.avi, for everything with Enethrie, except no avi movies. But, Google Desktop lacked when it came to how I store my files.

My File/Folder Strategy

So, I guess my storing strategy needs to be explained a little first. First, it starts off with the Desktop. The Desktop  is the “now” folder, and it’s what I’m working on now, or recently. Over a week I could end up with thirty folders on my Desktop that I work with throughout the week. Filenames aren’t as important as folder names. Every file, even if there is only one, gets a folder (starting on the Desktop). The folder is named based on who, what, where and when with “tags” for relationships. So, for instance, when I save this webpage as a backup, I will call the folder I create (on my desktop) Enethrie - Why Google Desktop (Search) Didn't Work for Me, folder structure, google desktop, June 22nd 2011. I name them this way because, when I am ready to find something, I don’t want to click around; I want to do a search. So, later on, I may have forgotten what it was all about, but I remembered “Enethrie” and “folder structure” or “Enethrie” and it was in “June.” This way I can find things without having to click around. I also don’t create category folders, I simply have a folder called “My Stuff” that, once my Desktop starts getting full, I move them all to the “My Stuff” folder.


And so, Google Desktop lacked in one thing for me: folders. When I hit Ctrl+Ctrl, I would type Enethrie and not much would show up, because it was directing me to files, and not folders. Now Windows 7 search does come up with folders when I do a search, but it’s still slow and clunky. In fact, it’s still loading a search I just did.