Ubuntu Upgrade to 14.10

If you’re running an older Ubuntu version and you want to upgrade to the latest 14.10 Utopic Unicorn, there are two ways of doing it. You can upgrade from the Ubuntu Gnome desktop via Software & Updates or you can run the upgrade via the Terminal using this command.

do-release-upgrade

Be sure the backup your previous work. There’s a third option. Install Ubuntu 14.10 from scratch.

Requested an Invite to Google Inbox

I just sent an email to inbox@google.com for an invitation to newly minted Google Inbox. I really would like to write a review of it. We’ll see how soon will I get it. I heard it’s hard to get by. Google is touting Inbox as a trend that will change email forever. It’s a way of organizing and prioritizing with important and relevant email. I would love to get my hands on it.

My Next Phone Is?

My phone contract is coming up this month. It’s time to think about the next phone. There are many choices to consider. There is Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus along with its Apple Pay. Then there’s the new Google’s Nexus 6 and the slightly older Nexus 5 model from last year. One thing I am seriously considering is lowering my monthly payments to affordable levels. I’m targeting perhaps around $50 for monthly payments. The only way I can achieve this is to purchase an unlocked phone to go along with T-Mobile’s prepaid plans. So, the iPhone 6 is definitely out of the question. The Nexus 6 is very tempting, but the price tag of $650 is both disappointing and discouraging. So, that leaves me with last year’s Nexus 5. An unlocked Nexus sells for $399. This might be my next phone. I’m still looking around for other options. If you have any suggestions, please let me know.

Spin a AWS server from a disk image

I was able to successfully create an AMI (Amazon Mirror Image) of the Laravel server that I just created. I launched it and it worked perfectly. Creating an image from a running instance is quite easy. Just go the EC2 Dashboard. Select Instances and choose the Instance you want to clone. Go to Actions and select Create Image. It takes several minutes to create an image. Once the AMI is created, you can launch another instance using the AMI that you just created. It took close to 3-5 minutes before the server was able to serve Laravel page that was recently installed. In the future, if I want to launch a clean Laravel install, I can just launch an instance based on the AMI I just created.

Install LAMP using TaskSel

An alternative way to install a LAMP server in Ubuntu is to use the Tasksel utility. Make sure Tasksel is installed by installing it first via apt-get. Once tasksel is installed, you can then install the lamp-server.

# install tasksel
sudo apt-get -y install tasksel
# install lamp server
sudo tasksel install lamp-server

iPad Mini 3

Will you get the latest iPad mini 3? A few experts are saying to not bother! The argument is basically, it’s the same device as last year’s iPad mini 2, with just one notable exception. It has additional hardware for Apple Pay. Other than that, it’s the same hardware as last year, the same design, the same screen and the same cameras. It’s not any thinner or any lighter. It has the same graphic and processor chips. However, it’s available in gold! If gold fancies you, then spend the extra $100. Last year’s iPad mini 2 is now selling starting at $299. The iPad mini 3 retails starting at $399.

Google Reinvents the Inbox

Email has been around for a long time. It predates the Internet. Google is tweaking how email is displayed to users by adding features which makes it easier to get to the important data. Several months ago, Google added tabs to differentiate social updates and promotions from regular email. With Inbox, Google is adding Bundles, a feature that will group together similar messages, like bank statements and receipts for example. Another feature is called Highlights, which places important emails to the front and center. Inbox also has Reminders, Assists and Snooze. Reminders are pretty much self explanatory. Assists work with reminders to bring out relevant information. Snooze dismisses information in the background. Google Inbox is not available yet to all. You can ask for an invite by sending an email to inbox@gmail.com.

HP Splitting in Two Companies

HP plans to split its PC and printer businesses into two separate companies. Splitting up a company is nothing new to Silicon Valley. Recently, eBay spun off Paypal. A few years ago, IBM spun off Lenovo, and 3Com spun off Palm. Even HP itself, is a by-product of the HP and Agilent split years ago. Will we see Oracle and possibly Microsoft splitting up its core businesses? It’s difficult to imagine that such a thing can happen, but nothing is guaranteed in the tech industry. Companies have to compete and survive, and they will do anything necessary to generate profits. The bottom line is, companies still need to make a quality product or service that people want. Splitting companies is just an adjustment or strategy to that end.