Something New #7, 8, 9 – Ubuntu, Beer, and The Ginger Man

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March 1, 2011 by Darlene McC

A busy couple of days has resulted in a lot of technology and a lot of beer, so I’ll get right to it:

#7: Troubleshooting Ubuntu

On Something New Day 6 Ubuntu 10.10 was installed on my old Windows desktop in a fairly clean, simple process; and then it promptly failed.  There was a crazy little problem where if you opened a program you would work within it, but any clicking external to the program window wasn’t functional.  Sure, you could use your keyboard to navigate and work within or close the program, but who really wants to do that?  Ubuntu and I were going rounds.

Round 1:

My plan was simple: get in there and get as much information about the problem as possible.  One problem: over night some magical gnome had climbed into my computer and messed with it enough that it would only boot to shell.  Hard to identify the problem when you can’t even get that far.  So it was suggested by my personal IT guy (you know who you are) that I revert back to 10.4 as it was the last stable.

Round 1 to Ubuntu.

Round 2:

Next up I reverted to 10.4.  It was simple as the original install of 10.4; until I tried to reboot and ran into a string of “I/O Error”s.  It didn’t take long for me to realize that I’d left the thumb drive with the installer on it in the USB port.  Did I mention I’m a bit of a ditz?

Round 2 to The Amazon.

Bonus Round:

My husband felt that the ease with which I got a Linux install up meant that I didn’t get the full feeling of what it’s like to install a Linux OS; so he issued me an additional challenge.  For extra credit I had to get Wine installed… enough to run Civ V.  Wine is up, packages are installed, and I know that Civ V will work on Ubuntu 10.4; but I haven’t gotten my configuration tweaked right yet.  For now the Bonus in process.

#8: Tripel Perfection

In response to Mike’s suggestion of Johnnie Walker for last Sunday’s new thing my buddy Chuck decided it was time I try some really good beer:

It was last years Ommegang Belgian Pale Ale and man is it tasty!  It’s got a lot more flavor and depth than the beers I’m used to drinking (read: cheap) and some really good reviews.  If  you’re even a little bit of a beer snob I highly suggest you give it a try.  Which leads me to…

#9: The Ginger Man

On 36th between 5th & Madison is a sweet little bar on the North side of the street.  If you get there a little early in the evening (as my friend so knowingly did) you can settle into the back room ~ which he lovingly referred to as “The Reading Room”.  If you’re not eating there are couches and low tables, but we were in for a long haul and had a good seat.  Their house beer, a Ginger Lager, was awesome… but it was their hot dogs that really made me fall in love.  “The Ginger Dog” had bacon… bacon on a hot dog! Not to mention the awesome special sauce that came with it.  Let me spell it out for you:

= Awesome!

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