I got tired of the Update Manager in Ubuntu complaining that I had software packages to update and I sort of wanted to play with Ubuntu One so I started the 2 hrs process of updating from 9.10 to 10.04. The first thing I noticed after the update was done was that there was a "communication" app on my toolbar that allowed me to all of my Facebook, Twitter, and chat accounts. It also had a section for Ubuntu One which I set up and will play with later.

My biggest issue with Lucid Lynx was that they changed where the gadgets were on the windows. Why? Because it's gnome and they want to make our life easier that's why. Of course they never asked us, they just assumed Apple style that they knew what was best. Below is a picture of the old window border (gadgets on the right) and the new window border (gadgets on the left). Below that is a command line string to put your new border back to the way it's been for thousands of years.

To set the gadgets back to the top right had corner paste this into a terminal.

gconftool-2 –set “/apps/metacity/general/button_layout” –type string “menu:minimize,maximize,close”


Readwriteweb did an article on Facebook wanting to be your one login. Their point was that people use it for posting their photos, instant messaging, "email" and just about everything else. The problem was the article's title was Facebook Wants to Be Your One True Login and of course Google indexes this with the words Facebook and Login together. Now when people type in "Facebook login" into Google they got the article referenced above instead of the Facebook login page. This would not be a problem for anyone with more than a half a working brain because they'd immediately notice that the Readwriteweb site looks nothing like Facebook and would then conclude that they were not in fact at the Facebook login page but a completely different page (hence the strange non-Facebook URL)! Unfortunately not everyone on Facebook has half a working brain (thanks Myspace for falling out of favor, now they invaded Facebook) so the comment thread that ensued was quite hilarious.

Here are a few comments to the article. Notice that these freaks of nature really think they've landed on the Facebook login page but can't figure out how to log in.

I did NOT hand pick these, I'm just going down the line one after the other!!!

  • ok cool now can I get to facebook
  • The new facebook sucks> NOW LET ME IN.
  • when can we log in?
  • just want to get on facebook
  • please give me back the old facebook login this is crazy.................
  • I just want to sign in............
  • I just want to log in to Facebook - what with the red color and all? LOLLLOLOL!!!!!111
  • wtf is this bullshttttttttttt all about. can i get n plzzzzzzzzz
  • What is going on? You are totally confusing me. Knock-knock. Anybody there? Let me in. Katherine
  • All I want to do is log in, this sucks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
  • This is such a mess I can't do a thing on my facebook .The changes you have made are ridiculous,I can't even login!!!!!I am very upset!!!

Keep in mind that these fine people are not on the FACEBOOK site at all but are on the Readwriteweb site reading an article about Facebook. There's more...

  • Can we log into face book? This is crazy I want to get all my info off and be done with this. I recently moved from MN to SC Myrtle Beach and facebook was a great way to keep in touch with family and friends but this is getting to be to difficult.
  • i need the old facebook this new one is very bad bbbbbbbbbbuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!
  • What have they done now. It's not simple enough for me to figure out.
  • Seams like all of the comets i read agree with me you people messed up royal i was enjoying facebook now i am thinking of getting rid of it all
  • Quit this crap and let me sign in!

  • this sucksssss how do i get on my screen?
  • Looking good
  • bring me back old facebook
    this is sheet


It isn't until about the 80th post that a few people start realizing that this isn't Facebook. Here's the original URL if you want a laugh.

Facebook wants to be your one true login


A friend and I were googling my name to find the oldest reference still on the Internet. Things seem to disappear after a while and it appears that I've been erased before 1997 but the positive outcome from this exercise was to find a spoof of an old newsletter I contributed to. In that newsletter was a quasi-german warning message which I've remembered but missed. With a tear in my eye I share it with you now. If you speak German, pretend you don't or you may miss the message.





  Alles Touristen und non-Technischen Look ens Peepers!

Das computenmachine is nicht fur gerfinger poken und mittengrabben. Oderwise ist easy schnappen der springenwerk, blowenfusen, und poppencorken mit spitzensparken. Der Machine is diggen by experten only. Ist nicht fur gewerken by das dummkopfen. Das rubbernecken sightseeren keepen das cottenpicken hands in das pockets, so relaxen und watchen das blinkenlights!


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