Takeaways from a meeting

I am sure you have encountered a mini wrap up session after a meeting.  The last few minutes where everyone is itching to get-the-hell-out-here.  The convener runs through the action items and key takeaways.

It seems if you couple it with a short self assessment, the effectiveness of the meeting is increased.

An article on Medium proposes that for immediately after every important meeting, discussion take 30 seconds to review.  Write down the important points.

Immediately after every lecture, meeting, or any significant experience, take 30 seconds — no more, no less — to write down the most important points. If you always do just this, said his grandfather, and even if you only do this, with no other revision, you will be okay.

So far I have tried this a few times, it has revealed a few things that I have forgotten to take note of.  The challenge is remembering to do this within the hour.


Using Lubuntu as a daily driver.

In a previous post, I wrote about putting Lubuntu on my Compaq Presario notebook.  Now that is some tweaked (turn off LCD screen, use external monitor), I am trying to keep it as a daily driver.

Microsoft Office.  I thought I could just use what was packaged.  My daughter wanted to do a presentation and there were some old slides in PowerPoint.  So I installed LibreOffice.  It looks complete with all the features of a productivity suite.  I need to explore it further.

Lubuntu reads the old Windows XP partition and thumbdrives properly.  The strange thing is filenames are case insensitive!  I have not seen this since the days of MS DOS!  I kept trying to change case in filenames and got nowhere.  I might dig around and throw the case sensitive switch.


Windows XP and Lubuntu

Correct date on HP Photosmart All in One printers

HP Photosmart All In One printer, scanner (6510, B211a) can be a life saver.  Sometimes I wonder where the smarts went to .  If you scan a document to SD card, you will get a document with a weird date in the year 2008.  There is no facility to set the date either on the control panel or web page!  A quick search through the various HP printer forums, a few people were having the same problem.  This feature seems to be little use or people just put up with it.

One day I was browsing through my router’s config when I realized that the NTP  was disabled.  Turning that on the date problem corrected itself.  Hah!  So much for good documentation.