I've set up aplatanaos.wordpress.com along with other people, a blog about Technology, art, games, geeky news in general and a bit of crazy.
Why? Not enough of that in Spanish! In English we've wired and BoingBoing, and Makezine and LinuxJournal and FreeSoftwareMagazine and a ton of good content sites.

In Spanish we've to settle for FayerWayer, and personal blogs of techies who might or might not have a good grasp of writing, and more often than not cover only focused topics, not the wide variety that could be offered.

So, to start, we're doing news on interesting topics and calling people's attention to good (techie) material, BoingBoing-style. We're still getting up to speed, but we'll soon be covering gaming news, and from then on... well, time will tell, but it'd be great to have a good geeky site, spanning many interests and topics, in Spanish.
 
 
Malcolm Gladwell makes a point, as have some other researchers... and I'm guessing it was common knowledge even before. What I'm trying to say is: practice makes perfect. So I'll write a cute little app to track the hours dedicated to activities and so it's easier to keep track how near you are to being a virtuoso in the area.

Why would anyone do that? Well, just for the hell of it. And because I want to be a good drummer rather badly. And why not? Maybe it'll even help some of my friends track how close they are to being virtuosos in their online games...

And it should be a good chance to practice Javascript and using canvas, if I make it work like tiddlywiki or some reasonable simile. I think a pet project might be gestating.

Just for the record, some features a toy like this would have:
-It must work locally.
-Bars graph: activities and percentage of goal hours.
-Lines graph: activity hours per day / per week / per month
-It must work in at least two different OSes. That might be a good reason to make it html+javascript.

And just maybe, maybe there would be a variant hosted somewhere, so people could just log in and track their stuff. Some ads and SEO later, I'm guessing some decent money might be coming in because of traffic. Only, what would this be named so that people can find it? "roadtovirtuoso.com"? "trackproficiency.com"? "practicemakesperfect.com"? No, no that one, it is taken at the moment.

I'll stop talking, get some sleep, have a fun day tomorrow and then... then we'll see.
 
 
All over the web, long, tedious material tells you how to install lampp / xampp (basically same thing) in Ubuntu.

"sudo apt-get install lamp-server^"

That's all there is to it. Tested from 10.04 to 11.04, worked on all versions. Don't go through too much hassle, just get up and developing straight away.