Once you have a fresh instance of Ubuntu running, it is time to install a few critical applications. The goal is to get to the point of logging moments offline, minimally.
It is best to perform the following steps on a *live* instance, just incase you install something you didn't mean to.
There are some general system settings that are good to take care of first:
Configure gedit to insert a date, timestamp in the correct format (from moments/editors/gedit.txt)
Gedit ships with a plug-in that is enabled by default for inserting the date and time.
This functionality can be found under:
Edit->Insert Date and Time...
Edit->Preferences->Plugins->Insert Date/Time->Configure Plugin
To conform to the moments date/timestamp, use a custom format as follows: