Robert Pogson

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  • Jul 31 / 2014
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Linux in Education, technology

GNU/Linux Keeps Moving On Up In Uruguay

Whatever they’re doing in Uruguay keeps on working to promote GNU/Linux. I suggest they keep on using GNU/Linux in schools, using GNU/Linux in government, and using GNU/Linux in business. See Top 7 Desktop OSs in Uruguay from W27 2008 to W31 2014 | StatCounter Global Stats.

  • Jul 31 / 2014
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Linux in Education, technology

Converting A Small School To GNU/Linux in 1 Hour

Of course this can be done using Debian GNU/Linux but it takes more knowledge than a newbie might have. A distro designed for the purpose gets a teacher off to a good start. My first experience with GNU/Linux in a lab came from K12LTSP GNU/Linux when it was a real distro based on Fedora GNU/Linux. […]

  • Jul 31 / 2014
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technology

The Remarkable Rise Of Android/Linux, The Distro of 2014

While Debian, Ubuntu and other GNU/Linux distros jockey for a meagre few percent of page-views according to StatCounter, Android/Linux has a dramatic ramp upward. There are many causes of this but chief among them are a low cost licence, $0. You can’t beat that. M$ is now trying but is years too late to market […]

  • Jul 31 / 2014
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technology

I Care About M$ v Free Software

One of dozens of means of “winning” an argument is to claim the opponent’s arguments don’t matter.“There really is no one-size-fits-all computer operating system, so fighting about which one is better ends up being a huge waste of time.” In the OS Wars, OS does matter because not all operating systems are benign servants of […]

  • Jul 31 / 2014
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technology

Android/Linux Is The New PacMan

“Android’s domination of global smartphone shipments reached a new peak in Q2 2014, with an impressive 85 percent of all smartphones now running Google’s OS. Android’s gain came at the expense of every major rival platform. BlackBerry saw its global smartphone share tumble from 2 percent to 1 percent in the past year due to […]

  • Jul 30 / 2014
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technology

LibreOffice 4.3, The Almost Perfect Office Suite

By any measure, LibreOffice is a great office suite.“According to the Coverity Scan service, joined by LibreOffice in October 2012, the quality of LibreOffice source code has improved dramatically during the last two years, with a reduction of the defect density per 1,000 lines of code from an above the average 1.11 to an industry […]

  • Jul 30 / 2014
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technology

Netanyahu Would Kill His Own Mother If A Terrorist Were Hiding Behind Her

“An Israeli military spokesman said an initial review indicates militants fired at Israeli soldiers from the area of the school, and Israeli soldiers "responded by firing at the origin of the fire."”So much for the Israeli boast that they go out of their way to spare innocent civilians. Artillery rounds into a school will not […]

  • Jul 30 / 2014
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technology

83% of Chinese Get Their Internet Fix From Smartphones

Yep. That’s straight from CNNIC, the China Internet Network Information Center. Yes, they still use desktops for that but the preferred medium, even at home is the smartphone. Wintel is doomed. Too expensive. Too inflexible. Too immobile. Too impersonal. It’s not just the Chinese. A whole generation of humans is growing up knowing that M$ […]

  • Jul 29 / 2014
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technology

Keyboards

My old Fujitsu “aircraft carrier” has moved on. The Little Woman’s USB system died today so my old PS/2 keyboard leapt into the breach. I’m using another usb/firewire keyboard. I hate it. It’s too small. The keys are mushy. You push and push until you get a character. There’s no perceptible hysteresis. The travel is […]

  • Jul 28 / 2014
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technology

Snakes sometimes strangle prey. Maybe dragons do too.

China is a huge emerging market in IT but there are huge stresses building between China and the outside world with IT being crucial. China has been accused of cyber-warfare and has accused the USA with the same. The NSA has been flushed out as spying on the whole world so China is not alone […]

  • Jul 28 / 2014
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technology

GNU/Linux Works In India

I am tired of reading that GNU/Linux didn’t/can’t make it on the desktop for x,y, or z reasons. It’s just not true. Take India, for example. There, GNU/Linux is used at work by a lot of people and their number is increasing. There are about 30% more users on weekdays than weekends and the rate […]

  • Jul 26 / 2014
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technology

Tablets Are Doing Well

Oh, the poor desktop PC. First, the notebook overtook them in units sold. Then the smartphone did the same. Now it’s the tablet’s turn…“The worldwide tablet grew 11.0% year over year in the second quarter of 2014 (2Q14) with shipments reaching 49.3 million units according to preliminary data from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide […]

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