Monthly Archives: February 2010

Adventure with New Technology

Well, having time to sort through the piles of junk around here, I found another gem, a brand-new PC. Never been run. It still had a factory-installed sticker over the power connector. I checked it out: Intel Celeron D 2.8 … Continue reading

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Adventure with Old Hardware

The English teacher had a couple of old machines kicking around. They were taking up space and she wanted them replaced with something kids could use for writing. 486 last used 5 years ago 500 MB hard drive 8 MB … Continue reading

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M$ Loses XP downgrade lawsuit

Well, the headline at ComputerWorld has it the other way around but you do not win when your customers sue you. The fact that the customer paid more to avoid your product than it normally cost to buy your defective … Continue reading

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OMB USA Wants Your Input

Office of Management and Budget is asking for input on the costs and risks of intellectual property infringement. I offered my opinion that illegal copying helped M$ obtain a monopoly by blocking competing operating systems from the market along with … Continue reading

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Extortion

Well, technically, it’s not extortion if you threaten to sue someone and then demand payment to prevent suit, but it should be when the grounds for suit are baseless. Software patents are vapourware and should dissipate if the SCOTUS ever … Continue reading

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Reply

This is a post I made in reply to some twit on another forum. It might be noticed more here… Let see. In 1Q of PC sales, “7” had a shot at 75 million PCs. According to W3Schools, “7” share … Continue reading

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Distrowatch.com Stats

Okay. No one is quite sure what x hits per day for a distro means on DistroWatch.com but that won’t stop me from expressing an opinion… I added up the current hits per day for the top 310 distros in … Continue reading

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ARM at 28 nm This Year

2010 is officialy the year of ARM. They have a deal with Global Foundries to produce at 28 nm by the 2H 2010, in plenty of time for Christmas… This is not just about mobile, folks. Sure, they can bring … Continue reading

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Making Money and FLOSS

“Rivermuse co founder and open-source veteran Dave Rosenberg believes that while open-source companies can grow, it’s more realistic to see them make no more than $100m in annual revenue and feels that the magical $1bn mark is a stretch goal. … Continue reading

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Don’t You Just Hate Some Analysts?

I read a decent article about adoption of thin clients in education and in the middle of it all, I read, “At best, the upfront capital cost [of thin clients] is 5 percent cheaper, and at worst, it’s a wash,” … Continue reading

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Acceptance of Thin Clients

Over the years I have found the acceptance of GNU/Linux thin clients good because of the increased access (more seats) and increased performance (responsiveness of servers v thick clients). Still, there are many who have not seen this and question … Continue reading

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NEC

I spent some time studying the information about virtualized desktop PCs on NEC’s site. They describe the configurations and advantages and disadvantages very clearly. It is worth visiting if you are curious about how they do it. I was puzzled … Continue reading

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