Monthly Archives: June 2010

Old Tales

People still do not realize that The Year of GNU/Linux on the Desktop has already happened. In 2009 almost everyone in the world had seen or heard about GNU/Linux on the desktop. The netbooks made sure of that. Now it … Continue reading

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Rescuing Yet Another PC From That Other OS

It is the end of the school year and I am nearly done. I am waiting for some documents to finish up files for a teacher who left early. Along comes the security guard wanting a PC fixed… It’s slowing … Continue reading

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Freer Trade Agreement Between Taiwan and China

This affects more than $100billion in trade annually and could increase the power of China+Taiwan in IT. Taiwan may get access to cheaper labour as well as a larger market. China may make political points as well as getting more … Continue reading

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Google Apps Work in Schools

There is news that hundreds of schools are adopting Google Apps with or in place of conventional local applications. This is a great advantage to schools because there is less maintenance of software required for the cloudy solution. In my … Continue reading

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Reflections on Bilski

Now that the matter is decided and we have slept on it… I feel that the supremes pulled a trick on us. On difficult issues before society, they tend to come down 5-4 and give society a decade or more … Continue reading

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A Million New GNU/Linux Users Each Week

This is it, apparently. Last year was the year GNU/Linux opened the door. This year, people are walking through, into the light. 160000 Android-y smartphones are being sold daily. They will like to use GNU/Linux on their desktop/notebook and netbook … Continue reading

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Spam is Us

M$ has a new business model. If they cannot make a good OS, they will make an OS designed to welcome spam. Crazy, eh? To avoid this phenomenon, avoid their OS. Avoid “7 phone” and you will be safer. On … Continue reading

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Pot (M$) Calls Kettle (SalesForce) Black

M$ sued over software patents and Salesforce is retaliating over software patents, showing how utterly useless these things are for promoting innovation. Read Mary Jo Foley’s take on this. Perusing the list of things M$ says were infringed include the … Continue reading

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Premonitions of Bilski

Tom Goldstein on SCOTUSBlog has written his best estimate of who will write the decision on Bilski: Justice Stevens will write it the scope of patents will be narrowed, probably restricting software patents the court will be unanimous but possibly … Continue reading

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A New Take on FUD

FUD is often used to discourage people from using Free Software but Rex Djere turns it around. His thesis is that the purveyors of non-Free software are the ones in fear about how their control of people will slip their … Continue reading

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The Sword

“He who lives by the sword shall die by it” is an old saying and currently applies to M$. They have threatened the world with software patents and now Salesforce is counter-attacking them with claims of violations of “cloud”-related patents … Continue reading

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Save the Women and Children From That Other OS

This story is not just about security of PCs but that the safety of women and children whom all should protect depends these days on the software on their PCs. A predator distributed malware to PCs through digital music files. … Continue reading

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