Monthly Archives: November 2010

Shaking Loose Dependence on USA in IT

Manufacturers are seeing that growth in sales of IT in USA in retail are quite small. They see huge growth in other parts of the world where M$ does not dictate and consumers want small cheap computers and get them. … Continue reading

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Wikileaks – Pride and Prejudice

While the newest wave of documents leaks out through media, I thought I would look more at the last batch. A torrent took only a few minutes to bring in the goods and I left the torrent run to give … Continue reading

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Breaking That Other OS

Yet another means of exploiting that other OS has been demonstrated by Sophos. An ordinary user can gain complete control of the system whether it is XP, Vista, “7” etc. simply by running some code that tweaks a key in … Continue reading

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Dual Booting Means Something Else in Uruguay

I came across an article which mentioned Uruguay was distributing dual-booting PCs to students. I was concerned that that other OS would be distributed deliberately to students but no, its XO-Sugar and GNOME dual booting. Chuckle. “The XO-HS will also … Continue reading

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A Week I Would Rather Forget

There have been a remarkable cluster of disasters this week: My employer required me to move from a 3 bedroom trailer to another smaller and shared unit. This happens but it is really an imposition in the middle of the … Continue reading

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Oil for PCs Running GNU/Linux in Venezuela

More than a million PCs running GNU/Linux are planned by Venezuela in a deal involving oil with Portugal. Venezuela will establish a plant for production of PCs as well. see this report The project also involves books and uniforms for … Continue reading

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Thank You, Linus

I used to be of the opinion that Linus Torvalds was too nasty at times but that was before I encountered Kernel Mode Setting and a mess of driver changes. I have several different types of PC with Intel VGA … Continue reading

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Sold Out

Remember the heady days when ASUS eee-PC with GNU/Linux sold out and ASUS had to double production monthly? They are back. Now it’s the ARMed tablets and the Android tablets that are selling out. Expect production to ramp up for … Continue reading

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ARM Fits Manufacturers’ Needs

Manufacturers of computer products have tiny margins while M$ rakes in $billions just for selling permission to copy. ARM offers a way to larger margins for manufacturers. “Although Taiwan’s IT players are capable of massively commercializing IT products that average … Continue reading

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M$ Needs GNU/Linux

My father and my uncle were grain farmers. They had a very effective strategy for ridding their fields of weeds: plant alternating crops or summer-fallow. Thus the weeds were either exposed to cultivation or not always in their preferred niche. … Continue reading

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Spectacular Growth Predicted in Smart-thingies

Tablets and smart-phones are predicted to have huge growth in the coming years. smartphones to 800 million per annum by 2013 tablets passing netbook shipments this year smartphones to 440 million in 2011 If people carrying smart-phones develop a fondness … Continue reading

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ASUS Trying to Pump Up EEE PC

The netbooks shipments are not growing much these days. If what you are doing is not working change. Now ASUS is using AMD CPUs to lower the cost. At $350, they could do better with GNU/Linux. Up-selling small cheap computers … Continue reading

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