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My MissionMy observations and opinions about IT are based on 40 years of use in science and technology and lately, in education. I like IT that is fast, cost-effective and reliable. I do not care whether my solution is the same as yours. I like to think for myself.
My first use of GNU/Linux in 2001 was so remarkably better than what I had been using, I feel it is important work to share GNU/Linux with the world. I have been blessed by working in schools where students and school systems have benefited by good, modular software easily installed in most systems.
I have shown GNU/Linux to thousands of students and hundreds of teachers over the years and will continue in some way doing that until I die in spite of the opposition.
Monthly Archives: June 2011
France has been parachuting rifles, machine-guns, light armored vehicles and RPGs into western Libya for the rebels to defend themselves, and UK will send 5000 sets of body armor and uniforms, and The folks in Misrata are asking for the … Continue reading
Probabilities are fun. If some outcome of the chaos around us depends on events A, B and C, the probability of the outcome is the product of the probablities of events A, B, and C happening. P(X) = P(A) P(B) … Continue reading
“Oracle This site is experiencing technical difficulty. We are aware of the issue and are working as quick as possible to correct the issue. Please try again in a few moments. “ Yeah, right. Apache is working on having the … Continue reading
The FCC’s 15th Annual Mobile Wireless Competition Report is out and it has this gem: Look at that. Mobile Internet Access subscriptions doubled in 2009.
I love messy desktops. I can find anything if I have a search widget and all the current stuff on the top of the piles. The many variations of the GNU/Linux desktop are no problem at all until they become … Continue reading
A security vulnerability at Groupon was discovered by a fellow using Google to search for database stuff. People are leaving SQL database dumps where the web servers can share them with the world … Talk about leaving the door open. … Continue reading
“The Apache Hadoop software library is a framework that allows for the distributed processing of large data sets across clusters of computers using a simple programming model. It is designed to scale up from single servers to thousands of machines, … Continue reading
Tilera – 6200 CoreMarks per watt ARM – Tegra2 – 2933 Atom – 1131 Xeon – 988 The message is clear, Tilera is more energy efficient than those other processors. This should matter when electrical power comes from fossil fuels, … Continue reading
If you have to reinstall the OS of your PC to keep it running, consider installing GNU/Linux to stop the foolishness. “Microsoft is advising users to reinstall Windows if they happen to be unfortunate enough to get hit by a … Continue reading
We were told that, once upon a time, “7” was shipped on an average of 7 PCs per second. Growth of “7” is about 1% per month. On 1400 million PCs, that’s about 14 million PCs shipping with “7” per … Continue reading
I was surprised to see Brazil in the list of systems compromised by “Anonymous” recently. To demonstrate the compromise, /etc/passwd from some systems was published. GNU/Linux has a simple and reliable system of authentication which should prevent access to that … Continue reading