Monthly Archives: February 2013

Syria: John Kerry Gives Something Better Than Nothing

“The Syrian rebels say weapons and ammunition are what they need most”see BBC News – Syria conflict: John Kerry extends US aid to rebels. Come on Kerry! The time for sending food and medicing was two years ago when Assad … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, New UK Government Data Service

“At our most recent round of usability testing, for example, many participants came to the sessions already aware of the project. Several of them said amazing things about how it was making their working lives easier as well as teaching … Continue reading

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About Those Servers, IDC

IDC reports on sales of servers with various operating systems. “ Linux server demand was positively impacted by high performance computing (HPC) and cloud infrastructure deployments, as hardware revenue improved 12.7% year over year in 4Q12 to $3.0 billion. Linux … Continue reading

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Udine

‘Open source software is everywhere in the offices of Udine’s administration. The vast majority of servers in use at Udine, 96 per cent, use either the Red Hat or Debian Linux distribution. Postgresql is the default relational database management system. … Continue reading

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Bombs and Bull-shit

Haretz:“The nuclear reactor at Arak is scheduled to become active, according to the Iranian reports to IAEA in early 2014 and is claimed by Tehran to be for civilian purposes. The use of heavy water in a nuclear reactor would … Continue reading

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Freedom on Buses, Computers and Everywhere

I wrote a post on LinuxAdvocates. Here’s an excerpt: “To some these are wild, impractical concepts but they are living in a fog, not seeing the Digital Divide which excludes the poor or remote people from having good information technology. … Continue reading

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PhotoShop Ported to Linux, more or less

For those who list lack of PhotoShopTM as a negative for GNU/Linux, look at this: “Edit and share photos virtually anywhere. Access them all on Photoshop.com Edit and share photos virtually anywhere. Touch to crop, rotate, adjust color, and add … Continue reading

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How Big A Failure Is “8”? Ask Gartner.

“Through 2015, 90% of enterprises will bypass widescale deployment of Windows 8” for PCs. see Gartner at Gartner Symposium IT Expo 2012 – Top Technology Predictions for 2013 So, it’s not just a slow uptake. Gartner sees business won’t use … Continue reading

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Watch Out For Corporations With Salesmen

“it is a basic principal of our free-market economy that competition between vendors leads to lower prices and higher quality products," the report states. "Yet, instead of using an open competitive bid process to attempt to receive the lowest possible … Continue reading

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Today

I am out of excuses not to get out of the house and to make things happen. Today looks like a repeat of yesterday’s weather, sunny and warm. I put up some more of the greenhouse yesterday. I had to … Continue reading

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DistroRank

For what it’s worth, here is yet another ranking of popularity of GNU/Linux. I took the survey and noted that my bunch of PCs are undercounted because it’s a “unique IP address” system. Linux Rankings (Score): 1. Ubuntu (1.000) 2. … Continue reading

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Ditching “8”

Save $100 on Any Windows 8 Touch-Screen PC. “Windows 8 then failed to shift in significant volumes over the Christmas shopping period, leaving Best Buy and other shops stocked up with unsold inventory. One senior source at a major PC … Continue reading

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