Monthly Archives: March 2014

Making a Difference

I have a lot of respect for Ken Starks but he wrote, again, “The fact is, we’ll never see “the year of desktop Linux.” Not the way we imagine it anyway. Many of us long for the time when Linux … Continue reading

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Tamil Nadu State of India Pushes GNU/Linux To Replace XP

It’s coated in bureaucratese but when the boss suggests installing the boss, some employess might just do that…“the Tamil Nadu government has advised all its departments to install free open source software BOSS Linux” This suggestion was made as early … Continue reading

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MySQL Evolves At Oracle

Apparently, Oracle has decided not only to allow MySQL to live, they are letting it grow.“This new version of MySQL has demonstrated the ability to respond to 512,000 read-only queries per second (qps), more than twice 250,000 read-only QPS that … Continue reading

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2014 Will Be A Great Year For LibreOffice

The only issue I still have with LibreOffice is that it lacks styles for charts.“The tender specification lists five additional features to be developed, including new spreadsheet functions, chart styles and improved mail merge capabilities. The project is expected to … Continue reading

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Small Cheap Computers Win China

The number os users of smartphones in China greatly exceeds the number of legacy PCs.“There were 1.24 billion subscribers of mobile communication services in China as of February 2014, growing 0.36% sequentially and 9.52% on year, and 429.79 million (34.67%) … Continue reading

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Nvidia Bends Moore’s Law

The Pascal architecture from Nvidia will be based on multi-layer chips and stacked memory for a huge increase in bandwidth to/from the GPU. Combined with their CPU roadmap, this technology will allow personal computing or HPC modules to triple in … Continue reading

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Mr Pogson to government: Change your OS, save $billions

I was just watching CNN mangle yet another great story.“Using the General Services Administration’s estimated annual cost of ink — $467 million — Suvir concluded that if the federal government used Garamond exclusively it could save nearly 30% — or … Continue reading

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South Tyrol: You Can Be Fired For Using That Other OS

It used to be said that “no one was ever fired” for using that other OS, but that’s no longer true.“The new policy is meant to reduce IT costs. Should this fail, the region must resort to reduce its workforce, … Continue reading

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WebScaleSQL, MySQL on Steroids

MySQL is very popular with small organizations and many users of web applications but it is too slow for many larger operations. “WebScaleSQL is a collaboration among engineers from several companies that face similar challenges in running MySQL at scale, … Continue reading

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Operating Systems, According To Gartner – 2013-2015

As usual, Gartner is making predictions. Clearly, they predict huge share for Android/Linux in 2014. That’s consistent with everything I know. Android/Linux is everywhere, every market, every price-range, and every format. Where I disagree with Gartner is on the growing … Continue reading

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Process Of Elimination – The Hunt For MH-370

After many false starts and problems with weather/seas the search is closing in on debris floating in the southern Indian Ocean. Timing and Doppler shifts of handshakes combined with fuel consumption, estimated air-speed, drift measurements and satellite images of the … Continue reading

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Canary Islands Goes Free

Yes! Yet another government gets the picture. Various software empires have been charging them multiple times for the same product.“The switch to Postgresql is expected to result in a reduction in the number of proprietary RDBMS licences. The Canary Islands … Continue reading

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