Author Archives: Robert Pogson

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.

Put The Job-cuts Where They Belong, In Redmond

“Microsoft phoned Conservative MPs with Microsoft R&D facilities in their constituencies and said, ‘we will close them down in your constituency if this goes through’” See Microsoft faces claims it threatened MPs with job cuts in constituencies In the old days, … Continue reading

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Battle – Optimism Versus Pessimism

“The desktop battle is now irrelevant. We tried. We lost. With the new battles, I feel there is much more at stake: our very freedom, and sense of ownership, is being taken away from us.” See GNU/Linux: the desktop that never … Continue reading

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No Ceiling For GNU/Linux On The Desktop

“as long as the Linux and open source community continue to fight among themselves, this will never happen. Without a convergent effort from the current user base, Linux will continue to hit the same ceiling that has held it down … Continue reading

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Conversation

The other day we had visitors, a landscaping contractor and his wife. She waited in the truck outside while he and my wife discussed plans for landscaping. Nothing is brief in conversation with The Little Woman, so, after a while … Continue reading

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It’s Alive! The Chinese Rototiller Works At Last!

I repaired the bent strut on the tail-wheel and operated the rototiller by walking behind the thing and it worked like a charm. I was still breaking it in and used a shallow cut at low power but it was … Continue reading

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Top 20 Countries In Europe For GNU/Linux Page-views

GNU/Linux (%) 10.04 4.79 4.66 3.38 3.27 3.19 3.07 3.03 2.91 2.7 2.62 2.35 2.34 2.31 2.21 2.2 2.14 1.97 1.92 1.89Country Finland Liechtenstein Malta Czech Republic France Greece Iceland Spain Germany Macedonia Ukraine Ireland Italy Austria Estonia Slovenia Vatican … Continue reading

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Finnish Spikes In GNU/Linux Usage And Chrome Browser Linked

 See StatCounter The pattern of two to three one-day spikes on weekdays using GNU/Linux for browsing StatCounter’s universe continues. I’ve noticed that the spikers use Chrome 41 and did not change to Chrome 42 as most users did in this … Continue reading

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Australia – Why Should The Government Of A Country Of 24million People Spend $6billion On IT, $250 per capita per annum?

Could it be that they are using That Other OS almost exclusively and spending the taxpayers’ money“In 2014, the Australian government’s ICT spending reached A$5.8 billion, representing 8.5% of the total ICT spend. It is forecasted to grow to A$6.2 … Continue reading

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Schools Love GNU/Linux II

Chuckle. Repeatedly commentators have told us that GNU/Linux is crippleware and an insult to students yet schools keep using it on PCs and winning, big time. They save money.“By switching to Linux, incidents such as computer viruses, system degradation and … Continue reading

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GNU/Linux Page-views Ramping Up Like Never Before

Growth is good. It shows health, vigour, promise for the future. Compared to the past 2015 is looking like a promising future for GNU/Linux on the desktop if StatCounter’s page-views are any measure.   In Malta, The Year Of The GNU/Linux … Continue reading

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Sometimes Greenpeace Doesn’t Do The Maths

In principle, I agree with outfits like Greenpeace just as I tend to agree with the Free Software Foundation and other organizations which share my views on making the world a better place.“A Greenpeace report has found online video is … Continue reading

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Islands

I like islands. They have some of the highest shares of page-views from GNU/Linux…GNU/Linux(%) 17.77 16.72 16.14 14.93 13.54 13.41 11.5 11.31 11.14 9.67 9.27 8.95 7.92 7.83 7.75 7.58 6.83 6.66 6.65 6.39Country Saint Helena Norfolk Island Niue Kiribati … Continue reading

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