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.

Next Week In My Yard…

The long-suffering of the world often have kept up their morale by sharing visions of the future if only they persist a little longer. Today, the temperature was predicted to rise to -4C so I determined to finish the welding … Continue reading

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Global Increase In Usage Of Desktop GNU/Linux, February 2015

Yep. I’ve checked StatCounter for global changes related to the changes recently seen in Canada, India, Italy, etc. and it’s happening on a global scale. If this trend continues 2015 will be the year of the GNU/Linux desktop. Check it … Continue reading

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Spring Arrives Next Weekend

This was a very strange winter. It was the least snowfall in my memory. It was the warmest winter by far until February. Then it was below normal temperatures. Well, the roller-coaster ends next weekend. The long range forecast for … Continue reading

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GNU/Linux Makes Another Move In Canada

This week has been phenomenal for GNU/Linux page-views on StatCounter. How about that, rising from ~1.8% to 2.58% in a week? A year ago, GNU/Linux was at 0.88%. I’ll take it… This level leaves USA behind and is quite competitive … Continue reading

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Whom Do You Love?

Here it is folks, a head-to-head comparison of the most popular version of that other OS and the most popular version of GNU/Linux, Ubuntu 12.04 LTS: That Other OS Ubuntu GNU/Linux There are 25 matching records. Search Parameters: Contains Software … Continue reading

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*/Linux Breaks 3% in Canada

It’s been a couple of months since I realized GNU/Linux was finally making a move in Canada, particularly on weekends, but now, almost two months into 2015, we see a huge trend continuing. Oh, that unknown line? Does anyone think … Continue reading

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Moving On From Superfish

It’s true, RMS was right. The folks at LinuxBSDos.com are right. The world needs to use Free Software. “Superfish (the company) is an outfit that needs to make money, and VisualDiscovery is their main product. So the company is not … Continue reading

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Desktop */Linux Trends In Canada

Now that we’ve pretty well figured out that the huge “Unkown” thing in StatCounter‘s “desktop” OS category is closely related to Android/Linux, this graph makes sense. Some people in Canada are hooking up Android/Linux systems to big screens. GNU/Linux is … Continue reading

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The 50th Reason To Hate That Other OS

We all have reasons to hate that other OS, whether it’s the price, the re-re-reboots, the performance, the EULA…. but this is a game-changer.“Superfish is more than inconvenient; it’s downright dangerous. The certificate it uses to intercept your browsing has … Continue reading

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Hmmmm… 96Boards Could Be To ARM What ATX Was To x86

Are you old enough to remember what PCs looked like before ATX? I am. They were huge, heavy, expensive and often had weird parts from only one or a few sources.“The 96Boards initiative is designed to offer a single software … Continue reading

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Unknown Unknowns

“Unknown” in StatCounters’s language probably means an unrecognized User-Agent string from a browser. Usually, that’s remedied in a few weeks and life carries on. What’s “Unknown” in Russia? By now we should have it revealed, but no, it’s still “Unknown”. … Continue reading

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Dark Day On The Web

Like many others, I have a bunch of websites that I visit regularly. Today, several biggies are down: gs.statcounter.com gives 500: Internal server error… The Document Foundation does not respond, and neither does LibreOffice.org Sigh. I guess it’s time for … Continue reading

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