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.

Yes, This Is The Droid For Which You’ve Been Looking

Chuckle a day after a near-disastrous storm with power-failure and rising waters, all is right with the world of IT in my home. The new Odroid-C2 intended for TLW has arrived. There were a few surprises:

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FLOSS Is The Ultimate In Software Optimization

“Many organizations can cut spending on software by as much as 30 percent by implementing three software license optimization best practices” See Gartner Says Organizations Can Cut Software Costs by 30 Percent Using Three Best PracticesGartner trumpets that folks can optimize … Continue reading

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Overoptimisim And ARM

“SoftBank chairman and CEO Masayoshi Son indicated that the acquisition is motivated by the large business potential for IoT (Internet of Things). However, Son overestimated real benefits from the acquisition and underestimated difficulties in vertical and horizontal integration of industries … Continue reading

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Priority Of The Alternator Raised Again

I haven’t been working on the new alternator because it arrived just as planting season was getting going but last night a terrible wall of storms passed by and knocked out the electrical utility again. Last year it was 5h. … Continue reading

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DisARMing News

“Japan-based SoftBank’s GBP17 per share offer price gives ARM shareholders a 43% premium on Friday’s closing share price and a 41.1% premium on the all-time high share price. SoftBank has also provided assurances it will maintain the headquarters of England-based ARM … Continue reading

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The 1% Solution

“The French interior minister has called on “all patriotic citizens” to become reservists to boost security in the wake of the attack in Nice, in which 84 people were killed. Bernard Cazeneuve reiterated that France would call up 12,000 reservists.” See Attack … Continue reading

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Swiss Stone Pines – How I Love Them

Finding trees tough enough to grow in my yard is difficult. TLW built berms just to help the weak survive and to accent her house. The rest of the flat clay soil is mine… Swiss Stone Pine is one of … Continue reading

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This Must Be A Joke – M$ Has Been Letting Anyone Install Print Drivers On All Their Operating Systems

“Normally, User Account Controls are in place to warn or prevent a user from installing a new driver. To make printing easier, an exception was created to avoid this control. So in the end, we have a mechanism that allows … Continue reading

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Yes, The World Can And Does Make Its Own Software

“Google hopes to reach 2000 universities and train 4000 faculty in its bid to train some 250,000 developers each year.” See Google aims to train two million Indian Android devs by 2018Anyone still believing that the M$s and Oracles and Adobes … Continue reading

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China Thinks Thin

“Greatly reduced electricity cost and IT management & maintenance cost are key factors favoring thin clients. With developments at the technological level, thin client solutions will show greater advantages for enterprise customers. Compared with traditional PC terminals, thin clients are … Continue reading

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Going Batty

“The town, North Hempstead, has approved the construction of boxes that function as bat houses in several parks to attract more bats to the area. “Bats can eat up to 1,000 mosquitoes per hour,” Judi Bosworth, the town supervisor, said. “That’s … Continue reading

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Garden (?) Report

I have one of the least successful gardens in my neighbourhood. It’s not for want of trying but most of my strategy has failed. I planted a fine lawn but because it was winter-killed twice in two successive years, I … Continue reading

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