Robert Pogson

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  • Jul 16 / 2014
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technology

Smartphones Shipping – 1.2 Billion 2014, 2 Billion 2018

“ABI Research expects 1.25 billion smartphones to ship in 2014 and forecasts smartphone shipments to pass the 2 billion mark in 2018. The compound annual growth rate (CAGR) over the forecast period from 2014 to 2019 is 12%.” ABI Research says the 60% penetration of smartphones in the developed markets could be possible in the […]

  • Jul 15 / 2014
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technology

GNU/Linux Acknowledged As Valid Desktop OS In USA

I’ve known it for more than a decade but folks in USA are a bit slow to change… Today, the Vice-president of industry analysis at NPD stated, “Building on last year’s surprising strength, Chrome’s unit strength ahead of this year’s education buying season shows how it has become a legitimate third platform alongside Windows and […]

  • Jul 15 / 2014
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technology

School’s Out For Summer In Ethiopia ;-)

Previously, I speculated that the abrupt growth in share of page-views on StatCounter attributed to GNU/Linux in Ethiopia might be connected to usage in schools there. Seems I was right because the marked plunge this week corresponds with the end of the school term. GNU/Linux, the OS by which you can tell time… I wonder […]

  • Jul 15 / 2014
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Linux in Education, Teaching, technology

FLOSS Is The Right Way

“a lot of children had never had any examples of programming. They’d used a computer, but in fact the computer had used them. They knew how a mouse worked, they knew how to save a spreadsheet, they knew how to load an XBOX game, but they didn’t necessarily know anything else about computing”I’ve seen this […]

  • Jul 15 / 2014
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technology

Mozilla On Track To Sell 10M Firefox Smartphones

“Mozilla will launch a series of inexpensive Firefox OS smartphone models in the India market in July, with retail prices of up to US$50, according to company COO and Mozilla Taiwan CEO Gong Li.Mozilla initially launched Firefox smartphones in the Latin America and Europe markets in July 2013 and has sold about one million units, […]

  • Jul 14 / 2014
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technology

Ho Hum. Yet Another Organization Saves With FLOSS

For years the sycophants of M$ and “partners” have told the world, at least anyone that would listen, that FLOSS costs more in the long run…“Open source gives the university more features, more flexibility and lower costs. Next year the costs will already be 30 per cent lower and after five or six years, the […]

  • Jul 14 / 2014
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technology

Shopping For Tablets

The Little Woman had a PSU fail on her Android/Linux tablet. She went shopping for a new tablet by visiting a big box store locally. Eventually, she bought a new PSU for a few dollars. The thought occurred to me that it’s getting really hard to buy an Android/Linux tablet these days because of the […]

  • Jul 12 / 2014
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technology

Trend-Setting Countries For GNU/Linux On The Desktop

I have written about many countries making positive moves to adopt GNU/Linux on the desktop. Here is a graph showing some. With the exception of Cuba, handicapped by US embargo…, the trends are all positive. Those who give GNU/Linux a try benefit from that and expand their usage. Further, this continues to happen even with […]

  • Jul 11 / 2014
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technology

FSFE On EC Foot-dragging

While the European Commission has decided to investigate use of FLOSS (Free/Libre Open Source Software), according to the Free Software Foundation Europe,“In April, the Commission signed two contracts with Microsoft: An agreement for "high-level services" worth 44 million Euro, and a framework agreement on software licensing conditions. The actual licenses are provided by Hewlett-Packard under […]

  • Jul 10 / 2014
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technology

Reinventing Productivity

A big CEO has been reported to claim his company will “reinvent productivity”. For the greater certainty, this is the company that forced a very unproductive OS (full of vulnerabilities and just plain bugs) on the world by means legal and illegal. I have news for him. Productivity in software was invented long ago. There […]

  • Jul 10 / 2014
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technology

GNU/Linux Is A Part Of The Rebound In Sales of PCs

IDC and Gartner have reported that Q2 of 2014 showed a considerable rebound in shipments of legacy PCs but GNU/Linux is a part of that, according to web stats. IDC even mentions ChromeBooks in it’s story: “Despite the end of Windows XP support in early April, it appears many Windows XP migrations continue to take […]

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