Robert Pogson

One man, closing all the windows.

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  • Apr 11 / 2014
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technology

SimpleTax Works For Canadian Users Of GNU/Linux

Revenue Canada still doesn’t get GNU/Linux… On their page listing certified software for NETFILEing, there’s no mention of GNU/Linux at all: TWITS! Simple Tax is on their list of certified software and those folks claim “Nothing to installSimpleTax works in your web browser so it’s PC, Mac, Linux, and iPad friendly. You can do your […]

  • Apr 11 / 2014
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technology

GNU/Linux For Everyone

The New York Times is at it again, suggesting GNU/Linux as a worthwhile alternative to M$ and Apple’s stuff.“Linux did revolutionize computing. If you own an Android phone or a Kindle e-reader, you are a Linux user. Linux is at the core of those popular devices and is found in a variety of other places, […]

  • Apr 10 / 2014
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technology

Good News And Bad News Depending On Whether Or Not You Enslave People To Wintel

Well, the good news for me is that shipments of PCs, mostly Wintel desktops and notebooks is down 4.4% compared to last year.“Worldwide PC shipments have now declined for eight consecutive quarters as a result of shifting technology usage and competition (notably with tablets & smartphones) as well as economic pressures (including high unemployment, slow […]

  • Apr 09 / 2014
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technology

Kernel.org Broken Again

“Secure Connection Failed An error occurred during a connection to www.kernel.org. The OCSP server has no status for the certificate. (Error code: sec_error_ocsp_unknown_cert) “ Netcraft reports their OCSP server is down: “0% uptime in the past 24h” I hope this is not a hangover from the OpenSSL problem… Kernel.org uses heartbeat… I updated my machines […]

  • Apr 09 / 2014
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technology

What To Do With XP PCs

The world of IT is buzzing with news of how XP, the zombie OS, shuffles forward. For those unaware, I thought I would post a recipe for dealing with XP. You don’t owe M$ a living. You can use the hardware you own without M$’s permission. I recommend replacing M$’s OS with one that works […]

  • Apr 09 / 2014
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technology

Qualcomm: It Doesn’t Get Any Better Than This

If you are a fan of mobile computing (I’m not. I use GPS and wifi but not much else on my smartphone), you’ll drool over Qualcomm’s new chip.“Rich native 4K Ultra HD interface and video, along with an upgraded camera suite using gyro-stabilization and 3D noise reduction for producing high quality 4K video at 30 […]

  • Apr 07 / 2014
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technology

Feature Comparison: LibreOffice – Microsoft Office

Anyone who thinks M$’s office suite is a “must have” should look at this page. Feature for feature, LibreOffice has what it takes. There are some features that one has that the other doesn’t but the performance is about the same. Why then, pay $gazillions for M$’s office suite when LibreOffice is $0 for as […]

  • Apr 06 / 2014
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technology

Search For Malaysian Flight MH370

China has insisted on dealing with the search community around this crash“Reports overnight that the Chinese ship, Haixun 01, has detected electronic pulse signals in the Indian Ocean related to MH370 cannot be verified at this point in time.” by filtering everything through Beijing… Yesterday, Chinese government news stated that a Chinese vessel had detected […]

  • Apr 04 / 2014
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technology

RedHat Kicks The Anthill Over At Kernel.org

In my misspent youth I learned that if you kicked a red anthill, the little buggers would swarm all over the place seeking vengeance and repairing the hill…“It has come to our attention that a system running a specific userspace init program will not boot if you add "debug" to the kernel command line. What […]

  • Apr 02 / 2014
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Let Him In!

Easy problem! Give the guy a visa and revoke it at the airport. “The Obama administration says Iran’s nomination of a former hostage-taker as its ambassador to the United Nations is "extremely troubling".” Charge him with abduction on US territory (the embassy in Iran), put a hood over his head, apply manacles and parade him […]

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