Robert Pogson

One man, closing all the windows.

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  • Jul 25 / 2014
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technology

Chromebooks Accelerate

“Acer has seen booming sales of Chromebooks, including government procurement orders for educational purposes in many countries, and therefore has asked supply chains to increase production to reduce supply shortages, according to company CEO Jason Chen, adding that global Chromebook shipments in 2014 are expected to increase 70% on year.” It’s the netbook all over […]

  • Jul 24 / 2014
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technology

Folly – Wintel And “Partners” Response To Competition

There’s this thing about dinosaurs. They were magnificent and perfectly suited to their environment… until the environment changed.“Intel, Microsoft and notebook brand vendors are preparing to push entry-level notebooks priced at US$199-249 in the second half, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.” Wintel is like the dinosaurs when it comes to competition from […]

  • Jul 24 / 2014
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horticulture

Things That Make Me Go “Hmmm…” – Weather

I was checking the weather. I need rain to fall on my yard or I am going to have to drag out those hoses again…“Likelihood of Precipitation (LOP) as described in the public forecast as a chance of measurable precipitation for a period of time.Nil: 0%Low: 40% or belowMedium: 60% or 70%High: Above 70%” I […]

  • Jul 24 / 2014
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technology

Choosing Debian GNU/Linux

Here’s a guy who like me chose Debian GNU/Linux. His tastes are a little different but he gets what he needs because Debian is reliable and diverse.“all the hardware and related software updating works insanely well, even better than at first, which wasn’t bad at all anyway with a minimal amount of research. Easier and […]

  • Jul 23 / 2014
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Linux in Education, Teaching, technology

Freeing Education Via GNU/Linux

When I was teaching in small remote schools in Canada’s north, I had the same sorts of problems schools in the south have.“I found that our technology was not up to scratch to meet the needs of our students. We only had a few desktop PCs located in each elementary and middle school classroom, and […]

  • Jul 22 / 2014
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technology

The Monopoly Sinks Slowly Into The West

“Windows OEM non-Pro revenue decreased 9%” “non-Pro” is the one consumers buy, eh? That means while sales of */Linux are rising everywhere, the empire is collapsing at a great rate, despite economic revival and thriving emerging economies. M$ just isn’t selling what people want, freedom. The “Pro” folks, however, are in a sad state, being […]

  • Jul 22 / 2014
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technology

France, Spain And Greece Loosen Their Shackles

You have to admire the bold moves many European governments have made towards using FLOSS to do their IT. More organizations should follow their examples. France A parliamentary report recommends securing the Internet from attacks by various players and using more FLOSS. Valencia, Spain Valencia has saved $millions over the years and it’s not about […]

  • Jul 22 / 2014
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technology

Even The Legacy PC Has Lost Its Monopoly In China

The huge lead developed by the legacy PC over more than a decade on the web“Around 527 million (or 83 per cent) of China’s 632 million netizens preferred to use a mobile device to access websites and apps.Some 81 per cent of those Chinese people who are online browsed the web via a PC; naturally […]

  • Jul 21 / 2014
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technology

International Sanctions May Accelerate Adoption Of GNU/Linux In Russia

GNU/Linux has been in the pipe for a while but US sanctions on Russia may“The State Duma, Russia’s lower house of parliament, is drafting a bill to require government agencies and state-run enterprises to give preference to local providers of software and hardware, according to a document from the commission for strategic information systems obtained […]

  • Jul 21 / 2014
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technology

More Small Cheap Computers

SJVN has a survey… How about this baby, with 2gB RAM and 4x 1.7gHz? If only it had some SATA ports, Beast could be out of business. I would like a bit more RAM too, but for $65 it surely wins on price/performance. At this rate, next year I will replace Beast with something like […]

  • Jul 21 / 2014
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Linux in Education, Teaching, technology

Schools In Geneva Switching To GNU/Linux

“All primary and secondary public schools in the Swiss Canton of Geneva are switching to using Ubuntu GNU/Linux for the PCs used by teachers and students. The switch has been completed by all of the 170 primary public schools, and the migration of the canton’s 20 secondary schools is planned for the next school year. […]

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