Robert Pogson

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  • Aug 15 / 2014
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technology

Small, But Not Too Small, Cheap Computers

As the market for Android/Linux smartphones matures, they get bigger and more powerful.“Huawei Honor 3C 4G LTE Smartphone use 5.0 inch screen, Hisilicon Kirin 910 Quad-Core 1.6GHz processor, has 2GB RAM, 16GB ROM, 5MP front camera and 8MP back camera, and installed Android 4.4.” A decade ago, these specs would have been spectacular on a […]

  • Aug 13 / 2014
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technology

Who Is Himangi Saraogi?

I was wandering through the LKML and found a blast of patches submitted by Himangi Saraogi. “I love coding”This blast started May 7, and so far there are ~300 patches. Many of them seemed related to fixing matters of style and coding faults dug up by “Coccinelle” (Lady Bugs, to me…). But no, this tool […]

  • Aug 12 / 2014
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technology

iPad vs. Chromebook – No Contest

Recent news about the popularity of Chromebooks with schools may seem puzzling“Schools in Hillsborough, New Jersey decided to make an experiment out of its own program. Beginning in 2012, 200 students were given iPads and 200 students were given Chromebooks. After receiving feedback from both students and teachers, the schools sold off their iPads and […]

  • Aug 11 / 2014
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technology

M$ Has No Clothes

The story goes that a charlatan sold an emperor invisible clothes. It took a child to see that the emperor had no clothes…“up to 60 percent of PCs shipped in the emerging markets of Asia, says IDC research manager Handoko Andi, have no Windows operating system pre-installed – so-called ‘naked PCs’, which usually instead carry […]

  • Aug 10 / 2014
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technology

GNU/Linux Grows Faster In Popularity In India

Again we find the rapid growth of GNU/Linux in India is better than other places because GNU/Linux has actual salesmen motivated to push the product. It would grow much faster in Canada with some retail shelf-space and a few salesmen, that’s for sure. “The Linux-based operating system grew 50% year-over-year in India. Canonical, the company […]

  • Aug 09 / 2014
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firearms, technology

USA Effort In Iraq Is Too Little And Too Late

USA has launched supply by air and air combat patrols in Iraq to offset the crimes against humanity inflicted there. It’s too little and too late. By delaying intervention,“U.S. fighter jets and drones repeatedly bombed Sunni Islamic extremists in northern Iraq on Friday, targeting what officials described as ISIS artillery units and convoys advancing on […]

  • Aug 09 / 2014
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technology

Oracle Embargoes FLOSS (Java)…

The whole idea of FLOSS is that one downloads the software and has a licence accompanying the download providing permission to run, examine, modify and distribute the software.“Ошибка. Вы находитесь в стране, на которую распространяется эмбарго. Загрузка Java невозможна.Google translation: Error. You are in a country covered by the embargo. Loading Java impossible.” In Russia, […]

  • Aug 08 / 2014
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technology

Oh No! M$ Acts Like It Has A Monopoly On Smartphone OS…

The train wreck that is M$ as a supplier of client device operating system caused yet another jolt today.“We are permanently retiring all Skype apps for Windows Phone 7. As a result, within the next few weeks, you’ll no longer be able to sign in and use Skype on any Windows Phone 7 device” With […]

  • Aug 08 / 2014
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technology

The Good Times Roll… Unless You’re Heavily Into Wintel

For months (years?) Wintel has been up-beat about prospects for recovery, if only this or that happens. We are now into heavy replacement of XP and this is all they can do: Meanwhile, In Q2, “The global smart phone market grew 23% to 292.4 million units” See Xiaomi becomes China’s top smart phone vendor. “MediaTek […]

  • Aug 07 / 2014
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technology

Android/Linux Smartphone Results

A recent debate here amongst commentators about whether or not Android/Linux was a “distro” or not relates to a new finding by ABI Research.“ABI Research reports that forked Android or AOSP smartphones grew 20% sequentially from 1Q 2014 to 2Q 2014 (total market growth was 3% sequentially) and also accounted for 20% of the smartphone […]

  • Aug 07 / 2014
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technology

Shooting Down the Public Cloud

The Register has a decent article about the capital cost of big IT in the cloud and on local or hosted servers.“despite all the marketing and the chest beating, unless you have fully modern designed-for-the-public-cloud burstable workloads, the public cloud is rarely cheaper than local gear. Even with the most obviously cloud-friendly workload – disaster […]

  • Aug 06 / 2014
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technology

China Seems Headed For Government-Approved FLOSS

Hmmm… After banning “8″ the government of China is going after Apple’s stuff.“the list of banned Apple products include the iPad, iPad Mini, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and half a dozen other items, all of which were left off of a final government procurement list distributed in July” While I agree with this move (software […]

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