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M$: We Control Your PC…

“Removing the software store, along with other bundled apps, from work machines is normally a good idea to prevent users from installing crap, breaking things and calling the help desk, and generally wasting time at their desks. The Redmond giant quietly … Continue reading

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Free The Schools!

“deputy mayor Guillard published his recommendations for others that want to ‘free their schools from the commercial agenda of proprietary software vendors’. Free software is unhindered by the constraint of financial profitability, he argues: there is no planned obsolescence and … Continue reading

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Regression In Ubuntu GNU/Linux

“It is probably the most requested feature ever for the Ubuntu Linux operating system, and Ubuntu Unity developer Marco Trevisan announced yesterday on his Google+ page that Canonical finally decided to merge the hard work done by the Ubuntu Kylin … Continue reading

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Retirement Nest-Eggs

When I was a teacher, one of the things I did was teach students how to save and to invest. I mostly left my savings and investing to TLW. She did OK, albeit with a bunch of amazing successes and … Continue reading

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Another USAian School District Goes To ChromeBooks

“According to research the administrators distributed, the U.S. Department of Education found students that had access to a computer anywhere, anytime “became more creative, more collaborative and better writers,” while University of Kentucky researchers wrote “improvements in writing, literacy, science, … Continue reading

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Tallinn Saves A Bundle Using GNU/Linux

“Schools in the city of Tallinn (Estonia) are gradually moving to PC workstations running on free and open source software. A pilot in March 2014 switched 3 schools and 2 kindergartens. Students, teachers, school administration and kindergartens’ staff members are … Continue reading

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Waging War With FLOSS

“The users simply bought what they wanted, and the vendors happily took their money and installed the systems. The result was a collection of standalone systems; each came installed with its own hardware and software, and there was very little … Continue reading

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C.H.I.P. – Not A Replacement For Beast, But A Useful Controller Board

I’ve been looking for an ARMed replacement for Beast’s power-sucking/fanfull/large corpse. This isn’t it. It is a very well documented controller that ships with a minimal installation of Debian GNU/Linux complete with GUI. I could, for instance, use this thing … Continue reading

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GNU/Linux Thriving In Education

“Open source in the education world is no longer a rare thing. And I have seen plenty of public Ubuntu workstations in the past during my travels. But I thought this was interesting because it’s the first time I have … Continue reading

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Between A Hammer And An Anvil There Is No Space For Security

“Malwarebytes anti-malware is the latest security software to be lanced by Ormandy, who has found serious flaws in products from AVG, Kaspersky, FireEye, Trend Micro, ESET, Sophos, and most recently in Comodo’s Chromodo Chrome fork.” See Google lays bare security flaws … Continue reading

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One Place I Taught

“Four people have been killed and several injured in shootings in the western Canadian province of Saskatchewan, police say.” See Canada shootings: Four killed in Saskatchewan – BBC NewsI taught in many places in northern Canada, good, bad and ugly. La … Continue reading

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C, Again

“Putting a label inside an if is ugly. julia” See Linux-Kernel Archive: Re: [PATCH] net-libertas: Better exception handling in if_spi_host_to_card_worker()Many years ago a respected C-programmer (actually one of C’s creators) wrote about why Pascal is not his favourite language. In this instance, … Continue reading

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