Daily Archives: November 1, 2010

US Dept. of the Interior Buys Vapourware

The US DOI put out a tender for a messaging system that specified M$’s BPOS even though it did not have the security certification, FISMA, that Google had already obtained. Google had made its service known but was not allowed … Continue reading

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Remember War in Vietnam? Never Happened.

I grew up watching nightly news of mayhem in Vietnam. 20:1 kill-ratios. B-52s. Napalm. M-60s. Ho Chi Minh. Tet. It is as if it never happened. Intel is building a $1billion testing and packaging plant there and a $2.5billion chip-fab … Continue reading

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Yet Another Security Violation on Facebook

No, not that kind of security violation. The chief spy in the UK has had family members post “too much information” on Facebook… see http://www.thinq.co.uk/2010/11/1/mi6-chief-red-faced-over-daughters-facebook-page/ Chuckle. I never knew Saddam had a golden Kalashnikov, but there it is in the … Continue reading

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Cause and Effect

An auditor has found Scottish police IT is “Scottish police IT sorely lacking, audit finds” sorely under-funded. That’s the effect, no doubt, of M$ running their IT. After all, if $100 or so goes to M$ per PC for that … Continue reading

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1984 All Over Again

No, not the year, the book. Steve Jobs wants to control all IT: What you can read What you can buy Who can do business He obviously envies the Wintel monopoly and wants to replace it with something else, MacTel, … Continue reading

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Android is Still HOT!

“HTC shipped 6.8 million smartphones at an average selling price of US$342 in the third quarter of 2010 and expects to ship nine million ones at an average of US$347 in the fourth quarter. The demand for Android smartphones in … Continue reading

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Acer Keeps Growing

Acer has made a deal to supply PCs under the Founder brand in China. Acer sells lots of GNU/Linux PCs if you can figure out how to find them on their site. Acer.co.uk points to Ebuyer.com. Acer expects 25-35% of … Continue reading

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