Monthly Archives: January 2011

Apple is Temporarily the World’s #2 Supplier of Computers

That headline results from considering the iPad as a computer. Because iPad seems to have dented sales of other PCs, that is not an unreasonable position. However, we should come back to reality in 2011 as diversity in tablets grows. … Continue reading

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LibreOffice 3.3 Released

Yes! Check out the announcement Yay! LibreOffice3.3 can work with SVG at last. Check out the features and the roadmap. At last, it looks like there is new life in office suites. OpenOffice.org has been good to me since version … Continue reading

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Networking

I haven’t been networking as long as SJVN but he seems to have forgotten how good networking is in a UNIX-like OS when he writes, “7’s many networking improvements and new features, they offer a fine reason to upgrade from … Continue reading

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Taxing “the tax”

Italy! Finally someone is taking M$ to court over the tax it imposes on PCs on retail shelves. Consumers are being forced to buy a licence for that other OS even if they do not intend to run that other … Continue reading

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$100 – $150 Smartphones Expected in 2011

China is expected to have 100 million 3G smartphone users and Qualcomm predicts prices will drop to $100 in China.“To lower smartphone cost, open platforms such as Android will be essential, and Shen expects Qualcomm to capture a large share … Continue reading

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1999-2011 Eleven Years of Success for GNU/Linux

I just reread the announcement of a partnership between IBM and RedHat in 1999 to promote GNU/Linux to the enterprise. Here’s a quote: More than 10 million users currently run the Linux operating system. According to IDC Research, Linux was … Continue reading

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Applications

Remember the olden days when folks used that other OS for the applications? We were told GNU/Linux would never make it because it lacked applications. GNU/Linux is making it and there are a lot fewer applications lacking. I have been … Continue reading

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Virtual Machinery on GNU/Linux

I finally got around to testing KVM. I usually use VirtualBox. The test was very easy. Everything worked. The only real difficulty I had was getting an .iso to boot. It turns out there is a “connect” button I did … Continue reading

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We’re Locked-in and We are Afraid to Open the Door

I came across a tender for licences for virtual machines. The organization has 120 virtual machines running VMware’s VSphere Enterprise and they want to continue consolidation by adding 40 more licences. I checked and found the advertised price of those … Continue reading

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More “Deep Diving”

Remember when SCOG told the world there were millions of lines of SVRX copied into Linux? Remember they told the world they had hired experts to do some deep diving? It turned out to be a few header files from … Continue reading

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SCOTUS – Bilski Revisited – Recusal

Apparently two of the SCOTUS justices, Scalia and Thomas, were deeply involved in “conservative” (not sure what they are conserving but it’s not impartial justice) political events. That brings to mind how they ruled in Bilski. Did these two justices … Continue reading

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Screwing the Customer

Apple is not one of my favourite businesses. I cannot ever recall buying something from them. Every time I read about Apple being more closed I thank my lucky stars that I never became locked-in to them. The latest issue … Continue reading

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