Monthly Archives: April 2011

Time Warp: Canada Falls Back to 1800

“Article 23 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights identifies the ability to organize trade unions as a fundamental human right.” but not in Canada according to the Supreme Court. It ruled 8 to 1 against collective bargaining for agricultural … Continue reading

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Building a PC

While there are lots of places one can buy a PC loaded with GNU/Linux, it is still useful to build a PC to avoid “the tax” M$ places on personal computers. Even Dell, which supposedly sells PCs with Ubuntu, makes … Continue reading

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Desirable OS

It has been a long time if ever that Linux has been described as a desirable OS but it is happening now. A survey of smartphone-lovers finds that more intend to buy Android/Linux next rather than iOS or worst, Phoney … Continue reading

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No More Class-action Lawsuits in USA

In a bizarre ruling, SCOTUS has ruled that if a contract includes compulsory arbitration, class-action lawsuits by consumers are not allowed. A case in California had found courts considered the provision unconscionable. Among other things, the business could appoint an … Continue reading

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PCs 1Q 2011

According to Canalys which counts tablets, 88 million PCs shipped in 1Q 2011. About 5 million of those were tablets. That leaves very little growth for PCs on which that other OS ships, perhaps 1-2% Y/Y. I wonder if a … Continue reading

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Bosses Who Break Things

Some bosses just don’t know their limits and like to micro-manage and intrude at every level. Sometimes it works but often the boss stumbles in, breaks something, and resumes his busy day leaving employees to pick up the pieces. I … Continue reading

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Horror

There is news that the CoreFlood botnet has been dealt a blow by governments taking over the servers that are the command and control system. The horror comes from the analysis of this botnet. Over six years it has amassed … Continue reading

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Maths

I have done this maths before: “7” is not shipping on a large number of PCs these days. This is a dramatic change over the last ten years. Normally the current release from M$ gets a free ride. I am … Continue reading

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M$ Costs Jobs

Repeatedly we are told that using M$’s stuff creates jobs world-wide. It is not so. It is out-sourcing to M$. Take Nokia for example. They are chopping 4000 jobs with many of them in R&D, the lifeblood of tech. Replacing … Continue reading

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Reality in IT in 2011

A number of manufacturers and OEMs have scaled back their estimates of notebook production in 2011. This is not about shrinkage by a few companies. It is an industry-wide phenomenon where tablets are taking a bite out of the market. … Continue reading

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Barnes and Noble is on the Warpath

Barnes and Noble has filed counterclaims against M$ asserting that M$ “is misusing these patents as part of a scheme to try to eliminate or marginalize the competition to its own Windows Phone 7 mobile device operating system posed by … Continue reading

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Gardening

It looks like there is no chance of a teaching position this spring so I will put more effort into gardening. My wife should not be able to kill off stuff in my absence north. I have 50 caragana bushes … Continue reading

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