Monthly Archives: May 2011

Upselling Alive and Well at Intel

Intel describes how they obtain huge margins while other makers of hardware suffer, and why I buy AMD amd am looking for ARM combined with Linux. see Think PCs will drop in price? Think again, warns Intel Selling chips better … Continue reading

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GNU/Linux in USA

Reading the posts and comments here, one would get the idea that GNU/Linux is not advancing in the USA. Not so. Check out LXer’s database of migrations. By far, the most migrations listed are for the USA. Some of that … Continue reading

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Target: Bab al Azizia

According to Al Jazeerah, “NATO aircraft destroyed guard towers at Muammar Gaddafi’s compound in Tripoli, aaccording to a NATO official on Saturday, and staged a rare daytime air strike on the Libyan capital, stepping up pressure on the Libyan leader.” … Continue reading

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Wasteful Response to Power Outages

This morning CBC News had a story about cleaning up Slave Lake, AB, razed by fire. One aspect is refrigeration equipment in Slave Lake being discarded because it contained spoiled food following a prolonged power outage. This is an extremely … Continue reading

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Shuttleworth Don Quixote Tilting at FLOSS

Passion can be a good thing (Christ) or a bad thing (Hitler). Mark Shuttleworth’s passion has been a good thing for FLOSS in that he promoted its use on PCs and servers. He provided cash, a lot of cash. He … Continue reading

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M$ reports that 5% of PCs running that other OS are infected. M$ found 70% of the infected machines had an exploit of Java running. That information could be interpreted different ways. Since the vulnerabilities were patched years ago, I … Continue reading

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All Your Ideas Belong to Us

In my search for a teaching position I came across this gem in a collective agreement: “ARTICLE 29 INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS 29.01 An Employee who wishes to create or develop school curricula or school resources which are not on the … Continue reading

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Governmental Spending on IT

Government is all about IT. There is a lot of paper involved still but computers do more of the heavy lifting each year. After years of tightening IT budgets the need to optimize IT in price/performance is rising up the … Continue reading

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BEA Release Preliminary Findings – AF447 Stalled

Planes flying rely on the thrust of engines to overcome drag/air-resistance and the aerodynamic forces on the wings to overcome gravity. When the velocity of the plane is too low, the wings produce insufficient lift and the plane is said … Continue reading

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Changed Comments Policy

Until today, I have been approving or not each comment. I have changed the settings of the blog so that comments by folks who have made comments that I approved previously will be posted immediately. This is an honour system, … Continue reading

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Death by Teacher

All the facts are not in but yesterday a student died and several students were injured in an explosion at a school. One report stated that a barrel was being cut open to make a barbecue … I was not … Continue reading

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Even Apple May Circumvent Intel

Apple likes to make money. If ARM has become sufficiently powerful for “normal” PCs, Apple can make more money by shipping cheaper ARM chips than Intel chips. It could be happening. see ARM-based MacBook Air test sample spied Going fanless … Continue reading

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