Monthly Archives: August 2011

“Giving Back” Instead of Paying for Licences

One of the neat things about FLOSS (Free/Libre Open Source Software) is that instead of paying for licences, using organizations have better options: hiring people to develop the software, thus maximizing features desirable for the organization and feeding the local … Continue reading

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Markets for Smart Thingies Mature

Smart phones and Tablets are getting reductions in price this week after HP found cutting prices on tablets made them move. This is more evidence that the world is demanding small cheap computers and ARM and Android/Linux can provide them. … Continue reading

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Visit To Walmart – What’s On Shelves

Unfortunately, I did not prepare for the visit so these numbers are approximate: ~2 “desktop” PC complete systems – that other OS and they were small form factor, ~8 “notebook” PCs, one netbook, all that other OS, 2 tablets, one … Continue reading

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Snipers in Libya

Out of all the chaos of the grim reality that is the fight for freedom in Libya, there is a bit of humour. The word “sniper” occurs repeatedly in news reports and everyone’s talking about “snipers” but what they are … Continue reading

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Troll v RedHat

This is a strange one. A patent troll has a patent so diffuse that it is almost meaningless and is suing RedHat over it: “Network Distributed Caches (“NDCs”) (50) permit accessing a named dataset stored at an NDC server terminator … Continue reading

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Quitting With No Notice

Apple may or may not change without Steve. Assuming he was OK with suing the world instead of innovating, I won’t miss him. If I were his employer, I would not mind him quitting with no notice. I would say, … Continue reading

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“8” Makes Vista Look Good

In the striptease to “8” M$ lets out that they will create graphs to show how downloads are going. Imagine that. Instead of a few words and numbers they are going to create a data-structure for every transfer and update … Continue reading

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Tragedy of Shakespearian Proportions in IT

Shakespeare loved to tell tales of big egos brought low by delusions of grandeur. There are several such stories playing out in IT these days: Oracle v Google Apple v World Acer v Acer The latter is interesting. Acer was … Continue reading

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Bringing an Unloaded Knife to a Gunfight

That’s what Oracle has done in its suit against Google. Google asked for re-examination of the patents and the patents are falling like flies. Two more patents have been rejected on the grounds that they were obvious. So far 92% … Continue reading

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A Tipping Point

Until now, the USA has been the power in IT. They bought the most of everything so they could tell the OEMs what to make. July, 2011 changed that. China bought more PCs than USA. It’s possible this is just … Continue reading

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M$ has leveraged its desktop monopoly into server rooms but the good times may be short-lived. According to IDC, “ Linux server demand increased for the seventh consecutive quarter in 2Q11, with revenue growing 47.5% to $2.7 billion when compared … Continue reading

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I love ants. They work so hard. They cooperate. They share. I have some in my garden in a spot of light sandy soil. They were harmless until my last cultivation proved too effective. Denied natural food in the weeds, … Continue reading

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