Monthly Archives: July 2012

Student Agitates for GNU/Linux in his School

I feel vindication. Here, my efforts are scorned by several commentators because I advocated and installed GNU/Linux in many schools because it works and fits well with educational systems. IT needs to thrive in schools and a model that business … Continue reading

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Lenovo: Tablets Can be Used for Production

Lenovo is investigating and has filed an application for a patent for keyboards that snap onto a tablet so that real typing can work. I would buy that especially if the tablet tipped up some way to give a better … Continue reading

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MIT Builds 96-Core Ubuntu ARM Solar-Powered Cluster

A group at MIT assembled a stack of ARMed motherboards in a trash-can. 96 cores drew a bit more than 200W full out. Phoronix and MIT will publish benchmarks later. I would bet that gadget would put my Beast to … Continue reading

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Monoculture in Education

I was browsing this morning and came upon an advertisement for system administrator for a small northern Canadian school division. I was surprised to see that there was not a single mention of a GNU/Linux product involved, not even on … Continue reading

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M$ Admits the Game is Over – Will Have to Work for a Living

I and others have been predicting for a while that M$ would become just another player in the world of IT instead of dictator/tyrant/bully of the last two decades. It seems M$ now sees that eventuality. M$ has rewritten the … Continue reading

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The Writing on the Wall: GNU/Linux Has Arrived

I have believed, with good reason, that GNU/Linux has “arrived” just about everywhere in IT except in some business desktops and gaming for some time. Certainly, no one needs that other OS to do everything. I have been dismissive of … Continue reading

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Apple Slides Further on Walmart’s Best-selling Tablets

Walmart’s Best-sellers for 2012-7-26: Rank Item Price 1 Pandigital White R7T40WWHF1 Novel with WiFi 7.0″ Touchscreen Tablet PC Featuring Android OS with Bonus 4GB microSD Card $59.98 2 Pandigital R7T40WWHF1 Novel with WiFi 7.0″ Touchscreen Tablet PC Featuring Android Operating … Continue reading

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The Drought is Over at Dell Online Store: Ubuntu GNU/Linux Vostro 14″ Notebook

For a time you could find nothing on Dell’s sight for GNU/Linux. Now there is a notebook (not a “netbook” but a full-sized 14″ notebook). It’s in the Small Business & Home Office/laptops section. Look under Operating Systems: “Linux and … Continue reading

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Cause or Effect; is Mobility Killing Monopoly or Is Monopoly The Cause of Mobility’s Success?

Bundling and exclusive dealing has made the Wintel monopoly very solid but totally lacking the flexibility that consumers want. FLOSS and ARM have succeeded wildly in small cheap computers for consumers. Was Android/Linux an idea whose time had come or … Continue reading

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Australian Tax Office Subsidizes M$

ATO has tax-filing software that only runs on that other OS. MacOS and GNU/Linux users are out of luck but the ATO will allow them to deduct from taxes the cost of running that other OS just to run the … Continue reading

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Blogging Software

I have been using WordPress for years and it works but by now I would expect a mature product. Instead we still have “features” like displaying newest comments at the tops of pages unavailable. Really. I thought this was a … Continue reading

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Assault of the Small Cheap Computers

Some of these are gadgets, clearly accessories to another PC. Others are special-purpose. One is clearly a general-purpose PC with just about everything except big drives built-in. As I predicted months ago, this year ARM will intrude into the desktop … Continue reading

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