Monthly Archives: March 2013

Yet Another Reason Not To Use That Other OS

Some people figure they must have that other OS on their PC even if they have a mess of servers. There’s evidence of malware for that other OS that targets GNU/Linux machines and wipes them… “The dropper for Trojan.Jokra contains … Continue reading

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Surprise! The World Can Make Its Own Software

Part of the problem with the Wintel monopoly is the false assumption that large US companies have the best solutions for everything. It’s not so. ‘Wandering into an 11th grade high school class he found kids were studying the following … Continue reading

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Price/Performance of Software

Purveyors of non-Free software were taken to task recently by Australia where they manage to charge far more than in other places. None of the arguments by the corporations held much water. “Adobe and Microsoft’s Australia’s managing directors have both … Continue reading

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Giving Works

Here’s another example of contributing and sharing resources working for the world of IT. Eaton donated power and control units for Debian’s infrastructure. “Not only do we, at Eaton, strongly back the principle of freely available open source software, we … Continue reading

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Africa: The Last Frontier Of Growth in IT

For most of my life, Africa has been embroiled in frustrating violence sorting out the mess left by european colonialism. The dust is settling, however, and South Africa is joining the BRIC countries in rapid growth in industrialism and modernization … Continue reading

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M$ Bars Itself From New Industry

I had to smile when I read this article.“A Sydney library is claiming a world first: it’s going to add Apple iPads and Samsung Galaxy tablets to its lending shelves.” see Council offers free iPads. I hope this catches on. … Continue reading

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Business Usage of FLOSS Increasing in Kenya

Two small/medium-sized businesses in Kenya have evolved to use FLOSS extensively, saving money and having fewer headaches: “Does open source have a place in the enterprise outside experimenters? find out how Radio Africa group is running almost entirely on open … Continue reading

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Spam Is Way Down Here…

I was getting 10 spams for every “legitmate” comment recently so I did some digging and found a domain from which most of the spam was coming. A little firewalling took the lot of them out. DROP all — 0.0.159.27.board.xm.fj.dynamic.163data.com.cn/16 … Continue reading

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Android/Linux Getting Mind-Share

As if the already huge and growing installed base of devices wasn’t enough, “More and more software developers and free software projects are willing to join development for the Android platform in view of the dynamic shipment growth demonstrated by … Continue reading

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Rawdog With Plugins…

Chuckle. After a bit of tweaking and browsing I have installed and configured a plugin that makes rawdog feed-reader do what I want, almost. It’s good enough to replace Google Reader. The plugin that does the trick adds a sidebar … Continue reading

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SCOTUS Punches Big Hole In Wintel

“The Supreme Court, in a 6-3 opinion issued Tuesday, struck down a U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruling that could have outlawed the resale of large numbers of products made outside the U.S., including books, CDs, DVDs … Continue reading

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OEMs Flee to No OS. Even M$ Flees “8”

“Due to Windows 8 havomg failed to boost consumer demand as expected and notebook prices are seeing difficulties to drop further, some first-tier notebook vendors have decided to increase their supplies for models without an OS to push their shipment … Continue reading

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