Monthly Archives: November 2013

Coming To The End Of 2013

As we approach the end of 2013, I reflect on progress. Key indicators such as web stats don’t tell a pretty story. GNU/Linux is holding even as PC shipments decline but Android/Linux is doubling share every six months. I’m not … Continue reading

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WhooHoo! Supreme Court of Canada Decides to Allow Class-action Suit Against M$

“Civil procedure — Class actions — Certification — Indirect purchasers — Plaintiffs suing defendants for unlawful conduct in overcharging for its PC operating systems and PC applications software — Plaintiffs seeking certification of action as class proceeding under provincial class … Continue reading

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Relaxation

In physics, there’s a phenomenon that appears when something breaks and a system returns to normal. It’s called relaxation. It’s used in electronics for RC timing circuits and the like. The client OS share in Germany is relaxing. The stranglehold … Continue reading

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China Sparring With Japan

There is no love-loss between these two, probably going back to ancient times but certainly since before WWII. A few weeks ago there were rumours: “The Chinese People’s Liberation Army is considering setting up an air defense identification zone that … Continue reading

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Just When We Thought The Canadian Firearms Registry Was Dead…

Like a zombie in a “B” movie, the Canadian registry of long firearms (mostly rifles and shotguns) is back in the news. LaPresse, a newspaper in Quebec, obtained a recent copy of the actual registry, which I am examining. It … Continue reading

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Intel Underneath

Intel, one part of the Wintel team, has been checking out its options for nearly a decade. Faced with the decline of shipments of Wintel PCs, Intel either has to shrink or diversify. It’s diversifying: “Intel will open its factories … Continue reading

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June 2017

June 2017 will be a special month in Uruguay. That’s the month that GNU/Linux will overtake that other OS on web clients if weekly data from StatCounter are to be believed: Do the maths: 93.89343 exp(-0.00118 x) = 5.23415 exp(0.00930 … Continue reading

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Reflections on A Year of */Linux

As usual, I look at numbers like these and think, “Hmmmm!” That’s daily data from StatCounter (download the CSV file to see both) and those spikes for Android/Linux show a sharp increase in usage on weekends when many are not … Continue reading

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Digitimes Predicts Tablets Will Dominate PC Shipments In 2014

Digitimes predicts continued but slower growth for tablets in 2014: “Global tablet shipments are expected to reach 289 million units in 2014, up 23.6% on year. The growth, however, will be weaker than that for smartphones due to the fact … Continue reading

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Not Missed Opportunities – Denied Opportunities

Matt Hartley wrote, at Datamation, “The real missed opportunities I see with the Linux desktop is due to a poor job marketing the many things Linux can do for the average user. Once installed, I’ve actually had a reduction in … Continue reading

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It Doesn’t Get Any Better Than This: Unanimity

I am rightfully cynical about politicians. They can do the worst things for political gain. However, the parliamentarians of Andalusia seem to be on the right track: “The parliament of Spain’s autonomous region of Andalusia is urging the region’s government … Continue reading

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The Whole Story

StatCounter is a reasonable source of webstats, flawed as they are, but it’s graphics hides what I am most interested in, change. To fix that I have redrawn their graphic for the last few weeks in USA with more than … Continue reading

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