Monthly Archives: December 2013

Oops! HP Shoots Other Foot!

HP suffered some setbacks a year or two ago as a result of shipping some client devices the world was not ready to embrace. Now they are taking a big mis-step with servers. They are restricting firmware patches to paying … Continue reading

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Month of Change in United Kingdom

While StatCounter’s chart for December doesn’t even show */Linux, they do deliver the goods in a CSV file… The big takeaway for me is that while over three weeks one can see a declining trend in that other OS (“7″,”8.x”, … Continue reading

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Something I Missed In 2013, A GNU/Linux Notebook At NCIX

The only GNU/Linux boxes I thought were on NCIX’s site were some eeeBoxes from ASUS (no longer available), you know, a tiny desktop box. But, here, in all its glory is a 14″ notebook running GNU/Linux. It’s reasonably priced considering … Continue reading

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Making The World A Better Place

As a teacher and a parent, I have often had to guide young people about how to make choices. A recurring theme in my teaching is that although things are complex, if you see a choice that makes the world … Continue reading

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The Untold Story

If you look at StatCounter’s charts, you would think that */Linux has dropped off the map in USA. All that’s happened is that “8.1” has crept up a bit… Yep, “8.1” is more important than “other” (SARCASM!). Well, I can … Continue reading

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EU Using “Carrot And Stick” Approach To Modernize And To Maintain IT

The EU is formalizing ways of standardizing IT. “Standards and technical specifications in ICT ensure interoperability and promote open ICT ecosystems.” Their consensus is described in a document, Rolling Plan On ICT Standardisation Some highlights: They want to standardize environmental … Continue reading

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Oh, Canada, Why Aren’t You Standing On Guard For GNU/Linux?

I am sad at this moment that Canada lacks the gumption of many European, South American, African and Asian countries to use more FLOSS. It’s the right way to use IT. Even our neighbour to the south uses more FLOSS … Continue reading

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New Dell

Now that Dell is no longer a public corporation, is its attitude to FLOSS different? I poke around. The problems I used to have were an overly segmented website making it difficult to find the GNU/Linux PCs. That no longer … Continue reading

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Change Is The Spice Of Life

Hmmm… Spiceworks has done a survey from a variety of areas of business of IT professionals. Not surprisingly, the majority of them have some machines running XP a large percentage have some machines running “7” and a smaller percentage have … Continue reading

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Parade of Small Cheap Computers

Moore’s law works for everyone except Wintel these days. While users of ARMed CPUs get ever-lowering prices, Wintel is competing in a token manner at the low end while pushing ever more expensive “ultra” models… M$ keeps trying to “get … Continue reading

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From China With Love

China has become a powerhouse of industry. It’s part of everything we do these days. Consider shopping retail. I was looking for an item to buy as a Christmas present. I am cheap, really cheap…. A similar item in a … Continue reading

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Fans Take Notice! M$ Admits Windows Sloowwsss Dddooowwwwwnnnnnnnnn!

For years on this blog, fans of that other OS have stoutly denied that Windows slows down with use. I have seen it with my own eyes. I worked in a school where identical machines were in two camps, XP … Continue reading

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