Monthly Archives: April 2014

XP Falls While GNU/Linux Rises

I helped XP machines feel the liberating effects of a good GNU/Linux installation for years. XP coincided roughly with my career as a computer-teacher in northern Canada. With the decline of XP and its recent change to “unsupported”, I expect … Continue reading

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GeoResonance Nonsense

Some of the nonsense in the media about the search for Malaysia Airlines lost plane is disgusting.“The following is a brief summary of the technologies that we apply during the Remote Sensing stage: Earth Remote Sensing. Multispectral imaging. Gamma irradiation. … Continue reading

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Yes, The World Can And Does Make Its Own Software Cheaper Than Renting

Repeatedly, over the years, I have stated that no corporation can make better and cheaper software than the whole world does.“In July 2009, Patrick J. Burns, vice president for information technology at Colorado State University, led the first-ever adaptation of … Continue reading

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March Of The Tablets

It is always interesting to see how IT goes when M$ is scarcely involved. Tablets are an example.“There will be 61.42 million tablets shipped globally in the second quarter of 2014, increasing 4.9% on quarter and 30.9% on year, according … Continue reading

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Albania Considers Free/Libre Open Source Software

It’s obvious to me that FLOSS is the right way to do IT. Of course, unfettered permission to run, examine, modify and distribute software“Taking into consideration the current stage of utilization of OSS in the Albanian public administration, the local … Continue reading

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FAQs Of GNU/Linux Life

I was searching for news of Acer’s deal with the Victoria police in Australia Windows Users Firefox 0.9 or newer (Firefox is recommended for best performance) Mozilla 1.4 or newer Internet Explorer 5.5 or newer Apple Users Firefox 0.9 or … Continue reading

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Health Works With FLOSS

Repeatedly we see examples of FLOSS working for real people in real IT“Using free and open source is the only way to correctly exchange data in medical database systems, Rzepka says. It is much easier to implement, improve, build and … Continue reading

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Surface Loses

The Register gleaned something I missed from M$’s 10-Q. M$ is actually losing money selling it’s shiny new Surface devices… How can that be? I missed this gem because it was in the “9 months” period, not just the last … Continue reading

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GNU/Linux Gives Real Savings In Education

I chuckle when I recall M$ claimed GNU/Linux cost more and when mud-slingers commented here that GNU/Linux would be too hard for teachers/students to use or that GNU/Linux lacked necessary applications.“Switching to Ubuntu has let the school tick many items … Continue reading

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Forbes Recommends GNU/Linux

Pigs do fly occasionally, like when Forbes, a seedy old business-magazine, recommends GNU/Linux to replace XP…“Don’t hold your breath waiting for Microsoft to make Windows XP open source, but—by all means—if you would welcome making XP open source you should … Continue reading

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Maxing-out Production Of Smartphones

I have for years touted small cheap computers as the future of IT“China-based vendor Huawei Device has set a goal of shipping 80 million smartphones globally in 2014, growing 53.8% on year … In 2013, Huawei Device shipped 52 million … Continue reading

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Down, Down, and Down Some More: M$’s Tax

Well, it’s not all good news, M$’s latest 10-Q, but I like it. While the world is shipping and buying client IT like hotcakes“Retail and non-OEM sales of Windows declined $319 million or 50%, due mainly to the launch of … Continue reading

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