Monthly Archives: May 2014

M$ Callously Neglects Security Of Its Users

The Good Old Days when M$ could ship crapware with no security at all are apparently returning in M$’s mind…“Microsoft has failed to deliver a fix for a remotely exploitable flaw in Internet Explorer 8, despite being informed of the … Continue reading

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The War Between M$ And OEMs Heats Up

I wrote earlier about M$’s tablet. It’s bigger than I thought. Not only is M$ losing money on its tablet and being ignored by consumers.“the Surface Pro 3 delivers no killer punch to either Cupertino or Mountain View.Worse, it’s a … Continue reading

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Tablet PC Market Has Matured

The tablet PC was a technology waiting to happen a few years ago. It took off in the market and for a while suppliers and retailers could barely keep up with the demand.“tablet PC display shipments are expected to reach … Continue reading

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Yet Another Rise Through The Ranks

I don’t know what’s been happening except spam has sky-rocketed but Netcraft has raised our site-rank again, to 50277. I’ve been running without my webstats because there was a vulnerability in the software. That’s gone now, so we may see … Continue reading

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“the tablet that can replace your laptop.”

It’s kind of funny when a giant dinosaur tries to be a mouse, “Microsoft is marketing the Pro 3 as "the tablet that can replace your laptop.” agile, warm and fuzzy… M$ and its supporters have long been telling us … Continue reading

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China Officially Gets Off The Wintel Treadmill

I have long advocated that everyone get off the Wintel treadmill. “China has announced that it will forbid the use of the Windows 8 operating system (OS) in new government computers, a move to ensure computer security after the shutdown … Continue reading

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For $163 OEMs Can Have An 8-core ARMed CPU

According to Digitimes, that’s the going price of 8 cores of ARM.“The 8-core CPUs have been in volume production for over six months, with prices of 8-core smartphone now falling under CNY1,000 (US$163), and therefore the adoption of 8-core chips … Continue reading

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Do You REALLY Need That Non-Free Software?

Apparently, sometimes the answer is “NO!““A leading City firm has halted the roll-out of software that was supposed to streamline its business but became more trouble than it was worth. Specifically, £32m of trouble.Brewin Dolphin, in Smithfield St, London, alleged … Continue reading

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Good Enough Is Good Enough

For years, I have held that GNU/Linux and FLOSS is good enough for 80-90% of users generally and 100% in many cases.“There is no point having a perfectly fitting system which some employees don’t use. You just need a good … Continue reading

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GNU/Linux Springs Forth

Several countries are having huge growth in shares of page-views for GNU/Linux desktops, according to StatCounter: Ethiopia is my favourite, with GNU/Linux having overtaken XP and pressuring “7”. Whatever the details that caused these hot-points, globally the same phenomenon is … Continue reading

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Major Movement For GNU/Linux On Desktops In Canada

Previously, I reported that there was a breakout for GNU/Linux on desktops in Canada, according to StatCounter. That continues. From the chart, one can see a gradual rise from ~1% until school was let out at many Canadian universities. Has … Continue reading

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“Format C:” Still Lives

Emory University accidentally used the awesome power of automated provisioning of software to computers on its network to blow itself out of the water.“A Windows 7 deployment image was accidently sent to all Windows machines, including laptops, desktops, and even … Continue reading

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