Monthly Archives: January 2015

Weekends In Canada

I am disappointed that Canada is not the world leader in adoption of GNU/Linux desktops. It’s not from want of trying. Many individuals and groups in Canada have done a lot for GNU/Linux in schools, for instance, in Quebec, B.C., … Continue reading

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YAY! A New, Improved Inkscape!

I like SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics). I use it a lot on this blog because I don’t need thumbnails and the viewer gets the size he wants.“Inkscape just released version 0.91 of their Open Source vector graphics editor, and the … Continue reading

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GNU/Linux Grows Well In Argentina

Statcounter shows steady growth of GNU/Linux page-views from Argentina, with a sharp increase in slope in 2013. Yes, we’ve seen this pattern before. A government announces a programme to distribute GNU/Linux to schools and it takes a few years to … Continue reading

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Jerking The Chains Of Slaves

I predicted years ago that in the End Days, M$ would jack up prices for the truly locked-in.“Microsoft has confirmed that, unlike your average Alice and Bob, enterprises won’t get a free upgrade to Windows 10 when the new operating … Continue reading

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Give Terrorists Their Wish, Death

Terrorists are folks who have no respect for human life, even their own.“Jordan has threatened to fast-track the execution of a would-be suicide bomber the Islamic State is trying to free if the terror group kills its captured pilot, it … Continue reading

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Paying Above Market Price For Software

I downloaded a chart from the Government of Manitoba today and thought to check what software created it. “Adobe InDesign CS5.5 (7.5)“ That’s a release from 2011/2012. It costs ~$20 per month per user… I wonder how many users they … Continue reading

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LibreOffice 4.4 Is Out And It’s Beautiful

“We now have a defect density that bumps along close to 0.00, though as Coverity introduces new checks, and new code gets committed that goes up and down a little; currently 0.02 so – 2 static checking warnings per 100,000 … Continue reading

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Mobile-only

Mobile-only users of the Internet are an interesting lot. Do they not have a legacy PC? Are they embarrassed to use a legacy PC? What’s the deal? Facebook keeps track of their users. 526 million accessed Facebook only by a … Continue reading

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IoT, Revolution In Personal Computing, or FLOSS Taking Over the World of IT

The “Perfect Storm” I predicted 7 years ago was just a gentle breeze compared to the current rate of change of IT in the world. “Chen is also optimistic about the Chromebook business as the device’s share in overall notebook … Continue reading

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Some Twits Just Are Too Funny To Ignore

While the world sees Wintel decaying more or less globally and in every segment of IT, this twit opines that GNU/Linux on the desktop is as good as dead with M$’s next release.“While the consumer hatred of Windows 8 seemed … Continue reading

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OEMs Adapt To The Decline In The Market For PCs

Rather than just being another cog in Wintel’s wheel, Lenovo is thinking for itself and diversifying, giving customers what they want.“Regarding tablets, we will cooperate with more solution vendors to embed more application software such as meal ordering systems into … Continue reading

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The Writing Is On The Wall And The Correspondence

In the past year or so, some here have repeatedly claimed that M$’s OS is thriving and the only way to go.“the factors contributing to the decline in Windows PC operating system are addressed in various disclosures in our Segment … Continue reading

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