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About a week ago I had the unmitigated pleasure of heading out to a client to do a routine harddrive swop for their backups to be transferred offsite. This is a weekly thing that gets done to keep their data safe.

As I walked in the door the owner of the company (a financial planning business) asked me to check why they had run through their local bandwidth so quickly.

What I found both horrified and amused me.

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I like stories that make me feel all nougat squishy inside. This one does. Apparently the OLPC project is “working together” with Microsoft to “develop” a dual boot system that allows either Linux or XP to be booted.

I have news for them, it already exists, and has for a while in fact.

It’s called GRUB. And if you’re an old salt you might prefer LILO.

If MS has flavored XP to run on the XO (as it is called) then the only real modification I would see to be necessary would be a larger hard-drive. And since the XO uses a flash drive I am sure that won’t be too hard. Currently the XO-1 sports a 1gb flash drive.

My inherent distrust of MS aside, I find it encouraging that Children from all over the world will be able to do exactly what I am doing right now with a choice of software.

The fact that Windows is so prevalent means that the use of XP on the XO-1 will give these kids a good start in the world of “computers everwhere”

Salut to thinking of the kids first!

Ooh, a Double Whammy…

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Two interesting stories today…

Again both stories are from the BBC. The first one relates how Intel apparently made things difficult for the OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) Project.

While the tone of the news report makes it difficult to ascertain exactly who is the party in the wrong, one thing seems certain, OLPC project leader Professor Nicholas Negroponte has had enough.

“Why would I throw away the six million dollars they were supposed to give us yesterday? Why would I do all of these things unless I was stark raving mad?”

According to him Intel would go in and push their competing product to governments after the OLPC Project has already signed a contract.

A Cited example is Peru where apparently Intel tried to convince Vice Minister of Education Oscar Becerra Tresierra to buy the Intel Classmate PC.

Mr Paul Otellini, the head of Intel, called the allegations “Hogwash”

An interesting note is that the OLPC product uses AMD hardware, runs Open Source software whereas the Intel product uses Intel Architecture (obviously duh) and runs Windows.

Windows *shudder*.

I am sniffing a spanner in the works, one that is shaped like Bill Gates glasses. But that again is just speculation on my part.

Read more on that here.

On the next story I do not have too much to say, but IT’S ABOUT TIME SANITY RETURNED!

The UK Minister of  Intellectual Property Lord Triesman suggested that the laws governing copyright should catch up with the times.

A new law would make it legal for users to copy music from their PC’s onto a CD.

Score one for Customers Rights!

Thats all for today, read more on this here.