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The mobile device revolution is in full swing. From Smartphones and Superphones that changed the mobile device game to Tablets that are threatening to effectively put Netbooks out of business save for a few niche applications, our mobile world is changing. This is having an impact on less than mobile computing – your large Laptops and also your venerable Desktop Computer.

Are we moving toward the death of the computer and laptop as we know it today?
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Android is taking the world by storm. 300000 devices are being activated daily since December 2010, yet a tightly integrated ecosystem is sorely lacking in the Android arena. I believe strongly that Desktop Linux in general, and Canonical and Ubuntu in particular, are well placed to become key players in this ecosystem, and to become the Operating System partners of choice for the Android environment.

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…without the hardware?

MacOS is awesome, kinda, and I find the hardware that it is generally installed upon to be very good. This article started as a full blown review, but somewhere along the line it morphed into this thought experiment. Let’s see where this goes, shall we?

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At my (paying) job, we largely sell Microsoft products. Windows 7, office – that kind of thing. We also sell and support other proprietary software.

We have very few enterprise level clients, most of our clients are smaller businesses or home users. Once in a while we do get a request of more expensive Microsoft products like – as was the case today – Microsoft Server 2008, or sometimes MS Exchange, MS CRM and so on. Accounting software or other niche software packages often make out part of the deal.

I think the Microsoft Licensing model, and other proprietary licenses, is a rip off, and here is why… continue reading…


Right, now that I have your attention, let me make a semi controversial statement: If your real name – your identity -  is used by you online for the important things, it should be harder for someone to use your identity to impersonate you.

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Today is 8 Sept 2010 – 08/09/10 for everybody except you guys in the USA – and I bring you our weekly roundup!

Today the topic is TWITTER, and how to get a lot of twitter followers quickly, and why I think doing that is a bad idea.

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Look, for a work seeker being able to append an MCSE qualification together with the A+ and N+ that accompanies it to their CV is probably a good thing. It affords a slight advantage over other candidates who have nothing to add to their CV but experience.

Well let me state clearly – I will ignore the MCSE on your CV as of today, along with your N+ and A+ that you paid lots of money to earn. I will throw CV’s of raw MCSEs out in favor of unqualified candidates with even a few months practical experience.

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And that of course includes me.

Recently my blog attracted a lot of attention from readers who are more critical of FLOSS, and Linux in particular, than my regular readership. Naturally a long discussion erupted where critiques and defenses of various positions and opinions and how stuff works where flung to and fro.

Then today I realized something, and it was an uncomfortable realization… continue reading…

TuxI love Linux, I love FLOSS. I love the ideas behind them, and what drives the community. I love that Linux Distro’s are more user friendly than their competitors. I love how they work, I love how much better the kernel is than anything else out there.

Why am I so critical during my reviews then?

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The scene is early 1942. In the distance air-raid sirens can be heard wailing, the dull thud of explosions far away still rattle the windows of the tiny office. It is desperate times for Britain. Three men sit around the table, hunched over blueprints for a new supercharger, destined to be fitted to the Supermarine Spitfire. They seem to be anxiously waiting for something.

Suddenly a fourth man comes barreling through the door, slip of paper in his hand. He looks distraught.

“Well spill it man!” exclaims one of the fellows at the desk.

The newcomer swallows, then clears his throat. “The… the yanks… we can’t do it.”

One of the men by the desk throws his hands in the air and glares out the window.

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