November 1, 2012
October 26, 2012
They used to be a “cool” company, with “cool” products. Now, they are loudmouthed, belligerent, disrespectful, and just plain snarky.
October 13, 2010
I was browsing Linux news sites, and ran into this:
10 Reasons Not to Use Linux (Reflexion).
I started to write a comment, but it grew to the point I decided to just post it here, instead.
March 19, 2010
I made a comment in a post the other day to the effect that I found the current use of “sudo” in personal computers to be an abomination. I’m going to explain what I meant by that. (more…)
March 9, 2010
I wasn’t going to install a beta release on my laptop. Then I got to thinking: a beta release from texstar is as good as a final release from some other sources. (more…)
March 3, 2010
A couple of weeks ago, my wife bought an Asus netbook. It came with Win 7 Starter Edition. Okay, I gave up long ago trying to convert her to Linux. She’s not going to leave her comfort zone. And that’s all right. She’d rather beat her head against some of the idiocies of Windows than switch. Whatever makes her happy.
What made ME happy was when she said I could have her old laptop once I backed up all her documents, music, etc. that she had on it. (more…)
February 7, 2010
According to texstar, PCLOS 2010 will be released shortly after KDE4.4 is finalized. It should include:
kernel 220.127.116.11, udev, hal, initscripts, plymouth bootsplash, speedboot, xorg, compiz 3D, nvidia/fglrx drivers, ext 4 default file system, KDE 4.4.
Because of the complexity and and heavy user intervention necessary to do a straight upgrade, this release will require a clean install, like 2007 did three years ago. There will be no ‘Big Update’.
Since KDE 4.4 is scheduled to be released the week of 8 February, that means we could see PCLOS 2010 by the end of the month! Of course, the official line is always “it will be ready when it’s ready”, so if they run into some significant show-stoppers, it could be delayed. But Tex and the Gang have been running with the new stuff for several weeks, now, so I’m crossing my fingers that the showstoppers have already been scrubbed out.
UPDATE (4 March 2010): Tex indicated on the forums that a public release might be seen by this weekend!
January 19, 2010
That sums it all up in a single statement. Need I say anything more?
January 4, 2010
Okay, it’s not strictly about computers, but any geek who isn’t concerned about copyright doesn’t deserve the sobriquet of ‘geek’.
Back in November, Cory Doctorow (you don’t know Cory Doctorow? For shame) delivered a speech to librarians, authors, publishers, educators, and students as part of Canada’s National Reading Summit. (more…)
September 26, 2009
Okay, this one is not about computers, directly. The only link I can claim is that the composer of this new album also composed the award-winning Baba Yetu for Sid Meier’s Civilization 4. I was lucky enough to get a pre-release review copy of the album, and was so moved by the music that I wanted to give it a wider audience.
My review is here.