Ramblings of a Professional Computer Geek

November 1, 2012

UK Judge: Apple Notice “Breach of Order”

Filed under: Android,Apple — Padma @ 10:02 am

Apple’s snarky notice came to the attention of the court. The judge was not amused.

October 26, 2012

What Has Happened To Apple?

Filed under: Android,Apple — Padma @ 1:53 pm

They used to be a “cool” company, with “cool” products. Now, they are loudmouthed, belligerent, disrespectful, and just plain snarky.

They were recently ordered by a British court to post an apology to Samsung, saying that Samsung did not copy Apple’s IP. They have posted a very ungracious “non-apology” on their UK site.

October 13, 2010

10 Reasons Not To Use Linux?

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

sudo? Please don’t.

Filed under: Linux — Padma @ 8:13 pm
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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

PCLinuxOS2010 Beta1 – First Impressions

Filed under: Linux,PCLinuxOS — Padma @ 11:32 pm
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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

My New Linux Laptop

Filed under: Linux,PCLinuxOS — Padma @ 9:09 pm
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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

PCLinuxOS 2010 is coming!

Filed under: Linux,PCLinuxOS — Padma @ 2:57 pm
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According to texstar, PCLOS 2010 will be released shortly after KDE4.4 is finalized.  It should include:

kernel, 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

Miguel de Icaza, Microsoft MVP

Filed under: Linux,Windows — Padma @ 11:05 am
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Microsoft has named Miguel de Icaza as a Microsoft Most Valued Professional.

That sums it all up in a single statement.  Need I say anything more?

January 4, 2010

How to Destroy the Book

Filed under: Open Source,Uncategorized — Padma @ 2:13 pm

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

Calling All Dawns

Filed under: Uncategorized — Padma @ 3:22 pm

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.

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