Ramblings of a Professional Computer Geek

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.

(more…)

January 19, 2010

Miguel de Icaza, Microsoft MVP

Filed under: Linux,Windows — Padma @ 11:05 am
Tags: , , , , , ,

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?

February 11, 2009

The “Microsoft Trained Brain Syndrome”

Filed under: Linux,Open Source,Windows — Padma @ 11:53 am
Tags: , , , , , ,

I ran across an article this morning, Linux Versus the Microsoft Trained Brain Syndrome.  I thought it made some very good points.

The problem is that people who have lived, worked, and played in a homogeneous Microsoft computing paradigm are lost and confused when they encounter a different paradigm. These people have only seen the flawed Microsoft ideology for how computing systems should work and so have a difficult time with more elegant systems based on Unix. They see the Linux system with its’ own paradigm and ideology and try to force it into the only paradigm they know, which is Microsoft’s. This will always cause the user problems.

(more…)

January 13, 2009

vi – The editor of choice

This winter, my employer decided to radically change the way we support new customers.    Instead of building their telephony applications using a proprietary, in-house language, we will build them in (raw) VXML, using PHP as the ‘glue’ to put it all together.  (Of course, existing apps, whatever the language, will continue to be supported.)

This means, among other things, that an IDE, or at least an editor, must be decided on to ensure standardization throughout our development branch.  Enter Applications Engineering, my section. (more…)

December 23, 2008

Linux Isn’t Just Good Ideology — It’s Better Computing

“Windows programs love to make themselves the dominant monkey on your system, and like all dominant monkeys they fling poop: placing icons on your desktop and quick start menu, making themselves the default for whatever you want to do, and opening themselves up automatically. Load iTunes and at every startup you get hit in the face with QuickTime, a load of monkey dung in your system tray taking up resources whether you need it or (usually) not.”

John Deeth is a journalist who occasionally writes about computers. He is currently running a series about Software As A Subversive Activity.  The latest, Part 6, talks about the hows and whys that make Linux a better computing experience than Windows.

He does have one specific a little wrong, though.  When he says there are 40 known Linux viruses, vs. over 60000 Windows viruses, he is correct in fact, but doesn’t go quite deep enough.  While there are about 40 known Linux viruses, only a half-dozen have ever been found in the wild.  The remainder exist only in the lab, where they were written as proof-of-concept cases.  I would go so far as to challenge anyone to find any that are surviving/propagating in the wild, today.

December 12, 2008

Character Assassination Ain’t Us

Filed under: Linux,Open Source,Windows — Padma @ 2:41 pm
Tags: , , , , ,

The further story from helios.

Sounds like some of the readers went totally ballistic about this, without knowing all the facts.  While I was indignant about “Karen’s” email, I certainly would never dream of calling down such wrath as some of these.  Helios is a class act, too, and admits and apologizes for mistakes he made.

December 10, 2008

A Night with WinWeb Security

Filed under: Linux,Malware,Security,Vista,Windows — Padma @ 1:11 pm
Tags: , , ,

:sigh:

I spent half the night, last night, cleaning my wife’s Vista Home desktop system.  Apparently, my eldest grandson downloaded a mod to a game he plays on it, and it brought along the Winweb Security trojan.  (more…)

December 9, 2008

Linux – Stop Holding Our Kids Back!

I hope most of you are familiar with “helios”, and all he’s done for Linux.

This post, dated yesterday, is almost scary: Blog of helios.

To think that a teacher, who is responsible for helping children learn and grow, can be so out-of-touch with reality.  It saddens me.

Like one of the follow-on comments says, “I have rarely seen a worse, more damaging ignoramus….”

December 3, 2008

Virus Affects 75% of Systems on Afghanistan Military Base

Filed under: Linux — Padma @ 4:47 pm
Tags: ,

Since I no longer work at USSTRATCOM, I don’t get the early information about these things.  I got this from Linux Today. (more…)

September 19, 2008

New MS Ads …

Filed under: Linux — Padma @ 9:23 am
Tags: , ,

I’m sure it’s been said, but I have to say it again:

If you have a life without walls, why would you need windows?

Blog at WordPress.com.