Ten reasons to use Linux

Posted by Graeme in Software at 10:31 pm on Tuesday, 5 March 2013

As Linux is already the leading server operating system, I am really only giving you 10 reasons to use Linux on the desktop (and mobile devices). (more…)

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List of Django IDEs

Posted by Graeme in Internet,Software at 2:12 pm on Wednesday, 16 May 2012

I have a more detailed review of Python IDEs that is probably a lot more useful.

As requests for IDE recommendations on the django-users mailing list/Google Group, and as I assume that anyone developing with Django knows they should search for answers on the net before asking, here is a summary of the most often recommended options. (more…)

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The build a platform and squeeze business model

Posted by Graeme in Books,Internet,Media,Software at 10:16 am on Thursday, 11 August 2011

A business model that excludes competition, reduces consumer choice, and creates monopolies is the anti-thesis for free markets, but this is exactly what threatens both software and the distribution of media (ebooks, video, and music) over the internet, and much more. (more…)

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So I bought a tablet PC

Posted by Graeme in Software at 8:28 pm on Saturday, 25 June 2011

I finally bought myself a cheap Android tablet. My experience so far has pretty much confirmed my expectations: it is a great device (and class of device) for consuming media on, but not for working or creating. It is also locked down and inflexible. While its inflexibility is supposed to be part of its appealing simplicity, I find it actually undermines it, especially when things go wrong. (more…)

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Governments should promote OSS

Posted by Graeme in Economics,Software at 8:50 am on Thursday, 24 February 2011

One would imagine that economists would have learned by now that they need to check their theoretical models against the real world. A recent article arguing that governments need to promote a “balance” between open source and proprietary software, rather than promoting open source, rests on no fewer than five incorrect assumptions, and is easily rebutted by what happens in the real world. (more…)

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Mint XFCE: worst Linux ever

Posted by Graeme in Software at 8:19 pm on Monday, 4 October 2010

The XFCE version of Linux Mint is pretty, fast, uses the huge Debian/Ubuntu software repositories, and comes with a good selection of software installed by default, as well as Linux Mint’s nice utilities. Its also the worst Linux distribution I have tried. (more…)

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Bye, Mandriva. Unity, PCLOS, Mint or Debian?

Posted by Graeme in Software at 8:19 pm on Thursday, 23 September 2010

With Mandriva Linux looking to have a few rough months, its a good time for me to look at alternatives. I am a bit of a distro-hopper (jumping from one LInux distribution to another), but I keep coming back to Mandriva (more…)

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How to get someone (innocent) jailed

Posted by Graeme in Politics,Software at 3:55 pm on Monday, 13 September 2010

The fact that people can be convicted using evidence that only exists in electronic form makes it stunningly easy to frame someone, if you can get brief physical access to their computer, or you can fool them into inserting a malicious CD or USB drive into their computer. Here are some methods of doing it. (more…)

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Why do geeks pick such bad names?

Posted by Graeme in Software at 12:07 pm on Thursday, 9 September 2010

I assume that someone who puts a lot of trouble into writing a piece of software, wants people to actually use it: so why pick names like The GIMP and Gigolo? Both are good pieces of software, but the names convey embarrassment rather than cool. (more…)

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What’s wrong with software patents

Posted by Graeme in Business & Investment,Software at 9:17 am on Saturday, 22 August 2009

A quick summary of things that came up in a discussion that I was surprised was not evident to most people: (more…)

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