Microsoft playing dirty (like Apple) by blocking Linux on their Hardware

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I have mentioned a few times on here that I am a Linux user. I love it! It’s the operating system by the people, for the people…lol. I have grown to love the developers and users of the open source community, and whenever I read about Microsoft or Apple doing their dirty work to make sure others don’t benefit from the Linux experience, it makes me angry. Continue reading “Microsoft playing dirty (like Apple) by blocking Linux on their Hardware”

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Is Apple going to die now that Steve Jobs has resigned?

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Today Steve Jobs submitted his resignation to the Apple Board of Directors and has officially stepped down as CEO of Apple. In the tech world, this is a huge story. Just like the day that Bill Gates left Microsoft.

How will Apple fair now that their founder is moving into the background? Continue reading “Is Apple going to die now that Steve Jobs has resigned?”

Could you live without the internet? Is it making us dumberer?

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I am an internet junkie. I fully admit it. One day I may just have to go to an IA meeting. You know, Internet‘s Anonymous. haha. There are many debates about the benefits of global and instant communication and whether it improves the lives of people. Very similar to our parents and their parents before them with TV, radio, and telephones.

With such a huge shift in the way people communicate and gather information, how would you adapt if the internet didn’t exist anymore? With Egypt pulling the plug on its citizens last week, the threats of making governments accountable through Wikileaks cables, censorship, bandwidth throttling, etc…, there is always a threat looming that one day the internet may disappear, whether by governments in power, or more nefarious means(anonymous, hackers, terrorists, etc…).

I argue that the world would be a more oppressive and closed society without the internet. It has advanced to the point where essentially most of the world’s population can gain some access. As a global community, the internet is a way to keep regimes accountable, question globalization, see the effects of economic decisions on 3rd world countries, not to mention as a counter-balance to the Corporate run news agencies that tend to pick a side and not report both sides of the story. All good right?

But, when we rely on the internet to educate ourselves, we are missing an important step in progress. Time. The time it takes to problem solve, to form an opinion, read a book, physically or mechanically try and try again, work out a puzzle. We are becoming a society of instant gratification and instant answers, instant fast food. We simply look up the solution to the problem online. We don’t have to think or work it out!

To top it off,  the answers are fed to us by large US companies(Google, Microsoft, Yahoo) looking to make money, mostly through advertisers trying to convince us to buy their stuff. In the span of a couple of generations, we are losing the skills passed down generation by generation because we can just go and look it up, or buy it. What happens then, when you can’t look it up anymore? Just a thought.

Here is a good article on the study of why the internet makes us stupid. Enjoy. Now, put down the computer and go do something…Can’t find anything to do? Well, I guess just Google it…

Which huge un-reachable corporation should I blame?

 

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This evening I noticed a friend of mine calling me on my iPhone. Something was amiss though. His name didn’t show along with the phone number. I though it was weird, but we talked about beer, mountain biking, and his great sex life so I forgot about it. Later my son called from his mom’s number. The same thing happened. I looked in my contact list on the phone that syncs with Google Apps, and noticed all my contacts gone! WTF? Do you get that paniced feeling when 400 carefully detailed contacts just goes missing? Ya, me too…

So, now I had a technology problem to fix…Something, that truthfully I enjoy doing most of the time. I tried to check my gmail(google apps) e-mail on my iPhone to see if it was still working. No luck. It was kicking up for an incorrect password. So, I restarted my account, then I tried removing it, then tried to do the hard reboot, and then the thought crossed my mind that maybe I was drunk or something and I had forgotten my most important password that I must have entered 10,000 times! I desperately logged into Lastpass and made sure…Fuck. I hadn’t forgotten it. Good news, as I worry that Alzheimer’s will hit me suddenly one day and maybe today was the day… I was stuck.

I got home and had a few chores to attend to, but was itching to get to fixing this problem. I re-synced the phone with iTunes, checked that my contacts were safe online, etc…All was safe. I breathed a sign of relief.

Then, I went to The Google. No luck. No one posting the same problem in the last hour somewhere in the world?

I am screwed right now not being able to sync my account with my iPhone. What is the big deal? Well, let me tell you, my friend.

I DON’T KNOW WHO TO GET MAD AT! Is it Apple for all of a sudden not working as I expect from them? Isn’t their motto, that it ‘just works’? Well, fuck you, it is not working. Is it Google? Did they do some stupid server upgrade and nuke my account on my iPhone? Seems fine on my laptop, but my phone…not so much. Is it Microsoft? It is all supposed to work because of Mr. Gates Microsoft Exchange Server. I already hate Microsoft, so it is super easy to blame them. Is it Bell, who I pay through the nose for this shiny device that I rely on like toilet paper when I’m in the bathroom? I am looking for someone to blame but have no one…

This got me thinking. I can’t contact any of them. Have you or anyone ever contacted one of these enormous companies to get help when the device relies on such a complex interaction between all these global corporations? Seriously? I realize that I and many of you rely on people complaining online about their problem to other equally desperate people and seeing if their solution works for me.Forums, blogs, google searches, porn sites. Ok, maybe not porn sites…

Are we in an age where we rely on these huge companies to help us keep track of our lives, but have no means of actually owning or controlling that information? I have been guilty of laughing when I see someone grabbing a small address book with handwritten phone numbers on them from their bag. Same goes for the seniors with their cheque registers. Who writes down how much money they have? Not anyone I know. But are they the smart ones?

Are we a society now that pays and relies on some trustworthy company(or companies) to keep track of it all for us, and have a false sense of security that when push comes to shove, we get all our lost ‘stuff’ back with a simple e-mail or phone call? I think we know the answer to that question….yes.

Do we blame the companies for our junk not working? We can try, but we have no one to blame but ourselves.

Wednesday’s Top 5 Best Things of the Day

  1. Let’s start out the day with my love for magnets! They rock. Are they magic? No, of course not. They are some sort of scientific mojo. My kind of thing…Here are a few people’s reply to what magnets are and how they workHere is the real answer.
  2. Men and women are quite different. That is clear. Men think about sex every 6 seconds or so, and women, I have yet to figure that out. Here is a great video about the differences between the opposite sexes! It is very well done, and quite adorable…One of the best things I saw today…
  3. I love Microsoft bashing. Today, I enjoyed reading a huge issue that McAfee had with Windows users. The article is called: Why switch to Linux or a Mac? I know I felt a great sense of relief years ago when I did…
  4. I as so happy that I FINALLY got started on organizing my office space! OK, I got all my crap in one place now, and it is a work in progress, but I started… Yay me.
  5. Finally, I have a love for Linux, and so does this guy…Maybe he will convince you to download Ubuntu 10.04
  6. I just had to add #6! I love geeky technology, and this hacked thinking electro-shock gadget is awesome! Just don’t think…

Microsoft Makes a Fool of Themselves While Defending Return to DRM

I love listening to Microsoft’s lame comments and announcements. It is no wonder that Apple and Linux distros are making great headway in the PC market! I swore that this article on defending a return to DRM must have been posted by The Onion, or on April Fool’s Day.

Sadly for Microsoft, it is a reality that they are out of touch with the digital age…I love the first question and the immediate response! “Question: Why has Microsoft gone back to DRM when the vast majority of music services have ditched it?” “Answer: It’s a first step.” HAAAAAAAA!!!Good one…Click below for the remainder of this hilarious article.

PC Pro: News: Q&A: Microsoft defends return to DRM]

To end the week, here are a couple of random pictures I found using Stumbleupon.

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Microsoft’s Evil Plan.

I can’t stand Microsoft. I hated them for years when I was a Windows user, and seeing this story, validates my angst!

If you want a future without the bad kid on the block, go grab a FREE copy of Ubuntu. evileditionIt will do almost everything Windows can do(and better), without trying to get every last cent out of you…

And for you Apple readers, Ubuntu works for you too!

Microsoft’s vision of your computing future is on display in its just-published patent application for the Metered Pay-As-You-Go Computing Experience. The plan, as Microsoft explains it, involves charging students $1.15 an hour to do their homework, making an Office bundle available for $1/hour, and billing gamers $1.25 for each hour of fun.

[From Slashdot | Microsoft Invents $1.15/Hour Homework Fee For Kids]

I love the part that this will be good for users! Nice. I would love to pay per minute to use my computer. What fun… 🙂