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Microsoft Bob Redux

Microsoft (the company, not the cat) is planning to introduce a free, adware version of Microsoft Works.  Works is their stripped-down version of Microsoft Office.  Works already comes bundled with many newly-purchased Windows machines.  Most people are not aware of paying for it anyway.  The version they are planning come conveniently pre-loaded with advertisements stored…

HR 2102 IH — Free Flow of Information Act of 2007 US Reps Rick Boucher, Mike Pence, John Conyers, Howard Coble, John Yarmuth, and Greg Walden have introduced a bill that would provide some protections to blogger-journalists.   HR 2102 IH, the Free Flow of Information Act of 2007, so far has only been approved…

Firefox 3 On the Way

Firefox 3 (Gran Paradiso) should be available in beta form in late July 2007.  There is no firm release schedule for the gold version. The most anticipated feature will be a new way to store bookmarks.  Both the interface and the internal code will be changed. Sort of like in del.ico.us, bookmarks can be given…

Tech Tip #1

Problem: Flat tire, wheel won’t come off. Backgound: This problem came my way today.  A friend had a flat tire, but was not able to get the wheel off.   The solution…

The Utility I Want

I am not skilled enough to do this, but maybe someone out there is.  What I want is a utility that will take a bit of html, such as for the sidebar in a blog, generate a image file that looks just like the html would if it were rendered on a web page, then…

Kubuntu

I am working on my next post, the one about amoxapine. But sssshhhh, I’m using Kubuntu. Heresy, I know, but what do you expect? It’s Sunday.

Speaking of open-source software, I recall posting a while back when the percentage of visits to Corpus Callosum, by users of Internet Explorer, dropped below 50%. Now, it is 24%.  Roughly parallels President Bush’s approval rating.  I wonder what those two stats would look like on a graph over time.

From CNN Money: Microsoft takes on the free world Microsoft claims that free software like Linux, which runs a big chunk of corporate America, violates 235 of its patents. It wants royalties from distributors and users. Users like you, maybe. Fortune’s Roger Parloff reports. FORTUNE Magazine By Roger Parloff, Fortune senior editor May 13 2007:…

Weekend Coffee-Shop Reading

This was at Barnes and Noble, in Linux User & Developer.  I learned that Peugot (the second-largest auto maker in Europe) plans to install Linux for their 2,500 servers.  That is not particularly surprising.  What is more, they plan to install Linux on their 20,000 desktop machines! The European Commission has published a study: Study…

How Blog?

Obviously a follow-up to my last post, Why Blog? Like the Why Blog? post, this is partly a repetition of something I posted before, at least once.  But some of these points bear repeating, if only to remind myself. One thing is that I always use an free-standing editor to write posts.  The reason is…