Sunday, April 6, 2008

Blog Till You Drop

This article gives another great example of how some people will do almost anything for a few more readers / links / page impressions / ad clicks.
That's impressive. I just hope that I will not turn into those people.

Now, that's just hilarious. I would have no chance to become like them. I'm not all that wired to the news and, what's more, I'm not that compelled to write about something I've just heard of.

And another good point is that I'm not that good of a writer.

So, my real hope would be that I would turn into a writer that my audience (if any) would like to read and comment on.

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OS Modularity

A 5 page ArsTechnica article poses a good question for all computer users around the spectrum: "Are modular operating systems the wave of the future?".

My 2 cents on it are: I think that this business model would be nice AND not so nice.

Nice for:
  1. the consumers that want certain features and don't want to pay for "all the extras they don't really need".
  2. MS because they would have a lot more revenue from each feature that they are billing for.
  3. MS because they would have a great research base they would use to determine which features are "more interesting" to users. And, maybe, based on this research, they would even adjust the prices to match the market.

Not so nice for:
  1. the businesses that want a lot of features and would
    have to pay for each and every one of them separately (whereas, now,
    they would pay for the lot).

  2. the systems administrators that would have to keep logs
    of everything that is installed within the enterprise realm.

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Saturday, April 5, 2008


It seems that more and more government institutions around the world are taking their turns at switching to free (as in free-beer) operating systems.

I wonder what will happen in my country. Here, in Romania, many of the schools don't even have computers and the ones that have, have Windows.
Wait. There's more. Much of the pre-college schools have a piece of software that the government bought for them. It seems that this software helps teachers teach and school administrators do their job.

I haven't had the chanse to see that software. I know it's written in Java. I hope that it runs on *nix systems. Otherwise, if, at any time, the government decides to switch to *nix, I really wouldn't know what would happen to the company that is doing the maintenance on the sofware.

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Ubuntu + Sun = Love ?

This article makes me ask myself:

Is Sun aiming at becoming an open-source giant? And by "giant" I mean: you have databases (MySQL), you have office applications (, you have an operating system (Solaris), you have hardware to run all of those on...

Do you really need another operating system? I mean, it would be really great to have Sun support al sorts of software applications and hardware drivers for this great OS, but, do we really want to see the Sun logo on Ubuntu?

And how about the closing of the article:

Well, except on Wall Street, which still expects the business to grow and be profitable. But I'm confident Jonathan and team are getting there.

I really hope that Matt Asay didn't foresee the future: it's all about the profit.



Well, how about that?
Vista SP1 isn't even really out the doors yet and they are thinking (and talking) about the next version of Windows.
Is it me or are they "super-enthused" like they were when they were talking about what a big change would Vista be for the world of computing.
Isn't it a bit early to think out-loud about next versions of Windows? Apparently, they don't think that.
Apparently, with all the early releases they are putting on the market lately, they are trying to keep up with a market where open source initiative is getting more and more attention.

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