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Rebuttle to Bryan Lunduke's "The Perfect Linux Distro"

While browsing various useless articles on Digg.com I happen to stumble on a interesting, opinionated article by software developer and podcaster, Bryan Lunduke and his opinion on the perfect Linux distribution. What impressed me the most about this article is that Bryan's "I dont give a fuck" attiude to is feature and package selections in constructing his "perfect" distribution. For example, in the section regarding software development environment he has the following to say: So what’s the most accessible and feature rich IDE available currently for Gnome applications? And which one gives developers direct access to the widest array of frameworks from which to build great applications? MonoDevelop . I know. I know. “Mono is bad cuz of teh Microsoft.” If you genuinely believe that then you are not likely an actual (professional) software developer and should probably spend your time worrying about something else. MonoDevelop is a great tool. There. It’

Microsoft Works not longer

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Microsoft annouced on Wednesday as part of a new licencing scheme of Office 2010, that Microsoft Works will no longer be continued. As part of an effort to encourage user to use Microsoft Office products, Microsoft will be release a ranges of what they will call Microsoft Office Starter, a cut down versions of the popular Microsoft Word and Excel products. The Starter edition will only contain essential features as well as being ad-supported that is intended on only being distributed on new PCs. Users do have the functionality to easily upgrade to full-featured versions of the products and are encouraged to buy yet to be release "Product Key Cards". These "cards" will be sold without media, allowing the user to key in the product into the pre-loaded software on their new PCs and upgrading to the full software. So people, this will hopefully be the end of the awefully overly used oxymoron "Microsoft Works". See also: Microsoft Ditching Works for Ad-Supp

Here and there

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If you have been reading and following me lately, you will have noticed that I have moving my blog here and there, trying out different hosts. But now I am back. Ever since taking down my home web server, I was looking into a hosting service where I could have pages as well as the blog. First I tried SquareSpace.com. Must say this is an excellent service and the customising interface is state-of-the-art. But having to pay for that (at least $14/month) was just not in the cards for me at this point. So once my trial expired, I went elsewhere. Next I tried WordPress.com. Another great service with plenty of options and plenty of freedom to customise, but at this point I thought a head of all the effort to not only moving the posts (despite the easy task of export/import built in to the site) but also losing all my current visitor data and starting again. So I am now back here with Blogger.com. More reasons that I have returned is that most of my data is centered with Google and it al

Rebuttle to PCUser's "Windows 7 Verdict"

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In the November 2009 issue of PCUser magazine, author Darren Yates writes about his results when reviewing the yet to be released Microsoft Windows 7. Darren Yates [Darren] has done a good job at making a fair comparison by using UserBench suite of benchmarking software, however I have found several incosistancies and isses in the article that read strange to me and don't make sense when doing a benchmark review. "Our Test System" There is nothing wrong with their test system as they have built it with quality parts. However, my concern is mainly with the CPU configuration. Nothing wrong with the Intel Core 2 Duo processor, but PCUser decided to overclock it for their benchmark. Why? It's defined by Intel themselves that overclocking is a bad idea (http://bit.ly/inteloc) , resulting degration of general system reliability as well as possibility of killing the processor despite speeding up the processor's clock time. In my opinion, these results are already tainte