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HAPPY HALLOWEEN October 31, 2004

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Happy Halloween. be careful trick or treating and make sure you check the candy.

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Apple – iPod U2 Special Edition October 31, 2004

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Sweet I like U2 but I doubt I will buy this. I dio love the color scheme. I also do love the new iPod Photo

My Home Desktop October 31, 2004

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I have been asked what software I use on my home desktop. Personally I find such a discussion so time wasting and unimportant. But what the hell, I have a few minutes so here is the list of my desktop:

Windows Media Player 10
Realplayer 10
GAIM
Thunderbird
Quicktime
Netscape 7.2 (Main browser)
Firefox
Microsoft office 2003
OpenOffice 1.1.3
Virgin Pulse Manager
Hello
Picasa
SharpReader
SharpDevelop
Visual Studios .NET 2003 Enterprise Architect
Nero
Palm Desktop
Adobe Audition
Adobe Photoshop CS
PDF Creator
FileMaker Pro 7, one of my bring alongs from the Mac desktop that I love.
LimeWire
EditPad Pro
Emacs
DiVX Player
Java 1.5
Netbeans
Adobe Reader 6
Gimp 2
Google Desktop Search
7-Zip
Citrix

I dont give details about AV or Firewall protection, sorry.

As for themeing I use Windows XP Pro SP 2 with the Royale MCE theme and I use the Sun Java Desktop System as an alternative desktop. I use Debian Linux for my Fileserver and I have a Windows Server 2003 server for game serving, print server and eventually a full-time home web server

Ask Microsoft: Mono support, LAMP October 29, 2004

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Good answers

Rumors of Microsoft’s Demise Are Premature…But Not Unthinkable cont. October 29, 2004

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Let me elaborate more on my response to this article. First let me reinforce that I am not a Linux hater but whjat this dude is saying is not making any sense, he uses Sony and Honda as an example of innovation. There is one big difference in these companies. First, Harley Davidson lost out because they refused to change their designs. Honda came out with the hip an cool crotch rockets. There was nothing technically superior from Harley to Honda. It was simply the cool design that won out, if Harley had changed their designs and if they would have done crotch rockets Honda would never have seen a dime. This is where two markets clash. Harley decided to stay with style and grace, while Honda went for sleek and speedy and Honda introduced a bike that has killed several more people than any Harley Davidson ever has. So you lose out on certain aspects. In comparison, Windows and Linux. Microsoft constantly changes Windows. Windows continously evolves and gets better. Linux is simply Unix 30 yrs later with the same design flaws, non improved. Linux technically has not done anything to overcome Windows, what makes Linux so popular is the social movement behind it. this same social movement that has demonized Windows and Microsoft. When you bring up Linux vs Windows, its not a technical argument anymore, they dont talk about the technical superiority over Windows it reverts to:

“Bill Gates is rich enouh”
“Microsoft is a monopoly”
“Windows sucks because***Fill in your pre-Windows XP flaws here****”
“Windows has spyware and malware”

When Linux gets popular enough, dont worry it will be hacked more and it will be ridden with viruses and malware. Windows has more apps, a universal package installer that anyone can use and massive hardware support and more specialized help available for it. Linux has limited software available for it, limited Hardware support an no universal package installer and I am sorry a common user doesnt want to have to learn to compile and build their applications. Anyway Windows is adapting and changing with Linux in mind, which is a far cry over what happened to Harley and RCA, which just didnt change their product line. When I dont have to compile drivers and applications, then and only then will Linux be good enough for a massive paradigm shift.

Christenson made this statement:

Consider the difference between Microsoft Windows and the Linux operating system. Windows is a highly integrated, interdependent operating system. To optimize the operating system, applications developers must conform their products to meet Microsoft’s interface requirements. Efforts to try to modify Windows to improve individual applications would be disastrous; any individual change would have literally thousands of unanticipated consequences and operating system problems. Linux works the other way, because its goal is to enable optimized applications. The Linux operating system itself is modular. As long as you follow the rules, you can modify it to optimize the performance of an application.

Ask any system developer that works for a business that has adopted Linux how many times they recompile the kernel, more than likely the answer is 0, ask those same developers if they even go into the system kernel to optimize their application? Probably less than half. When i did systems admin work I actually asked my clients how many recompiled their kernel. All but one client never changed, modified or even attempted a recompile. All but that one client used the default kernel that shipped with their distribution.

As I said, from personal experience and just from reading this sounds like the common Linux cheerleading that I hear all the time. Now, Linux has the oppurtunity to improve, create some common standards and change themselves. Will it happen in a reasonable timeframe, I doubt it.

Rumors of Microsoft’s Demise Are Premature…But Not Unthinkable October 29, 2004

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Perfect example of ideaology and zero reality. While this may sound great, its highly unprobable.

Linux not ready for consumer desktop October 29, 2004

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I personally agree with this guy. Linux is a good OS but its not nearly as easy as Windows or the Mac. If you can find me a mother or grandmother who can change their runlevel, build a module, load that module and change the runlevel back and reboot and edit config files then i would be surprised. Not many technical people could do that. Also Linux does not support the wide array of devices that Windows does, take for example my USB Wireless adaptor card. Even though I found a driver online, I still couldnt get it to work at all with Linux on two systems. Its a Netgear WG121 USB Wireless adaptor. Unfortunately thats the device the Cable Company issues when you get roadrunner. Until Linux can support even the most common devices, I dont think consumer desktop adoption will be that massive.

Microsoft, AOL Resurrect Sender ID October 29, 2004

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Great news

Enterprise Unix Roundup: Picking at the Red Hat Lock-In October 29, 2004

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Articles like this on infuriate me. Simply because the authors seem so clueless. Everyone picks on Windows, yet Windows Server 2003 is simply the best Server OS I have seen in a long time and is simply put a joy to use. Red Hat is dominant in the server world of Linux because they do produce a great Enterprise Linux server product. Its best of breed. In my round up, Windows Server 2003 is the best Server OS, second is Solaris, third is Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Dont be mad at Red Hat for making a best of breed server product and being the dominant force, these other distributions just need to improve their offerings. But common practice is to attack and try to bring negative publicity against the company rather than even try to innovate and improve products.

What’s New in Solaris Express 10/04 (Build 69, Beta7) October 29, 2004

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Great writeup about some of the new3 features in Solaris 10. Dan Price is one of the Sun engineers working on Solaris and I am a regular reader of his blog.