Archives, page six.

The Archives are the living record of almost everything that I’ve written for the site over the many years I’ve been running it. Some of the earliest, less-legal and libellous content has been put to the torch.

Does Linux really want Windows users?

Linux is often criticised for its over-enthusiastic community trying to convert everybody and their grandma. Today I saw another post asking why we should care if more people use it. In short: yes but I’ve got plenty of reasons to back this up…

Published 2008-04-01. Read 27,360 times. 22 Comments. Tagged: linux

Diagnosis? Dying HD?

Possibly the worst noise that you can expect to hear as a user of a computer: a HD in the process of kicking the bucket.

Published 2008-03-14. Read 2,410 times. 2 Comments. Tagged: hardware

Phorm is blatant copyright infringement

Phorm is the much criticized service that’s coming to the UK to provide some ISPs users. I’ve been slightly concerned about it since I found out my ISP was going to deploy it but I’ve now uncovered something that should make all web publishers worry: they’re stealing our ad revenue!

Published 2008-03-11. Read 1,910 times. 2 Comments. Tagged: copyright phorm

digg's friend feature is a complete debacle

Many aeons ago, digg added a social aspect to their news site: friends. Hailing it as a new way to find news at a more personal level, it was seen as a good way to follow your favourite diggers. Now there’s a new game for would-be spammers: add whoever you can and shout your crappy submissions at them.

Published 2008-03-01. Read 1,494 times. 0 Comments. Tagged: digg rant

Adobe: Do as we say, not as we do

Adobe launched its Open Source initiative website the other day and I took at a look at the page. After highlighting some of the text as I read through it, I quickly realised I had stumbled through a warp-hole and landed in 1995. Warning: bad coding practices in this post!

Published 2008-02-28. Read 2,310 times. 3 Comments. Tagged: design webdev

Does Windows have a viable future?

Microsoft have enjoyed a long stretch as dominant market-share holder in the desktop market; but now they face stiff competition from two sides: OSX and Linux. Can they maintain their strong position?

Published 2008-02-21. Read 2,840 times. 7 Comments. Tagged: apple linux windows

7 things Windows 7 has to do to win me back

As I keep harking on, I moved to Linux. I’m happy and things are getting a lot more routine for me. I’ve been seeing a lot of fake screenshots this week for Windows 7 and it made me think what I would need from the next version of Windows to migrate back.

Published 2008-01-30. Read 13,530 times. 25 Comments. Tagged: linux windows windows 7

The cruel joke: Seagate RMAs

Last year while moving to Linux, one of my 300gig disks from the just-broken-up RAID5 array decided it was time to call it a day and died. It’s within warranty but that doesn’t mean that much when the support is run by Seagate.

Published 2008-01-30. Read 4,080 times. 0 Comments. Tagged: hd rant rma