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UK government officially adopts Open Document Format

spegru

Guidance

Great news of course. I'm now also hoping that gov guidance to the public will include pointers to where they can get suitable software such as Libreoffice Abiword and how to "save as" from MS Word complete with assurances to ignore the MS "cat death" warnings.

Oh and one more thing, I need some suitable software for my tablet. Come on devs!

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Re: And yet again...

When will people understand that this is not really about current market share for ODF. Market share does not indicate anything much in terms of the "right" and "wrong" way to go about things. It does not point the way to an inevitable outcome.

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Re: Yay!

Did I detect irony? I certainly hope so.......

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Re: Better but still a bit of a pigs ear

Are you sure about those incompatibilities in current versions of Libreoffice?

I'm noticing that you keep referring to OOo and OpenOffice writer which are known to be behind.

When did you last try? I'll have to check myself later on........

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Video review: Our sysadmins drink in the latest SIP phones

spegru

Call Quality

Although Skype is only a side issue on this subject, I have to say that recently I have found call quality and reliability to be excellent for the most part, even to Android mobiles. Maybe that becuase I'm using the Linux version and a headset? I dont know for sure other than a colleagues Vista PC setup really was crap and is now fine on W7.

Just a pity that I expect MSFT to kill it one way or another before long

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Feature-phones aren't dead, Moto – oldsters still need them

spegru

Poor understanding of optics

"Lenses focus light, not the lack of it"?

An image is made from both light and shade so this argument is tosh

Some of the rest of the points are well made but really why does anyone need specific hardware when it is clearly just the user interface that needs tweaking for older people - or indeed visually impaired of any age? Come on someone there must be an App for that!

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Why it's time to wrap brains around software-defined networking

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Re: SDN is horse shit

Methinks you do complain too much. 4300 words dissing SDN?!

I notice you dont say you cover Layer1 where out of band control has been the way it's done, for ever. So nothing new here with this SDN, you might say. Likewise Layer 2, more than likely, as that's also now the domain of carriers large and small.

It's not the network per se that's the problem, it's the ops that go with scaling and managing it

In the networking space, for Microsoft, read Cisco. Anyone else is 'dangerous', until the alternatives arrive.

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Data Centre World: It's hard work cooling off those hot racks

spegru

2 shows in one

co-location of a different sort was in evidence with Cloud Expo Europe and Data Centre World sharing floorspace under the same roof. It was the first time that the two events had run simultaneously and, at first glance, co-habitation seemed to make a lot of sense.

Indeed it does. For every cloud there is a datacentre lining!

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New 4G router pitched at biz bods sick to death of titsup networks

spegru

Ah but is it 4G?

As apple found, out european 4G requires LTE, not some old 3G stuff like they have in the US

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Q: Just why are AT&T, banks snubbing kit from Cisco & co? A: Control

spegru

There is a pattern here

Microsoft-Cisco

1. It's well known that Microsoft are seeing their market share eroded due to a) Mobiles/tablets and b) cloud solutions.

2. Similarly/Consequently, SMEs are increasingly allowing their 'stuff' to be looked after in the cloud, so that they no longer control the technology strategy that was previously spoon fed to them by MSFT/Cisco.

3. Cloud people are technology experts that understand networks in just the same way that Mobile/Tablet/Server OS technology experts understand hardware & computer platforms (and in the same way that SME people often/generally don't), and are most definitely choosing their own technical strategies rather than having it spoon fed to them.

4. Even outside of big Cloud/Datacentre operations such as Amazon, the volume of data is now so high that technology experts are also forming enterprise strategies.

ergo, Cisco Lock In is lost in that same way as Microsoft's

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Sanity now: Gnome 3.12 looking sensible - at least in beta

spegru

Amazing what a bit of competition can do

So Gnome has improved, presumably due to competition from

KDE

Cinnamon (especially)

Unity

XFCE

etc

Aand all running on the same Linux kernel.

If only other OSs offered such choices

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Microsoft may pick iPad for first release of Fondleslab Office™

spegru

What's the real news here?

That it's not for Android.

What, developing anything that works with the Linux kernel?!

If that does ever happen we will know that MSFT have truely lost the plot.

Meanwhaile I'm looking forward to a Libreoffice for Android!

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Three-yaarrgh! Major UK mobile network's data goes down

spegru

Had this yesterday

Could be unrelated, but I had no web email or play store around 6:30pm in the City and outward toward Essex on the Train.

I thought, this remeinds me of what sometimes happens on Wifi with my BT homehub3

So I switched my mobile data of and then on again - and all was well again

hmm

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Gay hero super-boffin Turing 'may have been murdered by MI5'

spegru

Re: I don't know about the motives of the Register

I'm very uncomforatble with your implicit assumption that Jesus disaproves of gays.

Your get out clause that no-one should talk about gayness doesnt make that any more true.

Alan Turing was indeed a skilled and talented software pioneer. But that he was hounded to death by the establishment is indeed newsworthy.

PS. I'm Straight

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Torvalds: Linux devs may 'cry into our lonely beers' at Christmas

spegru

Oi Mr AC!

What the heck have you been drinking this early in the morning?

PS

Festive wishes to you all

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LG: You can stop hiding from your scary SPY TELLY quite soon now

spegru

Smart TV?

Smart TV?

I'd been thinking about these sexy new things, but I reckon it's now clear that what you really need is a nice small barebone PC (say a teeny Zotac Zbox) running the Linux distro of my choice and XBMC.

Tha features I want without the security issues.

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BT Sport scores own goal with £897m Champions League footie rights deal

spegru

To be Fair

Line rental and broadband access goes to Openreach, whereas this is BT retail.

(that's also the reason you get two boxes with BT Infinity)

Some might be hard pressed to tell the difference of course, esp as Mr Patterson is CEO of both!

Brings forward the day of a complete split between the two methinks

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Why Teflon Ballmer had to go: He couldn't shift crud from Windows 8, Surface

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Re: I'm a MSFT Fan But.....

Yes it's obvious MSFT alienated business with Windows8 but the reason was loss of market share to tablets. Many such users were/are home users for whom laptops and desktops are unnecessary. Microsoft's major mistake was to assume it could enforce a single solution on both.

The new management will surely make windows 9 a proper desktop solution that does not try t o be the same everywhere

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Dell: Gov's cost-cutting mania is driving away suppliers

spegru

I detect

a need for a real low cost alternative to the windows PC

Netbooks showed the way

Or Maybe MSFT will opensource windows!

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Fanbois smash iPhone 5s much sooner than iPhone 3s ... but WHY?

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Thumb Up

Re: Hm

I always liked my Sony Ericsson smartphones -

P800 and the P910 UIQ and yes they were definitely smart at the time ? 2003/4/5

I miss that 5 way click wheel and hardware keyboard

If only they'd had 3G I might have continued for a very long time

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Bigger than Twitter: Opera releases rebuilt Chromium-based browser

spegru

Obsession with 'market share'

I've used Opera for over 10yrs and always enjoyed being different. A pity if it becomes a badge engineered product but it's nice to see the comment that Opera 'may have only a small single-digit market share but that still counts as a hefty number of people – it has more active users than Twitter'.

This obsession seems to stem from the old VHS vs Betamax war, where compatibility equalled support equalled sales equalled future support. Completely irrelevant to the internet age esp now that IE6 non-standards have now more or less gone. Heck I bet Ferrari and Rolls Royce dont have much market share either but you dont see such owners stressing whether they ought to have bought a Ford!

So just go ahead and get what you fancy!

Same applies to Desktop Linux and Blackberry phones - maybe even WinPho!

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'The Apprentice' is a load of old codswallop, says biz prof

spegru

It's TV

I enjoyed the first couple of series, but after that came to realise that The Apprentice is utter tripe. Ok just maybe some of it would be appropriate at a call centre selling PPI or double glazing, but what's distinctly missing is the importance of having a good business idea.

The programme is now well past its sell by date!

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Mint 15 freshens Ubuntu's bad bits

spegru
Headmaster

Re: VM ready

Oh yes indeedy. I also have an XP available to run in a Root Jail c/w MSOffice2007 - just in case I need that, but I never do. I have TomTom (the GPS thing) Home installed also, but actually since I got my new Samsung Phone I never need that any more either.

I keep the XP isolated from the internet to keep those nasty viruses away and just have a shared folder where both the XP and Mint can see, in order to access docs etc

I've been using the same XP VM for a year or so now on different machines. No need to reinstall it.......

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spegru
Happy

I just upgraded

from Mint12 to Mint15 on my main desktop - on which I get most of my work done

Very Nice, no pain - no issues and no CLI!

For 'work' the killer app for me is Thunderbird email with the lightning calendar plugin

Oh yes and the newest Libroffice

I had my first hands on with Win8 just the other day - 'kin ell! Now I see what they've been talking about

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Hey, Teflon Ballmer. Look, isn't it time? You know, time to quit?

spegru
Meh

Re: Only the second?

ME was the last Windows I ever voluntarily used. Didnt seem too bad at the time.

Then I discovered SuSE and Mint - the rest is history

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'Liberator': Proof that you CAN'T make a working gun in a 3D printer

spegru
Gimp

I got all excited for a moment

Liberator gun I thought? Surely it has to be one of these!

http://www.c0428998.myzen.co.uk/B7/B71.jpg

Avon would have been proud......

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Got a Windows XP end-of-life plan? Neither does anyone else

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Re: Plan 9 from Planet Obvious: XP -> Linux Mint + sandboxed XP VM

An XP VM doesn't avoid the problem altogether of course but since you wouldn't be using for your main apps it's a much lesser problem. For many, those legacy apps would be for occasional use only anyway. For you main email, browsing, office, media, skype, security apps etc you wouldn't need the VM at all

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Re: Plan 9 from Planet Obvious: XP -> Linux Mint + sandboxed XP VM

You are thinking of crufty old XP machines with nasty antivirus.

You might be surprised to see how well they run Linux, even with a minimalist XP VM for those legacy apps (that for many people will be only occasional anyway)

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Linux

Re: Installation easier with Linux

with many many installs Linux Mint I've not had to search for drivers for years. I'm not saying that no-one would - but you'd be a fool to not try it

Blank PC to fully working in 15 mins is typical and all your apps are there too!

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Notebook makers turn to Android in face of Windows woes

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Linux

Re: Apps

'normal users can't be arsed with the command line. We have mice and pointers these days, seems to have passed Linux by'

Obviously you havn't looked at Linux for quite---a---while!

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Netbooks projected to become EXTINCT by 2015

spegru

Re: @gcarter 12Apr13 21:42

You don't need 3g or Bluetooth as long as you also have have a phone to tether to

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Linux

pah

The reason netbooks are losing out is because of Microsoft. When first introduced with Linux on board they were fine since they didn't have to be dragged down by crapware anti virus or indeed the monolithic piece of junk that is windows. Of course msft put a stop to that because of the underlying PC architecture. In turn, that killed the business case for the hardware makers.

So pleased am I with my Packard bell dot s3 netbook with its 7.5 hr battery, that sensing this very netbook demise, i bought a spare one.

It does everything I need running Linux Mint!

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Gartner: RIP PCs - tablets will CRUSH you this year

spegru

Re: Not so much

I'd say that this really is PCs being crushed by tablets - hardly the performance v software thing at all.

For so many years the PC was the only choice for an internet device (plus Macs for rich weirdos).

Now there is choice people are choosing devices without bloated OSs and virus problems that slow down to a crawl after a few months. Currently these are tablets, the user experience having been established on phones. Increasingly it's also smart TVs, so actually I dont even think it's about portability.

So fundamentally it's survival of the fittest and Windows PCs are too much trouble for (most) end users

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Wealthy London NIMBYs grit teeth, welcome 'ugly' fibre cabinets

spegru

6 foot?!

Nope I've just measured one: it's 4ft 7"

Yes they're powered - it tends to be a requirement when using non conductive optical fibre to connect to the exchange.

I do agree that sometimes their positioning across the pavement could have been better though.

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Single IPv6 packet KILLS Kaspersky-protected PCs, fix emerges

spegru
WTF?

Why

do we still need antivirus in 2013?

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Huawei CEOs are 'migratory birds'

spegru
Black Helicopters

Fits perfectly into the Hive

No-one is an individual. Anyone can be replaced - even CEOs

That is how they think and work

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Chinese search giant Baidu launches free AV

spegru
Devil

Do you really want Chinese Government spyware on your PC?

Nope I didnt think so...

Such a small step from there to blocking disapproved words from web searches like they do over there

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Who ate all the Pis?

spegru
Linux

Re: I like the PI ethos....

Sorry but that's b*ll*cks. It just shows that you *think* you know what a computer is.

The future for this type of gear is embedded and the PC as such will mostly disappear. The skills that kids (and others) learn will be used pretty much anywhere, but It wont look like what you are used to.

...AAAND with devices like that around, the future for personal tech can be democratised by anyone who wants to - thus helping avoid the proabably imminent threat of corporatisation of both the Internet and of personal computing that we have (mostly) enjoyed over the last 30yrs - like Apple and even Google would like.

BTW one of the best Pi things I saw demo-wise was simply the thing running rasbian with the XFCE desktop in Maplin - that's the High St you know (well ok Lakeside Retail park in my case). I wonder how many complete outsiders marvelled at that!

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Stop

Re: The vi thing

blinkin eck I had completely forgotten edlin!

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Hey Lenovo, want to kill Apple? Look to Samsung hitman for tips

spegru

Their Problem is

Windows

=boring by they the consumers

Go on canonical, give them a call

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2012: The year that netbooks DIED

spegru
Linux

Netbook - underpowered?

underpowered for running windows xp complete with all the bloatware maybe.

Mine is perfectly ok for mobile office work. You know spreadsheets and docs - for which tablets are almost useless.

Msft blackmailed their oems l, pushed up the spec and reduced the price advantage. What Msft really wanted (and still want) was a Windows monoculture that the could administer from a afar like a tax man (but without any democratic accountability).

Still, they reaped what they sowed: it's pretty obvious that the original non-windows netbooks influenced both Apple and Google with ios and android. So the monoculture has gone anyway.

Here's to fragmentation, competition and democracy - just as with every other consumer technology!

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The LINUX TABLET IS THE FUTURE - and it always will be

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Stop

One thing that has worried me a little regarding the future for Linux is that it has piggy backed on windows to a large degree since that is where the massive market is and hence has driven the development of pc hardware - something that may not happen in future if the pc market disappears.

However, thanks to this article I have now heard of the pengpod, and indeed the guide to installing Ubuntu on nexus 7.

It's not Linux in the sense of mint or ubuntu per se that I want. It's the freedom to play

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Valve chief confirms Steam-centric console-killing PC

spegru

PC?

Of course the IBM compatible PC is known for MSwindows, but it's also the basis of Xbox.

I'd have thought the obvious thing was for them to do another locked down PC based platform. Whether that's Linux as we understand it is proabably quite questionable. Rather like Android ......

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Tech titans lose our loyalty: Are fanbois a dying breed?

spegru

I almost agree

Yes, if I am a good example, I find that I care less about new widgets simply because there are so many nice ones to choose from. This contrasts heavily with a few years ago where your only choice was Microsoft who could dictate to the market. Now, we appear to have diversity. That's great and pleas let it continue. I really don't want to be a prisoner of *any* corporation!

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'Microsoft to make its own Surface phones' - mutterings

spegru
Pint

Exciting times

Seems the MSFT grip on hardware makers is about to dissolve.

Is it possible to get shares in Canonical?

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Skype 3.0 lands on Android tabs, says all your bass are belong to it

spegru
Linux

Re: Why bother?

i'm just steeling myself for when they switch off the linux versions like they did on my 3 Skypephone

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Gates: Microsoft will merge Phone and Windows platforms

spegru
Big Brother

Microsoft is a Corporation

Its primary function is to stay in business, making money for its share shareholders - it's not a service for the rest of the world computing, although many would like it to be. Oh, and propomoting lock-in (to them) of course.

So that is why it (and Apple) is focussed on what comes next, future market share etc etc: And that's all looking like phones & tablets etc. The desire to maintain one codebase is an obvious way to reduce cost over separate platforms (although it is perhaps interesting to not that this does not always hap[pen in other industries, such as cars)

MSFT is trying to do two things at once

The mistake many made was to think MSFT as we have known it will always be there - it may not: That really is something for CIOs to consider

Will someone else pick up the desktop / server market? Can you think of any candidates for that?

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HTC's 4G patent beef could get iPhone 5 BANNED in US

spegru
Devil

let them reap what they sow

that is all

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