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From the article:

Taiwanese PC hardware manufacturer Asus announced the availability of its $399 Eee PC Internet “gadget” at an event here today. While the device performs many of the same functions as a typical notebook, company officials said they prefer not to call the Eee PC a notebook, because they’re aiming for a different market than the traditional mobile professional or desktop replacement buyer of a portable computer.

More here.

Another review of this laptop, just makes me want one more than ever.

Also from the EEE coverage, most amusing story headline:

One Laptop Per (Inner) Child.

MacGyver knew his stuff when it came to building a flame thrower out of popsicle sticks, chewing gum, dental floss and a styrofoam cup — plus he always had that cool Swiss Army knife. But I bet even he wouldn’t have been able to use eight PlayStation 3’s, Linux and some technical hacker-know-how to do some scientific supercomputing. But someone’s done it!

This interesting blog article from ZDnet talks about how a researcher from University of Massachusetts built a very low cost “supercomputer” capable of about 200 GFlops all running on PS3’s. While the Linux distro used wasn’t SUSE Linux Enterprise (it was Yellow Dog Linux)… and while there are several other considerations which keep the PS3 from being the scientific computing platform of choice, it’s definitely another fine example of how flexible Linux can be compared to other OS’s.

So, if you’re looking for an excuse to get approval for a purchase order of equipment for your gaming– er, “supercomputing lab”… look no further.

You all know I am a proponent of technology, many of you have seen or heard me speak, when something is exciting and new and I think others can benefit, it’s almost impossible to shut me up. And like many of you, I have had situations where someone who is a block for a project, proposal or something else that needs to move quickly is avoiding answering or moving the approval process along.

Well, with that prequel, I’ll tell you about a tool that I pickup very infrequently but with a chuckle when I do: Trumpia. Basically you can become the human version of Operation Rolling Thunder, contacting simultaneously on all available and possible methods the person you have gotten disgusted with and put your sight reticle on.

Misuse of Trumpia can and very likely will drive all your friends off en mass, immediately. You can configure the various SMS, email and IM accounts of the people you wish to drive to complete and utter distraction. You then send out a BLAST (nice and descriptive name, that) to all of them, effectively realtime spamming them on all the possible channels that you have for them.

So, use this one properly, and don’t misuse it. I have realtime-blacklisted Trumpia for my sites and phones, this could be the most irritating thing since sand in your trunks.

RossB

Well, that’s certainly not news in and of itself, but apparently the folks in the Xbox division aren’t big penguin fans… In a blog entry by Matt Asay (and I have to agree with him here) that MS is being a tad “childish” in not allowing Xbox Live users to have any mention of the word “Linux” or “L I N U X” or even “L inux” in their Xbox Live gamertag motto.

I wonder if they also black-listed “NetWare”, “Novell”, “CNE” or even “OpenOffice.org”?

ZDnet’s Executive Editor David Berlind did a “technology shakedown” of MS Vista recently and discovered that when logged in as a “Standard” user, and Vista downloads and installs some patches/updates which requires a reboot, Vista will automatically go ahead and reboot you.  That is, it will reboot your machine whether you’re at a stopping point in your day/document/webconference or not.  In fact, it will show you the “Remind me later” button so you can delay the reboot — but it’s grayed out (as if to mock users)!!  YIKES!! David then found that by reconfiguring the workstation as an Administrator, he did indeed have the rights to delay the reboot.  Anyone else see a problem with this?

Am I being picky?  Am I just pointing this out to be mean?  No, not entirely… I was in a meeting today and we were discussing some of the security differences between Linux and Windows.  Part of Windows’ problem is that they have many applications and services which are granted “Administrative” priviledges in order to do their work.  These can then represent potential backdoors into the system for security. In addition, many organizations simply give users Administrative rights out-right which can lead to other complications.  Linux by comparison, does not automatically grant administrative rights to apps and processes.

So, to avoid running into this problem it would appear that you might need to deploy Vista and give users Administrative rights.  (Don’t worry, I’m sure users won’t do anything undesirable to their PCs…  😉  Alternatively, you could just force users to reboot whenever the OS feels it’s necessary and simply not give users any way to stop or delay it.  If you ask me, that’s quite the “rock” and the” hard place.”

I suspect MS might hear enough complaints about this “feature” from Vista users (as soon as they get enough of those, that is) and will issue some sort of patch or optional add-on which will resolve this for IT guys who care.  In the meantime, we’ll be waiting…

Okay, so perhaps the headline was a little sensational, but I was still very alarmed when I learned of this, and I think you should at least be aware of it.  Thus this post.  I guess that’s just one more (albeit relatively minor) reason to choose SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop instead.
What do you think?  Am I over-reacting?

You may have seen this before… and this joke is clearly a bit dated, but it still made me smile:

http://www.w3schools.com/downloadwww.htm

On the lighter side of Virtualization (some would say PLEASE!) is a fun article from the RoudyBob blog, wherein the author likens the board game of RISK to the worldwide Virtualization Market.

A very entertaining and spot-on posting from a blog that I will be adding to my must-read list.

Enjoy,

RossB

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