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Venting in an old fashioned blog rant

Its time for a rant and a collection of annoyances from over the past few days. They say its better to express it rather than bottle it up, so if I can entertain you at the same time then that will be an added bonus. My first annoyance from this week is Youtube. I can’t tell … Continue reading

Linux Distro’s, FOSS and the advocates behind them – Some food for thought?

Since 2008 when OpenBytes was created as a platform to highlight the benefits of GNU/Linux and FOSS itself, little did I know that even though I’ve always kept a foot in the door for the new user (and certainly not gone down the “all or nothing” route some advocates have taken) I too was guilty … Continue reading

All change at Microsoft? – Or admitting defeat?

Three pieces of news from Microsoft today, which signal to me a change in the companies view of itself and maybe now realizes that as well as having no foothold on the popular markets of today such as smartphones, net services and search, see’s itself more providing software for others in its future. First up … Continue reading

The writing is on the wall? Microsoft wants to play nicely now?

It’s often said that Microsoft doesn’t play nicely with others.  Look for example towards its Android “licenses” which allegedly see Microsoft making more money from Android than its own AOL emulator (or Windows Phone). ;) With that in mind, Microsoft does still very much rule the roost in Office utils and whilst the mainstream consumer … Continue reading

Freemium – Unfair business model or unfit to be parents?

How things change over the years, what was once a phone is now a computer.  Who would have thought that the migration from solid state media would be so rapid? When it was clear which way the wind was blowing where did the vocal writers disappear off to when the Android Market Place, Netflix and … Continue reading

TechBytes Audiocast – Episode 77 – 06/11/12 – “Greedy Car Thieves”

Intro music: “I fought the troll” by Tom Smith.  You can find more of his work here. Hosts: Tim (OpenBytes) Roy (Techrights) Another episode from myself and Roy.  In this show we focus around an interview with the developers of the Indi game “Greedy Car Thieves”. From Roy’s Site: Today’s show is primarily dedicated to a video/computer game … Continue reading

Microsoft Surface midnight release – Seriously?

One thing Microsoft has is a thick skin.  Over the last few years they have put me in mind of that person probably most of us know.  The one who whilst doesn’t get invited to parties always manages to invite themselves.  The one who lives off past “glories” with a big, brash attitude that always … Continue reading

Operation Student – Microsoft tries to drum up interest in the ailing WP7?

In a move perhaps highlighting two separate points I’ve made on numerous occassions, it is being reported that Microsoft is to invest $24 million in a project designed to encourage Windows Mobile Development in university. The “creatively” named AppCampus is a project between the company from Redmond and Nokia where in May prospective developers/students can … Continue reading

It can’t be! – The tablet hit with consumers!

… it will be Windows Phone 7 hell for Windows tablets when they finally have a real showing. Certain tech “experts” dismissed them, they said the tablet form factor would never replace the desktop. Whilst this could be put down to their lack knowledge, what is more likely was because they saw them as a threat … Continue reading

UK Government going ahead with Open Source

Intellect 2012 Open source and open standards are the direction for UK government IT, the civil servant leading the government’s technology change agenda has said. Source: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/02/10/open_source_government/ More often than not, the UK governments grasp on technology/software is rather vague to say the least.   We need look no further than BBClick to see the level in … Continue reading

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Tim Wilson

Tim Wilson

Writer/Novelist of many facets both in the world of technology and fantasy/sci-fi. Co-host of the TechBytes audiocast and writer for both OpenBytes and Goblin's Domain. Supporter of free and open source software.

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