Elementary OS – Feeling like paying them?

I’ve advocated Linux and free software for years.  I still do. Over the years I’ve also stated many times that proprietary software (and indeed software running on any other license) is fine with me, so long as the user is aware of the limitations and potential consequences of such licence.  That to me is choice,…

The Atari 2600, Stella 3.9.3 & What was wrong with us in the 80’s?

I was born in the mid 70’s and consider myself lucky to have enjoyed the 80’s with the introduction to our home of the Atari 2600.  Like many people reading this article, those will be fond memories of hours spent in-front of a TV playing Space Invader type clones.  It’s funny, just like when you…

Microsoft begs for Windows Phone developers?

Despite the usual Microsoft PR, Windows Phone (and infact) many of Microsoft’s many “new ideas”, have been met with apathy from the consumer.  Windows Phone has found itself in a catch-22 I believe where the consumer wants the apps and the devs wont come and make the apps they want until they are Windows Phone…

Microsoft take-down requests – needs its own house in order first?

By now its common knowledge that Google has released publically, figures on the takedown requests it has recieved from copyright holders and their affiliates.  Microsoft figured heavily in this release which is what I wish to look at a little closer and maybe offer some alternative reasoning to the requests themselves. Firstly, this article is…

More bad fortune for Nokia – The Microsoft disaster

Microsoft’s WP7 can be summarized by giving the example of a star collapsing in on itself – its dragging everything near it, in with it.  Nokia who to be fair have been suffering of late seem now to be in the death throes since their “arrangement” with Microsoft. Nokia shares crashed 15 per cent yesterday…

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…

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…

Microsoft, MC Hammer and mobiles – its old news and new news!

I want no connection drawn between the legend that is MC Hammer and the “company” that is Microsoft, there’s old news and surprising news to be had in the world of tech today! First up  – MC Hammer, the singer who was so popular during my “youth” has made a rather unexpected comeback, not in the guise…

Over on Diaspora – A collection of my musings

I often write musings on Diaspora, in themselves not substantial enough for an article here, however they are more than a simple dent or tweet.  I present a selection of my most recent ones.   Of course, the best way to get in on conversations is to join Diaspora yourself and its a technology/social network…