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,…

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…

Beware a softie bearing gifts…Microsoft giveaway?

I make no secret of my opinion that Microsoft should never be allowed the dominance on any form factor that its enjoyed over the years on the desktop.  After many years of introducing users to Linux and indeed other alternatives, it always amazed me that such simple features of Linux that I take for granted…

Android Review: Defence Zone 2

Released on 10th January 2013 is Defence Zone 2 for the Android platform which I’ll be taking look at today. Defence Zone 2 is the work of Artem Kotov and interestingly the game promises a Linux release in the future. You can visit the official website here: http://defensezone.net/index.html Seriously, it’s like playing a TD game using the…

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…

Ubuntu Advocacy Kit – Controlled Advocacy?

I’ll start off by making a few things clear.  Firstly my family PC runs Ubuntu 12.04LTS its great. Ive had no problems whatsoever with the distro and from my young lad playing Tree Fu Tom on the CBBC’s website, to handling of all the tasks I put to it there are no complaints.  None at…

Bad boy Ballmer’s bonus busted – Microsoft CEO in for a rough time?

Hot on the heels on the “Humble Indi Bundle” where customers pay what they think an item is worth, it appears Steve Ballmer is experiencing what it is like to be a “Bumbling CEO Bundle” and having his bonus cut for the third year running. The Wall Street Journal reports: Microsoft Corp.’s MSFT -1.68% board reduced the bonus awarded…