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Are we close to the computer in our pocket?

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Smartphones are computers, they have the same processing power as devices from a few years back, decent battery lives, complete Operating systems which will sit happily on desktop PC's if you let them. However when we get into the office or home, we put them down and head for the keyboard..

Ubuntu/Linux has a potentially big role to play in this arena if it does it right on Mobiles. A few standards are needed for Dock connectors so 3rd parties can join in and very soon true mobile computing could pave the way..

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What stood out at CES this year?

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Ces 2012 is all but over and there have been a few products which stood out, especially Lenovo getting fingers into everything from phones to TVs.

While many of the innovations were not direct Linux products as they were being showcased on Windows I think this sort of show does point a path where the innovation in Linux has to happen if it is going to stay relevant. The Ubuntu TV is a fine example and it would be great in the next few years to see more of this.. Touch screen interfaces, portability, battery saving, mobility....

Here are some of the products I thought stood out.

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Going Thin for the Consumer...

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While the concept of the Thin client has caught on in the world of the office it's not really set the consumer world alight. In many offices in an attempt to keep the costs of ne hardware down companies such as VMware and Citrix have been running rampant over the last few years going full circle on the 1970's mainframe ideas except this time feeding Windows Desktops straight out of the comms room onto users desktops.

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Why can't we ask questions or read anymore?

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With the level of always on information we have available to us at the touch of a button there is a huge debate as to a simple question.

Are we smarter of are we dumber?

With access to all this information on a multitude of subjects, with opinions and related texts. With social media available to discuss and evaluate opinion with others of like mind the internet offers a wealth of information and follow up material for us.

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The Smartphone: It's a computer not a phone and Apple didn't invent it.

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Twenty years ago this year the first smartphone, the Simon was invented its been a long and rocky road since then..

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Top 10 Google Chrome Extensions

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With Google Chrome becoming the number 2 Web browser in 2011 it's a sure thing that Google are doing something right. Building on the same success as Firefox and learning from Mozilla Chrome's Plugin and Extensions library is growing daily. Having a Google login linked in with your browser ensures that your plugins will load on any browser you are logged into.

This is a list of extensions i'm using regularly, i do use others, however these are the one's i go back to.

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2012.. What's around the corner..?

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f there is something about prediction posts its a pretty sure thing when you read them back a year later, it's pretty evident that most of us don't have the powers of Nostradamus.

What's going to be hot in 2012?

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Top 10 Useful Websites for 2011

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As the Web grows and provides us with more and more services it's often too easy to lose a few services here and there. While Facebook and Google are huge names and indeed are also willing to kill off services which don't work (especially Google this year) there are other URL's which provide niche services.

This list is of 10 such services which enhance the usage of the internet and you may not have heard of them.

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Maybe it's not coincidence, maybe the Mayans were onto something..?

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I'm not going to write here that the 2012 Mayan Prophecy is actually going to happen. However I won't be dictated to by scientists. The cosmos is a huge place. and the examples here show we are closer to our demise than a bad child playing Marbles..

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Top 10 in Tech of 2011

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It's that time of the year when everyone seems to be recapping on what was good, bad and ugly on various topics. So it only seems fair that I present you with my selection of top 10 in Tech for 2011..

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Leftovers: Software

  • A Quick Hands-On With Chatty, A Desktop Twitch Chat Client
    Chatty is a desktop Twitch Chat client for Windows, macOS and Linux written in Ja
  • HP Linux Imaging and Printing 3.16.8 Adds Support for Linux Mint 18, Fedora 24
    The open-source HP Linux Imaging and Printing (HPLIP) project has been updated on August 29, 2016, to version 3.16.8, a maintenance update that adds support for new printers and GNU/Linux operating systems. According to the release notes, HP Linux Imaging and Printing 3.16.8 adds support for new all-in-one HP printers, including HP OfficeJet Pro 6970, HP OfficeJet Pro 6960, HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile, HP DeskJet 3700, as well as HP DeskJet Ink Advantage 3700. Also new in the HPLIP 3.16.8 update is support for the recently released Linux Mint 18 "Sarah" Cinnamon, MATE, Xfce, and the upcoming KDE editions, the Fedora 24 Linux operating system, as well as the Debian GNU/Linux 8.5 "Jessie" distribution. So if you're using any of these OSes, you can now update to the latest HPLIP release.
  • MPlayer-Based MPV 0.20.0 Video Player Released with New Options and Commands
    The popular, open-source, and cross-platform MPV video player software received a new update, version 0.20.0, which comes only two weeks after the previous 0.19.0 maintenance release. MPV 0.20.0 is not a major update, and, according to the release notes, it only implements a couple of new options and commands, such as "--video-unscaled=downscale-big" for changing the aspect ratio. Additionally, the MPlayer-based video playback application also gets the "--image-display-duration" option for controlling the duration of image display, and a new "dcomposition" flag for controlling DirectComposition.
  • FFmpeg 3.1.3 "Laplace" Open-Source Multimedia Framework Now Available for Linux
    The major FFmpeg 3.1 "Laplace" open-source and cross-platform multimedia framework has received recently its third maintenance update, version 3.1.3, which brings updated components. FFmpeg 3.1 was announced two months ago, at the end of June, and it introduced a multitude of new features to make the popular multimedia backend even more reliable and handy to game and application developers. Dubbed Laplace, FFmpeg 3.1 is currently the most advanced FFmpeg release, cut from Git master on June 26, 2016.
  • GNU Scientific Library 2.2 released
    Version 2.2 of the GNU Scientific Library (GSL) is now available. GSL provides a large collection of routines for numerical computing in C. This release contains new linear algebra routines (Pivoted and Modified Cholesky, Complete Orthogonal Decomposition, matrix condition number estimation) as well as a completely rewritten nonlinear least squares module, including support for Levenberg-Marquardt, dogleg, double-dogleg, and Steihaug-Toint methods. The full NEWS file entry is appended below.

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Leftovers: OSS

  • Report: If DOD Doesn't Embrace Open Source, It'll 'Be Left Behind'
    Unless the Defense Department and its military components levy increased importance on software development, they risk losing military technical superiority, according to a new report from the Center for a New American Security. In the report, the Washington, D.C.-based bipartisan think tank argues the Pentagon, which for years has relied heavily on proprietary software systems, “must actively embrace open source software” and buck the status quo. Currently, DOD uses open source software “infrequently and on an ad hoc basis,” unlike tech companies like Google, Amazon and Facebook that wouldn’t exist without open source software.
  • The Honey Trap of Copy/Pasting Open Source Code
    I couldn’t agree more with Bill Sourour’s article ‘Copy.Paste.Code?’ which says that copying and pasting code snippets from sources like Google and StackOverflow is fine as long as you understand how they work. However, the same logic can’t be applied to open source code. When I started open source coding at the tender age of fourteen, I was none the wiser to the pitfalls of copy/pasting open source code. I took it for granted that if a particular snippet performed my desired function, I could just insert it into my code, revelling in the fact that I'd just gotten one step closer to getting my software up and running. Yet, since then, through much trial and error, I’ve learned a thing or two about how to use open source code effectively.
  • Affordable, Open Source, 3D Printable CNC Machine is Now on Kickstarter
    The appeals of Kickstarter campaigns are many. There are the rewards for backers, frequently taking the form of either deep discounts on the final product or unusual items that can’t be found anywhere else. Pledging to support any crowdfunding campaign is a gamble, but it’s an exciting gamble; just browsing Kickstarter is pretty exciting, in fact, especially in the technological categories. Inventive individuals and startups offer new twists on machines like 3D printers and CNC machines – often for much less cost than others on the market.
  • Open Standards and Open Source
    Much has changed in the telecommunications industry in the years since Standards Development Organization (SDOs) such as 3GPP, ITU and OMA were formed. In the early days of telecom and the Internet, as fundamental technology was being invented, it was imperative for the growth of the new markets that standards were established prior to large-scale deployment of technology and related services. The process for development of these standards followed a traditional "waterfall" approach, which helped to harmonize (sometimes competing) pre-standard technical solutions to market needs.

Leftovers: BSD

  • The Voicemail Scammers Never Got Past Our OpenBSD Greylisting
    We usually don't see much of the scammy spam and malware. But that one time we went looking for them, we found a campaign where our OpenBSD greylisting setup was 100% effective in stopping the miscreants' messages. During August 23rd to August 24th 2016, a spam campaign was executed with what appears to have been a ransomware payload. I had not noticed anything particularly unusual about the bsdly.net and friends setup that morning, but then Xavier Mertens' post at isc.sans.edu Voice Message Notifications Deliver Ransomware caught my attention in the tweetstream, and I decided to have a look.
  • Why FreeBSD Doesn't Aim For OpenMP Support Out-Of-The-Box