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  • wottowwottow wottowwottow Dec 3, 2014 4:35 PM Flag

    Pardon me, but it isn't clear from what you say whether you're planning to work in Linux or BSD. They are sorta related, but not the same.

    SIGWINCH is defined in GNU. Whether the corresponding signal is actually implemented, I can't say.

    bash on my system is version 4.2.25(1) I can't imagine what you're looking at, that would have version numbers as low as those you're seeing.

    I find the version of vi on Linux quite adequate. It's actually VIM (vi IMproved) 7.3. Don't see why you'd need the BSD version if you're porting something to Linux.

    As to termcap, I've had no truck with it on a modern PC. It served to adapt Unix to the welter of CRT dumb terminal models and versions that used to exist in pre-PC days. There seems little need for that, these days.

  • Google it.


    "As tech shoppers peruse the aisles this holiday season, an increasing number are considering the humble Chromebook.

    "Analysts say sales of the low cost, no fuss laptops that run Google’s (GOOGL) Chrome operating system software could triple from last holiday season, but acknowledge even that would still represent only a small fraction of all laptops sold.

    "Chromebooks don't run the gamut of programs that work on Mac and Windows computers. Instead, they rely mainly on web-based software running in Google’s Chrome browser. That has limited their popularity, but the spread of wifi connectivity and growing usage of cloud-based apps has increased the Chromebook's appeal.

    "Even Adobe is producing a version of its venerable Photoshop app to run on Chromebooks now.

    "Consumers choosing Chromebooks are focused on affordability and versatility, says Stephanie Van Vector, an analyst at ABI Research. The devices are cheaper and easier to maintain than most comparable laptops and, with a built in keyboard, seen as more productive than tablets."


    So, Chromebooks still not putting Microsoft out of business, but the trend is as ominous as ever...

  • Google it.


    "This week the Windows-maker announced that it acquired Acompli, a provider of mobile email apps for iOS and Android.

    " "In a world where more than half of email messages are first read on a mobile device, it's essential to give people fantastic email experiences wherever they go," Rajesh Jha, Corporate Vice President for Outlook and Office 365, wrote in a post on Microsoft's blog. "The Acompli team is passionate about this quest."

    "Acompli does not currently support Windows Phone, but that didn't stop Microsoft from pursuing an acquisition. There could be a good reason for that."


    Yet another sign Microsoft is edging away from Windows. Probably also a bad sign for Outlook.

  • wottowwottow wottowwottow Dec 3, 2014 11:57 AM Flag

    "Free" only in the sense of "gratis". I doubt very much that it's free "libre".

  • wottowwottow wottowwottow Dec 3, 2014 11:21 AM Flag

    It's amazing to me the wallybot still behaves as though there were anyone out there who might actually believe Linux is a "failure". A decade or two ago, when Linux was still comparatively unknown, such behavior might have had a certain plausibility about it, but now it's just bizarre.

    Back then, Linux was an outsider looking in, and Microsoft was "in". By now, their positions have almost completely reversed. There are still a good many people out there who remember when Microsoft was dominant, but every year they grow older and fewer, and many of them are already retired or semi-retired. The teens and twenty-somethings are asking "Micro who?".

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    Linus Responds to Vern and Company

    by predisposable_nym_02 Dec 3, 2014 7:42 AM
    wottowwottow wottowwottow Dec 3, 2014 11:04 AM Flag

    Ah, I see, thanks for that.

    The Merkey caper was a sideshow I missed when the SCO affair was going on. Might be amusing to dig it up now, but frankly I'm very tired of the SCO affair, so the cranks still harping on it leave me cold. Their use of Indian-sounding nyms strikes me as just plain odd, quirky. I thought perhaps it meant Microsoft is offshoring its shill corps, but perhaps it's more significant than that...

  • wottowwottow by wottowwottow Dec 3, 2014 10:18 AM Flag

    Google it.


    "...Microsoft has turned on a "Creative Commons" copyright filter when inserting images into an Office document through Bing. The company is also providing links to copyright information review whether the images can be properly licensed.

    "However, you are responsible for respecting others' rights, including copyright," Microsoft noted in a blog post.

    "Clip Art is just the latest 1990's mainstay that Microsoft killed this year. In March, Microsoft pulled the plug on MSN Messenger, a chat service that once boasted 300 million members but had since been surpassed by Facebook, Google and other services.


    One by one, Microsoft's offerings are being made obsolete. Its mainstays, Windows and Office, are arguably already redundant, but still sustained by inertia. The public will not abandon them all at once, but are already drifting away piecemeal. Can Microsoft do anything about that? The company is already doing what it can, i.e. discounting its offerings, in some cases all the way to zero. That slows the leakage, but doesn't stop it altogether.

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    Linus Responds to Vern and Company

    by predisposable_nym_02 Dec 3, 2014 7:42 AM
    wottowwottow wottowwottow Dec 3, 2014 10:03 AM Flag

    Who is Vern and company?

  • Google it.


    "Microsoft and H-P are giving away a brand new laptop. Well, practically giving it away.

    "The HP Stream 11 runs a full version of Windows 8.1 yet costs only $200. But wait, there’s more: It also comes with a free year of Office 365 and 1 terabyte of Microsoft OneDrive cloud storage—a $70 value. Buyers even get a $25 gift certificate for the Microsoft Windows Store. Do the math and this laptop costs $105.

    "It really does sound like one of those too-good-to-be-true, shopping-network deals, minus, of course, the “four easy installments” plan and “Call right now!” instructions. But this isn’t even a holiday special or a clearance deal. It’s Microsoft’s new strategy to try to destroy Google ’s low-cost, cloud-based Chromebooks.

    "In fact, recouping some of the low-end laptop market is so important to Microsoft, the company priced the Stream to undercut the most popular Chromebooks, which are typically $250 to $350."


    Ya think Microsoft is worried?

    Wonder what Microsoft's license fee on this is...

  • wottowwottow wottowwottow Dec 2, 2014 4:41 PM Flag


    I think I mentioned I've bought a Chromebook myself, just to experiment with it. So far I'm enjoying it.

  • wottowwottow wottowwottow Dec 2, 2014 4:32 PM Flag

    LOL I had missed that particular freakshow...

  • wottowwottow wottowwottow Dec 2, 2014 2:50 PM Flag

    LOL there you go, projecting your faults onto me. I made no attempt "throw mud on the author". I simply pointed out who the author is, and invited others to draw their own conclusions.

    No one has ever claimed that "software HAS TO be free." (Emphasis mine.) Have fun making up phony arguments.

    There is a claim, however, that there are advantages to software being free, in the sense of "libre", NOT "gratis". The main advantage I can see, from the user's viewpoint is that if one has access to the source code, one can know exactly what the software does and does not do. From the author's standpoint, the main advantage I can see is that one need not assume the sole responsibility for improving the software; long experience has shown that, given the opportunity, knowledgeable users will volunteer advice on how to improve the software (which is much more valuable than mere complaining). By now, pretty near every major company in the industry recognizes all that, and even Microsoft is beginning to see the light.

  • Google it.

    A series of 10 articles by Puneet Sikka.

    Toward the end of the series he makes the point the Google's market share is now increasing by much smaller percentages than Microsoft's. But of course that is mathematically necessary, and not an ominous trend for Google. Once you have 84% of a market, obviously you can't double it again. The question to ask is, what fraction of the remaining 16% does Google take each year? And how does that compare with the fraction Microsoft takes in the same time?

  • wottowwottow wottowwottow Dec 2, 2014 12:52 PM Flag

    The author of these remarks is one Dr. Mark Tarver (google it), who has also written a number of other screeds in the same vein. One of them is entitled, "Why I Am Not a Professor".

    Anyone interested is invited to read as much of his stuff as you can stomach...

  • wottowwottow by wottowwottow Dec 2, 2014 11:55 AM Flag

    Google it.

    1 Apple
    3 Google
    4 Berkshire Hathaway
    5 Starbucks
    6 Coca-Cola
    7 Walt Disney
    8 FedEx
    9 Southwest Airlines
    10 General Electric
    11 American Express
    12 Costco Wholesale
    13 Nike
    14 BMW
    15 Procter & Gamble
    16 IBM
    17 Nordstrom
    18 Singapore Airlines
    19 Johnson & Johnson
    20 Whole Foods Market
    21 Samsung Electronics
    22 McDonald's
    23 3M
    24 Microsoft

  • Google it.

    As usual, one must suspect there is a measure of self-congratulation and self-promotion in such a statement. Do your own due diligence.


    "In every sector of the technology world there is now an open source project that is defining that particular technology. Software drives value in nearly every industry, and open source projects are where most of that value comes from.

    "That’s according to Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation and one of Monday’s keynote speakers at this week’s OpenStack summit in Paris – the first in Europe. “Open source is really eating the software world,” Zemlin said, adapting the famous phrase from a 2011 Wall Street Journal OpEd by venture capitalist Mark Andreessen, titled Software is eating the world.

    "There is a wholesale shift in the enterprise software world from using a little bit of open source code here and there to an 80-20 split, where 80 is the open source portion, he said. The reason for the shift is quite simple: software has become a way for an enterprise to add value, and open source is the best way to use a lot of software. “There is too much software being written for any organization to write that software on their own,” Zemlin explained.

    "Managing external R&D: a new necessity

    "The world’s top tech companies collectively spend tens of billions of dollars on R&D, and the bulk of their code comes from outside the organization, he said. This has created a new job category: managing external R&D. Companies like Google, HP and NEC, among others, all have people who are dedicated to managing open source software development."

  • wottowwottow wottowwottow Dec 1, 2014 4:50 PM Flag


    "I’m a fan of Microsoft Outlook. I’ve used Outlook as my primary email, contacts, and calendar application almost exclusively for as long as it has existed. Even as a diehard Outlook user, though, I still recognize that there are some key features that are missing. As Microsoft developers work on the next iteration of Microsoft Office for Windows and Mac, there are a number of elements of Apple’s Mail and Google new Inbox app that should be incorporated into Outlook."

  • Google it.

    Probably Microsoft has already learned a thing or two, but could learn more...

  • wottowwottow wottowwottow Dec 1, 2014 11:29 AM Flag

    TLDNR -- Too Long, Did Not Read...

  • wottowwottow wottowwottow Dec 1, 2014 10:38 AM Flag

    Really? It is my impression that the aggrieved party must bring suit, or at least file a complaint, in either case. It is the responsibility of the "owner" to defend his "property".

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