foobar: foobar on computers, software and the rest of the worldhttps://www.geekzone.co.nz/foobarfoobar on computers, software and the rest of the worldenAttack on net neutrality right here in New Zealandhttp://feedproxy.google.com/~r/gzfoobar/~3/ruJSMkXpnaU/8038broadbandMon, 02 Apr 2012 04:21:00 PDTA very good article today on the NZ Herald web site about how Sky's exclusive deals are locking out possible competitors in the emerging video streaming market. Specifically: Sky has struck special deals with a number of ISPs in New Zealand, which gi... (more in the full post)<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/gzfoobar/~4/ruJSMkXpnaU" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>https://www.geekzone.co.nz/foobar/8038Munich already saved millions by switching to Linuxhttp://feedproxy.google.com/~r/gzfoobar/~3/B3_55xUcM2o/8030linuxThu, 29 Mar 2012 07:57:00 PDT'LiMux' is the project of the city of Munich to switch all its public servants' desktops from Windows and MS Office to Linux and OpenOffice. More than 10,000 of them. It's a big project by all accounts. While not completed yet, the city is already re... (more in the full post)<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/gzfoobar/~4/B3_55xUcM2o" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>https://www.geekzone.co.nz/foobar/8030Iceland's public administration and schools moving towards open sourcehttp://feedproxy.google.com/~r/gzfoobar/~3/hcbxwl6xdzk/8018free softwareTue, 20 Mar 2012 22:50:00 PDTEncouraging news from Iceland, where a concerted effort is underway to move public administration towards open source in a sensible and deliberate manner. Scroll down a little in that article and you will find an interesting chapter about their schoo... (more in the full post)<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/gzfoobar/~4/hcbxwl6xdzk" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>https://www.geekzone.co.nz/foobar/8018More Apple madness (follow up)http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/gzfoobar/~3/RHxItBc9RyQ/7219miscThu, 22 Apr 2010 23:10:00 PDTYesterday I wrote down my opinions about how Apple manages to successfully sell crappy products (with my own definition of 'crappy'). Specifically, I was bothered by how Apple treats customers and developers with contempt<p /><p/>In a very timely ma... (more in the full post)<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/gzfoobar/~4/RHxItBc9RyQ" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>https://www.geekzone.co.nz/foobar/7219Apple demonstrates: With great marketing even the crappiest product can be soldhttp://feedproxy.google.com/~r/gzfoobar/~3/_xtbE8j0kHU/7215programmingWed, 21 Apr 2010 00:44:00 PDTIt amazes me how much Apple gets away with. Their systems are DRM infested, closed and tightly locked down. Yet, go to any developer conference, even an open-source conference, and you will find masses of Apple gear being used.<p /><p/>Likewise, the... (more in the full post)<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/gzfoobar/~4/_xtbE8j0kHU" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>https://www.geekzone.co.nz/foobar/7215Smooth sailing with the Karmic Koalahttp://feedproxy.google.com/~r/gzfoobar/~3/SDdau2EuqyM/6953linuxSat, 21 Nov 2009 20:39:00 PSTWhen Ubuntu 9.10 ("Karmic Koala") came out, the first reports were somewhat discouraging: While Karmic brought lots of nice, new additions, some people discovered that for them things which had worked nicely on 9.04 were suddenly broken, stuff didn't... (more in the full post)<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/gzfoobar/~4/SDdau2EuqyM" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>https://www.geekzone.co.nz/foobar/6953Censorship in New Zealand: Wide-spread public brain-washhttp://feedproxy.google.com/~r/gzfoobar/~3/bWBOqMbq2n0/6637internetWed, 15 Jul 2009 04:11:00 PDTA lot has been written about the coming age of Internet censorship in New Zealand. What I find disturbing in this debate is that many in the public are agreeing that 'something should be done' against child-porn and focus on the budget or the technic... (more in the full post)<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/gzfoobar/~4/bWBOqMbq2n0" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>https://www.geekzone.co.nz/foobar/6637Image roll-over effects without code clutterhttp://feedproxy.google.com/~r/gzfoobar/~3/cC94VuZ33HM/6458programmingSun, 26 Apr 2009 06:08:00 PDTTo make web-pages appear more dynamic and interactive, it has long been established practice to add mouseover effects to links and link-images: Hover with the mouse over a link and the link will optically change to provide the user additional feedbac... (more in the full post)<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/gzfoobar/~4/cC94VuZ33HM" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>https://www.geekzone.co.nz/foobar/6458How about: Three strikes and YOU are out, Xnet?http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/gzfoobar/~3/r_0ji6xO5-M/6351broadbandThu, 19 Mar 2009 02:08:00 PDTA recent article on TorrentFreak refers to investigations by the New Zealand Herald, highlighting the case of an Internet user being disconnected by Xnet, merely based on a single alleged copyright infringement. The Herald article states:<p />... Wor... (more in the full post)<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/gzfoobar/~4/r_0ji6xO5-M" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>https://www.geekzone.co.nz/foobar/6351UK government supports open sourcehttp://feedproxy.google.com/~r/gzfoobar/~3/ctbb8zBFlhU/6295open sourceWed, 25 Feb 2009 04:09:00 PSTThe BBC is reporting today that the UK government is putting more emphasis on opens source software. The article quotes Tom Watson MP, minister for digital engagement:<p />...public services should where possible avoid being "locked into proprietary ... (more in the full post)<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/gzfoobar/~4/ctbb8zBFlhU" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>https://www.geekzone.co.nz/foobar/6295Blackout to demonstrate against S92Ahttp://feedproxy.google.com/~r/gzfoobar/~3/lWh5mHq8Xbk/6254internetSun, 15 Feb 2009 21:36:00 PSTTo protest against Section 92A of New Zealand law, which will come into effect on February 28th and which allows Internet users to be disconnected through unproven accusation, this blog and many other sites are changing their color theme to black. In... (more in the full post)<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/gzfoobar/~4/lWh5mHq8Xbk" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>https://www.geekzone.co.nz/foobar/6254A Linux distro for Cubahttp://feedproxy.google.com/~r/gzfoobar/~3/vq41aN5AtMQ/6237linuxWed, 11 Feb 2009 02:35:00 PSTCuba has presented its own Linux distro, called Nova. Some of the argumentation laid out by the Cuban officials is very good:<p />...Nova was introduced at a Havana computer conference on "technological sovereignty" and is central to the Cuban govern... (more in the full post)<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/gzfoobar/~4/vq41aN5AtMQ" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>https://www.geekzone.co.nz/foobar/6237Follow up: How to write a Linux virushttp://feedproxy.google.com/~r/gzfoobar/~3/MIwEMnx0aDM/6236linuxTue, 10 Feb 2009 23:10:00 PSTYesterday I published an article about How to write a Linux virus in 5 easy steps. There has been quite an overwhelming response for this. Within just a few hours this article became my most visited blog post ever. Wow! Just goes to show that either ... (more in the full post)<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/gzfoobar/~4/MIwEMnx0aDM" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>https://www.geekzone.co.nz/foobar/6236How to write a Linux virus in 5 easy stepshttp://feedproxy.google.com/~r/gzfoobar/~3/RvcUStlhR5E/6229linuxMon, 09 Feb 2009 21:33:00 PSTNote: I posted a follow up to summarise points and comments I received<p />as part of the overwhelming feedback to this article. Please read this follow-up<p/>before (!) posting a comment, since some of what you might want to say<p/>may alread... (more in the full post)<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/gzfoobar/~4/RvcUStlhR5E" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>https://www.geekzone.co.nz/foobar/6229The GPU, your personal desktop super computerhttp://feedproxy.google.com/~r/gzfoobar/~3/2tJxwN6jAZ0/6215miscWed, 04 Feb 2009 22:19:00 PSTThere once was a time (70s, 80s and early 90s) when a lot of interesting research was done in the field of computer architectures. Researchers and specialised companies developed MIMD, SIMD, array, vector, pipeline and other exciting and innovative c... (more in the full post)<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/gzfoobar/~4/2tJxwN6jAZ0" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>https://www.geekzone.co.nz/foobar/6215Half of Australians think it's OK to pirate Microsoft softwarehttp://feedproxy.google.com/~r/gzfoobar/~3/50dVTL-QGXA/6211microsoftWed, 04 Feb 2009 00:49:00 PSTNice little article on The Inquirer. Apparently, a survey has found that almost half of Australians think it's perfectly ok to run pirated versions of Microsoft software (I assume the percentage is similar in other countries as well):<p />[Microsoft]... (more in the full post)<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/gzfoobar/~4/50dVTL-QGXA" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>https://www.geekzone.co.nz/foobar/6211Windows 7 Starter: The anti-feature editionhttp://feedproxy.google.com/~r/gzfoobar/~3/rcG7f5KHw88/6207microsoftTue, 03 Feb 2009 22:29:00 PSTMuch has been written about the many SKUs (editions) in which Microsoft Windows 7 will hit the market. There are the usual subjects, such as 'Professional' or 'Enterprise'. These editions are defined by the additional features they provide. For examp... (more in the full post)<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/gzfoobar/~4/rcG7f5KHw88" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>https://www.geekzone.co.nz/foobar/620711 reasons to switch to Linuxhttp://feedproxy.google.com/~r/gzfoobar/~3/lNiTXFX5NpM/6201linuxTue, 03 Feb 2009 00:24:00 PSTPeople like to publish top-10 lists of all sorts. And "reasons to switch to Linux" is no exception. Many of those have been published, and the latest entry is here. However, I think the author completely forgot a very important point. Also, some of t... (more in the full post)<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/gzfoobar/~4/lNiTXFX5NpM" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>https://www.geekzone.co.nz/foobar/6201Section 92A (three strikes law) is not a New Zealand noveltyhttp://feedproxy.google.com/~r/gzfoobar/~3/QMIRYFnX3NM/6200internetMon, 02 Feb 2009 22:08:00 PSTWith rightful indignation people here in New Zealand have commented on Section 92a in our law, which allows copyright holders to tell ISPs which of their customers to disconnect, without trial, without means of objection, without recourse or punishme... (more in the full post)<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/gzfoobar/~4/QMIRYFnX3NM" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>https://www.geekzone.co.nz/foobar/6200Vista: Microsoft's biggest failure yet?http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/gzfoobar/~3/YNNaXeh00Fc/6196microsoftMon, 02 Feb 2009 03:19:00 PSTNot much love for Vista<p /><p/>The Register comments on a recent report by Forrester (the report itself is not a free download). Apparently, adoption of Vista in the enterprise market has not moved much since last July. It's still just under 10% of... (more in the full post)<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/gzfoobar/~4/YNNaXeh00Fc" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>https://www.geekzone.co.nz/foobar/6196A truly light-weight OS: Written in ASM, with GUI, networking and appshttp://feedproxy.google.com/~r/gzfoobar/~3/-zdlsTbOgNg/6194miscMon, 02 Feb 2009 01:39:00 PSTMuch has been written about resource hungry operating systems. Microsoft Vista or even various GNU/Linux desktop editions, which can't be happy unless you throw gigabytes of RAM at them. Today I came across an operating system that can truly claim to... (more in the full post)<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/gzfoobar/~4/-zdlsTbOgNg" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>https://www.geekzone.co.nz/foobar/6194A time when IE is NOT used by most people? Don't bet against this trend when designing a sitehttp://feedproxy.google.com/~r/gzfoobar/~3/0L5R36YNImk/6193internetMon, 02 Feb 2009 00:59:00 PSTRead Write Web today makes us click on their link with this interesting headline: Soon, Majority of Web Users Will No Longer Use IE. Then when you read it you find that they didn't really mean 'soon' the way we would use that word:<p />It might take ... (more in the full post)<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/gzfoobar/~4/0L5R36YNImk" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>https://www.geekzone.co.nz/foobar/6193How Microsoft wins against GNU/Linux in schoolshttp://feedproxy.google.com/~r/gzfoobar/~3/4guaKyC36Hs/6126microsoftMon, 12 Jan 2009 22:09:00 PSTVery interesting discussion on Slashdot here. The articles that are linked to and the discussion itself provide insights into the various strategies that Microsoft uses to ensure its presence in educational institutions and to prevent Linux from bein... (more in the full post)<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/gzfoobar/~4/4guaKyC36Hs" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>https://www.geekzone.co.nz/foobar/6126Ubuntu 8.10 OS giveawayhttp://feedproxy.google.com/~r/gzfoobar/~3/izd-2ndxzjA/6125linuxMon, 12 Jan 2009 21:27:00 PSTWe have a copy of Ubuntu 8.10 to give away this week. Ok, not only this week and not only one copy. In fact, get as many as you want, tell your friends as well. Powerful, modern, user-friendly desktop environment.Out-of-the-box supp... (more in the full post)<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/gzfoobar/~4/izd-2ndxzjA" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>https://www.geekzone.co.nz/foobar/612525 open source projects for software developmenthttp://feedproxy.google.com/~r/gzfoobar/~3/elfjo0751Sw/6084open sourceThu, 18 Dec 2008 21:23:00 PSTWhen the times get tough and everyone scrambles to lower costs wherever they can then it is time to consider what open source can do for you and your development efforts. Palamida has written up a list of 25 good open source projects, which could be ... (more in the full post)<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/gzfoobar/~4/elfjo0751Sw" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>https://www.geekzone.co.nz/foobar/6084