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Google Fiber: NOT coming to a neighborhood near you.

stinkymountain stinkymountain writes  |  about 8 months ago

stinkymountain (962420) writes "When Google announced plans in 2010 to jump into the broadband business, the company received more than 1,000 applications from communities hoping to be selected for Google Fiber, which promised gigabit-speed Internet at low prices or even free Internet for seven years if you chose a slower speed. As we head into 2014, Google has delivered super-fast Internet to exactly one place, greater Kansas City; it’s just now rolling out the service to Provo, Utah — where it purchased a pre-existing municipal network for $1; and has announced plans for Austin, Texas, in 2014. After that, who knows?"
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Linux Mint founder Clement Lefebvre on his dreams and nightmares

stinkymountain stinkymountain writes  |  about 9 months ago

stinkymountain (962420) writes "In an exclusive interview in Network World, Clement Lefebrve, the main behind Mint, the popular desktop Linux distro, opens up to journalist Chris von Eitzen on the origins of Mint, his successes, his dreams, his nightmares and where Mint goes from here."
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Ubuntu impresses in test of 5 open source server OSes

stinkymountain stinkymountain writes  |  about a year ago

stinkymountain (962420) writes "Network World reviewer Susan Perschke writes: We initially thought commercial goliath Red Hat might dominate in our tests, but in our final tally Ubuntu came out on top. Ubuntu delivered intuitive, uncluttered management tools, excellent hypervisor support, and transparency (commercial and open source versions are one and the same). Canonical also boasts progressive strategic alliances with large cloud providers. Ubuntu is also closely associated with the popular OpenStack platform."
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The last days of Unix: Once dominant OS 86ed by x86es

stinkymountain stinkymountain writes  |  about a year ago

stinkymountain (962420) writes "Unix, the core server operating system in enterprise networks for decades, now finds itself in a slow, inexorable decline, according to Network World. Jean Bozman, research vice president at IDC Enterprise Server Group, attributes the decline to platform migration issues; competition from Linux and Microsoft; more efficient hardware with more powerful processor cores; and the abundance of Unix-specific apps that can now also run on competitor’s servers."
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Oh. Snap. Is the iWatch going to be a snap bracelet?

stinkymountain stinkymountain writes  |  about a year ago

stinkymountain (962420) writes "Apple watcher and lawyer Yoni Heisler digs up some Apple patent filings and finds a series of designs that show a wrist watch with a `snap bracelet' form factor and a flexible display that allows the device to fit snugly on different sized wrists. Also, there's a indication that Apple might use kinetic energy to help charge the device."
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IBM kills Lotus name, but products, and founders, live on. Where are they now?

stinkymountain stinkymountain writes  |  about a year and a half ago

stinkymountain (962420) writes "IBM recently killed the Lotus name, 30 years after Mitch Kapor and Jonathan Sachs released the company's first product, Lotus 1-2-3. So, what are Kapor, Jim Manzi, Ray Ozzie and other Lotus alums doing these days and how do they feel about the Lotus name going away."
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Warning: You may be an e-hoarder

stinkymountain stinkymountain writes  |  more than 2 years ago

stinkymountain (962420) writes "Most people know a hoarder. Maybe it's an aunt. Maybe it's the neighbor with a sofa on the front porch and motorcycle parts strewn across the lawn. Or, maybe it's you. Have you taken a look at your email inbox lately? Here are tips for how to diagnose e-hoarding and how to find the cure."
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16 essential Android apps for IT pros

stinkymountain stinkymountain writes  |  more than 2 years ago

stinkymountain (962420) writes "There are hundreds of thousands of Android apps, including many that are useful for IT professionals on the job. These apps can help connect to servers, monitor computers, access databases, analyze the airwaves, scan networks, and serve as a reference. Here are 16, most of them free."
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Sex sells in the domain name game

stinkymountain stinkymountain writes  |  more than 2 years ago

stinkymountain (962420) writes "When Jed Clampett's shot missed its intended target, hit the ground and struck oil, we got "The Beverly Hillbillies." Part of what made the story interesting was that old Jed found unexpected riches in something he already owned.

Today, people are discovering value in a new type of real estate that many already own: Internet domain names. Granted, there have been only a few who, like Jed, stumbled onto millions, but there are lots of people now sitting — unknowingly — on domain names worth hundreds and thousands, and in some cases even more.
So, how do you know if you have a domain name of value and, if so, what do you do with it?"

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Android lovers: Don't overlook the Nook

stinkymountain stinkymountain writes  |  more than 3 years ago

stinkymountain (962420) writes "Among the multitude of Android tablets that have been released, or are about to be this year, the Nook Color has managed to achieve impressive sales and spark a cult following. (Since its release in November 2010, it has reportedly sold 3 million units.)

The Nook Color is marketed by the bricks-'n'-mortar Barnes & Noble bookstore chain as an e-reader. This is despite the fact that it features several tablet attributes, including Web browsing. It runs on a customized version of Android 2.2 ("Froyo").

Several companies are vying for a piece of the Android tablet market this year. Yet, as audacious as this sounds, here are six reasons why the Nook Color is already the best Android tablet you can buy now."

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Death of the Desktop

stinkymountain stinkymountain writes  |  more than 3 years ago

stinkymountain (962420) writes "The corporate desktop has looked the same for decades: computer, keyboard, mouse, desk phone, maybe a printer. But do these tools dominate because they're the perfect combination of technology needed for work today, or is the enterprise workplace due for an extreme makeover? According to industry analysts, hardware vendors, architects and futurists, the odds that major changes will revamp the standard corporate cubicle, technology tools and even buildings, rise every day."
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Ubuntu breaks from Linux pack

stinkymountain stinkymountain writes  |  more than 3 years ago

stinkymountain (962420) writes "Ubuntu 11.04 (nicknamed Natty Narwhal) marks a decided change in direction for the Linux-based operating system. The biggest change is that Canonical, the organizer of Ubuntu, is replacing the Gnome/KDE desktop environment with a new user interface called Unity.
This is a market response by Canonical to the perceived superiority of the MacOS and Windows 7 user interfaces. While Linux has always been a "what's under the hood" rather than "sleek styling" operating system, Unity immediately draws comparisons to Windows 7 and MacOS.
You might like it and you might hate it, but Unity provokes. It's a radical departure for a Linux desktop distribution to eschew both Gnome and the KDE desktop environment — although both are available for those that must use them for application or hardware compatibility reasons."

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8 rumored features in Windows 8

stinkymountain stinkymountain writes  |  more than 3 years ago

stinkymountain (962420) writes "Microsoft recently allowed select OEM partners to download updated preview builds of Windows 8. Since then, there have been several leaked images of supposedly new features that you might see in the next version of Windows when it launches (perhaps in early 2012). And Microsoft showed off some features in a preview last week. Here's a compilation..."
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