April 28, 2013
I have had a recent experience on a Social Web site with one particular Windows User there who all they could do is make fun and put down Linux to a point they accused me of being a dreamer!
It got me wondering why this person was like this and what are they afraid of?
Of cause they are a Microsoft Window user not someone like myself who messes around with computers and for around 10 to 15 years actually worked in the Computer Industry. But regardless point of this singular fact they gave me whole set of reasons why Microsoft was so good and Linux was so bad and limited, all this from their own extensive experience of working with computers.
It got me me really thinking just why are they so closed minded about computers and software to a point they will not consider any software outside of the mainstream as viable or useful software regardless of the fact now Open Source software is now widely used the major example being the Android operating system on large majority of Smartphones and Tablets.
Plus why do they feel the need to put down anyone who dares to use software outside of the norm to a point of personal attacks which frankly are offensive and hurtful.
As I said it got me wondering why are they so afraid of Linux, Open Source and it’s users?
March 24, 2013
Computer, Open Source, Software
There seams to be this view from the large majority of computer users both professional and home that Open Source Software is the personification of evil even virus ridden. I suspect I know why these users got this view with the established software companies bad mouthing open source software and association of Open Source with more politically active side of the computer world.
But from personal experience this is far from truth and I have found Open Source software to be of the same standard and even better than the commercially brought software especially over the past decades. While most commercial software has got more bulky with many unwanted features Open Source software functionality and usefulness has grown over the same time.
This to a point now I do not have to buy any commercial software to do what I want on my computer as I will find an Open Source equivalent to do the same job most of the time far better than the commercial equivalent. Even the operating system I use now are Open Source because they are far more stable and usable to the commercial equivalents.
As for the perception that Open Source are virus ridden or has an association with likes of Hackers that is far from the truth. Yes some Open Source software is associated with such groups but the large majority of people who are associated with Open Source have far more noble ideals in so much they want to bring computing and choice to all users.
Biggest irony of all the commercial software creators now use Open Source software to create their products to sell to the public but they are hypercritical as on the same hand they discourage their users to use Open Source software under the pretence it is not as good as their creations and as safe.
In conclusion Open Source software is not evil cousin of the commercial software but a serious contender which is constantly improving and allows people to use their computers more effectively especially those who are short of money like myself.
Let put it this way this is written on a laptop which only has Open Source Software on it and if anything more stable than a laptop with commercial brought software and it did not cost me a penny without a loss of functionality!
March 24, 2013
Computer, Free Web Hosting, World Wide Web
This is a bit of warning about a free host called Byethost32.com who frankly have been more of a pain than useful over the last year who seam to suspend free hosting web sites at a drop of a hat. For the second time in year they have suspended my account because of over use which is highly surprising as I never get more than 3 to 4 hits a day then only on a good day so in over a year I’ had just got to a 1000 hits’
In the end I have had to give up with Byethost32.com as a bad job as my argument what is the point of using a Free Host if you get little more traffic for a short while more than 10 a day they suspend you. I have moved to free web hosts which claim not to restrict both file usage and bandwidth in the hope I do not fall for the same trap again’
Personally after being stung by Byethost32.com twice while other free hosts with restricted bandwidth have not done the same to me I would not recommend anybody uses them as I suspect they routinely suspend accounts to give an unsubtle hint you should buy a paid web hosting from them. If this is their tactics of getting people using free web hosting to buy their products they can keep their free hosting as it stinks!
March 17, 2013
Comment, Computer, Microsoft
Finally the Microsoft’s Surface appeared in the Computer Store I worked in some months after it’s release here in the United Kingdom. It was welcomed by a lot of people who worked there with usual ohs and ahas as all new products arrive in store. But soon became oh yet another tablet for us to sell as it frankly was nothing special in the end.
My personal opinion the appearance of the Microsoft’s Surface in our store is far too late to capture big sales or cause an impact as both Apple and Android tablets who have already got the tablet market nearly sown up already so it is going to take something special to change that. Frankly the Microsoft’s Surface really has not got it to stand out from the crowd after all everyone already seen Windows 8 on computers and not been welcomed with open arms by all users.
In the end Microsoft’s Surface is just going to be yet another tablet in already saturated market with nothing to make it stand out. It would of helped if Microsoft had released the Surface earlier in the United Kingdom especially before Christmas when it might of made inroads into the Tablet market.