How The Mighty Will Fall!

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All I can say I think we will be seeing the swan song of Microsoft in next few decades as finally it succumbs to it’s own arrogance, lack of innovation and a corporate structure which does not have the ability to change with the changing world around it.

Though I suspect Microsoft will not be only mighty computer company to fall in the next few decades as all have not noticed the rise of likes of the Raspberry Pi Cheap Computer who is exposing both enthusiasts and new generation of computer users to the joys of real computing and just how easy Open Source Software is especially Linux.

But as always Microsoft and it’s associated big computer companies especially in the United States still believe they have the total domination of the computer market with those within industry who are too blind and still have faith in computer software which frankly is showing it’s age, lack of innovation and is the most prone to attack as in Microsoft Windows Operating Systems.

It is now only a matter of time before Microsoft and the like are going to have to change or be left behind to slowly sink into oblivion and obscurity which we are already seeing as the share of Microsoft Software on all devices included tablets has dropped under 20%. Add to this a pressure from governments within Europe, Russia and even China to start to replace the use of Microsoft Windows with Linux especially in government the pressure on Microsoft is only going to get worse over the next decades.

Though in a way Microsoft and associated United States Computer giants are victims of their own corporate structures and strategies which are both geared for profit and not innovation or flexibility plus the fact that NSA spying actives outside of the United States, especially in Europe, has meant that countries now simply do not believe or trust any software generated by the computer giants in the United States now!

If has gone so far in China they are not telling their people not to use computers with Microsoft Windows on and the government has started it’s own development of a Linux which ironically will have government back doors in it.

I suspect we are going to see a major shift in who actually dominates the computer software market over the next few decades as people slowly wake up as people get more exposure to Open Source software in the form of Android and Linux currently all helped by Microsoft’s current batch of Windows which are universally disliked once people actually use them.

But I still suspect the major computer players in computer industry, especially in the United States, will sit in their Ivory Towers in sheer arrogance believe they are still dominating the industry even as things start to fall around them!

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Microsoft: The Leopard That Will Never Change Its Spots!

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What has gone unreported are the recent actions of Microsoft in the United States where they under the pretence of protecting their users from spam email ceased 23 domains from the dynamic DNS supplier Noip. I suspect those outside of the computer industry and hobbies like myself would not think it was that important to report.

But it should have been reported as Microsoft’s actions caused millions of users of Noip no end of trouble and heart age and accused the likes of myself and Noip of being responsible for the spam on their mail systems. This regardless of the fact Noip I suspect watches it systems very closely and I am totally innocent of such charges.

Add to this the fact that Microsoft thought it had the right to take the domains in the first place smacks in the face of our liberty and freedoms as human beings and civilized society. Just think of what Microsoft did they legally stole the domains which damaged millions of users and business web sites in the process!

They did this without thought of the consequences and with the arrogance of a company which thinks it is still important and big player in the computer industry. Plus it put itself above the basic human rights and freedoms we all have fought for.

We have to ask the question of Microsoft, even if done with the best intentions, what does gave them the right to police the web?

My personal view and observations of Microsoft by attempting to cease these domains rather than actually improve their security they are showing they have lost control of their section of the internet which is now so riddled down to their operating system with viruses and malware to a point users who use their systems now do not get a good experience of the internet any more.

Personally this is just another example of how desperate Microsoft are to remain a big player and regardless of the right noises they make of being more open they still do the same old dodgy and underhand business practices just a little more quietly!

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It’s Time For Users To Look Beyond Windows!

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I may keep banging this drum but someone has too until someone wakes up to the fact the normal users experience of computers and the internet are being blighted by a constant failure of both Microsoft and associated software creators to deal with major security issues associated with the internet.

This is contrast with other operating systems and software out there which do not give the customers the same negative experience of the internet by simply putting in place or spending time to make their operating systems secure enough to only be effected by minor malware and very rare direct attacks on their computer systems.

Even with the current version of Microsoft Windows 8 which was supposed to be a more secure and stable operating system than the previous versions of Windows, users can find they are once again trapped in a constant cycle of maintenance and security issues which both cost them time and hard earned money which they really need elsewhere.

So my advice to new computer users, those who still use Microsoft Windows xp or those thinking of upgrading their computer is to start to look beyond Microsoft Windows and start to consider alternatives as after all in the long run it will both save you money, time and most importantly make the whole process of dealing with the computer and internet a far pleasant experience..

Such alternatives can depend on how the user uses their computer from more expensive Apples to cheaper Linux based computers even down to a tablet, if the user just wants to surf the internet and collect their email. Basically there are alternatives to Windows Computers out there which are not hard to find any more which can be inexpensive and certainly much more pleasant and easier to use than Windows itself!

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Tesla’s Big Step Forward, Open Source’s Gain!

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With Tesla setting all it patents to Open Source recently got me thinking again about the whole Open Source verses Patient battle that most technological companies are in. That is whether to protect the technology with myriads of patients or just to make things open source so everyone can gain from their work.

From my observations of the technology industry from the outside especially the computer industry what Tesla have done is both a brave and the right thing to do. Firstly they will free themselves from the constant ligation battles that patents seam to bring nowadays as people try to get around them and do, all in effort to keep ahead. Secondly because they are open source they now will have to innovate themselves to keep themselves ahead which will mean for the eventual users of Tesla products will end up with better products and choice of products which frankly is a good thing.

This is all in a background to a technological industry which is plagued by constant patent battles all in the effort to protect what the companies have which in turn is stifling innovation and the industries in question moving forward in any meaningful way. Basically they are wasting money and time protecting what they have they have forgotten that they have to constantly innovate to survive.

This has been further highlighted by the massive strives forwards of Open Source Software and Projects have made in the past few decades compared to the big technological companies who if anything have started to falter and show their age because they have put too much effort into law suits against each other than actually new products but rehashes of their old products, the major two examples being Apple and Microsoft.

If the big technological companies keep on this path of constant suing and counter suing over their various patents they will be outstripped by Open Source projects in innovation and real usability for the users. Add to this constant infighting will eventually damage their position, credibility and effectiveness as technological companies as their products will suffer from lack of innovation and quality users of their products will start to look elsewhere.

Basically Tesla, unlike other technological companies, has woken up to advantages of Open Source and I suspect it will open the way to faster uptake of electrical cars and the such now with big advantage they may of given themselves a better future as leading technological company!

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When Are People Going to Wake Up to Windows?

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I know I have said this before but it has to be said again as it seams people both users and within the computer industry themselves are not getting it!

When is someone actually going to wake up and do something about the major security issues connected to the Window operating system especially in the domestic environment?

It currently as if the average user thinks it is perfectly normal that they have computer system which is constantly under attack from hackers, criminal and those disenchanted by the establishment itself. All made worse they have to almost yearly spend money to have an expert to clean their machine because yet again it has been effected by malware or viruses yet again!

Now I am not only one who must remember a decades ago when computing and surfing the internet was not an exercise in dodging those sites containing pop-ups or even potential threats to your computer including scammers. It almost as if for Windows users the internet has become a mine field to a point of becoming unusable for the unsuspecting out there.

What makes this whole situation even worse is the inaction of the major computer companies and governments to tackle this situation if anything they seam incapable or willing to do anything about a situation if occurred elsewhere they would be quick to stamp out. After all what is happing is without question is criminal and extracting hard earned money off people.

Then add to this not everyone who surfs the web currently have the same experience there are a whole group of users outside of Windows users who have a completely different experience of the web, one of which is much as it was a decade ago for Window users that is scammer, malware and virus free. I am talking Android, Apple and Linux users who enjoy a virus, malware and scammer free web experience with only the occasional attacks which are always put down quickly, quietly with little real damage to the users experience.

So I must not be only one out there who has to start to question just why does Microsoft and the major computer companies out there are not doing anything to curve the constant attacks on Windows users or even making a real effort to make their experience on the internet better for their users?

After all if other operating system creators can why cannot Microsoft follow suit?

Then the biggest question being just why are governments, especially in the West, not doing anything effective against the so called cybercriminals our there?

This last question sort of makes you think big time!

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Samsung Goes in a New Direction?

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Interesting idea on Samsung’s part but looking at Tizen and what it does it makes far more sense than Android was it goes across whole set of devices.

Tizen, like Android, is a Linux distribution which works on wide range of devices but does not depend on Google and even more open source.

I suspect we are going to see more of this as even the manufactures are getting fed up of the big boy strangle hold on certain Open Source projects that Google on Android and Oracle on Java.

Personally it is high time Open Source because more open again and less dependent on the big computer companies again as I suspect it’s dependence on these companies has watered down their principles of free software for all.

The BBC story which sort inspired this journal entry is at: Samsung launches first Tizen phone.

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A Faint Hope For Microsoft!

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With the passing of Steve Balmer from Microsoft it seams that it is changing for the better with more realistic view of their position within the computer industry, unlike the large majority of it’s less enlightened supporters who still live in the dark ages of Microsoft.

It helps that Microsoft have put a software engineer not a businessman back at the helm of their company as yes corporations have to make money but it is way they make money which can cause a lot of problems for their customers and the way Microsoft was run under Steve Balmer was definitely bad for Microsoft customers!

There is a faint hope that now post Steve Balmer Microsoft will treat it users and products with more respect rather than treating them as cash cows to get the money out of them ignore them once they have their money as in the past!

So far from what I have seen little has changed there though to be fair it is early days as far as change within Microsoft but there is already signs of change the way Microsoft sells it’s products in so much as long last they have finally realised they as company do not live in glorious isolation or totally dominate the computer market any more.

The fact now Microsoft have finally had to admit that Open Source software and tablets exist does look as if finally they are going in the right direction again. All helped by the quick appearance of Office 365 on Apple’s iPad and talk by Microsoft of Android come Linux versions of Office 365 which will be a god send for Microsoft as if they continued in their old direction would of put their future survival in question.

It really looks like Microsoft could of turned a corner and finally back on course of going back to the company which leads the computer industry with new ideas rather than a joke it had become under Steve Balmer within the computer industry itself. But it is still early days for Microsoft and much like many modern companies they can quickly fall back into their old ways in pursuit of profit regardless.

What I find even more comical are those outside of Microsoft who blindly follow Microsoft who claim changes in Microsoft was already happening under Steve Balmer as it really shows an almost criminal naivety about way modern companies work.

Add to this they keep harking on about the good Microsoft did, conveniently forgetting the damage and heart ache Microsoft have caused it customers over the same time which far outweigh any good stuff they have done. But as always the people in question tend to be outside of the Information Technology industry itself and frankly ignorant about those who use computers for real work not playing with computers!

So the biggest question is just why do Windows Users accept the situation as they would not if they had constant problems with their cars or other electrical equipment!

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Windows: A Paradise for Viruses!

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Working where I do and seeing the constant stream of Computers from Windows Users, who have up to date Security, whose computers are full of viruses and malware you start to think just how secure the Windows Operating systems truly are!

After all considering the fact computers are used a bit more I’d expect more problems with viruses and the such but not on the scale I see week on week to a point it almost starting to look a joke.

All this made worse by the fact users think this is perfectly normal situation when you own a computer and use it on the internet as they do not know better.

But both Apple and Linux users know it is not the case as they do very similar things as Windows users, even the stupid things, and very rarely suffer from the same virus and malware issues as windows users.

The reasons may be slightly different for both Apple and Linux users but both users would not accept the same problems Windows users have with viruses and malware as they know the situation is simply not expectable or normal for computer users full stop!

So the biggest question is just why do Windows Users accept the situation as they would not if they had constant problems with their cars or other electrical equipment!

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Using Open Source Has Become a Statement!

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At the start I used Open Source software because it was free and allowed me to use older hardware which would have been thrown away if I had gone down the Windows and Commercial Software way.

But now it is becoming more and more of a statement to the world by myself in so much I refuse to pay the inflated and unnecessary costs charged by the big Computer Corporations for operating systems and software which the large majority of the time simply do not do their jobs well or so full of annoying bugs and security flaws to make their use difficult!

Of cause this is all helped by the fact as I, and others like myself, have started to use Open Source more and more the quality of Open Source operating systems and software has come on leap and bounds in past decade certainly outstripping their commercial equivalents in quality, stability and more importantly usability.

I am now also start to see Open Source also as a political statement on my part in so much I use software which is created by the people for the people rather than depending on the Computer Giants who have tried to dictate what the average user used on their computers. The biggest example of this being Microsoft rewriting of the bios on computers to only allow their operating systems on computer hardware, something which frankly much like Windows 8 has not really been that effective to stem the rise of Open Source.

I now use Open Source both because it is better than most commercial software and to stick two fingers up at the likes of Apple, Microsoft and even Google!

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All the Lies as Windows xp End Arrives!

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As we all know Microsoft is about to end the support for Windows xp and as we have been told again and again means that windows xp is not going to be as secure because there will be no more security updates.

But this is only word of true anyone has been saying about the whole demise of Windows xp the rest of what is being said is basically a lot of lies, half truths and scare stories put about by those who want to sell you something or out of sheer ignorance.

It annoys me as the vultures circle around the Windows xp users trying to woo or scare them into buying their products rather than give them the advice they actually need to make an informed choice of what to do next.

There is one major flaw in these people arguments that Windows xp will not be secure after Microsoft redraw their support, would hold out if the current versions of Microsoft Windows operating systems were secure themselves even with constant updates. But the truth is even with the constant updates and up to date security software not one of the Microsoft Windows operating systems are that secure.

Myself from personal experience on a Tech Desk we now see far more post Windows xp computers than actual Windows xp computers which have been infected with viruses and malware regardless of the claim of Microsoft that their newer operating systems are more secure, it is simply not true.

The other lie that is going around it is cheaper and easier for a Microsoft Windows xp user to upgrade to Windows 8 than other operating systems which frankly is not true. In truth it is going to be as difficult either way for the Microsoft Windows xp user to upgrade up to new operating system full stop.

Either way a Windows xp user is going to have problems with any software they used on their old system in so much either way they are going to have to invest in new software to run on their new computers whatever route they take. Something forgotten by those who are claiming the Microsoft Windows 8 route is easiest way to upgrade as in the case of Microsoft Office this is not a cheap option which can certainly add to the costs of upgrading. Basically they want to gloss over such matters until they have the poor Windows xp in the process of actually upgrading.

Strangely mostly because of need of computers of all types to interchange data more easily the least problem the Windows xp user will have is transferring their data to the new computer.

Though if the Linux route is taken by Windows xp user it has one advantage in so much they can use their existing hardware and Open Source software so in the end, with some help, is the cheapest route to go. There is a bonus in the long term as it will also save the windows xp user more money and they end up with a more secure system.

As for staying with windows xp to be frank considering the major security issues the later versions of Microsoft Windows currently suffer, something Microsoft and it’s retailers play down, frankly currently it is no worse than upgrading to newer version of Windows. Though one thing windows xp users will have to contend with is newer software running on their computers simply not working as developers use newer features within the Windows Operating system itself. In the end it will be this which is more highly likely force the Windows xp user to upgrade.

In conclusion, contrary to the propaganda by Microsoft and those who sell Microsoft products, regardless if the Windows xp user decides to upgrade to Microsoft Windows 8, Apple or even Linux all are going to be as difficult as each other for different reasons.

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The Passing of My Opera!

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On the 3rd March Opera’s own social web site My Opera will close it doors and go off line. It will be a sad day when it does as once again I will lose some friends on-line again.

But I am not surprised that it is closing after all it was never going to be biggest social networks site especially with likes of Facebook and Twitter about but it filled a niche in the social networks world that is the small more personal social networks.

So on the 3rd March it will be sad farewell to My Opera and good bye to all the friends I made there. I wish them all well for the future.


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Using Windows 8 With Anger!

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At work today I had the misfortune to try to set up customer computers running Microsoft Windows 8 something I did with little success mainly because I really could not get on with the new desktop after using older Windows and various Linux Distributions.

I could not get on with Windows 8 desktop as it simply is not usable, intuitive or even remotely friendly to use if you want to do anything closely linked to maintenance of your computer. Those of us who have used Windows in the past know that to keep a Windows Computer running at it’s best you need to constantly maintain the operating system to keep it running at it’s optimum speed.

Don’t get me wrong Windows 8 is great for using the computer but that is assuming you did not want to do anything remotely cleaver or to do with maintenance. Then Windows 8 shows it’s greatest weakness in so much it is a confusing to use to a point it is almost impossible to navigate around the computer other than doing a search which frankly an arse about tit way to navigate around a computer operating system. It at this point you discover just what a real pain a lack of a real menu system is on the new Windows operating system.

In the for me and a lot others Windows 8 is not a pleasure to use as the previous windows but a chore and if any thing so user unfriendly myself and other simply cannot be bothered or want to buy machines loaded with Windows 8.

If anything in effort to produce a cleaver, innovative looking operating system in Windows 8 all Microsoft have done is produced an operating system which makes computing and computer use a chore not the fun it should be!


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Why, Oh Why Do People Still Buy Software?

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What still amazes me is that people still insist on buying software from the major software suppliers, including Microsoft, regardless of the fact in recent year the quality of Open Source Software has improved with lead and bounds and in the majority of cases it quality is far better than that produced by the major software suppliers.

I still understand why people buy the more specialist software as Open Source Software will never replace this type of software and I suspect they do not want to other than produce the tools to create such software.

But with more mundane and run of the mill software which include Word Processors why do people still pay for good money when a free and very usable Open Source versions are available?


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Window XP Users: A Word in Your Shell Like!

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As time for Microsoft Windows xp support is coming up as Microsoft stops supporting it this year most Microsoft Windows xp users are facing some very hard choices whether to upgrade to Windows 8 or to some other operating system for example Linux or even Apple OS.

But both these options will give Microsoft Windows xp real problems in so much a lot of software they currently run will not run and they will be forced to buy upgraded versions or find alternative versions of the software in question. Add to this a complete change of front end and back end of Microsoft Windows 8 which will cause them no end of problems including a very steep learning curve.

I have said elsewhere there is one alternative for Windows Microsoft xp users is Linux but that will also throw up a whole series of problems once again with software but there is an alternative which is not Linux or very close to Microsoft Windows xp in so much it is based upon the same Windows NT software architecture.

I am talking about a Russian Operating System called ReactOS which my be in it’s Alpha stage of development but as an alternative to Microsoft Windows xp could show much promise as real alternative and way forward for Microsoft Windows xp users at a faction of the cost and problems of running older software the user requires.

So for the Microsoft Windows xp who cannot move forward to Microsoft Windows 8 or Linux then ReactOS may be only viable alternative for them even if it is in it’s alpha state of testing it worth keeping an eye on it as it could be their only solution.


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Musing About Our On Line Society!

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Just when I was watching the news got me thinking do people really think about the nature of the society they are creating especially over the internet?
Do they actually think the society both around them and on line is acceptable?
Though if I said this on likes of Facebook I’d be shot down for questioning such things, sort of answers it!


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