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I.T. is a Wide Church!

Posted: 29 July, 2017 in Comment, Computer

It was one of those weeks when you have to smile at people’s ignorance about the I.T. Industry even after for existing for over 40 years.

That is due to its nature there are a lot of roles within the Industry from Software Engineers, Support to Hardware Engineers whose jobs span a wide range of skills need to keep the I.T. Industry functioning.

Each role has it’s own set of skills some of which overlap but not all for example a Programmer is an expert in writing software not fixing and installing hardware but people outside of the Industry fail to appreciate this. They have this strange notion a programmer can fix computer and operating system problems or a Hardware Engineer can fix software.

But I should not really be surprised about this misconception even after computers being around 40 plus years a large majority of people both in and out of work still do not realise the real power and difference to their lives computers could give them. Plus little understanding of work needed to create a computer and the software which runs on computers especially the wide range of skills and knowledge required.

I find this very disturbing in so much especially in everyday world around me as it highlights just how badly our society’s technological, cultural and social progress has stalled over the past decades since the advent of computers!

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I have to smile at those around me who claim to be experts on computers and software who really have no real idea what is happening in the computer world or because of what they do turn a blind eye to it in the pursuit of money.

The simple fact they have missed the growth of Open Source during 2016 to a point it now even used and endorsed, be it indirectly, by the likes of Microsoft something that would not of been contemplated in 2015.

But the simple fact we are seeing the results of a quiet revolution which has shook to foundations of the computer industry and even basic concept of Western Capitalism itself.

A revolution which will eventually make the power of the big computer corporations over both the computer hardware and software market simply irrelevant.

Basically more and more of the progressive companies out there are discovering that the concept of Open Source, especially in computers, simply makes more sense economically as they now do not have to waste as much need monies on actually buying licences, support and training because the large Computer Corporations always overcharge in the belief they are the only suppliers of computers out there.

Add to this because the people creating the Open Source software are closer to actual users of the software they are far more responsive to the users needs than the bigger corporations who have in recent decades set themselves apart from the users. If anything they treat users with open contempt and as cash cows to be exploited.

As I said I have to smile at those around me who ridicule me just because of my views about Computers and Open Source software but I always will have the last laugh as I do what I preach. That is I use hand me down computer components and open source software every day and frankly I have far more time to be productive and creative with my computers because I can simply do things rather than constantly fight with software which simply does not do the job.

Add to this I can do all this with little real outlay of cash other than on hardware and I start to wonder who is the bigger fool here as I did not buy or need to buy overpriced software full stop.

This also highlights the advantage of having an open mind over a closed mind as those with open minds move forward and not cling to a past which has long had it’s time.

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With the release of Microsoft’s new and involved Windows 8 operating system called strangely and imaginatively named Windows 10 in July with all the associated comments and speculation about the Microsoft’s new offering to the computer world.

But what everyone generally agree is that it is really Microsoft’s last chance as a major software supplier for computers in the world and to recover from the disaster of Windows 8 and 8.1 which regardless of Microsoft’s propaganda machine really has not gone well with users world wide and really damaged the sales of hardware at a difficult time economically. Though to be fair this last issues has not been all Microsoft’s fault but the fault of computer industry and retailers being very conservative and sticking to Microsoft regardless of the damage it did to their industry and sales.

It does look as if Windows 10 does reverse and remover lot of the issues with Windows 8 and 8.1 in so much they have returned the start menu/button, though with annoying and unnecessary Metro menu along side it, and finally made the whole operating system smaller and simpler in the background. Add to this they have made the user interface more adaptive to the device it is run on so now desktop and laptop computers without touch screens will now have a more traditional windows desktop.

Basically Windows 10 is what Windows 8 and 8.1 should have been which would have been far more successful for Microsoft at a difficult time economically but I personally think it is too little too late for Microsoft as Windows 8 and 8.1 have damaged Microsoft’s standing both with Domestic and Business Users.

It may help Microsoft to gain some lost ground in the market but it has allowed others access to their target market which include Steam with their Steam OS, Linux based, with a major effort by large number of gaming companies now porting their games to Linux in preparation. Add to this now major hardware manufactures including HP and Dell now regularly producing and selling Ubuntu based hardware.

My view along with other people is that we will eventually see the importance of Microsoft’s Operating Systems both in the domestic and business market, especially in Europe and the Far East, slowly fade away as more and more people slowly wake up the fact that there is alternative called Linux which is free and less prone to virus and malware issues.

All helped by the fact that profile of Linux worldwide is on the rise mostly by word of mouth and in some governments in Europe actively replacing Window computers with Linux computers. Add to this while Microsoft have been having issues the creators of Linux and it’s distributions have been moving forward quietly and positively fashion improving the users experience of Linux in past few years.

It must not of gone unnoticed by everyone that Microsoft is now talking to creators of Ubuntu even inviting them to a confidence. Sort of say it all after all Microsoft and industry in general have no choice to take both Linux and Open Source software seriously now!

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The Internet is Not an Excuse!

Posted: 10 April, 2015 in Comment, Computer

Once again after a discussion with someone at work and my experience on the likes of Facebook it seams that people still think it is very acceptable to be rude, disrespectful and even bully people on line because they have the excuse of the freedom of speech specially on line.

But considering that even on line you are still dealing with a real person with real feeling and emotions such behaviour is still not acceptable after all would the same people do it face to face as they know such behaviour is simply wrong.

So why do they think their behaviour on line is acceptable even hiding behind the excuse of their right of freedom of speech?

Firstly the freedom of speech is not a justification even on line for people to be abusive, disrespectful and bully people as if anything it is an abuse of this right which even in face to face interactions is not acceptable behaviour in a civilized and free society.

Plus in our modern world considering we now use virtual and on line methods of communication more and more to interact even socialise with people we should treat people the same way on line as face to face interactions as after all we have as people and society need to move with the times and adapt way we do things as technology progressed.

Basically we should tread virtual and on line as face to face interactions in so much much we should respect people and not abuse our right of freedom of speech after all it is a way we deal with people on a day to day basis!

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Once again talking to a Windows user at work, who even in jest, claimed that Open Source software was not as good even inferior to brought software created by the large Computer Corporations regardless of the fact they use Open Source every day both at work and when they surf the internet even when they use their smart phone.

Add to this regardless of the fact I have been using purely Open Source software from operating system to packages for over a year and I have done as much if more on the computer than the average computer user. That is I am running my own web server hosting my own web site, one blog even cloud and I can even run Icecast server on the same server.

Then this is still not enough to convince some Window Users who still live under the misconception, regardless of the fact there are large number of people like myself out there use use Open Source everyday, that Open Source is not as good or usable as Corporation written Software.

It is as if they have been brainwashed by the big Corporations and an Establishment to believe that Open Source is useless, unusable and does not do what it claims to do. Once again regardless of the fact they use Open Source everyday themselves with a lot of success.

I should not be surprised by this reaction from core of Computer users who have recently gone through the education system or work environment here in United Kingdom in the past decades which has been heavily influenced by the big American Corporations to a point their propaganda machine keeps a tight control here.

So in the end here in the United Kingdom is full of Window Users who ended up with a closed minds towards anything which not produced by a Software Corporation to a point they will not even try anything else or even consider an alternatives.

Sadly the Window users have fallen into the same trap as Apple users believing their way of doing things is only way to do things and both Windows and Apple users end up accepting poorly written, expensive software with all the problems as normal state of affairs.

Rather than those more enlightened users, not necessarily pure Open Source users, who realised that computing can be far more open and it is better to use the appropriate software and operating systems for their purposes and needs which includes Windows, Apple and even Linux.

The irony in all this these enlightened and more open minded computer users, like myself, end up with a far more positive experience of computing and far more productive even more creative than those close minded Windows Users who continue to labour under the misconception their way is the only way to do things.

In the end people like myself will continue to prove them wrong by our actions even if they are not prepared to open their minds, ears even eyes. Plus people like myself will eventually move forward as we will end up using our computers far more effectively.

So in the end my actions say far more about me as does their continued closed minds say about them as people.

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What Was Lenovo Thinking?

Posted: 22 February, 2015 in Comment, Computer, Lenovo

With the revelations in the news that Lenovo had installed the hidden adware software Superfish as standard on their computers I for one am questioning why they really thought this was acceptable practice?

This in a background of constant attack on Window Computers by viruses and similar adware software it seams that Lenovo installing such software themselves even under the pretence of making users shopping experience easier was not exactly smartest move on their part. They should not of not been surprised that users would complain about the software on their computers.

It also explains why the major internet security corporations including Norton and McAfee where letting through pop up screen type adware software as they would have been informed by Lenovo about their adware on their machines. Something which they failed to pass on to their users.

By doing so both Norton and McAfee have caused their users hours of worry and even financial loss as the various spammers took advantage of the holes left by said companies. If anything it has not done both Norton’s and McAfee’s already tarnished reputations any good in the end.

Though what has come out of this whole sorry situation is that Lenovo have admitted their mistake and they are trying to correct their mistake by helping their users unlike certain other American Corporations who would of attempted to brush the whole sorry affair under the carpet.

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I am living proof of what I preach about using Open Source Software and recycling old hardware which Window Users discard because they think it is now obsolete in so much I can still do as much or even more than someone who has brought a brand new Windows Computer.

I think I have said this before in other journal entries and I suspect that the more hardened Window and Apple users have disagreed with what I have said. But still I manage to do as much as these users do with old hardware and not have to pay through the nose for the privilege of using a computer or software.

But these so called users look down on me because I do not follow the normal path of computer users and those use excursively Open Source software and operating systems to a point they openly treat me with contempt and disrespect. All this from a very shaky moral stance in so much they, unlike most Linux users, are very closed minded to anything not Windows and Apple. They certainly show their ignorance of Open Source software in general every time they make a comment about it as all they spout is usual corporate propaganda spread about Open Source.

Myself, in truth, laugh at them from inside not because I just use Open Source software and operating systems but because they have fallen for the corporate propaganda spread by the big computer corporations like Microsoft and Apple without actually questioning it. Add to this they have shown just how closed minded and lazy they are.

What is also most comical of all those people who treat my opinions about computers with contempt and derision unlike myself have never worked in Information Technology Industry especially in the development or support side. A lot of them are those who sell computers or just users who show their ignorance of computers every time they make a comment at me.

In the end I can take the high moral ground as I do what I preach at home every day!

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