Subject: Problems with my new computer

 May 16th, 2009 

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Dear Mr. Bill Gates,

We have bought a computer for our home and we have found some problems, which I want to bring to your notice.

1. There is a button ‘start’ but there is no ‘stop’ button. We request you to check this.
2. One doubt is whether any ‘re-scooter’ is available in system? I find only ‘re-cycle’, but I own a scooter at my home.
3. There is ‘Find’ button but it is not working properly. My wife lost the door key and we tried a lot trace the key with this ‘find’ button, but was unable to trace. Please rectify this problem.
4. My child learnt ‘Microsoft word’ now he wants to learn ‘Mi crosoft sentence’, so when you will provide that?
5. I bought computer, CPU, mouse and keyboard, but there is only one icon which shows ‘My Computer': when you will povide the remaining items? Read the rest of this post »

Open Source – a bad practice?

 Dec 18th, 2008 

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This article is about operating systems on home/personal PCs.

One of the biggest paradoxes: Linux is free and most people prefer to use paid operating system. Or ever worse they struggle to find a pirated version of a paid OS, get infested with viruses, spend many hours installing and formatting, get nervous when updates cannot be installed because of the Genuine check etc.

In a recent study I’ve seen that only 3.8 percent of users use Linux, 5.5% use Mac OsX and the rest use Windows. Well, Linux cannot be that bad…

The normal PC user doesn’t want to search the Internet in order to find the right package for his distribution, configure applications in text mode and read hundreds of pages of documentation. He wants a product that can be used out of the box and can be installed with no headaches.

If we are to consider the Windows world as a continuous line, the Linux world is like a set of discrete points – there are many distributions, many versions of the same application, platform specific versions, distribution specific versions etc. This is the price paid by the open source solutions. There are users who want to make their own version of an application in order to improve it or just want to get some credits and they consider that anything not made by them is junk.

Also there are communities that develop their own version of Linux – maybe a small distribution, for a specific device. In time that version evolves, includes more and more features and becomes like any other distro. Repeat this process for a few communities and we get a pretty large number (for an OS) of distributions that run their specific applications, require specific configuration and even platform.

An inexperienced user is afraid of this continually evolving world. He wants stability; he wants to be able to learn something now and apply it the same way after 5 years and wants to use a new application just like he uses the old one. Linux does not have a central authority that controls how things evolve. There are different size communities but sometimes there is no connection between them; is a pseudo-chaos: inside communities everything is OK but when their products meet is bad.

On the other side Windows does not expose its source code, Microsoft dictates controls what and how must be done, users are happy even though the product is not always good, applications respect a certain pattern and everything seems to work fine. And they even make money.

Creating open source products is a bad thing on long term?

Windows Hibernate – Cool!

 Dec 4th, 2008 

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Today I started to build the entire solution I am working on (it takes about 5 hours to complete) and after approx. 3 hours I had to leave. Without having the possibility of pausing the operation and because I don’t want to transport my laptop while it is powered on I’ve done a crazy thing: put Windows in hibernate mode.

Hibernate is a Windows function that saves the entire RAM memory on the hard drive and powers off the computer.  When the computer is powered on the session is restored.

I’ve done this [put windows in hibernate] many times but never while compiling. Guess what? It worked like a charm – the build process continued as nothing happened.

Vista Experience Index Fail

 Nov 12th, 2008 

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The left image is from the virtual machine and the one on the right from the laptop that runs the virtual machine.

As you can see the HDD from the virtual machine is faster than the one on which the VM is running. How is this possible? :-|

Operating System Poll

 Jun 5th, 2008 

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