Author, Producer and Director Michael Crichton, 1942-2008. Photo: Associated PressWith election week and coverage of other events such as the Microsoft PDC and the latest Windows 7 builds, many of ZDNet's readers may be unaware that one of America's most foremost and successful writers of speculative fiction, Michael Crichton, passed away at the age of 66 this Tuesday, November 4th from a private battle with cancer.
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In my previous post, I alluded to some of the issues that might prevent an average consumer -- "Joe Sixpack", John Q. Public, or Jane Doe from migrating to Linux on the desktop.
On the surface, it would appear that a slowing economy might pave the way for increased Linux and Open Source software adoption by the unwashed masses, those who may want newer software than what their current XP system provides but don't want to pay the high premium of upgrading to Windows Vista/Windows 7 and all new software to go with it.
What's scary this Halloween - or anytime? Putting your personal and business computing continuity at risk. With the inexpensive data resiliency and backup solutions available, you don't need to be the victim of a bad horror movie.
Humacao, Puerto Rico. Where Ubuntu Ibex will be put to the test.
Yesterday Google released the source code to their Linux-based Android operating system for mobile devices, which currently powers the T-Mobile G1 Dream smart phone. To date, no other consumer Android-based device has been released, and no new Android-based device has been pre-announced, but there is currently a lot of activity going on at handset manufacturers to bring new devices to the market.
With any technology, there's a time for the masses to jump in and a time for early adopters with cash to burn. In the case of Amazon's Kindle e-book reader, that time is more of the latter than the former.
CompUSA used to be my favorite brick and mortar place to buy computers. But when they closed half of their stores in 2007, the company switched gears and moved to an Internet-sales model.
My "Free Enterprise OSes" post got a lot of attention and a lot of positive feedback, particularly from those who are now actually considering using some of these in order to reduce license costs.Still, while I am glad people are now considering these OSes as real enterprise computing solutions, a nagging feeling remains along the lines of the Cookie Monster's famous platinum hit, "One of these things is not like the other.
In Part 1, I discussed the four Free Linux distributions that are best position to provide extended support and ample functionality to an end user through a protracted recession, as well as having the characteristic "safeness" or "stability" factor in terms of being able to weather the economic storm -- i.e.