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 on: March 17, 2014, 04:22:08 pm 
Started by The Doctor - Last post by The Doctor
What Operating Systems Do You Use?

This is not really a very good survey.  Since this is being conducted on and by a Linux/Open Source news and opinion site, the outcome is rather predictable.

It almost falls under the category of "Un-story."  But the real story here is how many Linux users also use Microsoft or Apple products.  Perhaps they should have rephrased the survey to read:  What Other Operating Systems Do You Also Use?

 on: March 15, 2014, 01:02:58 pm 
Started by The Doctor - Last post by The Doctor
Windows hits the skids, Mac OS X on the rise

Windows' market share has dropped to below 90 per cent for the first time since the mid 1990s and the juggernaut that was Windows 95.

How far below 90%?

NetMarketShare calculates that Windows' market share – that's all versions of Windows from XP onward for laptops and desktops – dipped to 89.96 per cent this month.

0.04% below 90%.  Rounded up it's still 90%.

If we were to think of these numbers in terms of money, that's a difference of 4¢.  Four pennies.  That hardly qualifies as "the skids."

Well, perhaps the gap between Microsoft's OS Market share and Mac's OS market share has significantly shrunk.

Nope.  Still a massive gap.

According to the article:
Microsoft at worst = 89.22%
Mac at best = 8.34%

And I'll go one better and give the Mac 9.6%.  Which puts Microsoft's total at 81.5% (for January 2014).

Before you ask, according to StatCounter's figures, Linux's market share stood at 0.62 per cent as 2008 came to a close, and has risen to 1.76 per cent as of this month.

Currently Linux is at best 4.9%.

No matter how you slice the pie chart, Microsoft remains the dominant desktop/laptop operating system manufacturer.  And there is no empirical data to indicate that this trend will not continue for some time to come -- despite the author's best efforts to convince anyone otherwise with lies, damned lies, and statistics.

 on: March 14, 2014, 10:59:34 am 
Started by The Doctor - Last post by The Doctor
Are people really this stupid?

Not sure if you're STILL running Windows XP? to the rescue!

Those blissfully ignorant souls who haven't the foggiest clue what OS their PCs might be running can now wing on over to and get a straight-shooting, no-nonsense answer to the question that has been confounding them.


You have to go to a website to figure out what operating system you are using?

That's it.  There's no hope for civilization now.  We're all going straight to Hell!


 on: March 13, 2014, 04:47:03 pm 
Started by likemindead - Last post by Marty
I signed up for a startmail account, but I haven't really used it yet. I host/run my own email server on my linode, so I try to practice what I preach and use my own stuff!

 on: March 13, 2014, 03:24:50 pm 
Started by The Doctor - Last post by likemindead
What model is it?

 on: March 13, 2014, 10:12:50 am 
Started by The Doctor - Last post by garyis2me
Can someone help me get my Brother printer to work??

 on: March 12, 2014, 08:47:24 pm 
Started by The Doctor - Last post by The Doctor
Brother Drivers for Linux® distributions

Or search the Software Center/Synaptic for brother.

 on: March 12, 2014, 07:44:38 pm 
Started by The Doctor - Last post by garyis2me
I'm new to Linux.  I have down loaded Ubuntu 13.10 and I can't get my Brother printer/all in one to work at all.  any suggestions?

 on: March 12, 2014, 06:14:28 am 
Started by likemindead - Last post by EarlInLevelland
ixquick has been my search engine of choice for about a year now. I'll look forward to learning more about the e-mail thing, but have so far been very satisfied with the privacy Reagan mail offers for over a year.

I have to have a gmail address for the Android phone, but don't really send or receive messages on it. Love the instant syncing of contact and calendar info entered on the full-size keyboard and the desktop PC. It's on the phone for later use as soon as I get it keyed in.

 on: March 11, 2014, 08:40:34 pm 
Started by likemindead - Last post by likemindead
The folks behind / look to be launching "The World's Most Private Email" soon.

Just came up on my Twitter feed. Something to keep an eye on? I'm intrigued.

More info.

Not finding much about it on the web. Surprised. Doesn't seem to be on the tech sites' radar yet.

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