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FOSSHub Discoveries: WinDirStat

FOSSHub is the place to go to get Free Open Source Software  without hassles, relentless advertising or a myriad of hoax offers. The screenshot above shows some of the free open source graphic software packages available for Linux, Mac and Windows use. Note not all of the software is available for all 3  major operating …

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CiviCRM: CMS Integration Example

I discovered CiviCRM this past Tuesday at The Social Impact Meetup at CSI [The Centre for Social Innnovation]. What makes CiviCRM compelling is that it is a complete Customer Relationship Management system integrated well with some of the most popular CMS software – Drupal, Joomla, and WordPress. CMS systems have taken off in the past …

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Discovered at WordCamp 2015 TO: Duplicator Plugin

During the WordCamp session on Saturday about Systematic Holistic Speed by Paul Bearne, the question of website back-up and migration arose. Ye editor mentioned that Backup Buddy was  a premium but very  good backup and website migration tool. But another attendee said that Duplicator was  nearly the opposite , a great migration tool that could …

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HTML5 Test of Browsers : Feb 2015

TheOpenSourcery looked at the HTML5Test.com  benchmarks for the major browser just 6 weeks ago but HTML5Test changed its grading [read all about it here]so lets see what has happened: HTML5 Test Dec 20, 2014 HTML5 Test Feb 6, 2015 So what has happened in 6 weeks time? First Maxathon is no longer available for browser comparisons. But like …

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Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Makes Big Waves

Remember the adage about Redmond – 3rd time charm. Well  Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 appears to garner that lucky state big time. This machine announced today is already pulling in strong reactions all over the tech and business press: Motley Fool declares “Microsoft Corporation Launches Thermonuclear War On Its Own Partners With Surface Pro 3” Seeking …

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Metro: Whats Killing Windows 8

I love Windows 8 Desktop – it is reasonably fast, rock solid reliable, and runs most of my Windows XP and earlier programs with no sweat. But the biggest Windows 8 advantage is that touchscreen operations, with a good sharp stylus, makes spreadsheet calculations, debugging code, and photo editing so much faster and more convenient. …

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Adobe Spurs Open Source

 Recently Adobe was in a disastrous,  market threatening  position – a major consumer software vendor that had to defend itself from the tyranny of Apple, Microsoft, and Google’s OS + App Store monopolies. These OS market share pinnacles allow arbitrary exclusion [Apple’s infamous Flash ban on iOS], OS API update dependencies or vulnerabilities [again, used in …

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The Fate of Bill Gates

Reuters started the ball rolling earlier this week saying the 3 of the top 20 Microsoft shareholders raised the question of whether Bill Gates should be replaced as Chairman of Microsoft. Now Bill’s 5% holding of Microsoft stock is the largest but the 3 dissident  shareholders have a combined holding that is slightly larger. And …

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Web Browser Market Share

Usage share of desktop browsers for June 2013 Source Chrome Internet Explorer Firefox Safari Opera Other StatCounter 42.68% 25.44% 20.01% 8.39% 1.03% 2.44% Clicky 38.92% 29.08% 21.22% 9.28% 1.17% 0.32% W3Counter 32.60% 21.70% 19.50% 15.40% 2.20% 8.60% NetApplications 17.17% 56.15% 19.15% 5.55% 1.58% 0.40% Wikimedia 46.02% 20.47% 17.71% 3.10% 5.45% 7.25% The following table is …

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Leap in 3D UI Development?

Microsoft and Apple are racing to implement the next UI breakthru – 3D gestures. These are are already of course available in various implementations of Nintendo Wii and Microsoft’s Kinect. Microsoft’s announcement  today of its intentions to miniaturize its Kinect hardware for laptops. It comes at a strange jumcture in time – no big announcements from major …

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Whose Muckier – Windows 8 RT, Apple iOS, Google Android?

Google Plus is a great place for discussing technology trends. Here is an example: ZDNet’s Steven Vaughn-Nichols picks up a Wayne Rash post who in turn is commenting on how eMail support may be one of the reasons behind Windows 8 Surface RT [the ARM version of Windows hardware ] flagging sales and relatively high return   …

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Windows 8’s Three Android Advantages

Windows 8 will have 3 advantages derived from Google’s Android and two homegrown ones. The first is below: Lenovo’s 360 pivot convertible – use as a tablet or a laptop. Google’s Android leads the smartphone market [53%US market share to Apple’s 34% according to Comscore] because it has  many hardware suppliers and Google has periodically released …

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Computing’s Big 3 and the Continuing Dissatisfaction with Microsoft

When proposing that Windows 8 would be a smash hit, the highly negative reaction to Windows 8  I discovered on commentary sites like Reddit  and Digg was a bit surprising. Many of the reactions to Windows 8  were pure scorn. It appears that Microsoft  has a lot of make-up still to do for such sore points as …

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The Big 3 in Computing – Apple, Google, Microsoft

The Big 3 in Consumer Computing for the next 3-8 years have declared themselves all in. Just as in the auto industry from 100 years ago, the consolidation in computing has begun and the OS software makers have emerged as the top 3. Each has approached the hardware side of computing from different angles because …

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On the Verge of Greatness – LeapMotion’s 3D Touch Tool

TheVerge gadget website finally caught onto to what theOpenSourcery readers have known about 3 weeks ago. The next dynamite NUI-Natural User Interface that is going to sweep the Consumer Computing scene is LeapMotion’s SuperKinect, 3D pointer tool which will hopefully do away with  both the mouse and  all variety’s of trackpads in the near future.. …

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Windows 8 and Microsoft Surface : Linux Last PC Opportunity?

The DOJ-Department of Justice when it won its Antitrust case against Microsoft  also lost it at that moment because the officials involved had not agreed on a remedy for controling Microsoft.  In the end it was $3 billion in fines and kid glove  supervision by the Bush DOJ for 5 years. However, one remedy which …

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The Next Wave of NUI – Natural User Interfaces

New Devices+UI Software that change the UI game decisively are starting to come to market. They are referred to as Natural User Interfaces or PostWIMP – succeeding GUI interfaces that use WIMP- Windows Icons Menus and Pointers. There is a whole community of different Natural User Interface designs from Tangible UI that have inspired the Microsoft …

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Windows 8 Goes Bipolar

Personal Computing is forking between a Consumer Computing UI and a Busines or Operational+Creative Computing UI.  The new trend  has been called  the Post PC era and the description of two separate and distinct UIs for Computing could not be more appropriate. Now some will argue that PC UIs have already split. For example,  the Web …

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The Bizarre Browser Bazaar

Browser Bazaar, Browser Bizarre, Browser Bazaar – one can hear the hawker touting full-lunged at the amazing  and bizarre things happening in the browser marketplace in the past few weeks. Surprise, surprise it is Chrome not Firefox that displaces IE as the number one browser in use Worldwide on the Internet. But Firefox contributed mightily …

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Windows 8 Touch Tensions

This post explores in details some of the Windows 8 Development Tensions. As with any massively new system, tensions inevitably develop as new features are enabled and some older APIs and programming libraries  are deprecated and even abandoned.This is particularly true in the case of Windows because for well over a decade the Windows goal has …

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HP Gets Back into Tablets and PCs

HP has announced that it will be back in the PC and Microsoft saddle again. It will be  delivering a Windows 8 tablet according to yet another new CEO, Meg Whitman. But this was a necessary but not sufficient condition for HP’s survival. Abandoning the PC and tablet businesses was a disastrous decision. HP like Microsoft has to be …

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Virtual Sign of the Times

This ad for VMWare underlines some themes that are beginning to percolate to the top in IT in general. First, is the OS Mess. There  are now roughly double the number of operating systems today that have to be programmed for. But second, there is  nary any cross platform tool that will produce write once …

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Amazon Shakes IT Markets

At a time when Apple is considering retiring its iPod, Amazon is shaking the whole IT industry to  its core. Amazon is doing a Google Android and Apple  selling software and hardware cheap to enable its online business to profit from many more tightly linked customers. Amazon is selling for cheaper than ever before a …

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Update on Apple vs Windows Graphics Performance

One of the most popular posting on theOpenSourcery.com has been Apple vs Adobe: Are Apple’s MacOS/X Graphics Drivers to Blame. Well there is a new set of benchmarks as promised by Phoronix [but uploaded to openBenchmarks.org] and they compare MacOS/X Lion vs the latest Windows 7 update. Fortunately the benchmarks are done in the same …

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Windows 8 Beats Apple iOS And Google Android

Microsoft has done the near impossible with its Windows 8 announcement this last week – it has catapulted into the lead in client OS software design ahead of  both Apple iOS +MacOS/X and Google Android+ChromeOS. This is the good news for Microsoft – the bad news is that Apple and/or Google can quickly regain the advantage as …

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Java as a Legacy Language

Can you believe that Java has become a legacy language? The writing has been  on the wall – attacked early and  viciously by Redmond after Bill Gates and company reversed themselves and instead out innovating Sun’s  Java; they  attempted to kill it by not updating the JVM on Windows and creating a rival .NET runtime [CLR] …

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Why Google Bought Motorola – Day Later Update

Well right off the mark, TheOpenSourcery.com got the principl reasons for the buyout – right on Denmark. See here – 1)Google is going to operate the company as is and not bring Mototrola into the Google fold – this means minimal disruptions and has later advantages; See here – 2)Google has got its major other …

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With the Help of Apple, Windows Gets Another Reprieve

Apple has been very clever in the release of its new Macs. They are creating a PR perfect storm:1)release of astoundingly good quarterly results with annual sales rates now dwarfing Microsofts and many of the other IT pindustry players like Dell, IBM, and HP,  2)annoucment of the new Mac laptops and MacMini with first hints of …

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The OS Mess

The primary reason ye Editor is NOT an admirer of Apple and Steve Jobs is his relentless drive to establish a monopoly equal to or greater than Bill Gates’ Microsoft. Steve is out to prove that 30 years ago, he was the real deal, the real innovator in personal computing – and Bill …. Bill …

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Bing and Baidu Hookup

A year ago January  Google got hit with high caliber hack attacks from Chinese sources rumored to be Baidu and a regional university know for its hacking program. Steve Ballmer pooh-poohed and came to the rescue of the Chinese saying that Microsoft would be glad to replace Google with Bing as  a major player in …

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Google Apps Versus Microsoft Office 365

Two reviews catch the changed landscape for Microsoft in the Cloud. Information Week sees Google Apps ahead of Office 365 on 4 telling counts, Gartner is more cautious about the features but sees some problems; and the Guardian sees improved features over BPOS, the proceeding Microsoft Office Suite available on the Web. But no one clearly answers …

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Google Gmail Motion Mocks Microsoft Kinect

After taking a slap on the face from Microsoft with Redmond’s antitrust complaint yesterday, , Google returns fire with its superior GMail Motion on April 1. The Redmond UI experts who are working feverishly on a Wii to get Kinect into the Windows UI will be weeping and gnashing their teeth – or just LOLing …

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Switching to Chrome Browser from Firefox

The strip above tells  a good part of the reason this Web Developer is switching. First important note, ye Editor barely bothers to use any Firefox or Chrome extensions/plugins nor Firefox themes – so loyalty is not effected by these important factors in favor of Firefox. But during any  day there is a gravitational pull …

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