TomTom suit suggests Microsoft’s still Microsoft

 

                               

The more that Microsoft’s patent lawsuit against (and subsequent settlement with) TomTom simmers in my consciousness, the more I want to boil.

I gave Microsoft the benefit of the doubt early on: I know a few of the Microsoft personnel involved in the case, and I think that they’re wonderful people of integrity and intelligence. Continue reading

Linux geek calls for death of FAT

 

       

LINUX FOUNDATION executive director Jim Zemlin claims it is time that developers killed off Microsoft’s FAT filesystem from their projects and adopt the unencumbered open source alternative. Continue reading

Good-Bye XP. Hello Windows 7

 

Microsoft has wanted to kill Windows XP for years. There was only one problem. The users refused to let it die. Now, that Windows 7 is almost ready to go, Microsoft is, once more, trying to ax XP.

Microsoft did this to themselves. Vista was a flop. Even now, according to Net Applications’ Market Share, Vista has only a lousy 23% of the desktop market. For a while, Microsoft ignored the fact that even their own executives were horrified by just how bad Vista was. But, then the Linux-powered netbook came along, and Microsoft was frightened enough by its early successes that it un-retired Windows XP Home.

Now, Microsoft wants to kill off XP again. Step one will be bringing free support for XP to a close on April 14th. Step two is letting anyone and their uncle get a free copy of the Windows 7 release candidate sometime in May. The timing is by design. Continue reading

Who cares if XP support is ending?

 

I wish I could agree with fellow ZDNet blogger, Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, that the April 14th demise of free XP support from Microsoft would help bring people into the open source fold and encourage them to look at Linux when 7 still isn’t widely available and Vista is still a sad little OS. Unfortunately, I just don’t think it matters at all.

XP still dominates here in Ed Tech. Sure, we have lots of Macs and Linux has made some inroads in our market, but we all know where the lion’s share of the market sits. And in some ways, why not? XP is easy, there is a huge install base, it keeps most of our users happy with no training (assuming we can keep the malware at bay), all of our software runs on it, and it’s been around long enough that most of our students can support it, let alone IT staff. Continue reading

Worm targets Linux home routers

 

A worm has been used to build a botnet consisting of DSL routers running Linux, which may be still evolving, according to security training organisation the Sans Institute.

After becoming infected, the network of routers was used to launch a denial-of-service attack earlier in March against DroneBL, an organisation that maintains a DNS blacklist. Sans Institute handler GN White reported the issue in a blog post on Tuesday, noting that there was a chance the bot was “still evolving”. Continue reading

Google taps student developers for OSS

 

 

   

 

SINGAPORE–Google has opened applications for its Summer of Code open source coding program, and is reaching out to university students in the country to participate.

This is the fifth year the search giant is running the global program, which offers students stipends to write code for various open source software projects over a three-month period. Google said 150 open source organizations including The Linux Foundation, PHP and the Fedora Project are participating as mentors. Continue reading

Floola 5.0 Final,copy songs to iPod

                                                    
Floola is a freeware application to efficiently manage your iPod or your Motorola mobile phone (any model supporting iTunes except iPhone and iPod touch). It’s a standalone application that can be run directly from your iPod and needs no installation under Linux (any GTK2 distro)Mac OS X (10.3.9 or newer!) andWindows (98 or newer, including Vista).Manage Music, Videos, Podcast and Photos all in one simple app, anywhere on any computer.
Features

Floola supports almost all features offered by iPods including photosartwork,podcasts and smart playlists!

It automatically converts any incompatible audio or video file so that you can copy almost any file to it. It allows adding youtube and myspace videos with a single click. Now it even makes it possible to keep your Google calendars synched!  

Take a look at the feature list to find out what it can do and feel free to suggest anything that might be missing.

Cross plattform
Works on any Windows (98 and above), any Mac and any linux distribution with GTK installed.

 Portable
Put the application on iPod and launch it on any PC, immediately.

 Copy
add and extract songs to and from iPod.

 

 Playlists
Easily manage, import and export (m3u, pls) playlists.

 Last.fm
Join the social music revolution.

 Podcasts
Join the social music revolution.

 

 Web videos
add files to iPod just copying the page url

 Localization
Available in different languages.

 Lyrics
Lyric support even on older iPods (3G and above).

 Search for duplicates
Easily find duplicated songs on iPod.

 

 Search lost files
Easily find songs lost in your iPod.

 Artwork
Add artwork to your songs easily.

 Videos
Videos can be added to iPod.

 Convert
Convert audio and video incompatible formats

 Google Calendars
Synchronize them easily 

 Export to HTML
Create HTML files containing list of your iPod files

 Fix iPod
Did a software mess up your iPod? Fix it!

 Notes
Manage notes.

 Growl support
(Mac version only) Get beautiful system notifications.

 Snarl support
(Windows version only) Get beautiful system notifications.

 Music
Play iPod’s music.

 Photos
Freedom to simply add photos to iPod.

 

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Floola v5.0 for Windows

Floola v5.0 for Linux

Floola v5.0 for Mac