Linux Magazine: Final Shutdown

December 15, 2008

I began my relationship with Linux Magazine in the Summer of 1999. My, what a long strange trip it has been.

In 1999, Linux and Open Source’s position in the computer industry was very different. Hell, the entire world was different — Bill Clinton was nearing the end of his presidency, and Windows 2000 was nearing the end of its beta cycle, marking the beginning of the full transition from the old DOS-based PC paradigm on the corporate desktop to the mass-adoption of the Windows NT kernel, which would complete a year later with the release of Windows XP in the consumer space.

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I was gonna say, “throw the PC in the toilet” but thought better of it

July 22, 2008

If you’re so inclined, you can still boot MS-DOS 3.3 on the latest generation of Core Duo, Xeon, AMD64 and Opteron processors. Why? Because while the amount of core instructions increased in order to support new features (such as protected mode), the instruction word length increased from 16 to 32 to 64 bits, the amount of memory that the processor could use increased geometrically, and the number of processor cores increased, and the bus technology improved to handle higher speeds, at the end of the day, the basic architecture is fundamentally no different than what we started with in 1981. So why exactly do we still need systems than can still run CP/M and DOS on the metal?

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AOL Hell

May 14, 2008

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How to include Charlton Heston, Passover and Linux in the same blog post

April 9, 2008

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Can Senior Citizens Use Linux?

November 8, 2007

An Ubuntu 7.10 Linux desktop, modified for a 71-year old grandparent.

What if you gave Ubuntu Linux to your 71 year-old Father-in-law?