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26 Sep 2007

3 Years of Junk!

Next week my home server will be three years old. In normal circumstances that would mean it has come to the end of it's warranty period. In this case the machine was already scrap to start with, work gave it to me instead of throwing it away. I will eventually have to replace the machine, it is too slow and too noisy but it has worked reliably for three years and a Pentium 2 running at 233 MHz (TDP ~35 W) does not use as much electricity as a more modern chip, e.g. a Pentium 4 (> 70 W).

What I do want is a new home server that uses a low power notebook part, such as the Intel Core 2 Due or AMD Turion 64 X2 that deliver plenty of processor grunt while consuming less power than my current Pentium 2. Low power helps to keep the running cost down and tends to make for a cooler and hence quieter box.

Lean Six Sigma

I'm taking a Moresteam "Lean Six Sigma" training course at work. Most of it has been interesting. In places the training is awfully American, people not familiar with American culture will struggle to understand many of the metaphors, to such an extent that it would be easier to explain the topic directly rather than my metaphor or example.

13 Sep 2007

Software Freedom Day 07

This Saturday is Software Freedom Day 2007. My local event is in Bracknell where a friend from my LUG has organised an event. Alas there is engineering work on the trains so I can't get there to help out!

13 Reasons...

Kim Brebach has written a very good article that is well worth reading: 13 reasons why Linux won't make it to a desktop near you. I would argue that Linux uptake is starting and in larger organisations it's now gaining traction. However, for the home user and small organisation it's only happening if the person is a "convert" otherwise that sector is stuck with expensive shrink-wrapped software, for reasons very much as Kim describes.

10 Sep 2007

Tour Of Britain

This morning the Tour of Britain came through the village. The traffic was stopped and what seemed like one police motorbike per county went through the village, then after 20 minutes of waiting 30 bikes appeared and disappeared in a flash. A whole host of support cars, ambulances and finally more police cars went through. The must have closed the main road for over 30 minutes for the 20 seconds it took the bikers to arrive at the centre of the village, turn hard right and leave!

A few lucky children got a few polka-dot hats. I'm told when the Tour de France came through the village the organisers were much more generous with the freebies.

09 Sep 2007


This week AMD have announced that they will publish the full documentation of their ATI range of Radeon graphics cards so that the open-source community can work with them to produce a new range of 2/3D graphics drivers that are both open and free and therefore suitable for all flavours of Linux/BSD/Solaris. Not only will there be official open-source drivers - as Intel have announced, but the documentation will also be available in case anyone wants to go it alone. All that has to happen now is for Nvidia to open up, and we'll be in graphics card nirvana!


Even after vote-stuffing, bribery, cajoling, FUD, and every nasty trick in the book, Microsoft failed to get their "so called" OOXML standard ratified as an ISO standard on the fast track. I have no problem with them submitting something for standardisation, indeed it's a good idea, but standards can't ignore pre-existing standards that are similar, include opaque proprietary parts, unknown patent liabilities, basic school-boy maths errors and huge sections of undocumented unintelligible drivel.