Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

Been Sick as a dog

Filed under
Site News

I apologize to the folks that come to tuxmachines looking for the latest in linux and open source news and reviews for not updating the site the passed coupla days. I've been sicker than I've ever been in my life.

No need for the gory details and grossing everybody out, but let's just say the bugs and viruses going around are getting more and more virulent. I'm just waiting for the bug to come along that's gonna wipe us all out.

I had a cold or the flu in November that lasted 3 weeks and it was the worst cold (or flu) I'd ever had.

So, with all the threats hanging over humans' heads: climate change, pole shift, nuclear/terrorist threats, etc; I bet it'll be a mircoscopic entity that does us in.

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.

re: Sick

Need a Tissue?

Just kidding - the best way to get better is to really (not sorta) take a few days off.

Put a "Happy Holiday - Best Wishes for the New Year" Sticky on the front page and take the rest of the year off. Stay in bed, drink lots of fluid, catch up on your Book or DVD (or both) list.

The best way to prolong any type of illness is to attempt to work thru it.

Or do what "The Daily WTF" site did and post just a couple of "golden oldies" on their site from xmas eve to new years.

Or just run a few polls (like how many bottles of NightQuill will you use until you're better).

Being a one woman shop, you can't be everywhere at all times. So don't feel like you'll lose your audience (or SEO) by taking a few days off (especially over the holidays).

Sorry to hear it!

Thanks for doing all you do to make this an interesting web site. What a lousy time of year to get sick, during the holidays. Hope you feel better soon.

(I've had the flu that bad twice now in my lifetime, usually along with a sinus infection. You know you're sick when you have to quit smoking, simply because smoking makes you vomit! Oh yeah, no gory details.)

Happy holidays,
Andrew

re: sick

Thanks all. I think I'm starting to feel better finally. I should have taken VonSkippy's advice tho cuz I thought I was better before and relapsed.

My TV just died too. Sad

But my daughter just had her first baby yesterday, so the season wasn't all bad.

Hope yaw had a happy holiday season.

smoking

eco2geek wrote:
You know you're sick when you have to quit smoking, simply because smoking makes you vomit!

The irony in that statement made me laugh out loud.

//always amazed what you nicotine freaks will go thru
//but not a anti-smoking nazi - after all, they're your (black) lungs

More in Tux Machines

And now for some good news... How open source triumphed over Microsoft Office in Italy

Microsoft Office may have a global monopoly, but one Italian region rejected it flat out. But, why? In the stunningly beautiful Italian region of Umbria, you'll feel more at home running open source software, rather than the clunky and expensive Microsoft Office suite. Read more

Red Hat, Chilean government hold talks on open source initiative

The head of Chilean regulator Pedro Huichalaf agreed to pass information regarding the benefits of open source software to the ministerial committee for digital development Read more

IT teams are choosing open source - but not just for the cost savings

IT decision makers are increasingly turning to open source over proprietary software because they believe it offers them better business continuity and control Read more

Patent Troll Kills Open Source Project On Speeding Up The Computation Of Erasure Codes

Via James Bessen, we learn of how a patent trolling operation by StreamScale has resulted in an open source project completely shutting down, despite the fact that the patent in question (US Patent 8,683,296 for an "Accelerated erasure coding system and method") is almost certainly ineligible for patent protection as an abstract idea, following the Supreme Court's Alice ruling and plenty of prior art. Erasure codes are used regularly today in cloud computing data storage and are considered to be rather important. Not surprisingly, companies and lawyers are starting to pop out of the woodwork to claim patents on key pieces. I won't pretend to understand the fundamental details of erasure codes, but the link above provides all the details. It goes through the specific claims in the patents, breaking down what they actually say (basically an erasure code on a computer using SIMD instructions), and how that's clearly an abstract idea and thus not patent-eligible. Read more