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5 Things Microsoft does not want you to know about Windows

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sinaisix.blogspot: Microsoft, the Redmond giant and owner of the world's most troublesome operating system, has over the years done all it can to frustrate the development, use and adoption of other operating systems.

Pressure Mounts on Windows Tax?

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theopensourcerer.com: Since I wrote about getting the Windows license fee refunded on my Asus 1008HA netbook here in the UK, there have been more examples where individuals have had some success.

XML Patent for Microsoft

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Linux's User Interface Puts MS Windows' To SHAME!

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penguinpetes.com: So, while I'm twiddling my thumbs waiting for Slackware 13 to come to pass, I did what any Linux user probably does when temporarily owning a copy of Windows (XP Pro here), and checked how it's doing these days.

Swiss Open Source Decision Going Microsoft's Way

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eweekeurope.co.uk: A preliminary ruling around the legality of the Swiss government's decision to allow a software contract to be awarded to Microsoft without any other vendors being asked to tender has found in favour of the tech giant.

A Brief History of Microsoft Windows

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informit.com: In this article, Easy Computer Basics, Windows 7 Edition author Michael Miller is your tour guide for 25 years of Windows: from Windows 1.0 to Windows 7.

Ballmer: 'We're cheaper than Apple! (But not Linux)"

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news.cnet.com: Whenever Microsoft starts to look like a company that is ready to play fair with open source, along comes its CEO, Steve Ballmer, to ruin all the goodwill the rest of the company has created.

Will I Go Back?

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Ubuntu

I'm using the Linux distribution Ubuntu for over a year now – I hopped on the train with version 8.04 LTS. Although I still 'need' Windows for a number of things, I am more than pleased with this operating system. It runs perfectly – almost.

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3 open source alternatives to Office 365

It can be hard to get away from working and collaborating on the web. Doing that is incredibly convenient: as long as you have an internet connection, you can easily work and share from just about anywhere, on just about any device. The main problem with most web-based office suites—like Google Drive, Zoho Office, and Office365—is that they're closed source. Your data also exists at the whim of large corporations. I'm sure you've heard numerous stories of, say, Google locking or removing accounts without warning. If that happens to you, you lose what's yours. So what's an open source advocate who wants to work with web applications to do? You turn to an open source alternative, of course. Let's take a look at three of them. Read more

Hackable voice-controlled speaker and IoT controller hits KS

SeedStudio’s hackable, $49 and up “ReSpeaker” speaker system runs OpenWrt on a Mediatek MT7688 and offers voice control over home appliances. The ReSpeaker went live on Kickstarter today and has already reached 95 percent of its $40,000 funding goal with 29 days remaining. The device is billed by SeedStudio as an “open source, modular voice interface that allows us to hack things around us, just using our voices.” While it can be used as an Internet media player or a voice-activated IoT hub — especially when integrated with Seeed’s Wio Link IoT board — it’s designed to be paired with individual devices. For example, the campaign’s video shows the ReSpeaker being tucked inside a teddy bear or toy robot, or attached to plant, enabling voice control and voice synthesis. Yes, the plant actually asks to be watered. Read more

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