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Technological Analysis A place to discuss the prevailing trends in hardware, and the progression of processors, motherboard design and implementation. We will also examine how the hardware determines the development of the software that runs it.
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An insecurity complex...

Posted 07-05-2009 at 02:25 AM by Shingoshi

Why is it that so many websites (some hosted for open-source projects), refuse members to use strong passwords? By definition, any password which has nonalphanumeric characters, is more secure than those which don't.

So I find it particularly odd, that systems touting security, are themselves insecure for their primary audience. It's not like the software doesn't exist to allow maximum security for the creation of passwords. So what's the motivation for not implementing that security...
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And a measure of Wine to all...

Posted 06-29-2009 at 03:20 PM by Shingoshi

I'm going to raise the stakes here. What I'm about to say may rile some of you. But I really think it needs to be said, and attention given to this.

I believe it is counterproductive for the open-source community to become complacent in the imagination applied to the vision of what direction we should take with development. Given the fact that open-source software is under direct attack by proprietary systems (one in particular), I firmly believe emphasis needs to be given to counter...
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Just too funny to laugh at...

Posted 06-25-2009 at 06:08 PM by Shingoshi

I remember reading one of the first few articles on the then new Intel six-core processors, and seeing how one major computer company was artificially cutting back on the number of cores available to their users, so not to violate the limitations imposed on them by M$.

All I could do was laugh. I could just imagine how pissed M$ would be, knowing that Linux users could run those applications on systems with greater resources than they would allow their own customer base. Talk about...
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Driven by example...

Posted 06-23-2009 at 01:46 PM by Shingoshi

The tradition of Linux and open-source systems in general to support equipment with drivers for older systems, can almost be said to be exemplary. Many have been very content knowing that they don't have to go out and buy new equipment, every time their operating system is upgraded. Unlike that other proprietary system which is the anathema of many, Linux stands alone in true customer support.

So if we use the example of the drivers which are supplied with the kernel for systems that...
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All things being equal...

Posted 06-22-2009 at 11:17 AM by Shingoshi
Updated 06-22-2009 at 11:19 AM by Shingoshi

Ok. Now that I've introduced my historical background with computers, let's discuss the direction I think they're going to take into the future, based on what they've done in the past.

There is a fervent discussion of whether operating systems should be multilib or not. And I think the argument against being so should be settled once and for all, by the hardware itself. That the argument is the hardware.

AMD made a monumental decision with the introduction of their 64-bit...
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